In order to continue fuelling growth and expansion, Snapchat has moved in to the hardware business and this has come in the form of an odd looking pair of sunglasses. There are no ordinary sunglasses and the Snap Spectacles can record up to ten seconds of video that you can post online, wirelessly. Given the furore that Google Glass caused though, have Snap managed to make a product that's easy and fun to use that won't draw the ire of the privacy sensitive?
It feels like Sony has been away for a while. However, earlier this year they promised us a new flagship phone. Now available in Ireland, the Xperia XZ Premium is trying to secure its place amongst the big name premium smartphones.
A lawn, comes with responsibilities. First and foremost, mowing it. At this time of year, it can even be weekly that the garden needs a trim. The era of using grass-cutting as a means of exercise seems to be at an end, as legendary Swedish garden-equipment maker Husqvarna has created a robot who is willing to do the heavy work for you.
Even before NowTV, television was changing. TV programs are bigger, better and more star studded than ever. Whether it’s…
Most of us recognise the value of getting a good night’s sleep. Over the last few years though, scientists have highlighted the benefits for mind, body and mood of a getting a good eight hours. The arrival of fitness trackers with their sleep monitoring feature helped many of us to be more aware of how much and how well we’re sleeping.
It’s sixty years since the smooth tones of Captain Kirk’s computer on Star Trek captured the imagination of…
With the summer holidays on the horizon, I conducted a straw poll last week amongst some friends. I…
A sharp UK and Irish start-up are using technology to alleviate security concerns, particularly for female runners with their wearable, smart personal alarm.
Wires and cables have been cluttering up our digital lives for far too long. Over the last few years though, we’ve seen gadgets like wireless speakers growing more common in living-rooms and Samsung and others are using wireless charging to help set us free from cluttered bedside tables. Now, headphones are getting the wire free treatment. The new Elyxr Air Earbuds are an attempt to get rid of the wires whilst adding some clever features that make it easier to stay powered up while you’re on the move.
Music, is motivational. We’ve all found an anthem or a favourite that helps us read, concentrate or even drive. As for exercising, I find music crucial. The rhythm seems to take over. Whether you’re walking or running the music can push you on, a little further, a little faster. If swimming how you get your exercise though, there’s been little to help you enjoy music as you plough through a dozen lengths of the pool. Companies have tried to adapt devices like the iPod for underwater use but there hasn’t so far, been a good, cost effective solution.
I'm not sure when the coffee revolution started in Ireland. Whenever it was, these days in our towns and cities you’re never more than a stone’s throw from a cup of smooth Colombian and the list of options like cinnamon twists or soya milk seems to grow weekly. Many of us have even got used to the home comfort of cafe style coffee thanks to Nespresso machines but as I headed for the beach last weekend I had a dilemma. I needed a portable gagdget that would be able to provide my companion and I with a decent cup of coffee at the end of the day.
Our pick of this week’s Top Five of Kickstarter Gadgets 1. VH-80: The World’s First Bilateral Laser Distance…
I haven’t owned a printer for years and the reason I’ve resorted to only printing at work, is…
The smartwatch business has stuttered along since they became commonly available three years ago. The early adopters, those who bought the first models, myself included, found they were fun but not for long. Lack of functionality, waterproofing and useful apps made them little more than expensive extensions to our smartphones.
Parrot, famous for making easy to fly drones and Bluetooth car kits, have developed a burgeoning connected gardening business and following the release of their Bluetooth soil sensor, have introduced a plant pot that automatically waters your plants, as well as acting as an expert and plant-sitter.