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100 per cent cotton work shirts designed not to show up sweat stains if you cycle to work, have to run for the bus on a hot day or just tend to sweat in a suit. SmartWeave are rather vague about how exactly they treat the cotton, but admit their unique coating is applied at fibre level. Once treated, the cotton wicks perspiration off the skin to the inside of the shirt, spreading it over a large surface area. The result is that sweat dries quickly and doesn't "pool" in any patch, leading to an embarassingly dark armpit area.
Arriving August 2014 in the US (European launch dates TBA) is the next phase in everyone's favourite building bricks interfacing with the digital world. Fusion is clearly aimed at a younger audience than Mindstorms' intricate sensor and robot-building kits. Instead the sets are about using smartphones or tablets as an augmented reality gateway to Lego. Kids build sets, then use phone screens to see overlaid games or further blueprints. There's four sets initially, including town building, battling fantasy towers and a racetrack - with each clearly riffing off existing videogame genres. No Minecraft sets yet, though.
This multi-room, streaming audio Sonos rival has a distinctly and uniquely high-end audiophile approach. All digital-analogue converters are 24 bit/192kHz as a minimum (the one in the £599 PowerNode is 35-bit/844kHz) ensuring you can access "higher than CD quality" audio streams and digital files. Like its wireless rivals, the Bluesound range includes several different products for different uses - Node and PowerNode plug into existing hi-fis, Pulse includes speakers and Vault adds a CD-ripper and 1TB hard drive. All also feature Bluetooth, NAS drive and USB compatibility and smartphone/tablet apps and can be run independently or together in concert.
Medical alert bracelets and other medical devices with a built-in NFC chip. More and more people now have NFC-equipped smartphones, including ambulence paramedics. So the idea is that by tapping a phone to the bracelet, card or keyfob, a first responder or paramdic can get an instant wealth of information about the wearer including: allergies, known medical conditions, blood group and a photo to identify. On top of that, regular medications, a key message (for instance "I have a heart condition, spray is in my bag, spray once in my mouth") and date of birth can be stored.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
The world's first 4K video-recording bridge camera. But Ultra-High-Definition video, four times the quality of full-HD, isn't the only draw here. The FZ1000 boasts an impressive spec list including 1in 20.1 MP MOS sensor, 16x optical zoom with optical image stabilisation, and autofocus of 0.08 seconds. The extra capabilities mean it's a bit bulkier and pricier than the standard bridge. But there's two extra advantages of 4K capability: even down-ressed movies in full-HD look better shot on 4K first; and you can use 4K video as a way of getting 25fps burst shots at 8MP for as long as you want.
Onkyo Dolby Atmos range
from £100 (AV receivers from £2,000)
There's a new surround-sound home cinema format in town. Six speaker ‘5.1’ setups featuring a centre, left and right speaker front and rear and a subwoofer are the most common surround setups in British homes, although high-end systems routinely throw in a left and rear side pair also. Now Dolby wants you to move from 5.1 or 7.1 to 5.1.2 or 7.1.2 with the ‘.2’ denoting two extra ceiling-mounted speakers, which will be fed a separate signal. Dolby claims Atmos adds further immersive atmosphere to surround sound. And renowned AV manufacturer Onkyo is first to release its updated Atmos-friendly range.