The best of the Gadget Show Live @ Christmas – part 2

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Make sure you check out part one of this guide from yesterday.

The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas brought all sorts of fun and games to East London. We had a play with a few choice items.

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Fridja
Ironing is very few people’s idea of a rollicking good time but the Fridja ironing system was the second most desirable item I saw in the whole show (after the OP-1). As I’m often fresh, dressed like a million bucks I need my garments to look crisp. Fridja brings high grade garment steaming to the people, and at £99 it’s at a fraction of the cost of a local dry cleaners.

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Replicator 2 3D Printer
If you read Chris Anderson’s Makers (or even just my review of the book here) you’ll know that there’s a brave new world of 3D printing, where people can apply all the exciting and collaborative elements of Web 2.0 and apply them to the real world of bits and bobs. The Replicator is great for knocking up all sorts of amazing knick knacks, although at £1799 is far from an impulse purchase.

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Star Wars landed in the late 70s and then never really went away. And there’s even a possibility that the recently announced sequels buy Disney might be … well good. I was charmed by this inflatable remote controlled R2D2 which can spin 360 degrees and generally float around. It’s best feature is its self-righting system that defies being knocked over – as was throughly tested by the gang of schoolboys I saw trying to give poor Artoo the kicking of his life.

Stickem
Stickems are simple screen wipes made from ultra fine microfibres. What makes sticks special – and fun – is their “self -cling” backing that means you can pop them on the back of your tablet or smartphone and have them handy any time you want to remove any make-up, oil, grease of whatever you happen to have covering your phone. They come in a range of fun designs in collaboration with up and coming artists so they’re a good way of keeping your phone clean and personal.

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Mu
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest and we just need to take time to think about the simple things that we take for granted. The Mu rethinks the ubiquitous three-pin and makes it a portable pleasure for the pocket-focused smartphone world. The Mu folds down to a compact 14mm completely hiding the three pins via a clever (and patented) swivel mechanism, making The Mu 70 per cent smaller than a standard plug.

C.VOX clothing: Make loud fashion statements

Like audio and warmth? You’re not alone and C.VOX (Communiqué Vox) have just the thing for you – a range of clothing with built-in headphones, speakers and a control system, which has just launched in Debenhams.

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If you know Skinnydip you’ll be familiar with their range of beenie and trapper hats that feature built-in speakers. The C.VOX range of clothing is a much more detailed approach and a much more extensive range of clothing. C.VOX’s most impressive item is the stylish jacket pictured above, which includes a sound system and hands free set yet remains completely machine washable.

We are thrilled to be offering such an innovative product to our customers. The range incorporates fashion, technology and practicality at a competitive price.”“It is the perfect, safety conscious way to conceal gadgets whilst still being able to freely use them in public, it’s the must have item for any commuter.

Paul Baldwin, Head of Menswear Buying

It’s certainly great for those of you who often lose headphones or who have tangled cables everywhere they go. Inside the jacket is a simple 3.5 mm jack so you can connect most portable music player or smartphones. A built in washable speaker, microphone and control system on the sleeve allows the wearer to skip, pause and play music as well as answer and hang up calls.Earphones are wired through the jacket and concealed in the collar to avoid any unnecessary tangling.

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The C.VOX range for men and kids includes jackets, gilets and hooded sweatshirts. We got to try the C.VOX range hooded sweatshirts which have playback controls hidden inside – near the top of the zip. This was good if you had the top slightly open but it would be good if you could pause without opening the jacket. The sounds quality was surprisingly good – especially if you had the speakers directly on your ears. You could also hang them by side of your head and still get some ambient sound – which was great for audio, although you lost some of the power of music that way.

The C.VOX range has been created to push the boundaries in functional technology and fashion. We look forward to developing and launching new clothing lines with the latest innovations and trends for the coming seasons.

Peter Layzell spokesperson for C.VOX

Prices range from £33 for children and from £65 for men.

Ex3D eyewear: Putting some style into 3D glasses

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When it comes to fashion, 3D glasses are never high on the list of must-wears. They are bad enough at home, when you are in the comfort of your own privacy, but at cinemas there is no hiding from the fact that you, well, look a bit stupid wearing them.

However, the embarrassment could be coming to an end thanks to Ex3D’s new range of stylish 3D glasses. Using M3D lens technology, and designed with style in mind, the range of glasses will ensure you look almost as good as the picture you’re watching. With the exception of Clash of the Titans, of course.

With 3D TVs selling more than ever, and no end of new films released in three dimensions, the time has never been better to invest in a pair of these glasses. Starting from only £25 each for a pair with plastic frames or from £50 for metal frames, the glasses not only look good, but are affordable too. They even offer UV protection, meaning you don’t just have to wear them in front of the box, you can see the whole world in glorious 3D!

If you would like to find out more information on how to get your hands on a pair of the new Ex3D glasses, visit www.ex3d.com.

New Braun cruZer6 range: Beard science

Are beards “in”? I’m never really sure. Latest Gadgets towers isn’t the most stylish of places and I was once described as having the fashion sense of a partially sighted vagrant – whose wife had just left him. But I’m seeing a lot of beards go past me on fixed-gear bicycles on East London. In fact I live in East London, ride a “fixie” and have a beard. Maybe I’ve accidentally become cool without signing up for it.

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If (like me) you live on the bleeding edge of fashion, you’ll want to keep your facial hair sharper than the conversation at the Algonquin Round Table. Fortunately for you young man (or unfortunately for you young woman), Braun have released a range of hair clippers and trimmers to keep your follicles from folly.

Beard and Head
The new Braun cruZer6 beard & head is the perfect tool for styling your beard and head. I could stop there really. There’s a click and lock function and a dual battery system for beard trimming power. There’s also a small precision trimmer if you think throwing some shapes on your face will look good (it won’t).

Body
If you’re brimming with hair all over … leave it and just feel good about your body the way it is. But if you *have* to be smooth the Braun cruZer6 body cleverly changes from a trimmer to a shaver at the touch of a button. The Braun cruZer6 body is suitable for all body areas, even as the box puts it “down there” so if you have particularly hairy toes you are in luck. It also features cutting-edge (I refuse to make that pun) wet & dry technology so you can shave and trim in the same stroke in the shower.

Face
The cruZer6 face is 3-in-1 shaver, styler and trimmer so if you want lots, some or no hair on your face they’ve got you covered. As with the body, the wet & dry technology means it can easily be used in the shower, while the advanced SmartFoil technology efficiently captures hair growing in different directions..

Precision
Perfectionist? Need to fine tune your style? The cruZer6 precision trimmer features a trimming head with extra-fine teeth for highly detailed face work and comes with two additional trimming combs. Being smaller than a pen, this handy moustache trimmer fits in every toiletry bag and has a dignified little stand to go along with it.

Face – £69.99
Body – £49.99
Beard & Head – £49.99
Precision – £18.99

Out now from Amazon

Vodafone unveils designer phone-charging bag

Not content with merely sponsoring London Fashion Week, Vodafone UK have gone one step further and collaborated with British designer Richard Nicoll to produce a women’s tote bag that also doubles as a phone charger. The bag was revealed at LFW on Monday as part of Nicoll’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

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The designer, whose previous clients include Julianne Moore and Kylie Minogue, has solved a long-running issue for women everywhere, who need to use their smartphone or tablet while on the go, by merging style with practicality. “We wanted to create a collaborative product that fused fashion and technology,” Nicholl explained. “The recharging bag is especially relevant for my collection this season, because it’s about the notion of work and all its facets in modern times. Vodafone have helped bring this idea alive in a way that we never could have done ourselves.”

The bag charges items magnetically; users simply pop their phone or tablet into the bag’s inside pocket and attach it to one of the cables inside. These are retractable, so the phone can still be used while it’s charging. The bag holds enough charge to power a smartphone for a couple of days; once exhausted, it recharges using a magnetic charger attached to the outside of the bag.

A Bluetooth-enabled LED charm hangs off the bag’s strap and indicates when you have incoming calls, text, notifications, and how much battery life remains. While the design might not satisfy all tastes, the bag is manufactured using quality leather by British leather goods company Tusting.

Vodafone UK’s Director of Brand Marketing, Danielle Crook, said: “Our partnership with Richard Nicoll has resulted in a first for the fashion industry and a unique initiative for women everywhere who want to keep connected.” During LFW so far, Vodafone has kept attendees in touch by providing charging benches underneath the front row of each show; this bag takes that concept and applies it on a national scale. Next step: the phone-charging man satchel.

Currys collaborates with fashion designer

We do not usually talk fashion here at LG Towers but London Fashion Week is upon us. To the men reading this, that means catwalk models stomping up and down the runway and you laugh uncontrollably at the insane clothes. If I said there is a dress made entirely of just HDMI cables, would you believe me? In the run-up to London Fashion Week, Sandstrom collaborated with knitwear extraordinaire, Craig Lawrence to make just such a dress. Sandstrom is a Scandinavian technology brand known for their design, available exclusively at Currys and PC World. Craig Lawrence is a rising star in the fashion world and known for his complex knitwear.

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So what has this got to do technology? The Sandstrom Cable Knit dress was hand knitted with 500 metres of premium Sandstrom gold series HDMI cables. Currys says that HDMI cables are ‘unsung heroes and can make the difference between a good viewing experience and a great one.’ There are three series of HDMI cables at Sandstrom. The Black series is the entry level made with standard copper. The Silver series is the mid-level and raises the transfer rate and made from oxygen free copper. The Gold series the premium and has the highest transfer rate and can transmit the highest resolutions including 4k x2k. The copper is treated making it oxygen-free thermal conductivity copper.

Ever since the introduction of HDMI, there has been the never-ending debate of does the expensive HDMI cables offer better picture? I believe you get what you pay for. The difference may be negligible in some cases but put them side by side and you will spot the difference.

The Black series starts from £39.99. The Silver series starts from £69.99 and the Gold Series starts from £84.99. If you would like to see the Sandstrom cable knit dress, it will be going on tour around Currys store in the UK. It is currently at the Currys Tottenham Court Road Store near Warren Street Station for a few days. Catch it while you can!

Homedics 3D, Homedics Me & V05 Perfect Cut

Did you miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday? If you are getting ready for Christmas, we have a few ideas for relaxation and grooming. Instead of rushing about on Christmas Eve, why not order some of these beauties to make someone very happy or even treat yourself. Come Christmas Eve, relax, put your feet up and wait for the party to begin. We have top of the range massagers to ease all those aches and pains and the latest gadgets for male grooming.

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Recently, I got to try the Homedics 3D Shiatsu Back and Shoulder Massager and I felt like I was in heaven. Well the 3D theme has managed to reach massagers as it creates a 3D massage experience that uses Shiatsu, Vibration massage and soothing heat. It has 29 settings including spot massage to concentrate on any sore spots. I could really feel it kneading my back and working its way up, I had to be pried away from this. It has a carry bag to make it portable and easy to store. Available from department stores for £229.99.

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Any woman will tell you that shaving, epilating and waxing is tedious, messy and painful depending on your weapon of choice. End the cycle of unwanted hair with Homedics me. It is the first at-home elos (IPL and radio frequency) hair reduction system. It is more effective than IPL alone and claims to reduce hair by up to 89% after only four treatments. It can be all over the body, from the cheeks down, and a full body treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. It is very quick because works by gliding over the skin in one continuous motion and requires no preparation or gel. It is available from Boots for £449, reduced to £399 for November and December.

VO5

Over 50% of men that use hair clippers cut their own hair, however, the vast majority of hair clippers are not designed for self-cutting. For the gentleman, VO5 have a new grooming range including the VO5 Perfect Cut designed for easy self-cutting. It is ergonomically designed and rotates in your hand to give you the perfect cutting angle. It has a balding comb and 6 length attachments from 2 to 15 mm. It also includes a Left/Right Taper Comb to get a perfect cut around the ears. Available from Tesco for £39.99 with a 1/3 off in November and December. Happy grooming!

VO5 Extreme Style Perfect Cut Hair Clippers review

Perhaps we’re vain (or not bald), but at LatestGadgets, we’re unlike the 50%+ of men who cut their hair at home. Realistically, it’s probably because we don’t trust ourselves with clippers – it’s particularly difficult to do the bit behind your hair when you 1.) Can’t see it, 2.) Have to use an annoying grip. Luckily, the VO5 Extreme Style Perfect Cut Hair Clippers arrived through our letterbox last week, which alleviates the grip issue.

Clippers

VO5’s Perfect Cut hair clipper has been ergonomically designed for comfortable and easy self-cutting, with a design that can be rotated in your hand to give you better access to those hard-to-reach areas. It’s basically a big circle, but it feels cool and it really does make clipping a whole lot easier.

Our initial impression was that the clippers were a bit bigger than expected – but having never used a self-clipper before, that’s neither here nor there. It was definitely light enough to use in comfort, and the grip meant that there was no trouble reaching even the most confusing cutting angles.

The cutting performance also impressed – there was no need to re-do previously shaved areas, and the hair cut straight away, without any “hair-pulling” that you find on blunter razors or scissors.

The device comes with seven attachments, including a 0mm “Balding comb”. The other lengths are 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15mm, giving enough of a range for all kinds of shaving needs. There’s also a left and right taper comb, to cut around the areas with a gentle slant.

You can change clips easily by squeezing the sides, although it’s important to remember that it comes with the balding comb already attached. We spent an embarrassing two minutes trying to attach a comb over the top of it. Otherwise, it’s so simple to use, hold and cut that we’re suitably impressive.

Tech-wise, it’s powered on the mains and has a built-in re-chargeable battery, with a blue LED charging indicator. You’ll get 40 minutes of clipping action out of a 12 hour charge (ouch, no fast-charge here, although really, how often do you need a last-minute haircut?).

All in all, we’re not sure whether it’s an inherent ability to cut hair, or the VO5 Perfect Cut clippers, but after a three-minute self-cut, we’re looking as sharp as clippers’ blades. If anything, the Perfect Cut has made us feel more comfortable cutting our own hair – and we’ll do it again.

Get the VO5 Perfect Cut for £39.99 from Tesco, Tesco Direct and other electrical suppliers.