5 essential gadgets for the Olympics spectator

Don't miss a moment of the sporting action with this Olympic-level setup

Keeping track of the vast number of Olympic events might seem as tiring as taking part. Luckily, we've put together five bits of kit to ensure the experience is as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

Pure Move 2500


Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V

With BBC Radio 5 Live's Olympics Extra DAB channel airing throughout the Games, it would be rude not to tune in – and Pure’s iPod-inspired portable DAB is the right tool for the job. A 14hr battery life should keep you in the loop wherever you choose to go.

Elgato tivizen


Nikon StabilEyes 14x40

The Medals


The Olympics cops might frown on you bringing your long-lens SLR, but they can’t stop you pocketing a powerful point ‘n’ shoot. With a 20x optical zoom, Sony’s 18.2MP HX20V is a long-lens behemoth in a compact’s clothing.


If your Sky+ box is full of episodes of Homeland, you’ll need another way to make sure you don’t miss any events on TV. Elgato’s Wi-Fi dongle is a Freeview tuner in a pocketable box, enabling you to stream live telly to your iThing or laptop.


Binoculars will never be cool. Well, not unless they look like a pair of nightvision goggles. Nikon’s StabilEyes (see what they did there?) have 14x magnification and electronic stabilisation, which helps to stop your target bouncing around in view.



Even if you’re watching it all live, it can be hard to keep track of what’s going on in both the rhythmic gymnastics and the canoe slalom. Medals 2012 has full daily event listings, medals tables, stats for each country and notifications every time your home country wins a medal.

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