Compiled by CIARA O'BRIEN
Sonic Screwdriver remote $100
One of those gadgets that promises to help change your lazy ways, Fitbug tracks your steps and movements and soon as you clip it on.You give it basic information at the start, download the smartphone app and your Fitbug will quietly transfer your data throughout the day via Bluetooth. It’s a bit more than a fancy pedometer; yes, it counts your steps, but it also links in to an online system that helps you keep track of your nutrition and general wellbeing. There are regular email updates on your progress, tips and healthy eating targets too. Just what you need for your new year fitness regime.
If rappers can do it, so can rockers. And Motorhead is getting in on the personal audio act. Lemmy even showed up at CES in Las Vegas to promote the branded headphones. There are a few different versions, but the over- ear Motörizer combines excellent sound quality with some handy extras, such as inline mic and volume controls. The band’s logo is also fairly prominent, so you’re wearing your music tastes in a very public way. They’re robust and made for rock – what more do you want?
This small accessory for your iPhone opens up new possibilities for your photographs. The detachable lens has three options in one: a fish eye lens, a wide angle lens and a macro lens. No matter what type of photographs you take on your phone, Olloclip could be a good addition. It addresses some of the shortcomings of a cameraphone – no need to cut out some of your shot thanks to the wide angle option, and the macro lens allows you to get up close to your subject. The carry bag also doubles as a cleaning cloth.
Forget about the average remote control – wouldn’t it be more fun to control your TV or music dock with a sonic screwdriver? This programmable remote is gesture based, so you can rotate it to turn the volume up or down, flick it to change TV channels – in fact up to 39 different gestures can be learned and stored so you can astound people with your “magic” remote. And to top it all off, you can lock it down with a personal code, so only you can change the channel.