The Stuff Hot Five

Counting down the five things that rocked our world last week

What do we really care about? And what should you really care about?

Each week, we'll be counting down the five most important things in our world right now. The new gadgets that we're excited about - and that you should be excited about too. The games and apps we're desperate to play - and that we want you to enjoy too. The best phones and tablets and cameras and laptops and smartwatches and all the rest that we've reviewed that week - and that you should go out and buy.

Think of it as a condensed version of the whole site. But don't forget to read the rest of it too, eh?

5) HALO WARS 2 BRINGS A NEW KIND OF STRATEGY TO XBOX ONE

Before you run a mile at the mention of a strategy game, this clever caper for your Xbox looks to be quite the title.

Less well-known than many an Xbox exclusive, we got hands-on with Halo Wars 2 this week and were thoroughly impressed by the tactical tightrope it requires players to walk.

More accessible than your average plan-and-attack thinker, there are several ways to get in on the game, including a new online Blitz mode - essentially a five-minute capture the flag session, which adopts a card system based on energy collection. Easier played than explained, suffice it to say it soon becomes dangerously addictive.

Still, it’s the large-scale battles where Halo Wars 2 continues to truly excel, offering frenetic action that requires as much brain as brawn to overcome. We’ve only had a taste, but we reckon it could be up there with some of the genre’s best titles.

4) Get a VR experience in full motion.

Remember how VR headsets let us game and experience content in full immersiveness? Ya, scratch that, this motion interactive VR/AR experience will leave you flat on the floor. Quite literally.

The good folks from Artanim have come down to India to showcase their award-winning project that combines virtual reality and motion capture. They like to call it ‘Inside Real Virtuality’.

Real Virtuality allows users to become immersed in a VR scene by walking, running and interacting with physical objects and meeting other people, unlike other VR experience where you are in one static position.

The motion capture only adds to the delight of the experience by tracking users and physical objects as they move about in real life which corresponds and matches their avatars exactly in the 3D environment.

3) Stuffed Show of 2017

The Stuff Gadget Show was here. Entering into its fifth edition, the show went on from January 19 to 22 at Bandra-Kurla Complex.

At a show that boasts an average footfall of 97,000, you’ll be surrounded by hardcore gadget enthusiasts and it's your first-class ticket to a destination filled with the most exciting toys in tech. Not only is the Stuff Gadget Show the biggest of its kind in the country, it's also the coolest.

Some of the biggest names in tech showcase their products under one roof and be rest assured many will pique your interest and you’ll want to take them home with you.

And if that’s not enough, there’s the Autocar show running right next door. 

If you missed out on this year's show, don't worry we'll be back with a bigger and better show next year. So stay tuned and stay stuffed!

2) THIS KICKSTARTER KETTLE THAT’S MORE THAN A FANCY SPOUT

Coming home to a freshly boiled kettle isn’t nearly as satisfying as a good cuppa sitting there waiting - but it’s halfway there, which is good enough for us.

Meet the Stagg EKG+, a Bluetooth-equipped kettle looking for funding on Kickstarter. Set the temperature remotely, hit the button and it’ll get boiling in a jiffy.

What’s more, it’s got a clever ‘hold’ function which will keep the water at the desired temperature for up to 30 minutes, which is great if you’re a three cup kind of drinker.

It also happens to look suitably space-age, with the sort of spout that would make a Danish person proud. In fact, it’s designed for precision pouring, to achieve the optimal flow rate - whatever that might be. Begavet indeed.

1) Redmi ohhh Redmiiiiiii

Xiaomi just announced the latest Redmi Note, the Note 4 which looks like it might continue in the vein of its popular brethren.

There's the Snapdragon 625 processor and a sleek metal unibody. There is also a big 4100mAh battery, which the company claims to have a 25% improvement in battery life over the Redmi Note 3.

As for the camera, expect a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera with phase-detection autofocus and a 5MP front camera. 

The sweet spot is the price, Redmi Note 4 is priced at ₹9,999 for 32GB (2GB RAM) and ₹12,999 for 64GB (3GB RAM). The 3GB RAM variant with 32GB storage is available for ₹10,999.