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Alcatel Idol 4+VR

This is the year of VR, as technology leaders like Facebook, Google, Samsung and HTC launch products that can, virtually, transport you from your sofa to a planet on the other side of the universe. VR headsets are not cheap and it may be a year or two before they enter the mainstream, but phone maker Alcatel may have stolen a march on the tech giants with their new mid-range phone, as it comes packaged, inside a VR headset.

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ASUS Reco Smart Car Cam

Cameras are everywhere. On the streets, in our homes and on our phones. I’ve noticed an increasing number of cyclists even, wearing helmet mounted cameras as they work their way through rush hour traffic. In Russia and Asia dash-mounted cameras are growing increasingly popular with regular motorists who hope they’ll help indicate who might have done what, after a coming together in traffic.

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BioLite Camp Stove

It can’t just be me, but it really does feels like spring. These days, even technology is seasonal and it’s time to look at the sort of tech that makes life outdoors or on holiday a little bit easier, and a bit more fun. Whether you’re heading for the beach or the hills it mightn’t just be the teenagers in the back of the car who are worried about keeping smartphones and iPads powered up over a long weekend. Maybe we’re too reliant on our phones but if you’re touring or camping, keeping a phone powered up when you’re away from home is a very sensible plan.

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Flir One Digital Imaging Camera

There’s a myth that we have the space race to thank for the non-stick frying pan. In fact, Teflon, the substance that ensures your breakfast didn’t stick to the pan this morning was discovered decades before that giant step. It is true though, that technology trickles down, from big business, from professional users and yes, even from space. Things like invisible braces and scratch resistant sunglasses all have heritage in serious scientific research and, so does thermal imaging.

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Heimplanet Cave Tent

Star Wars is back in the Kingdom. As one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises heads for the Dingle Peninsula, it means that fans from home and abroad will be making the pilgrimage also, to see where Luke Skywalker, the film’s hero, has been living in exile. I’ll confess to being a lifetime fan of the epic space saga. With this in mind, I decided to combine some history with some Hollywood gawping and shortly afterwards found myself on Valentia Island, looking for somewhere to pitch my hi-tech tent.

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LifeBeam Smart Hat

The fitness tracker business could be in trouble. Some analysts claim that the sales of these small, often rubbery wrist-worn devices will decline this year. I still see them in electronic and sports shops but their popularity seems to be on the wain. The key reasons seem to be the rise of other wearable tech products. Apple’s arrival in to the smart-watch arena has been important but other there are other types of wearable devices that can help you monitor how much good exercise you’re getting and I think this is where the fitness conscious consumer may be migrating to.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Heating our homes isn’t complicated. If we need it, we flick a switch. Maybe we set a timer and the heat or hot water are there but it’s there, even if we’re not. Traditional programmable timers can be irksome. I can’t count the number of times my home has rumbled in to life before dawn on Saturday and Sunday mornings as I’ve forgotten that I work five days a week rather than seven and the boiler announces its wake up call.

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Google Nexus Player

Television is changing. The quality of TV programming has been stepped up enormously over the last few years but so has the volume of TV content. On-demand services are being launched regularly as even niche content providers find an audience, for things as diverse as educational content to art-house films. All of these services can’t survive or prosper via the old-fashioned terrestrial TV system so subscriptions are required with some being funded by targeted advertising, and some are delivered exclusively over the internet.




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Alcatel Idol 4+VR

This is the year of VR, as technology leaders like Facebook, Google, Samsung and HTC launch products that can, virtually, transport you from your sofa to a planet on the other side of the universe. VR headsets are not cheap and it may be a year or two before they enter the mainstream, but phone maker Alcatel may have stolen a march on the tech giants with their new mid-range phone, as it comes packaged, inside a VR headset.

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ASUS Reco Smart Car Cam

Cameras are everywhere. On the streets, in our homes and on our phones. I’ve noticed an increasing number of cyclists even, wearing helmet mounted cameras as they work their way through rush hour traffic. In Russia and Asia dash-mounted cameras are growing increasingly popular with regular motorists who hope they’ll help indicate who might have done what, after a coming together in traffic.

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BioLite Camp Stove

It can’t just be me, but it really does feels like spring. These days, even technology is seasonal and it’s time to look at the sort of tech that makes life outdoors or on holiday a little bit easier, and a bit more fun. Whether you’re heading for the beach or the hills it mightn’t just be the teenagers in the back of the car who are worried about keeping smartphones and iPads powered up over a long weekend. Maybe we’re too reliant on our phones but if you’re touring or camping, keeping a phone powered up when you’re away from home is a very sensible plan.

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Flir One Digital Imaging Camera

There’s a myth that we have the space race to thank for the non-stick frying pan. In fact, Teflon, the substance that ensures your breakfast didn’t stick to the pan this morning was discovered decades before that giant step. It is true though, that technology trickles down, from big business, from professional users and yes, even from space. Things like invisible braces and scratch resistant sunglasses all have heritage in serious scientific research and, so does thermal imaging.

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Heimplanet Cave Tent

Star Wars is back in the Kingdom. As one of Hollywood’s most successful film franchises heads for the Dingle Peninsula, it means that fans from home and abroad will be making the pilgrimage also, to see where Luke Skywalker, the film’s hero, has been living in exile. I’ll confess to being a lifetime fan of the epic space saga. With this in mind, I decided to combine some history with some Hollywood gawping and shortly afterwards found myself on Valentia Island, looking for somewhere to pitch my hi-tech tent.

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LifeBeam Smart Hat

The fitness tracker business could be in trouble. Some analysts claim that the sales of these small, often rubbery wrist-worn devices will decline this year. I still see them in electronic and sports shops but their popularity seems to be on the wain. The key reasons seem to be the rise of other wearable tech products. Apple’s arrival in to the smart-watch arena has been important but other there are other types of wearable devices that can help you monitor how much good exercise you’re getting and I think this is where the fitness conscious consumer may be migrating to.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Heating our homes isn’t complicated. If we need it, we flick a switch. Maybe we set a timer and the heat or hot water are there but it’s there, even if we’re not. Traditional programmable timers can be irksome. I can’t count the number of times my home has rumbled in to life before dawn on Saturday and Sunday mornings as I’ve forgotten that I work five days a week rather than seven and the boiler announces its wake up call.

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Google Nexus Player

Television is changing. The quality of TV programming has been stepped up enormously over the last few years but so has the volume of TV content. On-demand services are being launched regularly as even niche content providers find an audience, for things as diverse as educational content to art-house films. All of these services can’t survive or prosper via the old-fashioned terrestrial TV system so subscriptions are required with some being funded by targeted advertising, and some are delivered exclusively over the internet.

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