Garmin Forerunner 630 with HRM-Run


Join the Rebel Alliance, track your run, protect your neck, touch your computer and piano keyboard… and watch your toast.

Garmin Forerunner 630 with HRM-Run


This cutting-edge running watch promises to measure your performance and motivate you more than ever before. Its built-in GPS, chest-strap heart-rate monitor and advanced brainpower give you metrics on everything from stride length and ground contact symmetry to lactate threshold, VO2 max and stress score. Basically it tracks your legs and your ticker beautifully, while smartphone notifications and audio prompts during and between workouts are designed to motivate your training. The 630's colour touchscreen doubles as a smartwatch and activity tracker. And the whole package is 50m water-resistant, so it need never leave your wrist.

Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Headset


Look like a fighter pilot for the Rebel Alliance as you smite your video game foes with this universal headset that plays nicely with PS4, Xbox One, PC, tablet and smartphone. It's lightweight and comfortable, with inline controls for volume and mute. Its 40mm neodymium speakers deliver full-range audio, while an adjustable, high-sensitivity boom microphone is great for in-game chat and voice calls but can be removed to convert the headset into regular headphones. Turtle Beach has also released a Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper headset (£70) to tie in with the new game, boasting even beefier 50mm speakers.

Morphy Richards Redefine Glass Toaster


Welcome to the breakfast of the future. The Redefine has glass walls that let you see your toast as it browns. In fact, the toaster is made of a sandwich of glass layers, one of which has a special coating to turn it into an element, so your toast is actually cooked by glass. Equally impressive, a motorised lift means your bread descends into the toaster's single slot at the touch of a button and then ascends again when it's ready to be buttered. It's pricey but it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face every morning.

POC In&motion Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest


This high-tech ski vest has integrated sensors that use a precise algorithm to distinguish between the normal forces associated with Alpine racing and a crash that puts you in danger of life-changing injury. If it detects the latter it deploys an airbag, much like those you get in a car dashboard, which inflates in less than 100 milliseconds to protect your neck, chest, spine, abdomen and hips. The wearable protection is slim enough to fit under ski clobber without impeding performance and has been approved by the FIS for use in both alpine and ski-cross racing.

Lenovo Yoga Home 900


A Windows 10 home PC that thinks it's a tablet thanks to its all-in-one design and gigantic 27-inch touchscreen. With a display that big, don't expect a long battery life, but you can use it untethered around the house for up to three hours. The Yoga Home 900 comes with wireless keyboard and mouse and has a flip-out stand, so you can use it upright as a regular computer while living out your Minority Report gesture-control fantasies. But you can also lay it flat for coffee table fun: everything from flicking through photo albums to playing air hockey.

ROLI Seaboard RISE


This portable keyboard uses technology straight from the bigger and far pricier Seaboard GRAND, an instrument that has been described as the piano of the future. It combines a traditional keyboard layout with a pressure-sensitive, continuous surface that responds to even the subtlest gestures. This lets you control it in new ways, much like you might bend a guitar string to alter a note. You can modulate the character of sound, for example, moving a finger left on a key makes a note 'bend' downwards, while moving it right makes it go up a little. Innovative music making is affordable at last.

Recent articles

Info Message

Our sites use cookies to support some functionality, and to collect anonymous user data.

Learn more about IET cookies and how to control them