Cameras you wear, phones for anywhere and power from the air - consumer technology for the future, here today.
OMG Life Autographer
A revolutionary wearable camera that automatically takes pictures of what it thinks is interesting in your day. The Autographer, created in Oxford, is a small still camera you clip or hang on yourself, that uses a series of five onboard sensors (colour, passive infrared motion sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer and temperature) to detect changes around it to constantly judge if it’s a good moment to take a picture. You set how many pictures you want to take an hour. It’ll snap up to 2,000 a day at 5MP resolution with enough battery for a day and storage for 12 days.
Canon EOS 100D
£570 (body only)
The smallest, lightest APS-C dSLR ever, the EOS 100D has a host of features you’d expect in far larger, bulkier rivals. As well as the 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, there’s 4 fps burst shooting, Full HD movie capture and both an optical viewfinder and 7.7cm touchscreen. Yet it weighs a mere 407g and is the size of many “compact system cameras”. Unlike those, however, it can use any standard EOS lenses - there’s 75 from Canon alone. The result is a camera that’s almost as versatile as full-size enthusiast-level dSLRs, but with the carry-anywhere form factor of a much smaller camera.
Pure Jongo T2/T4/T6
Sonos now has a serious and cheaper rival - the Jongo range. Three new speakers (pictured at the back here) join the existing speaker and hi-fi connection puck. Each speaker can wirelessly stream music from a phone or tablet via Bluetooth. Or it can work as part of a multiroom system - playing the same audio simultaneously on different Jongos through your home. You can also pair two Jongos to form a stereo system (no doubt Pure is working on a way to rival Sonos’ surround sound living room setup also). And Pure’s Connect music streaming app works with the Jongos too.
Launching this autumn, the SATcase turns a standard Android smartphone into a satellite phone. Using the app, you can even use your existing contacts book. Initially SATcase is designed to hold Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 phones, but the manufacturer is aiming to support other popular models. The case itself is IP-67 and MIL-810 standard water and dustproof and impact-resistant, plus it floats with the phone in. You still need a satellite airtime contract to use it anywhere, but either way it also acts as a personal distress beacon, sending out emergency location data on common frequencies (406MHz, 161MHz and 156.8MHz for marine rescue and 457kHz for avalanche beacon).
August Smart Lock
This Yves Behar-designed app-controlled lock is designed to bring the mobile and social media worlds to the distinctly old-school industry of opening and shutting doors. Give out different app ‘keys’ that feature different time controls - ie a 24/7 key to your kids but a one hour a week key to your cleaner; keep a log of who comes in and goes out, when; and you can set it to auto-unlock via Bluetooth as you approach. The Smart Lock features deadbolt attachment adapters to fit most common locks and installs in the same space as a standard lock. Makes hanging on to your phone even more important, though.
Brunton Hydrogen Reactor
This portable battery charger based on hydrogen/oxygen reaction has already scooped a Gold Award at the OutDoor show in Germany. Recharge devices via a standard USB socket at 5V/2A via the device that screws a hydrogen ‘core’ in, then let it react with oxygen in the air around. Each core can recharge an iPhone five or six times. The cores can then be recharged using a Brunton Hydrolyser at participating outdoor stores or at home (£4 per recharge, home Hydrolyser £TBA). Best of all, there’s no toxic waste product from using or recharging. Brunton also offers its standard ‘UProof’ no-quibble lifetime guarantee on the product.