Geek accessories http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/videos en-GB Three of the best coffee machines in the world - reviewed http://www.stuff.tv/kitchen/which-coffee-machine-should-you-buy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Time to trade that jar of muddy granulated instant for a real coffee maker – like one of these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Three of the best coffee machines in the world - reviewed" alt="Three of the best coffee machines in the world - reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Coffee-Machines-Group-Test.jpg?1418746804" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of ways to make coffee.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have tastebuds or shame, there&rsquo;s instant. Then there are stovetop percolators, cafetieres, manual pour-over makers and the ingenious AeroPress. But if you want consistently good cups of the energising black stuff every morning (and don&rsquo;t want to pay through the nose for it), you&rsquo;re probably going to want to buy a machine.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express (£550) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for: Coffee addicts looking for next-level espresso</strong></p> <p>With the look of a shrink-rayed professional espresso machine, the grinning fizzog of shaven-headed culinary chemist Heston Blumenthal on the box and a price tag that puts it out of reach of all but the most well-heeled caffeine fiend, the Barista Express (branded as Breville in the US and Sage in the UK) is clearly aimed at those seeking a major step up in their home-brewed coffee.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a lovely looking, all-metal thing, with even accessories like the tamper and milk jug exuding an air of quiet, understated luxury. The portafilter is reassuringly weighty and solid, locking into the group head with a satisfying twist. There are clever little touches you can&rsquo;t see or immediately feel that add to the feeling of quality too: on top is a tray that warms your cups, and the 2l water tank has an integrated, changeable filter.</p> <p>While not as large as it might appear in photos, the machine will struggle to slide under cupboards on the average British kitchen counter &ndash; you&rsquo;ll need to have space above to refill the coffee bean hopper, for one thing.</p> <p>Yep, the Barista Express isn&rsquo;t just an elegant, well-built espresso machine &ndash; it also features a built-in grinder, allowing you to make coffee with beans you&rsquo;ve smashed into dust literally seconds earlier. Freshness means a lot in the coffee world, so this is a Big Deal &ndash; as is the low-pressure pre-infusion of the grounds before the water is forced through them at higher 50 bar pressure.</p> <p>And it bears out in the coffee the machine produces: our very first cup was a delicious and gloriously smooth latte with barely a hint of bitterness. The milk steaming wand is excellent too, producing much lighter, airier foam than the (admittedly way, way cheaper) Morphy Richards&rsquo; model, and there&rsquo;s also a hot water spout for those who want to make an Americano by topping up their espresso.</p> <p>Its steep price means most won&rsquo;t consider it, but if you have the cash and don&rsquo;t want to ever set foot in a Starbucks or Costa again, Sage&rsquo;s machine should be high on your list.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express" alt="Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sage-barista-express.jpg?1418746804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well made and packed with features, this is a fantastic way to make café-beating coffees</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express in figures&nbsp;</strong>Water tank size: 2l&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Pressure: 15 bar&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Milk foaming arm: Yes&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Wattage: 1850W&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Dimensions: 400 x 330 x 310mm&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 11.3kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia (£70) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for: The busy-but-not-so-busy-they&rsquo;d-drink-instant businessperson</strong></p> <p>A slim and sleek machine that uses Nescafé&rsquo;s Dolce Gusto pod system (think Nespresso but larger &ndash; and far more widely available in shops), the Jovia attempts to place itself somewhere in the hinterland between no-fuss convenience and the world of Serious Coffee.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s affordable (<a href="http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2391157.htm" target="_blank">&pound;70 at Argos</a> at the time of writing; Dolce Gusto pods are priced at around &pound;4 for a box of 16) and incredibly simple to set up and use. Simply fill the removable water tank with cold H2O, pop your chosen coffee pod into a slide-out drawer at the front, stick a cup under the spout and hit the power button. When it turns from red to green (a mere few seconds) the machine is ready. You then push the water lever either left (for cold drinks) or right (for hot drinks) until the desired amount of your drink is in the cup. Then slide out the drawer, expel the pod and throw it away.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s it. There&rsquo;s very little in the way of cleaning or maintenance to be done, bar an occasional emptying of the drip tray, an occasional rinsing of the removable pod holder and, of course, the refilling of the water tank. The tank isn&rsquo;t huge (0.8l), so you&rsquo;ll need to do the latter fairly frequently. The drip tray, for its part, is adjustable &ndash; you can place it at one of three heights to suit the size of drinking vessel and reduce the chance of spillage.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no steam wand for heating and foaming milk, but the Dolce Gusto system has its own way of doing that: drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes are made with two pods: one coffee pod and one special milk pod, used in the amounts specified on the pod lid. Drinking milk expelled from a pod isn&rsquo;t as appetising as fresh cow juice, we think you&rsquo;ll agree &ndash; but it&rsquo;s less effort and less mess.</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s the coffee like? It&rsquo;s tasty, especially if you stick with the simpler, non-milk varieties such as espresso, and comes out of the pods with a nice crema on the surface. You have very little control over how the coffee is made, of course, and aficionados using a <a href="http://aeropress.co.uk/" target="_blank">&pound;25 AeroPress</a> will be able to beat the Jovia for taste every time. But this machine is so convenient and easy to live with that it charms you regardless.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia" alt="De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nescafe-dolce-gusto.jpg?1418746804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Jovia won&rsquo;t appeal to hardcore sippers but its simplicity is hugely appealing. Affordable and amiable</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia in figures&nbsp;</strong>Water tank size: 0.8l&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Pressure: 15 bar&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Milk foaming arm: No&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Wattage: 1500W&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Dimensions: 228 x 171 x 325mm&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 2.5kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Morphy Richards Accents Espresso (£65) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Best for: Aspiring baristas starting out on the espresso expressway</strong></p> <p>A bigger, bulkier and more robust prospect than the Jovia, this Morphy Richards machine is part of the company&rsquo;s Accents range of kitchen appliances &ndash; and very handsome it is too, with its curvy brushed metal front and drip tray. Size-wise, it&rsquo;s compact enough to slide comfortably into the worktop space under the average set of kitchen cupboards.</p> <p>A &ldquo;proper&rdquo; machine that can deliver both single and double shot espressos, its spout has a dual opening allowing you to make two coffees simultaneously. There&rsquo;s also a steam wand for foaming milk, and the water tank has a decent 1.2l capacity, meaning you won&rsquo;t need to refill it after making three cups o&rsquo; joe. In addition to ground coffee, it&rsquo;ll also accept E.S.E. coffee pods (we weren&rsquo;t able to test these, but as they&rsquo;re made in almost precisely the same way as regular espressos, we imagine they&rsquo;ll work just fine).</p> <p>Having supped both espressos and lattes made by the machine, we&rsquo;re reasonably impressed. The milk foamer isn&rsquo;t outstandingly good but the 15 bar pressure makes for tasty, smooth coffee with a healthy-looking crema on the surface.</p> <p>It requires a touch more cleaning and faffing around than the Jovia &ndash; you&rsquo;ll need to wipe off the foamer arm after every use &ndash; but operation is simple, with only three buttons (coffee, power and milk steamer controls) and one dial (for the foamer) to worry about.</p> <p>The price is incredibly low for a product of this standard (the above price is <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Morphy-Richards-Accents-47586-Espresso/dp/B004MKMLAQ" target="_blank">Amazon.co.uk</a>, and represents a huge reduction from the Accents Espresso&rsquo;s original price of &pound;120), making this the ideal affordable entry point to the world of decent homemade espresso-based coffee.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Morphy Richards Accents Espresso" alt="Morphy Richards Accents Espresso" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/morphy-richards-accents.jpg?1418746804" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A sturdy, handsome and wallet-friendly machine &ndash; a great way to step up from instant or cafetiere-made coffee</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Morphy Richards Accents Espresso in figures&nbsp;</strong>Water tank size: 1.25l&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Pressure: 15 bar&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Milk foaming arm: Yes&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Wattage: 1000W&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Dimensions: 288 x 220 x 315mm&nbsp;&bull;&nbsp;Weight: 3.6kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kitchen/which-coffee-machine-should-you-buy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kitchen/which-coffee-machine-should-you-buy/feature#comments Accents Espresso Barista Express Coffee makers De'Longhi Dolce Gusto Jovia Geek accessories Kitchen Morphy Richards Sage by Heston Blumenthal Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:29:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453531 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The DJI Phantom 2 is the Tech Toy of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tech-toys-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This super-stable drone will turn you into a virtuoso aerial photographer – and you don&#039;t even need a pilot&#039;s license to take the stick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The DJI Phantom 2 is our tech toy of the year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The DJI Phantom 2 is our tech toy of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-tech-toys-dji-phantom-2_FINAL.jpg?1418642070" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology doesn&#39;t have to be serious.</p> <p>Yes, your new smartphone might be more powerful than last year&#39;s model, but what that really means is it gets you to the fun stuff faster. Which gives you more free time to play with, instead of optimising your spreadsheets and actioning those blue-sky initiatives.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: DJI Phantom 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You used to need your own helicopter or a long ladder to have a go at aerial photography&ndash; but that was before quadcopters like the Phantom came along. Available in drone-only, Vision or Vision+ flavours, what sets the Phantom apart is how simple it is to fly. </p> <p>It stabilises itself, hovers in place if you take your hands off the controls and can find its way back to where it took off using GPS. The standard drone can mount an action cam, while the Vision lets you use a phone to stream a drone&#39;s-eye view from the 14MP camera (and the Vision+ adds a stabilising gimbal). Whichever model you opt for, for an introduction to the joys of 300-feet-high photography (and something that turns more heads in the park than a kickabout with Messi), it can&#39;t be beaten.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review" target="_blank">DJI Phantom 2 Vision review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DJI Phantom 2" alt="DJI Phantom 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dji-phantom-2-vision_0.jpg?1418642070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sphero Ollie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;But it isn&#39;t a sphere,&quot; you say. Indeed not, but while its name may no longer be strictly accurate, the second-generation version of this app-controlled robot can now rocket along at 14mph, bounding and bouncing over rough terrain on its grippy little wheels. Fire up your phone and take it for a spin &ndash; you won&#39;t regret it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal" target="_blank">Sphero launches off-road Ollie robot</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sphero Ollie" alt="Sphero Ollie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-ollie.jpg?1418642070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Parrot Jumping Sumo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having conquered the skies with its quadcopters, Parrot has turned its eyes groundwards, creating this app-controlled wheeled robot that laughs in the face of obstacles. Capable of manic spins and 80cm leaps &ndash; it always lands right-way up &ndash; the Jumping Sumo is pure, unadulterated, cat-bothering fun.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/parrot/ces-2014/hands-review-parrot-minidrone-and-jumping-sumo-hands-review-new-drones-incoming/vide" target="_blank">Hands-on video review: Parrot Jumping Sumo</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Parrot Jumping Sumo" alt="Parrot Jumping Sumo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/parrot-jumping-sumo.jpg?1418642070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Anki Drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance, Anki Drive looks like an updated version of Scalextric &ndash; little cars whizzing about on a race track play mat. Then you realise that they&#39;re not on rails; they&#39;re driving themselves. Then you realise that you can take control of them using your iOS device and blast your rivals off the track, and it becomes clear exactly what Anki Drive is: a video game that&#39;s crossed over into the real world, letting you battle it out with human and AI adversaries in a modern-day version of Roadblasters. Top gear.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wwdc-2013-liveblog-%E2%80%93-ios-7-revealed/news" target="_blank">Anki Drive revealed at Apple WWDC</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Anki Drive" alt="Anki Drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/anki-drive.jpg?1418642070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: BMW C Evolution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know: a &pound;13,000 scooter can only be considered a toy by the sort of decadent oligarch who owns half the oil fields in Kazakhstan. They&#39;d better make the most of it, though, as this battery-powered bike is gunning for their petro dollars. Its 48hp motor delivers instant torque, letting you leave crude petrol-driven vehicles standing at the lights &ndash; and you get to save the planet while you&#39;re about it. What&#39;s not to like? Apart from the price tag, that is.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review" target="_blank">BMW C Evolution review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW C Evolution" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bmw-c-evolution.jpg?1418642070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Korg Cliphit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Air drummers rejoice; this gadget will turn your uncoordinated desk-bashing into a sticks symphony worthy of John Bonham. Just clip its sensors to assorted objects, and when you smack them, it&#39;ll emit an appropriate drum sound (unless you use the novelty &quot;dog&quot; setting for a barking mad solo). You can even plug in a music player using an aux-in socket and jam along, if you&#39;re feeling Dazed and Confused.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korgs-clip-kit-turns-stuff-drums/news" target="_blank">Korg&#39;s clip-on kit turns normal stuff into drums</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">All of the Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 winners</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Cliphit" alt="Korg Cliphit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-cliphit.jpg?1418642070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tech-toys-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tech-toys-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Geek accessories Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:14:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1452996 at http://www.stuff.tv Bargain alert: Snap up cheap Phones4u gear at auction http://www.stuff.tv/bargain-alert-snap-cheap-phones4u-gear-auction/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fancy saving a few quid in the run up to Christmas? Of course you do </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="650" height="488" title="Bargain alert: Snap up cheap Phones4u gear at auction" alt="Bargain alert: Snap up cheap Phones4u gear at auction" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sale.jpg?1418154246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember when Phones4u went bust? While it was unlucky, it could now result in you saving a bit of cash ahead of the gift-giving season.</p> <p>When the retail giant went under, it still had plenty of stock left over. Stock which its administrator, PricewaterhouseCoopers, is putting up for auction.</p> <p>Each week (beginning on Friday evenings and ending on Tuesday afternoons), headphones, smartwatches, speakers and cases will go under the hammer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bargain-alert-snap-cheap-phones4u-gear-auction/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bargain-alert-snap-cheap-phones4u-gear-auction/news#comments Geek accessories Smartphones Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:18:26 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1454991 at http://www.stuff.tv This is easily the most amazing wireless charger we've ever seen http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who says inductive charging solutions can&#039;t be sexy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="450" title="We&#039;d hang it on our walls" alt="This is easily the most amazing wireless charger we&#039;ve ever seen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thermo-clock.jpg?1413443538" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wireless inductive charging pads are nothing new, and while they&#39;re useful, they haven&#39;t exactly set our gadget-loving hearts aflutter. Until now.</p> <p>Spira, a project by design student Alice Robbiani, consists of a wall-mounted inductive charger which, when left on its own, looks like a piece of minimalist art.</p> <p>Dock an iPhone using a special case however, and the black thermochromatic ink fades away revealing a hidden circular pattern.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/107038268" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>Sure, having your phone on the wall might not be the most practical option if you want to bash out a few messages while it&#39;s charging, but that&#39;s a price you might be willing to pay in the name of art.</p> <p>Sadly this is a one-off concept piece, for the time being anyway, so we&#39;ll have to make do with our standard cables for now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank"> Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://vimeo.com/107038268" target="_blank">Vimeo</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-inductive-charger-makes-powering-up-your-iphone-be-1646278725" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/easily-most-amazing-wireless-charger-weve-ever-seen/news#comments Geek accessories Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:30:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450312 at http://www.stuff.tv Carl Zeiss' US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You don&#039;t have to be a model for companies to fight over your face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="586" height="439" title="White Rift" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/carl-zeiss-vr.jpg?1413252871" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your wrist isn&#39;t the only part of your body that manufacturers want to claim.</p> <p>Ever since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/gamescom-2014/oculus-rift-dev-kit-2-eyes-preview-gamescom-2014/feature" target="_blank">Oculus Rift</a> first began wowing eyeballs, VR headsets have cropped up left right and centre.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Enter Carl Zeiss and its VR One headset.</p> <p>Priced at a wallet-friendly US$99, it too acts as a cradle for your smartphone, using built-in lenses to manipulate the screen into a retina-friendly experience.</p> <p>Unlike Samsung&#39;s offering however, the VR One can be used with multiple devices between 4.7-5.2 inches.</p> <p>While that rules out larger devices like the 5.5in LG G3, it&#39;s still a lot more flexible than the Gear VR, and it&#39;s presumably cheaper than the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift.</p> <p>Users will have to drop an extra US$10 on different &#39;drawers&#39; to hold their smartphones, but apart from that, it looks like this could be one of the more accessible ways to jump into the face-hugging world of virtual reality.</p> <p>Whether or not all supported smartphones will be able to provide the same fluid experience as the Oculus Rift and Galaxy Note 4 however, remains to be seen.</p> <p>It&#39;s not due to land till next year however, so you&#39;d better get cracking with a homemade <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">Google Cardboard</a> alternative for the time being.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/11/carl-zeiss-vr-one-is-a-99-answer-to-the-samsung-gear-vr/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="558" height="419" title="APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FACE" alt="Carl Zeiss&#039; US$99 VR One brings the fight straight to the Oculus Rift and Samsun" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carl-zeiss-vr-2.jpg?1413252871" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/carl-zeiss-us99-vr-one-brings-fight-straight-oculus-rift-and-samsung-gear-vr/news#comments Gaming Geek accessories Smartphones Virtual Reality Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450132 at http://www.stuff.tv Game Golf http://www.stuff.tv/golf/game-golf/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game Golf is an ingenious way to track all those stats the true golf geek yearns for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Golf geek? Get Game Golf " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gamegolfreview1.jpg?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Golf, like most of the world&rsquo;s best pastimes, is a statto&rsquo;s dream.</p> <p>Percentage of fairways hit, greens in regulation, average number of putts taken per round, scrambling percentage &ndash; you can lose yourself for hours in the minutiae of your game. But only, of course, if you&rsquo;ve got access to the relevant details.</p> <p>Game Golf is a neat GPS system that tracks all those stats and more, using a bijou unit that clips on your belt &ndash; and just a bit of added user input.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (£160 on Amazon) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simple to use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Interesting, often invaluable statistics about your game </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Definitive yardage for each of your clubs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GPS is accurate only to a few yards </div> <div class="field-item even"> User input is required for absolute accuracy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> More stats on putting would be good </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teeing it up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Game Golf comes in a smart box: along with the main unit, there are 18 tags for your golf clubs (14 for the set you play with and four spares). Then there&rsquo;s a cable to link the unit to your PC or Mac for uploading each round and charging the battery.</p> <p>You need to set up an account on the Gamegolf website and download software to your computer. Then input some details about the clubs you use, and you&rsquo;re good to go. It&rsquo;s an encouragingly simple procedure.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dv8-golf-clubs-fit-backpack/news">DV8 golf clubs fit into a backpack&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Teeing it up " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GAME-GOLF-Tagging2.png?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swing when you’re winning </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In principle, Game Golf is very easy to use. Before each shot, tag the club you are going to use by placing the handle, with its appropriate red tag in the butt, next to the unit on your belt. A reassuring beep and a vibration let you know that the tag has been logged. Then play your shot as usual, remembering to hold your pose on a good one. When you get to your ball, the tagging of the next club you use tells the system how far your first shot went &ndash; and the collecting of those juicy stats begins.</p> <p>A word of warning: we were disconcerted to discover just how taxing it can be at first to remember to tag the club before each shot. It&rsquo;s not a disaster if you forget (you can add shots to the system later on), and you soon get used to the process, but expect it to be a couple of rounds before the action becomes second nature.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hackers’ paradise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is where that added user input we mentioned comes in. Each round needs to be uploaded to your computer and the Game Golf site, so you can then access your collated stats over your computer or smartphone. Before you finalise your round, you will want to check things carefully. For it is here that you can add those shots that you didn&rsquo;t tag out on the course, and make sure the unit tallies with your scorecard. It is here, too, that some shortcomings of the GPS system become clear.</p> <p>GPS is accurate only to within a few feet, so you will find yourself dragging your shots back onto the teebox (or edge of the fairway, perhaps) if the system has moved you off line. It&rsquo;s worth taking time with this process as once you finalise your round, there&rsquo;s no going back. You could change every single shot if you want to&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;a true test of a golfer&rsquo;s character.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Make sure your unit tallies with your scorecard " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GG%20long%20drive%20compare.jpg?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stat attack </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The more data the system has, the more accurate the information you will get out of it. Over time, Game Golf will let you know the true distances you hit each club, your driving accuracy or lack thereof (along with stats on where you&rsquo;re missing), your approach shot accuracy from various distances and so on.</p> <p>Apart from being fascinating in its own right, this information can also act as an invaluable training tool. If you can spot certain trends in your play, you will be better able to judge which parts of your game need improvement and work. You should then also be able to see your stats, and your game, improving before your eyes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="841" title="Invaluable training tool " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GG-driver-stats.png?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 19th hole </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Game Golf is also keen to create its own community of golfers. To that end, you can search for fellow golfers to see what they&rsquo;ve been up to &ndash; and also set up and enter various challenges. These are varied and might include average driving distance, number of fairways hit, greens in regulation over a number of rounds etc. You can also compare stats with other players: Ryder Cup protagonists Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk are brand ambassadors, so it&rsquo;s the matter of a click or two to see how your driving stats compare with the pros. Possibly a bit more encouraging would be to line up a few mates you might have a chance of impressing once in a while.</p> <p>This community aspect is a nice enough bonus to Game Golf, but for us it&rsquo;s very much 19th hole relaxation, compared with the on-course action that is the behemoth of stats collection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Compare stats with Ryder Cup competitors " alt="Game Golf review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GAME%20GOLF%20-%20iPhone%20and%20Laptop%20-%20Highlights%20copy.jpg?1411650699" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game Golf Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Game Golf is on to a winner. It&rsquo;s new tech, and there have been frequent improvements to the software and stats in the few months the product has been on sale.</p> <p>The GPS technology has innate shortcomings. But as long as you&rsquo;re prepared to put in a bit of effort when you&rsquo;re finalising your round (and we confess to rather enjoying that part of the process), the statistics you&rsquo;ll get out of this little unit will be fascinating and &ndash; far more importantly &ndash; useful in improving your game.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten"> The best geek accessories on the planet tested&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re serious about your game, Game Golf could be an invaluable tool</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/golf/game-golf/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/golf/game-golf/review#comments Geek accessories Golf Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1448545 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW C Evolution http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW’s electric scooter marks you out as a (rich) non-conformist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW&#039;s electric maxi scoot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20140820_143600.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the left-hand side of the C Evolution&rsquo;s handlebars is a button marked &lsquo;R&rsquo;. It doesn&rsquo;t stand for &lsquo;Race&rsquo; or &lsquo;Recharge&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s &lsquo;Reverse&rsquo;. And as you wobble silently backwards, legs paddling furiously to stop yourself falling over, you realise that this really isn&rsquo;t a normal city scoot.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £13,500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to ride </div> <div class="field-item even"> Quick and quiet </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Doesn&#039;t require a full bike licence </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ostentatious </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Did we mention it&#039;s £13,500? </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s it like to ride? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Approaching it in the car park, it has the same edgy styling as the C 600 and C650, but in a more futuristic pearlescent white and green finish. Want something less tree-huggy? Better call your local paintshop. We think the broad flanks and location of the BMW logo would make for an amazing WWII fighter-plane-style shark mouth design, but we&rsquo;re prone to wild imaginings.</p> <p>Turn on the &lsquo;ignition&rsquo; and the single LCD display lights up with an (initially bewildering) array of trip and charge information. Press the &lsquo;start&rsquo; button and you&rsquo;re rewarded with a beep and disconcerting silence - familiar to anyone who&rsquo;s ever driven an electric car. Twist the throttle, though, and you&rsquo;re off.</p> <p>As it&rsquo;s electric, all of the torque from its 48hp motor is available from the moment you twist the throttle. No gears; just a whine and a whoosh all the way up to over the legal motorway limit and then, trusting the ABS, all the way back down again.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not ballistic, mind you, because it weighs 265kg. But it is excitingly brisk. You&rsquo;ll leave cars behind at the lights but couriers, on their grungy 600cc Suzukis, will be ahead of you. They might even be contemplating the classic carbon-counters conundrum about their old combustion engine versus your new battery-powered one with its poisonous batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p>In contrast to riding a motorbike (for which all your hands and feet and ears are required to make it go) or a scooter (in which the engine revs bear little relation to forward momentum) the C Evolution just goes. It&rsquo;s supremely easy to start and stop, and a combination of the torque and light throttle make it a doddle to balance in traffic. That more than compensates for its portly proportions, giving you the confidence to aim it at a gap and go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s top ten geek accessories</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That paint job is so Palo Alto, darling" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90132938_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The cockpit" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_144214.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The mirrors are high and large and the instrument screen &ndash; once you&rsquo;ve learnt to ignore its dancing power and charge graphs &ndash; is surprisingly legible in sunlight.</p> <p>Next to the aforementioned Reverse button, there&rsquo;s a rocker button to muck about with the trip computer, including average power consumption, range and a Honda Insight-style eco rating. Over on the other side is the &lsquo;Mode&rsquo; button. It lets you switch between Dynamic, Road, Sail and Eco Pro, each of which offers varying levels of on-tap power and regenerative braking.</p> <p>The Mode button is not quite positioned for pressing without letting go off the throttle, which is probably deliberate &ndash; more likely you&rsquo;ll choose a mode when you set off and stick with it, hitting up Eco Pro when the battery&rsquo;s looking low.&nbsp;Which is after about 50-60 miles, depending on whether you&rsquo;re riding it like you stole it. You can charge the C Evolution using a fast charger or a normal three-pin &ndash; there&rsquo;s storage for the cable under the seat and the socket is in a cubby underneath the handlebars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review"> Lapierre Overvolt FS electric mountain bike reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s an arrow that points forward. Just in case" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143644.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s the Reverse button. Use cautiously" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143654.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Dynamic mode and hustle, or Sail mode and heated grips?" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143703.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW C Evolution tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power: 48hp at 4650rpm<br />Torque: 72Nm at 0-4500rpm<br />Top speed: 75mph<br />0-62mph: 6.2secs<br />Charge time: 0 to 80% in 2:45h, standard plug<br />Range: approx 60 miles<br />Length: 2190mm<br />Weight: 265kg</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: What&#039;s it like being you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So. We&rsquo;ve done the growling, chest-beating bit with the horsepower and whatnot, and we&rsquo;ve done the experiential on-the-bike bit, so the only thing left to figure out is you. Who are you?</p> <p>Who are you that would spend over &pound;13,000 on an electric scooter? That&rsquo;s Italian sportsbike money or enough for a larkish four-wheeler such as a Renualt Twingo. If you&rsquo;re set on two-wheeled electric thrills, you could import a Zero FX electric motocross bike from Europe for a few grand less, or buy a Brammo Empulse R electric sportsbike here in Britain for a few grand more.</p> <p>You could buy a super-economical, auto gearbox Honda NC750X motorbike for half the price of a BMW C Evolution, or you could buy a pretty tasty electric bicycle for about &pound;4000.</p> <p>What we&#39;re getting at is that while the idea of an electric BMW scooter is a good one, and it is a good scooter, &pound;13,500 seems like an awful lot of cash to pay for one. Just imagine yourself explaining it to someone at a party. Go on.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cars/top-ten">The most exciting cars tested from&nbsp;the Tesla Model S to the BMW i8&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The boot" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143934.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Some full-face helmets go in here" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20140820_143924.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Room for two" alt="BMW C Evolution" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P90148694_highRes.jpg?1412180284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW C Evolution is quick, smart, easy to ride and environmentally awesome. Still, even with petrol savings in mind, that pricetag sure is hefty.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-c-evolution/review#comments BMW Geek accessories Motorcycles Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:01:16 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1447911 at http://www.stuff.tv How to run faster with no training: step 1 - wear a jetpack http://www.stuff.tv/how-run-faster-no-training-step-1-strap-jetpack/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What could possibly go wrong? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1062" height="796" title="Jetpack, ACTIVATE" alt="How to run faster with no training: step 1 - strap on a jetpack" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jetpack_0.jpg?1410484195" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rocket boots. They&#39;re an idea that every bright-eyed child has conjured up at at some point, long before the crushing responsibilities &nbsp;of adulthood shattered their visions with issues like &#39;the laws of physics&#39; and &#39;safety&#39;.</p> <p>Thankfully, some of those children have grown up and are now at Arizona State University, and while rocket boots are still a way off, they&#39;ve still managed to create a jetpack to help you run faster.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98084869" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>In testing, one runner shaved 18 seconds off his 5min 20sec mile time by using the jetpack. While not massively faster on paper, it could be the difference between life and death in military scenarios, which is one of the potential use cases.</p> <p>It&#39;s still in its early development stage, but we&#39;re just glad there are people out there working on ways to increase our athleticism without us actually having to train.</p> <p>Now if only they&#39;d combine it with roller-skates...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-apple-watch-more-just-another-smartwatch/feature" target="_blank">Why the Apple Watch is more than just another smartwatch</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://researchmatters.asu.edu/videos/jetpack-helps-soldiers-run-faster" target="_blank">ASU </a>via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130894-jetpack-developed-to-let-anyone-run-a-4-minute-mile" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-run-faster-no-training-step-1-strap-jetpack/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/how-run-faster-no-training-step-1-strap-jetpack/news#comments Future tech Geek accessories Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:42:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447304 at http://www.stuff.tv Lapierre Overvolt FS electric mountain bike http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might be cheating, but that doesn&#039;t mean this electric mountain bike isn&#039;t also very good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LaPierre-Overvolt-main-2-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An electric mountain bike &ndash; surely that&rsquo;s cheating?</p> <p>Were you to rock up at the pub with a pricey electric town bike, no-one would bat an eyelid. But with mountain bikes it&#39;s different - if you were to roll out this electric mountain bike down at the forest car park, indignant eyelids would probably bat ferociously enough to lift your riding buddies clean off the ground&hellip; with only the weight of their many questions to stop them disappearing off over the Welsh mountains.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,850.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerful </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good handling </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Heavy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited to 15mph </div> <div class="field-item even"> Exclusive </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first question will almost certainly be &ldquo;What the hell is that?&rdquo;</p> <p>Lapierre is a French bike company (you&rsquo;d explain) that makes all sorts of bikes for all sorts of applications. This, however, is their Overvolt full-suspension electric mountain bike. It has Rock Shox Revelation forks and it&rsquo;s own-brand rear shock for 140mm of travel at either end. It has proper mountain bike components, including a 10-speed Shimano XT rear derailleur, Formula hydraulic disk brakes and lightweight 27.5in wheels. &nbsp;Now the jury&rsquo;s still out on whether 27.5in wheels are really a decent compromise between traditional 26in mountain bike wheels and the fast-rolling 29in wheels that the racers love&hellip;</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rdquo;, they&rsquo;d interject, rudely, &ldquo;That is an electric bike.&rdquo; Which is a statement, not a question, but you don&rsquo;t bring this up. Instead agreeing that it is electric. It has the latest Bosch Performance electric kit providing up to 275% assistance to your pedalling and 60nm of torque. The four modes of assistance and the 400Wh battery pack let you choose between a range of 30-110 miles, but only if you&rsquo;re pedalling as well, of course. This isn&rsquo;t an entirely free ride. The battery is removable for charging via a proprietary charger that plugs into a standard three-pin mains socket.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gi-bike-electric-bicycle-folds-flash/news" target="_blank">Gi-Bike is a smart electric bicycle that folds up in a flash</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The battery&#039;s range depends on how hard you&#039;re prepared to pedal" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-computer-1600x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 400Wh battery pack and rear suspension make this mighty comfy for uphill riding" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-battery-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lapierre Overvolt tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Gears</strong>: Shimano XT Shadow Plus 10-speed</p> <p><strong>Brakes</strong>: Formula The One hydraulic disk</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: Lithium Ion 400Wh</p> <p><strong>Motor</strong>: Bosch Performance 250W</p> <p><strong>Range</strong>: 30-110 miles (claimed)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;re waving their hands to get your attention: &ldquo;But what makes you think we&rsquo;ll let you ride that thing with us on our normal bikes? It&rsquo;s not fair.&rdquo;</p> <p>To this, you agree again. Because it is true. The Overvolt, especially in full-assistance Sport mode, fairly fires up hills. There&rsquo;s a hardtail version in existence, but this being the rear suspension model means that on tricky, technical climbs you can just stay sat on the saddle and power-pedal your way to the top &ndash; the suspension absorbing rocks and roots and the Bosch serving out torque to keep you rolling where a leg-powered rider might stall or spin out.</p> <p>Even in it&rsquo;s lowest, longest-lasting &lsquo;Eco&rsquo; mode it&rsquo;s still giving you 50% assistance, a less obvious advantage that you won&rsquo;t notice until you look behind you and see the hateful looks your biopowered mates are giving you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a hard tail version available for those who can handle a little less comfort" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-main-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But before you&rsquo;re forfeited by the team into buying all the post-ride tea and cakes for your laziness, you can point out that there are significant downfalls to the Overvolt&rsquo;s electric dreams.</p> <p>For one, despite being a mountain bike, it is still EU-regulated &ndash; like all electric bikes &ndash; to a 15mph maximum speed. Barrelling along on a fire road or even fast singletrack trails, the motor assistance will cut out once you hit that speed and only leg power will convince it to go quicker. At which point, physics will reveal how hard it is to pedal a bike that weighs almost 50lb: twice that of a decent non-electric mountain bike. And psychology will convince you that the bike weighs even more than that.</p> <p>Which, you point out, means that even on the downhills you&rsquo;d have a job not to be overtaken by your buddies as you manhandle a bike that weighs twice what theirs does round fast corners and over obstacles.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/empire-cycles-mx-6-bicycle-has-worlds-first-3d-printed-titanium-frame/news" target="_blank">World&#39;s first 3D-printed titanium bike is super strong and incredibly light</a></strong></p> <p>That said, the Bosch motor&rsquo;s placement down at the bottom bracket does keep the handling manageable and centred &ndash; it just has a lot of momentum. And lugging it over a bridleway gate isn&rsquo;t fun.</p> <p>The final part of your measured justification session: price. &pound;3800 would buy you an awful lot of non-electric mountain bike; something light and clever enough to climb with aplomb and certainly fast enough to take on the Overvolt on the flats and downs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The 15mph motor limit means non-electric bikes all be faster than you on the flats and downhills" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-muddy-2-1600x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your riding buddies are steaming gently in the Welsh morning chill by this point. &ldquo;But why did you bring that thing, then, if it&rsquo;s not awesome for group riding?&rdquo;</p> <p>At which you stand aside to let them see your conventional steed, still parked up in the back of your sportsvan. Because you&rsquo;re not planning to ride the Overvolt on the group ride, as mootly advantageous as that might be. But later, when the rest of the group are exhausted and slathering themselves in Irish tea and muffins, you&rsquo;re going to take the Lapierre out to get in another trail before home time. Then, riding on your own and with failing energy levels, does the bike&rsquo;s electrical assistance make real sense.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature" target="_blank">Five Great, Affordable Road Bikes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Overvolt weighs roughly twice as much as a good non-electric MTB" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lapierre Overvolt verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The market for a bike like the Overvolt is far from huge. As suggested above, riding it within eyeshot of other mountain bikers will bring down a rain of derision and there&#39;s already some disquiet about the erosive effect that electric mountain bikes might have on the trails.</p> <p>Nonetheless, riders of advancing years, or those suffering from an injury of some kind, might find that the extra assistance lets them rip up the hills rather than give it all up and call the local lawn bowls club.</p> <p>Or you might want a super-comfy, rugged town bike. And let&rsquo;s not dispel the idea that you might just be a lazy, and that&#39;s ok.</p> <p>But on-road or off it, the 15mph speed limiter is a problem &ndash; though there are rumours of plug-in derestriction devices that can be bought online, albeit at some cost and detriment to the bike&rsquo;s battery stamina.</p> <p>With that in mind, whether or not you buy this hill-levelling bike depends on your usage, your ability to justify it to yourself (and others) and, of course, your budget.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature" target="_blank">5 bikes that won the Tour de France</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lapierre Overvolt FS review verdict" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-1200x900-3.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This electric mountain bike is no commute-scoot, but neither is it priced as one</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s electric: Lapierre Overvolt FS review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review#comments Bikes Geek accessories Lapierre Overvolt FS Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:37:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1445628 at http://www.stuff.tv BMW i8 http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The BMW i8 hybrid supercar lands from the future to reassure petrolheads that excitement and eco can co-exist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BMW-i8-scissor-doors_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Car makers so far aren&rsquo;t in agreement on how to dress the future. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Tesla</a>, for example, based its electric technology around a conventionally good-looking car with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review" target="_blank">Model S</a>. For the i8 supercar, BMW is basically saying, &lsquo;dammit, this electric stuff is new. Let&rsquo;s style it new, too&rsquo;.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £94,845.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (inc. £5000 government grant) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supercar performance with hatchback economy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Astonishing looks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds absolutely awesome </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fabulous cabin and in-car tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No-one will hit the headline economy figures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tiny boot and little rear leg room </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great sound is vital for a supercar, but how can an electric motor and a three-cylinder engine match the soul-pounding thunder of a V8 or V10? We don&rsquo;t know how, but they can. The i8 sounds fabulous. We suspect synthesizer trickery but it matters little.</p> <p>Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it&rsquo;s no more Mr Green Guy. Shifting through the automatic&rsquo;s six speeds using the wheel mounted paddles brings about a fearsome bassy crack on each change, and the engine howls as if it&rsquo;s got at least three more cylinders as speed multiplies. At times you hear the distinctive (and no less appealing) three-pot thrum, while the controlled scream from the electric motor is one of the best we&rsquo;ve heard.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="400" title="Two cars that prove &quot;green&quot; and &quot;supercar&quot; can appear in the same sentence" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-wide.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sport mode turns the digital dials from a meditative blue to hellfire red, the petrol engine is ignited and suddenly it’s no more Mr Green Guy" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-wheel_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extreme yoghurt weaving </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because the core of the car is made of plastic woven with carbon fibres, the whole thing is still relatively light at 1,490kg - even with those two engines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also very stiff - you feel it when you corner hard and realise you could take that same corner much, much faster.</p> <p>With the petrol engine at the back driving the rear wheels and the electric motor at the opposite end powering the front wheels, the all-paw traction is excellent and the weight balance spot on. With the steering weighted up in Sport, the car feels fabulous. And it rides beautifully. Firm but with each clattering pothole wrapped in velvet and disposed without fuss.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: H2OMG: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/h2omg-240mph-car-powered-only-salt-water/news" target="_blank">This 240MPH car is powered only by salt water</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 + country road = giggles galore" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-outside.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, I see </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No car we&rsquo;ve ever driven has been fan-filmed in London to the same extent as the i8 and we were very glad of Surround-view to help us avoid anything dumb for YouTubers to lap up. This takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone&rsquo;s eye view of the car so you don&rsquo;t whack those 20in wheels on kerbs, taxis or vans nudging over for a closer look.</p> <p>This option also bundles in collision avoidance tech that at one point in an Oxfordshire village terrifyingly flashed up a graphic of a cyclist onto the heads-up display and briefly slammed on the brakes. There was an oncoming cyclist but we&rsquo;d both decided there was enough room and neither of us appreciated the car&rsquo;s input.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/icon-–-volkswagen-xl1/news" target="_blank">Volkswagen&#39;s super-efficient XL1 delivers 313mpg - for &pound;98,000</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Surround-view takes feeds from body mounted cameras to display an impressive drone’s eye view of the car" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-sensor.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a proper reversing camera, too" alt="BMW i8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-parking-camera.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Government sanctioned fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only will our Government waive the i8&rsquo;s annual VED tax, it&rsquo;ll also hand you a &pound;5,000 discount. Which is like trading food stamps for aged Comte at the farmers&rsquo; market.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s because the i8 can officially run 23 miles on just electric power once the lithium-ion battery pack&rsquo;s been topped up. The electric-only thrust is not as potent as that in its urban cousin, the i3 supermini, and most owners will run it in tandem with the 1.5-litre engine to give a full 357bhp, but it does allow BMW to record 135mpg fuel consumption and CO2 of 49g/km. This is laughable, but the 33mpg we achieved over 122 miles of more sinning than saintliness was staggering for a car of this potency.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="31.2mpg from a supercar? Magic, that is" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-dashboard.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Days of the week supercar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The boot&rsquo;s tiny but otherwise the i8 can be used everyday without stress. It takes a bit of undignified bottom shuffling to get over the high sills and into the cabin, but those very light &lsquo;dihedral&rsquo; scissor-like doors open up wide to help you.</p> <p>The view out front is expansive, the steering light in all driving modes but Sport and the six-speed auto does its thing effortlessly.</p> <p>The elevated 8.8in screen is manipulated as it is in all of BMWs posher cars - with a wheel control instead of touch, and it displays sat nav with 3D graphics showing buildings, along with a host of other info. Listen to DAB digital radio or sync your smartphone to stream music. There&rsquo;s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality. Next year&rsquo;s Audi R8 replacement might run it close.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/elon-musk-building-james-bonds-amphibious-lotus-real/news" target="_blank">Elon Musk is building James Bond&#39;s amphibious Lotus, for real</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beautiful vents and curves, but the boot is tiny" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-rear.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There’s nothing else out there that can match the i8 for interior tech and quality" alt="BMW i3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-interior_0.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BMW i8 is like one of those all-you-can-eat salad buffets at a pizza restaurant. Approached with serious restraint it&rsquo;s healthy and good for planetary well-being, but go to town and it also delivers a kick of delicious badness.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s naughty and nice in perfect harmony, and like the salad, this plug-in hybrid is nowhere near as saintly as the official description would have you believe. But it&rsquo;s still a hell of a lot more efficient than its near price rival the Aston Martin Vantage V8 and arguably more fun to drive. And just look at it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gran-turismo-6/nissan-s-virtual-batmobile-could-be-coming-showroom-near-you-soon/news" target="_blank">Nissan&#39;s virtual Batmobile speeds from Gran Turismo to Goodwood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BMW i8 review" alt="BMW i8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BMW-i8-vs-Tesla-Model-S-2.jpg?1408359220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stop hoarding the petrol and cease trolling the climate-change forums: the i8 proves there&rsquo;s a bright eco future for speed-freaks and car-geeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BMW i8 review: the future of supercars? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review#comments BMW Cars Geek accessories Hybrid cars i8 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:55:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1444352 at http://www.stuff.tv Look out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The world of circular smartwatches appears to be growing, and we&#039;re not complaining one bit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="705" height="529" title="Ooooh, leather" alt="Watch out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplus-onewatch-1.jpg?1406944708" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve been drooling over Motorola&#39;s circular <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360 </a>smartwatch since we first caught a glimpse of it earlier this year. And now it looks like it&#39;s got another rival before it&#39;s even launched.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A configurable button can presumably be used to carry out functions like triggering a smartphone camera or answering calls.</p> <p>There&#39;s no mention of what operating system the OneWatch will run, but we&#39;d bet our entire collection of gadgets that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> is the OS of choice.</p> <p>We&#39;ve already seen what clever tricks Google&#39;s wearable-focused OS can pull off in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch </a>review, and coupled with what appears to be a premium design, the OneWatch could very well give its rivals a run for their money.</p> <p>Hopefully, OnePlus will extend its low pricing philosophy to the OneWatch too, but we&#39;ll have to wait for more details to see where exactly this latest contender stands.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G watch review</a></strong></p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bgr.in/news/exclusive-this-is-the-oneplus-onewatch-photos/" target="_blank">BGR</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="792" height="594" title="Sexy specs" alt="Watch out Moto 360, the OnePlus OneWatch is just around the corner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplus-onewatch-leak.jpg?1406944708" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus/watch-out-moto-360-oneplus-onewatch-just-around-corner/news#comments Geek accessories OnePlus Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:43:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443821 at http://www.stuff.tv Glowing alien grenade or intelligent sleep tracker? Either way, it’ll add flair to your bedside table http://www.stuff.tv/glowing-alien-grenade-or-intelligent-sleep-tracker-either-way-it-ll-add-flair-your-bedside-table/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tossing and turning all night? Falling asleep at work? Sense wants to help </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sense-hot-stuff.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Put that away before it hatches. I don&rsquo;t want to be eaten today.</strong><br />Shhh. Calm down. This isn&rsquo;t an alien egg. Not that we&rsquo;re sure what alien eggs look like, mind. For all we know, this could be an exact replica of an Arlekocythian spawn pod from Xathros, in Nebulon 7G.&nbsp;</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not. It&rsquo;s Sense &ndash; an intelligent, sleep tracker. Say Hello.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Er, Hello Sense. What do you&hellip; I mean&hellip;. what does it do?</strong><br />Besides from looking awesome you mean? Well, Sense is all about sleep. More specifically, making sure that you get enough of it, as well as ensuring that your conditions are optimised to get the best sleep possible.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s packed with numerous sensors which tell you how good the conditions in your bedroom are for getting a decent kip.&nbsp;</p> <p>An ambient light sensor measures &nbsp;how dark your room is for starters. The darker the room, the better you&rsquo;ll sleep.</p> <p>Sense also packs in temperature and humidity sensors, and over time, it&rsquo;ll tell you what room temperature is ideal for you to nod off in easily.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s even got a particle sensor to measure dust and pollen. Maybe you&rsquo;ll need to buy an air filter after all?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Clever stuff. But how does it know how well I&rsquo;m sleeping?</strong><br />Sense comes with a Sleep Pill which attaches to your pillow. It uses a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope to record even the tiniest of your movements during the night.&nbsp;</p> <p>An accompanying app can show you how well you&rsquo;ve been sleeping, and it can even tell you what disturbed you in the middle of the night, thanks to its sensors.</p> <p>Sense also has a built-in microphone, so it can let you know if a noise like a car alarm (or a snoring partner) disrupted your sleep in the middle of the night.</p> <p>You can even check up on your bedroom when you&rsquo;re out and about, thanks to Sense&rsquo;s built in Wi-Fi smarts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff2.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff4.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Impressive. Can I ditch my alarm clock too?</strong><br />You sure can. The Sense app lets you set what time you want to get up, and it can rouse you awake at a moment when you&rsquo;re in the lightest stage of sleep, thanks to the data being fed to it from the Sleep Pill.</p> <p>A proximity sensor lets you dismiss the alarm with a lazy wave of a hand too, although given our snooze addiction, that sounds a little too dangerous to us.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sense-hot-stuff3.jpg?1406520454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hello/sense-know-more-sleep-better/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Sold.</strong><br />Well, we haven&rsquo;t told you where to get it from yet, but we applaud your enthusiasm.</p> <p>You can pick up Sense from US$100 on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hello/sense-know-more-sleep-better" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, and you should have it settled comfortably in your bedroom sometime in November. Sweet dreams.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/glowing-alien-grenade-or-intelligent-sleep-tracker-either-way-it-ll-add-flair-your-bedside-table/new#comments Crowdfunding Geek accessories Hot Stuff Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:46:33 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1443367 at http://www.stuff.tv Shake hands to swap numbers: Razer Nabu smartband plays nice with WeChat messaging service http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Razer&#039;s wearable gets an update to make communication even easier. If you&#039;re in China, that is </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Razer Nabu" alt="Razer Nabu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Razer%20Nabu_0.jpg?1406252854" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Razer has announced that its first wearable, the Nabu smartband, will integrate with messaging app WeChat.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/peterawlins" title="View user profile.">Peter Rawlins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/razer-nabu-wearable-integrate-wechat/news#comments Geek accessories Razer Wearable tech Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:35 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1443180 at http://www.stuff.tv Jake Dyson's Ariel: a ceiling light that uses satellite tech http://www.stuff.tv/lights/jake-dysons-ariel-ceiling-light-uses-satellite-tech/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some lights look like spaceships. This one is, in a way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Dysonlight01.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>You appear to have a&nbsp;really big graphics card&nbsp;on your ceiling.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Almost, but nor quite. The Ariel light&#39;s futuristic aluminium fins and copper heat pipes are remisinscent of the cooling structures you&#39;ll find in high-end gaming pcs (and some satellites), and they perform a similar task, dissipating heat from the powerful LEDs in the middle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So it&#39;s not a strip light?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Nope: it does the job of a strip light, illuminating a rectangular space evenly, but it&#39;s the only light in the world that can do this using a point source - a cluster of very strong LEDs and some fancy lenses create a rectangle of light from a single &#39;bulb&#39; in the middle.</p> <p>Also Hot: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/look-ma-no-hands-ball-bearings-watch-let-you-tell-time-your-fingertips/news">Dezeen&#39;s titanium ball bearing watch</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="682" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dysonlight02.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So why do I want one?&nbsp;</strong> <p>Other than the fact that it looks like the world&#39;s most expensive drone? Well, LEDs have a number of advantages over lightsaber-style bulbs: they&#39;re dimmable, they use less power, and they make nicer light - Jake Dyson offers two colour temperatures as standard but you can futher tweak the Ariel&#39;s white balance if you wish. Whereas all neon striplighting is set to a colour temperature we like to call I Wonder If This Headache Will Last Forever. &nbsp;</p> <p>Also Hot: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hoverboards-may-be-dream-rocketskates-are-now-reality/news">RocketSkates</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="682" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dysonlight03.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Still, I bet the bulbs are a nightmare to change.</strong></p> <p>That&#39;s another advantage - you don&#39;t have to. Not more than once every 13 years, anyway - as with their CSYS lamps, these lights are guaranteed to last well over a decade, and possibly quite a bit longer than that. So, while the Ariel won&#39;t be cheap (there&#39;s no pricing information yet), it could save you money in the long run. The <a href="http://www.jakedyson.com/">Jake Dyson website&nbsp;</a>has detail of your nearest stockist.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">STRIKE A LIGHT! THERE&#39;S TONS MORE HOT STUFF HERE</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="682" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dysonlight04.jpg?1405905579" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lights/jake-dysons-ariel-ceiling-light-uses-satellite-tech/news#comments Geek accessories Hot Stuff lights Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:38:28 +0000 Will Dunn 1442628 at http://www.stuff.tv Look ma, no hands: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your fingertips http://www.stuff.tv/look-ma-no-hands-ball-bearings-watch-let-you-tell-time-your-fingertips/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This gorgeous titanium timepiece (originally developed for blind people) uses magnets and ball bearings to tell the time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="761" height="571" title="Look ma, no hands" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Bradley-Watch-Hot-Stuff.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s a very pretty watch. But&hellip; where are the hands?</strong><br />It sure is. And it doesn&#39;t have any. Instead, it&#39;s embedded with two ball bearings - one on the watch face, and one on the side.</p> <p><strong>Uh huh. That doesn&#39;t really explain how you&#39;re supposed to tell the time.</strong><br />We&#39;re getting to that. Both ball bearings precisely move around the watch, coontrolled by an internal magnet.</p> <p>The front ball bearing marks the hour, while the one on the side marks the minutes. Easy enough, right?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ah. I get it. But why?</strong><br />Lots of reasons. For one thing, it looks great, and that&#39;s as good a reason as any. But there&#39;s an even better one than that.</p> <p>The Bradley watch (named after Bradley Snyder, an ex-naval officer who lost his eyesight in an explosion in Afghanistan) was originally designed for use by blind people.</p> <p>The ball bearings and protruding hour markers are used to determine the time simply by touching the watch face itself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="620" height="465" title="It&#039;s like a lovely metal Oreo" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bradley-Watch-1.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="620" height="465" title="View from the rear" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bradley-Watch-2.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Clever stuff. My wrist wants one.</strong><br />Excellent. It&#39;s currently available to pre-order for &pound;162 from <a href="http://www.dezeenwatchstore.com/shop/the-bradley-stainless-steel/" target="_blank">Dezeen</a>, and its sleek titanium body and stainless steel clasp should keep your wrist looking smart no matter what else you&#39;ve thrown on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All the hottest stuff, on one scorching page</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="620" height="465" title="Nice and smart" alt="Time by touch: The ball bearings on this watch let you tell the time with your f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bradley-Watch-3.jpg?1405746159" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/look-ma-no-hands-ball-bearings-watch-let-you-tell-time-your-fingertips/news#comments Geek accessories Hot Stuff Watches Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:52:49 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1442501 at http://www.stuff.tv