Red5 launch four ‘essential’ holiday gadgets for serious timewasters

When you are off on your travels, with so many things to see, places to discover and sites to explore, why would you need to be ‘entertained’ by gadgetry? Well perhaps on the plane, train, car or bus we could do with something to play with in order to kill some time, especially if we’re delayed. Being firmly engrossed in the holiday season, people are likely to be on the lookout for such ‘time-killing’ products at present and Latest Gadgets thought a feature about four new ‘summer travelling entertainment’ gadgets, launched by Red5.co.uk, the ‘ultimate gadget shop’, would therefore be appropriate.

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Go Pad

Remember good old Gameboys that caused a storm in the early 1990s? Well the Go Pad, being reminiscent of a Gameboy, will bring all those memories of early gaming flooding back. This small and portable gaming device is likely to keep you entertained on a plane, train, bus or car, if you’re a gaming enthusiast that is and providing you’re not the one driving!

The Go Pad can also be connected to your laptop or notebook so that you have even more control of your gaming experience.

For just £17.95, the Go Pad could be worth a go, at least if not just to keep the kids entertained.

Darth Vader LEGO LED Keychain

You never know when you may have a power cut in countries like Spain and Greece, and if there is no generator backup system, you can be sitting around twiddling your thumbs without electricity for hours. Don’t let a lack of light be a problem if this situation arises on your holiday and take a Darth Vader LEGO LED Keychain with you. Press Darth Vader’s tummy and he will light the way, great if you do happen to have a power cut or are camping, but an unnecessary item if you are not camping or are not involuntarily plunged into darkness.

Joystick-IT

I don’t know about you but I would rather encourage my kids to be out in the open air on holiday, discovering new places and experiences on holiday, rather than cooped up playing video games. Red5.co.uk don’t seem to share my sentiments of holidays being an educational and cultural experience, as they have labelled yet another gaming accessory as being an essential holiday gadget. Add the Joytick IT to your touchscreen and bring your tablet-based gaming to the next level – Ditch the joystick, get outside and have some fun, don’t you mean?

Bear Grylls Survival Kits

Now this one’s more like it! Adventurer Bear Grylls has worked alongside Gerber and created an extensive outdoor survival kit. The kit includes ‘essential’ knives, tools and gears, to help you survive any potential disaster your camping holiday may entail.

For more information head to Red5.

Sony NGP preview round up: Bringing the “kitchen sink to the console wars”

PC World quite wittily describes Sony’s “next-generation portable” – codenamed the NGP – as bringing “the kitchen sink to the console wars”, meaning the console has got every type of gaming input possible. Whilst Ars Technica’s account of Sony’s new portable console, contains a little less sarcasm, being described as being “packed with technology and features, matching the power of the Playstation 3.” CNET’s first impression of the highly anticipated portable console is that it, “looks like a great handheld console, thanks to its powerful and innovative hardware system.” Whilst Engadget’s somewhat more neutral and dispassionate analysis, revolves mostly around the NGP’s five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality.

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Whatever the description, flicking from one technology site to another, there is no escaping a review of the Sony NGP, after all 2011 is dubbed to become a huge year for mobile gaming, not only through the continued explosion in gaming apps for the Android and iPhone, but also due to the arrival of two new handheld consoles – the Sony NGP and the Nintendo 3DS.

The specs remain a constant feature in the outburst of NGP reviews exploding onto the technology critics’ front pages at present, namely that the console will come equipped with a 5” screen, a touchpad at the back of the device, front and rear facing cameras and two micro-analog sticks to stimulate the DualShock experience.

Somewhat predictably there are a handful of comparative accounts occupying several of the technology publication’s pages, intensely scrutinizing the similarities and differences between the NGP and the Playstation Portable. One difference favourable to the NGP, picked out by Ars Technica, is the fact that Sony takes advantage of the flash memory feature, by basing its games on a small flash memory based card. According to Sony:

“this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or game save data directly on to the card. Ars Technica describe Sony placing its games on a memory card as a “wise move: memory is inexpensive, and the optical drive sapped the Playstation Portable’s battery.”

The one point that remains consistent throughout the many reviews and critiques of the Sony NGP, is not what Sony have divulged about the new portable gaming console, but what the company have not revealed. No price has been announced, arguably one of the hunted pieces of information sought by an eagerly awaiting public. Besides the exclusion of even a hint of what the NGP is likely to cost, no specific date has been given to when the NGP will be released, other than, as Engadget asserts, “available this holiday season”. But which holiday season, we all cry!