Wear your heart on your sleeve, track your kids and get cooking tips from a rocket scientist with the latest tech.
“Two cords and a sole” is the tagline for Keen’s rather freaky new sandal. And it’s also a fairly good description - the Uneek is formed from a fairly standard sole and two polyester cords that have been rather intricately knotted and interweaved together. They’ve neglected to mention some small bits of upper also, but that’s marketing for you. The idea behind the tagline is the cords are very good at moulding to the wearer’s foot, giving support as would a normal shoe, but with the freedom and air movement of a sandal. The cord cage can act as a bit of a grit trap, though.
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The first QHD or ‘Quad HD’ phone to be widely available is the G3. Sure, the resolution may not be 4K, it’s only 1.8 times a Full HD display. But in a 5.5” display, that’s some serious pixel density - and that’s not the end to the G3’s high-end specifications, which also include 13MP camera that takes 2160p video at 30 frames per second, with optical stabilisation too, the obligatory quad-core chip and a 3000mAh battery. In other words, this is designed to beat other high-end phones on most specs and at least match them on the rest. For that, the price is also welcome.
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Scalextric for the 21st century? Drive gets rid of slots and controllers in favour of app control and rechargeable cars. Then adds “laser” weaponry to let cars fight and race. The system involves a micro-dotted race map so the cars know where they are. Up to four cars can race at once (controlled by players or AI). Using the app, players don’t steer the terrifically fast cars, but switch “lanes”, choose speed and fire weapons. Weapons and cars can be permanently “upgraded” by points earned in the race and tracked in the app. More cars and tracks are on the way.
A wearable designed for pre-school and primary-age children - allowing anxious parents to keep a track on their wayward children on a smartphone via GPS and wi-fi. Parents can also ring the KizON, and if the child fails to pick up within ten seconds, the call is automatically connected so parents can hear what’s going. The child’s KizON can also call one number (presumably the parent’s phone) at any time. The KizON is water and stain resistant, comes in pink, blue and green - and will feature branded optional cases. Brilliant idea or creepy kid-tracker? You decide… KizON launches in Korea, arriving in Europe and US later this year.
TomTom Runner Cardio
One of the first fitness watches to feature a heartrate sensor built in - so you don’t need to wear an awkward strap round your chest. On the back of the watch is a Mio optical heartrate monitor that shines two green LEDs into your skin, with an electro-optical cell detecting the pulse. Heartrate straps can slip or move about when sweaty, can feel awkward and often aren’t waterproof. In comparison, the Runner Cardio is waterproof to 50m and features all the usual GPS running watch features, including up to eight hour battery with both GPS and heartrate tracking on.
A “real-life rocket scientist” at Oxford University had a hand in the design of these rather radical cooking pans. The FIN-X technology, designed using thermo-dynamics modelling used to develop jet fuel engines, is claimed to improves energy efficiency on gas hobs up to 40 percent, compared to equivalent, non-finned pans - by ensuring flames and heat that go up the sides of the pans don’t just end up dissipating in the air. The makers also claim that as well as the pans requiring less energy to heat, they’re also more even in heat distribution (even when used on electric, ceramic or halogen hobs). The range is also overproof to 205 degrees.