5 new Philips things that made us happier today

The Dutch company has been busy doing… well, just about everything

Philips makes all sorts of stuff. Not quite on a Samsung or LG “this lift you’re standing in? Yeah that’s ours” kind of way, but not far off. That’s why its announcements at IFA tend to be interesting. Here are our highlights.

At Philips’ IFA keynote, CEO Peter Nota wheeled out preaching mockney chef Jamie Oliver to demonstrate this, a device he co-designed with Philips’ engineers. The HomeCooker is like a big self-heating saucepan with a built-in stirring mechanism. There’s also an optional chuck which turns complete foods into sliced ones ready for the pan. Oliver reckons it’s “like an extra pair of hands”, and to prove it, he and the coriander-fancying Nota whipped up a tasty-looking prawn curry in less than 10 minutes. “Risotto and paella was born for this,” said Oliver. It does the work while “you can go and have a beer”.  All we know is that we all need one of these amazing devices.

(Jamie Oliver also said “I was a little bit disappointed to discover that Philips was Dutch and not British,” to the tech-savvy crowd’s great amusement.)

Philips HomeCooker

According to Philips, the first icon of radio was its Philetta, born 1955. We have no way of verifying this, but it’s nice that the big P resurrected the design. The Original Radio we looked at was the €229 model with DAB+ radio and iPhone dock, though you can lose both the dock and digital bits if you prefer. In any case, you’re left with a beautifully finished wooden box with satisfyingly solid-feeling aluminium knobs and two 10W speakers. It’s going to fly off the shelves.

Yes, it’s a cordless home phone. No, it’s not a smart one. It’s not even a mobile one. It’s one you plug into a landline, like your grandparents used to have. But look at it!

Philips Original Radio

Forgetful types, heavy drinkers and people who live in dodgy inner-city areas, gather round: Philips has something for you. The In.Range is a Bluetooth 4.0 ‘wireless leash’ for you precious goods, and one of Philips’ new range of ‘App-enabled Accessories’. Download the app to your iPhone (or soon, Android phone), attach the In.Range to what you would otherwise probably lose (keys, wallet, etc), and it warns you when either item goes out of range of the other with a beep. Press the button on one and the other will pipe up, making it easy to find your mobile down the back of the sofa.

These extreme sports headphones have cans made from aluminium covered with thick rubber and a headband composed of super-flexible TR90 nylon. They can withstand 1.5 tons of squashing as a result. Pretty sweet, as is the spun aluminium headphone jack – but they’re here because of their two usage modes, po-facedly described as ‘active’ and ‘chill’ (‘active’ squashes the cans to your head, ‘chill’ releases the pressure for comfortable neck-wearing). It doesn’t get much more street than that.

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