Best Android Gadgets: Top Google-powered tech
29th May 2012 | 12:00
Sony's iconic Walkman player has always been a pioneer for personal music players. The original cassette player was a revolution and its Discman personal CD players continued the tradition with market-leading sound. The next generation is represented by the Sony Z-Series Walkman with Android. The Z-Series carries Android 2.3 Gingerbread and with access to every app the store has to offer, while also bringing the music downloads and movie rental portals, this is in essence an Android equivalent to the iPod Touch.
Tracks stock using a barcode reader to ensure you never run out of beer or Gruyère, ordering items online when you’re running low. “Been done before,” you cry? Well, how about this: search for a recipe on the built-in touchscreen and LG’s software will pre-heat the oven and handle timings for you.
In passive mode, the Cybertecture Mirror functions as a regular mirror, giving you real-time visuals on your face and helping you do your make-up. As you've probably guessed though, this is no ordinary mirror. With built in digital display and Wi-Fi, the Cybertecture Mirror provides real-time news, weather and the like, as well as augmenting itself to your reflection, giving you information on your health and even helping with your exercise form.
NOX's wireless headphones give you a 2.4-inch colour touch screen on the left ear-cup. Via the magic of Android and WiFi, these cans will download and run pretty much any Android music app, including VoIP apps. These headphones aren't just a gimmick though. They deliver glorious 7.1 surround sound to your ears, although how all this affects the battery life is a question worth asking. We'd be surprised if these headphones will last as long as your walkman off a single charge.
Link: NOX Audio
Sony's SmartWatch is a Android-enabled watch that links to your phone via Bluetooth. As well as displaying phone and SMS alerts, the SmartWatch also updates you on your social networks, provided your phone is connected to wireless or 3G internet. The watch-face is a small colour screen, much like the touch-screen on the iPod Nano. You can customize this watch-face with Android apps, depending on how you want to use it. Think of the SmartWatch as less of a timepiece, and more of a small wireless interface for your phone.
These are exactly the sort of goggles that James Bond would wear during a frantic downhill ski battle, with lots of poorly trained mafia henchmen in generic militia uniforms. The MOD Live Goggles provide the wearer with a variety of GPS-enabled analytics, such as speed, altitude, distance travelled and even location and temperature data. So where does Android come in? Google's OS is responsible for taking the data and getting it to you, displaying it via a heads-up display (HUD) on your goggles.