Tech tools

The Canon Ixus 255 HS, the HTC One, the LumoBack Posture Sensor and the Fuel charger

Thu, Apr 11, 2013, 01:00

Canon 255 HS

From € 250

Now that the pixel count on most point-and-shoot cameras has gone mind-boggling high, the latest selling point appears to be wifi. And the Canon Ixus 255 HS is no exception. The camera bundles in a 10x zoom to get you close to the action, teams it with a 24mm wide angle lens and snaps images with a 12.1 megapixel sensor. There are, as you’d expect from a Canon Ixus, full HD movies, plenty of automatic scenes and creative modes to choose from, and extras such as Face ID to pick out up to 12 of your most important subjects automatically. Once you’re done, you can share the images online directly from the camera over its built in wifi.

Htc One

From € 99 on billpay; from € 579 on prepay

The smartphone market is certainly becoming a battleground with high standards. Ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, the HTC One has already beaten it to the Irish market, promising to reshape your smartphone experience. I’m not sure about reshaping it, but it is certainly a worthy contender to the iPhone. The sleek aluminium finish, the large, detailed screen and the dual speakers on the front that give surprisingly good sound considering their size, are all reasons why this Android phone is turning heads. HTC is also selling its camera as a major feature, offering decent performance in low light and extras such as the ability to create composite shots and continuously shoot with one press.

LumoBack Posture Sensor


You know how they say there’s an app for that? Well now you can say the same about your back’s health. Except the app requires a specific sensor to be much good, namely the LumoBack Posture sensor. Working in tandem with the app, this slimline sensor will give you a gently reminder when you’re slouching – a small vibration – and also monitor all your movement during the day. The idea is to make you more aware of your posture and improve it over time. It may stop your back problems before they really take hold.

Fuel charger


Claiming to be the world’s smallest mobile phone charger, the Microfuel charger would be great in an emergency. It’s definitely miniature, at 1.3in by 0.9in by 0.5in in size. It can sit on your keyring until it’s needed to save the day. Sort of like a pocket-sized super hero, but minus the ridiculous costume. There are different versions for the iPhone and other manufacturers that use the common micro USB charger. It holds its charge for at least a month, according to its manufacturer, and can be powered up through a micro USB charger. When it’s needed, all you have to do is connect it to your phone, and voila – power.