Gadgets

We didn't have to travel far to find some delights for this month's selection thanks to The Gadget Show Live Event at the Birmingham NEC.

1. Panasonic DMR-XS350 High-Definition Recorder with DVD archiving

This model is compatible with freesat+ (DVBS2), allowing consumers to view and capture digital satellite broadcasts in outstanding picture quality. It is equipped with twin tuners, making it possible to record two programmes at the same time. Programmes on the hard-disk drive can be converted to H.264 format and saved. By compressing data more compactly than standard direct record, this format lets viewers use their hard-disk space more efficiently or store up to 24 hours of HD content on a single Blu-ray disc. It is also compatible with Blu-ray standard's BD-Live function, so users can download special features from the Internet. Users can also connect the recorder to a compatible Dolby True HD amplifier.

www.panasonic.co.uk [new window]

Price tbc, available from June

2. Go Cycle Hybrid Bike

This is a lightweight electric bike which brings a number of style and performance firsts to city-specific two-wheelers. Gocycle's design engineer, Richard Thorpe, cut his teeth working in lightweight vehicle design for companies such as McLaren before turning his attention to bicycles. The Gocycle can switch to instant electric power at the touch of a button. Its entire frame and wheels are injection-moulded in lightweight magnesium alloy in a process called Thixomoulding. The electric motor and controller are packaged in the easily replaceable front motor fork assembly, and the motor is hidden away in the cycle's front hub. The rider can quickly reach 15mph and a single charge, which takes approximately three hours, will provide a range of up to 20 miles depending on pedal input

www.gocycle.com [new window]

£1,158

3. Garmin FR60 sports watch

The FR60 is an advanced watch that is simple to use. It measures the fitness factors that are important for everyone, every day from how far and how fast you complete your workout to how many calories you've burned and your heart rate - it's a complete solution whether you're in the gym or the local park. Your workouts can be wirelessly downloaded to your PC or Mac using ANT+ technology, so that you can keep an eye on your progress. The lightweight watch and heart rate monitor can be combined with a featherweight footpod or a Garmin bike sensor which, with rear-wheel mounted speed and cadence sensor, will work equally well on the road, trail or indoors on the turbo trainer.

www.simplysportswatches.co.uk [new window]

£129.99 

4. S-Jays In-Earphones

Swedish designer Jays has lifted the lid on the latest addition to its in-earphone range - the S-Jays. With a funky, contoured design and super styling, these are the first earphones from Jays to be equipped with a powerful armature that delivers thumping bass. Combining precision highs with colourful mids, they give a completely new audio experience. The isolating sound system reduces ambient noise leaving you to focus solely on your amazing sounds, even at low volumes. The earphones come with five pairs of silicon sleeves in different sizes to give the perfect individual fit.

www.jaysearphones.co.uk [new window]

£64.99

5. X-Desk

According to Epson, this is the first commercially available multi-touch screen interactive tabletop.

Developed by Impressx and Engage and powered by Epson's 3LCD projectors, the X-Desk transforms an ordinary surface into a vibrant multi-touch interactive display - allowing people to physically interact with their digital content such as photos and videos. It even recognises objects such as phones and MP3 players when they are placed on the surface.

Easy to use and programme, the X-Desk allows people to move items back and forth and alter sizes simply with their fingers. With X-Desk, the 52in interactive display opens up a world of possibilities for businesses and consumers.

www.epson.co.uk [new window]

Price and availability tbc

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