Every season there is an influx of gadgets onto the market, some great and some not so great. From sat-navs with built in televisions to sunglasses which can take pictures, there is something for everyone.
Mio Navman Spirit TV (£299)
This is a fabulously nifty gadget which is not only a top of the range sat-nav but also doubles up as a little television for those breaks between journeys. As you would expect, it features a freeview tuner and also allows you to upload your own films and music so you have your very own multimedia device on the go. The screen is 7 inches so offers more than the teeny MP3 players and, along with the navigation system, is all that you need for a car journey.
Razer ‘Project Fiona’ gaming tablet (approx. £500)
After the launch of the hugely popular iPad back in 2010, many companies produced their own versions with various degrees of success. However, what no tablet seems to have achieved so far is the gaming experience you can have with a PC or gaming console – until now. The Razer has been built especially with the gamer in mind and is actually a triumphant effort with a 10.1 inch touch display and seamless graphics.
jetBook colour e-reader (£550)
E-readers have been black and white since their launch with the Kindle using this as more of a feature than a disadvantage. However jetBook have challenged the traditional e-reader package and have released a jazzed up colour version which doubles up as a tablet (as opposed to the other way round.)
Pivothead video recording sunglasses (£250)
These are quite something else among the usual offerings of tablets, gaming systems and MP3 players. From innovative brand Pivothead these glasses are no ordinary glasses, in fact they can shoot film in 1080p and take pictures using an 8MP camera all while you are wearing them on your head.
Eton Rukus Solar Bluetooth stereo (approx. £100)
Solar power is flavour of the month at the moment and it seems everyone is trying to incorporate it into their products. This stereo system is very light, portable and produces a pretty decent sound. All this, along with the USB port for your phone and MP3 output makes it a great little machine.
Motorola Motoactv fitness tracker (£200)
This handy little device not only tracks calories burned and heart rate etc, it also includes a GPS tracker and MP3 player meaning you don’t have to go out on your jog laden down with various gadgets – it could make you slower afterall…. The screen is 1.6 inches and crystal clear allowing you to glance at it while in the middle of a run with no problems reading it. It also lasts a pretty impressive nine hours on a single charge.
SolarFocus Solar Kindle (£50)
This is a godsend to anyone who reads non-stop while on holiday and doesn’t’ always get the chance to charge their Kindle. The SolarFocus consists of a sturdy Kindle cover which is fitted with a solar panel at the back of it. Using a micro USB it can then charge your reading device as well as the little reading light which comes with it and all for £50. Perfect.
ASolar Solar iPad charging dock (£75)
Another solar charging deck, this is definitely worth a mention. The ASolar dock uses the sun to charge your iPhone meaning you can camp at the muddy music festival without worrying about how you can keep your phone alive. It’s not cheap but if you are a smartphone geek, this may well be money well spent.
Sony SmartWatch (£100)
First we put our music player, laptop, camera and phone into one amazing gadget, now we are putting our must have devices into a teeny tiny wrist watch (well not ALL of them but still..). Unlike most watches which try and be something else, this one actually works rather well and looks pretty smart of your wrist allowing you to read texts, e-mails, check facebook and listen to music.
Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera (approx. £50)
This camera is something to buy just to impress your friends as a party trick if nothing else. It has a 10mpg camera with a built in printer meaning it can do what Polaroid do best and print off pictures for you instantly. A fun and pretty good quality product but it may prove to be nothing but a gimmick when it hits the market later this summer.