Cool Gadgets and Gizmos: New tech to buy in 2012
12th Jul 2012 | 16:55
Elgato Eyetv Mobile
Turn your iPad 2 into a proper Freeview television, the Eyetv let's you pause and rewind films and TV, view a 7-day EPG all without denting your data plan.
Aquapac wet + dry backpack
Protect your gadgets from evil H20. This 25-litre bag is classified as 'storm-proof, can separate your wet items from your dry items and features sternum and waist straps for that extra security on any unplanned mountain treks.
Bookman bike lights
These innovative, brightly coloured cycle lamps that work in all weather conditions, clip easily onto frame or handle bars via the magic of bungee cord, letting you ride safely into the night.
Canon X Mark I Mouse Slim
A multi-function laser frankenmouse with a built-iin calculator, the 10-inch LCD disaply number cruncher supports both Mac and PC and has integrated Bluetooth 2.0.
Using the same Airblade tech that cooled you down with no buffeting, the Dyson Hot now offers to heat you up spreading the warmth evenly throughout the room.
HD projector, iDock, coffee machine and robot dog (but not the last two), it's your all-in-one multimedia setup that can project a picture bigger than a 40-inch HDTV.
Jawbone icon HD + the Nerd
Sync music from your computer and calls from your mobile to this bluetooth headset, military-grade NoiseAssassin technology ensures high clarity sound.
Griffin Helo TC
The app powered flying helicopter with an inbuilt-accelerometer supports iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad and lands just in time for Christmas.
Zumreed X2 hybrid headphones
Headphones! They’re also speakers! They’re re red! The glossy-look cans will give you four hours of play time. Now your life is complete.
Heimplanet ‘The Cave’ Tent
Easy to put up in minutes, with inflatable poles, a sturdy Geodesic design and room to sleep three people, you'll now have more time to enjoy the great outdoors.
Link: Ellis Brigham
Philips Saeco Intelia Espresso Machine
Grinding the beans and making espresso, ristretto or lungo coffee at the press of just one button, it's energy efficient so you can be stylish and do your bit for the environment. Bellissimo.
Pogoplug Mobile personal cloud network
Creates a personal cloud network so you can upload multimedia from your phone, share content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter, and stream HD movies.
Lego Camper Van
VW’s classic motel on wheels gets the plastic brick treatment, with a pop up roof and a closet with a mirror. Mattresses in the back optional.
Supra the Douglas Waterproof Boot
The made-for-winter boot has a full-grain leather foot armour built for serious rambling. Flexible neoprene lining means they slip off nice and easy at the end of a long hard day.
Philips Sonicare Airfloss
Not a fan of floss? This bathroom gizmo blasts air at your ivories, clearing detritus in 60 seconds, and includes a water reservoir which you can also feel with mouthwash.
Samsung Navibot SR8845 Robotic Vacuum
This is the sexy new incarnation of the time-saving clean-o-bot, with an onboard camera that takes images to help map areas accurately to efficiently make your house spotless.
Classic 60s modular stereo design gets new digital innards, it's radio, record player and speaker all in one with a classic price tag to snag one from the shops.
Davek elite umbrella
Rain-dodging is now techy thanks to a “wind-tension” frame system that rebuffs strong winds and a 'high grade' fibreglass shaft that increases stability.
Hippih iEagle foldable keyboard
Sturdily built for iOS devices like the iPad and the iPhone 4S, this has handy app shortcuts, a built in stand, as well as retro “keys” – remember them?
HP-12C 30th anniversary calculator
The TouchPad makers serve up this limited edition number cruncher. a programmable, retro gem that HP claims has been an office essential for finance and business folk for years.
Joby Gorillapod hybrid
It looks like an alien, but this brother of T3’s number one accessory delivers 360 degree panning and plays nice with both interchangeable lenses and compact cameras.
Lingo iMini DAB
The pocket tuner for iPhone, iPad and iPod will turn your iOS device into a radio wonderland, with FM, DAB, social sharing and app integration aplenty.
Still a landline user? The 80s-esque dual handsets squeeze modern contact, an answer phone and call needs into 60s-inspired chassis.
Ingenious, app-controlled ball for playing with/teasing your pets and/or particularly stupid siblings, the 4.3-inch LED-lit sphere hooks up to your smartphone via Bluetooth and can be controlled by a virtual stick or accelerometer.
Palo Alto Cubik speakers
Sounding off in style, these digital stereo USB sound blasters for your home computer/s (nb: you do get two), promise rich, crystal clear sound without a sub woofer in sight.
Crown yourself hands-free motoring royalty with voice-activated calls and messages abound, and if you want to liberate your smartphone-bound tunes you do that through Minikit+ speakers.
Project Esprit turntable
If you are still carting around the record bag, here's where old-school sounds meet modern art thanks to award-winning form and loadsa lacquer.
Tefal toast ’n’ egg
Enjoy toasted egg sandwiches? The all-in-one toaster serves up boiled and poached eggs, warm pre-cooked meat and has enough room to toast your muffins. Breakfast and late night snacking has just got a whole lot easier.
Italian design means this bluetooth music receiver. Weezy also plugs into any stereo, supports iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices amongst others, and looks bellissimo (“nice”) doing it.
Xbox 360 wireless speed wheel
Forza 4’s partner in crime, this racing game essential which has rumble feedback is worth checking out just for the way the batteries slide in.
Arctic Force Snow Tracball
Will it snow this Christmas? We wish we could be the ones to make it happen, but we can't. What we can do is make sure you are prepared to teach younger relatives some respect with this device which hurls snowballs up to 30.5M.
Atari Flashback 3
This Atari 2600-looking piece of kit will remind you of a time when games called Gravitar and Frog Pond served as your after school entertainment. This plug and play console works with your TV, has 60-built in games and two joysticks to re-live gaming sessions from the past.
In day and age where we've got smartphone and tablet chargers infiltrating desk space, this cable tidy uses 'high tech' suction pads to stay secure to your desk and hold wires taut to prevent tangle.
Whether you've fully embraced the digital photo age or not, you can still give your curling old photos a new lease of life with this battery-powered scanner that uploads to Flickr and is compatible with Mac and iOS devices.
Ferguson Hill FH009
Britain's top/only purveyor of transparent Hi-Fi kit, brings this high end audio set-up made up of two horn speakers two bass speakers and integrated amplifier. Expect to give the neighbours a shake when you are sitting through your Christmas Blu-ray box sets.
Link: Ferguson Hill
Formed so that the base resembles a mountain range, this 2.5 gallon handmade fishbowl makes a great retirement home for confused carp. Exotic fish not included.
GoPro HD Hero2
For lovers of a sport that usually has the word 'extreme' in front of it, this sturdy, helmet mounted cam with 150-minute battery shoots your greatest ever/last ever trick/stunt in 1080p HD video.
We all know that touchscreens don't always lend themselves to mobile gaming, so with the iControlpad you can turn your SamsungGalaxy S2, iPhone or iPod Touch into a (admittedly slightly ugly) handheld console.
Jumbo flip clock
Relive the days before digital took over with this rolodex style clock. The battery-powered device has big bold numbers while it's rhythmic clacking is highly therapeutic.
Price: 299 Euros
Attach your iPad, iPod or iPhone to this industrial-looking 40W tower of sound. Made from aluminium and moulded rubber, it packs an OLED display and has DAB and internet radio support. The audio it delivers will also impress.
Two watch hands bad, one watch hand good! Let's replace the hour one with a rotating dot! Designers Steen Georg Christensen and Erling Anderson said they wanted to create a watch that was 'a picture of time'. We will let you be the judges on whether they succeeded.
Link: Rosendahl Timepieces
Skunk Juice multi-user headphones
With a festive shade of white, you can attach extra skunk buds (up to four) using the magnetic lock and share your tunes with a sound performance that is deep, full and bassy.
Link: Skunk Juice
Steripen Freedom water purifier
If you prefer steering clear from tap water, the Steripen Freedom water purifier turns half a litre of muck into clean drinking water in 48 seconds using UV light.
Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 Gaming wheel and pedals
As close as most people will get to totalling a Ferrari, this console add-on is modelled on the steering wheel of the Ferrari 150 Italia and should come in handy for Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo fans.
Vespa S Zaffiro
If you like your scooters limited and colourful, only 50 of these special edition sapphire-toned scooters are heading to the UK. We suggest you flag one down, pronto.
Withings Smart Baby Monitor
Family got a new member? Withings Smart Baby Monitor boasts a three-meg camera, night vision and infrared LEDs to detect almost any going ons. It also delivers info on temperature and humidity. Peace of mind in fine tech style.
Price: 299 Euros
Planning on hitting the park with the kids this month? We'd suggest investing in this radio controlled boat that hits speeds of up to 25kms. Rest assured, one sight of this remote-controlled bastard on the park pond and the other boats will give up and go home.
Duracell USB key
Don’t use batteries anymore? You can still support the Duracell bunny by purchasing a USB key. Featuring the iconic design, you can pick up your Duracell inspired data storage from 4GB up to 16GB.
Price: £6.99 (4GB)
Geneva Sounds XS
With travel clock inspired looks, the XS claims to be the first portable audio system with true Hi-Fi sound. The all-in-one system supports Bluetooth playback and hosts a digital amplifier, stereo speakers, digital FM tuner and an alarm clock. The clamshell design means you can also slip it comfortably into your overnight bag.
Link: Conran Shop
Ikon RC iBuggy
For the truly Apple obsessed, the iBuggy is not only inspired by the iconic Apple smartphone but the Cupertino company has supplied the chip technology that enables iPhone and iPod owners the ability to control the the four-wheel buggy straight from their iOS device.
Link: Wow! Stuff
Jabra Halo 2
Perennial sleek Bluetooth headset makers, the Jabra Halo 2 are an equally stylish pair of headphones that you can wirelessly stream your music to. Virtual Surround Sound and Power Bass features ensure impressive audio performance, while Jabra's Multiuse technology allows users to pair to two Blueooth devices at the same time.
JBL OnBeat Xtreme
Adding to the already impressive catalogue of iOS-proof docks, the Xtreme has portability on its side to stand out of the crowd. But that's not all, the Bluetooth supported loudspeaker delivers 30 watts of sound, and features a composite cable output to hook up to a TV, and a mic to take care of your hands-free calls.
Oral B Triumph
Save yourself a tooth/ear bashing on your next six month with the new improved Triumph electric toothbrush that now includes four dentist approved brushing modes, including polish and gentle for sensitive ol’ you.
Link: Oral B
Retro Cassette Cover
Still look back fondly at the days when you used to tape the Top 40 off the radio? Keep a permanent reminder of the Walkman era, with this silicone C60-style iPhone cover also comes with a plastic case for you to scribble playlists on.
The Taylor T3
Our suitably hi-tech, semi-hollow guitar namesake, the Taylor T3 turns HD humbuckers into single coils. Featuring a quilted maple top and designed as semi-hollowbody electric, we want one of these to rock out in the office pronto.
Link: Taylor Guitars
Call upon all your artistic skill with the Wii wireless drawing tablet that has now landed on the PlayStation 3. So now you can share your time evenly between killing zombies and creating a masterpiece.
Link: World of U Draw
Whether you want to get all nostalgic about those manual typing days, or want to recreate the opening credits of Murder She Wrote, this digitally upscaled typewriter should do the trick. It connects via USB which means you can connect it to your Mac, PC or your Apple iPad.
Link: USB Typewriter
Air Flo Controller
Sweaty mitts be gone, enjoy your PS3 time with cool, calm and no longer clammy hands no matter how long you play. There's two fan speeds depending on how intense your gaming session becomes and will glow a ice blue when the cooling system is in action.
Bayan 7 iPod and iPhone Dock
With five way 2.1 audio, 120W of power and dual iPod connectors this is one bad mother of a dock even if it looks like its been yanked out of the back of a boy racers' Ford Fiesta.
Boston Acoustics SoundWare S 5.1 Home Theater Sound System
5.1 surround sound, a 10-inch vented subwoofer and compact satellite speakers, sound system set-up should deliver enough bass to wake the neighbours from their Sunday morning lie-in.
Link: Boston Acoustics
Clap USB camera
Minimalist digital camera capable of shooting 1280x 1024p stills and 720p HD video with an inbuilt USB for easy transfers. Most importantly, it weighs just 24g and is small enough to fit into your pocket.
Collapsing to under 2.5-inches a silicon body and stainless steel base to let you knock up a four cup strong brew in the wild, sling this into a rucksack for your next big camping trip.
Griffin Vinyl iPhone 4S case
Looking for a unique home for your iPhone 4S? Take a real 7-inch vinyl, chop it up, slot it in a case for your Apple smartphone and you’ve got an eye catching conversation starter.
iLuv iSM524 Galaxy Dock
The first dock designed purposefully designed for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, rubber pads keep the Sammy tab in check and can be used in portrait and landscape mode. Crucially, a remote control is also included.
Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch
Mashing classic refinement and modern tech together with a happy conclusion sport a dapper pocket watch with LCD innards.
Link: Tokyo Flash
Klipsch Mode M40 Headphones
Leather ear cups over 40mm woofers offer premium audio noise cancelling audio with a unique aesthetic, while 15mm tweeter ensures all the crisp, clear highs required to drown out your fellow commuters.
MoviePeg iPad stand
Keep your tablet, alert, upright and ready for action. An expandable clasp means the heftier tabs still holding their Christmas weight are covered with ease.
Popa iPhone Camera Grip
Add an SLR-esque grip and large shutter button to your iPhone and you might not make you take better pics but you will sure look the biz.
Surface Tension Dual Arcade Table
Bring retro gaming home with a 19-inch LCD display, walnut finish and dual controls, tabletop fun for all will ensue. Toughened glass should help absorb your fist banging frustrations.
Link: Surface Tension
This open-source, Arduino-based universal camera trigger should work with most snappers and will have you remotely capturing snaps at will from any source.
Link: Trigger Trap
Enhance your golf swing with this smart glove that hosts sensors that relay pressure to a hand mounted display offering grip guidance. Expect real-time audio feedback if you are holding a little too tight to your club.
Electric Wine Opener
For fine diners everywhere, grab the speediest electric corkscrew on the market, insert the screw, remove the cork and have a much need sup in record breaking time.
The keytar didn’t die with the 80s, it is back and with more spandex, shameful hair and USB digital compatibility than ever. Sporting touch sensitive controls and support for MAC, PC and iPad al that is left is to own the stage, living room, garage etc.
Price: £199, Alessi
Sony's new handheld has finally landed in Blighty and with it one of the first of many wildly speculative peripherals to go with it. Freeing your hands from full rear panel access, this is certainly one way to get that console controller feeling on the Sony portable.
Price: £TBC, Bigben
Did you forget something Nintendo? If you've played Resident Evil Revelations or Metal Gear Solid: Snaker Eater 3D, you'll appreciate this ugly add-on that gives the 3DS a lovely right analogue till the console's inevitable design rethink.
Price: £15, Nintendo
Live TV on your iPhone or Android smartphone anyone? This add-on for your handset delivers access to legal streaming TV and 120 internet channels via the FilmOn app which includes the terrestrial TV big four and Channel 5.
Price: Dongle is free with £118 subscription to FilmOn worldwide TV package, FilmOn
Bring 35mm goodness to the digital age by playing film shot movie footage straight down your handset’s peeper. Invest in theLomoKinoScope Viewer and you can complete the vintage shooting experience.
Price: £20, Lomography.com
It's parted ways with Dre, and now Monster has teamed up with designer label Diesel for these edgy looking cans that sport a black, grey and brushed aluminium design with a cable that prevents tangling.
Price: Around £280, Monster
Nothing screams real class like carrying a bottle opener, attach it to an iPhone case, however and you are on to a boozy winner and you also have somewhere to keep your Apple smartphone safe and secure.
Price: £25, Opena
For aspiring climbers, this is the first headlamp with reactive lighting ensures perfect, auto-adjusting illumination when switching between trail spotting and map reading
Price: £135, Petzl
Make in your games room (or bedroom) for this celebratory pinball table which marks 50 years of Mick 'N' Keef in action. It's guaranteed to give you satisfaction.
Price: £5,300, Games Room Company
Harness the power of Mother Nature with a guaranteed 3 months of reading coming from the sun with the Kindle cover that is form-fitted with a solar panel discreetly tucked inside the casing. The panel can be used to power the reading light stashed within the case or even to charge the Kindle itself, via micro USB.
Price: £50, Solarmio.com
iPhone docks and Bluetooth setups are a dime a dozen these days but this hybrid speaker/dock boasts multiple input channels can be navigated with a handy little app to help stand out of the crowd.
Price: £300, Soundfreaq
Get your boogie on beneath the deep blue with the IPX8 certified device safe to up to 3m. With iPod Shuffle looks, the G4 Chrome has 4GB of storage (1,000 songs) and can clip to goggles a headband or a belt. An extra also means it is protected against salt and treated water should you choose to take it scuba diving.
Price: £40, Gearedtobefit
Fed up of being caught short on your scanning needs whilst away from the workplace or home office, pah, fret no more. This pint-sized scanner works with Android and iOS devices and hosts a rechargeable battery that will keep you scanning for 300 pages.
Price: £250, Xerox
A nifty little travel speaker with 3.5mm audio input and detachable speakers to create your own surround sound setup on the move, the Aporto is powered by USB amd should play nice with iPads, iPods and other music-churning devices.
Price: £35, Otoneaudio
This is FIFA’s highest rated ball – the exact one that will be on the pitch for the 2012 Champions League Final. Perfect for those inevitably short lived pre-Euro kickabouts.
Price: £ 82,00
Liven up your sessions in the swimming pool with this underwater MP3 player which ditches earbuds in favour of SAS-style bone-conduction audio tech.
For those who need their music amplified everywhere and anywhere, this pint-sized speaker turns any hard, flat surface into a speaker by vibrations. So, removing the need for bulky speakers.
Price: £90 I Release Date: Out now
This gaming controller is compatible with your smartphone or tablet. And it looks exactly like a NES pad, although the logo on the front looks and looks to close to “S-Hitty”.
Price: $24,99 I Release Date: Now
Gloriously over the top iPad speaker harks back to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. At least you don’t need any quarters after you shell out.
Price: $ 69 small, $ 99 medium, $ 249 large I Release Date: May/June 2012
For the technophile that just doesn’t want wires and docks upsetting his or her desk area aesthetic. In a cruel twist of fate, it appears that books are now reduced to eking out a living as iPhone chargers.
Price: £26.15 I Release Date: Now I Link: Etsy.com
La Sardina is a 70s-styled analogue camera with hammered metal finish and retro ‘Fritz the Blitz’ flash. Stick two fingers up to the digital age.
Price: £ 179
Plants do nothing for us but reduce greenhouse gases. The Petal Solar Light is a stylish alternative to actually keeping plants, and helpfully lights up the room too. Do not water. Ever.
Price: £9 I Release Date: April 2012 I Link: mohzy.com
Wrap Radio 6 and the rest of your favourite stations in the Union Jack with this jingoistic-yet-portable DAB that has a built in rechargeable battery. So you've got no excuse not knowing Olympic GB's medal haul.
Price: £80 I Release Date: Out now
Schreer Delights' new retro cases bring some retro-chic to your ugly, modern iPhone 4S, making it look like a first generation iPod, iMac or Macintosh.
This 5ft by 4ft by 2ft colossus of a beanbag is incredibly soft to sit on, and incredibly hard to get out of. Then again, why would you want too?
Unleash hellfire at virtual enemies. The Xaapr connects with your smartphone to make an AR-friendly blaster, and lets you convert your living room into a laser-quest arena.
Price: £ 29.99 I Release date: Summer 2012 I Link: Xapprgun.com
RSPB approved (we have no idea) these bird-based cans come in six different colours, have 3 pairs of buds and should be compatible with all of your iOS devices. With the game notching up over a billion downloads, expect more of the Angry merchandise to be on its way…
If you cannot bear to leave your Apple tablet behind even when you are knee-deep in mud over the festival season, you can keep your iPad powered up with this sun soaking charger. The LED indicator on the dock will let you know when you are back up to full battery capacity.
The portable speaker with the big sound (and one-time T3 office sound system) has been super-sized and now weighs in at a not so bag-friendly 1.23kg. Connecting to Bluetooth enabled devices just like the first Jambox, the 85 decibel speaker can be customized with apps and now has LiveAudio to help push that rich sound further than its smaller compatriot.
Price: £159.99 I Jawbone
Helping you wage war inna Babylon, these portable speakers are adorned in canvas and bamboo and come with a canvas sleeve, so you can have your tunes wherever you travel. A 3.5mm cable makes it compatible with most devices and requires 4 AAA batteries to keep the music playing.
The flat pack furniture pioneers have served up this cardboard camera which is secured by just two screws and takes digital right back to its roots. There’s no flash, or viewfinder, so it’s just you, a 2.3-megapixel camera sensor and your photographic skills.
If you need to make music on the move, this 25 key mini-marvel stands apart from the crowd thanks to iPad compatability by plugging the USB cable into the camera connector. There’s 25, 37 and 61 key versions with the latter ideal for any impromptu gigs outside a tube station.
Price: £TBC I Korg
What’s the biggest event of the year? If your response to that question is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee you might well be interested in this commemorative edition of the Evoke Mio that also marks Pure’s 10th anniversary. Boasting the same light sensor and kitchen timer features as the standard model, the Union Jack emblazoned DAB radios are available to buy now.
Born through its popularity on crowd-funding website Kickstarter, you can now bid adieu to tangled headphone/USB cable misery with this brilliant simple wire-windery thing that plays nice with your headphone mics to help keep them in one piece.
For those who still need a home phone in their life, this retro cordless number has a 1.4-inch backlit display with a 100 name phonebook and a powerful 4W speaker that will not only outclass most home phones, but looks much better too.
Price: £69.95 I John Lewis
Want to use your iPad to create the ulimate Apple workstation? This sturdy L-Shaped stand that hovers in the air, can be tilted in any direction making it perfect for watching movies on the gorgeous Retina Display while you pretend to do some work.
When this force infused alarm clock goes off you’ll know about it, easily solved though. Throw at nearest wall to snooze. No lightsabre for training purposes included.
Price: £19.99 I Frontline Hobbies
Upping the storage ceiling to a sizeable 2TB this hard drive Hercules has plenty of storage space for your videos, holiday snaps and library of music, plus USB 2.0 and 3.0 compatibility which means you can transfer over your content three times quicker than you can over USB 2.0.
Price: £179 I WDC