Stuff Picks: A Stormtrooper robot to guard your home

Plus laptops to brighten your life and the most elegant smartwatch ever

UBTECH Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot, S$529

If you thought having your own Star Wars slave would remain a wish from a galaxy far, far away, know that the genies at UBTECH Robotics have brought that down to earth. The latest gadget from the global leader in intelligent humanoid robots is a squat Stormtrooper that can not only obey voice commands and recognise faces, but patrol a designated area to detect and respond to intruders. No worries about a lack of company if it drives all your friends away – the 11in Stormtrooper will be your playmate, working with AR apps for immersive, interactive action. You can even create behaviours and sequences for your new pal using Blockly code. Preorder now here

Avita Liber, from S$699

Finally, a laptop to match your colourful personality. New US-based lifestyle tech brand Avita has debuted its Liber range of notebooks here that combines function with fashion. Available in eight colours including Angel Blue, Champagne Gold and Urban Ruby (pictured), these babies come in two display sizes (13.3in and 14in) with 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution, a multi-functional USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports and battery life of up to 10 hours. Order at Challenger and hachi.tech before 7 December and get a free Jabra Halo BT headset worth S$108, or camp out at Challenger Bugis Junction and VivoCity on 9 December (launch day) to be among the first 10 to snag a Liber laptop at just S$129.

Samsung Gear Sport, S$448

What’s tough, smart, can stay underwater for longer periods than you can and has killer looks? No, not that orca at Sea World. Samsung’s latest version of its Gear Sport smartwatch is 5 ATM certified for water resistance, making it the perfect companion for swimming. It will help you get fit in other ways too, like assisting with nutrition management and prompting you to move when you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long. Heading outdoors? Go mobile-free – the Gear Sport has a built-in GPS tracker, the capability to store Spotify Premium playlists offline and NFC so you can pay for that post-run snack with a mere flick of your wrist. Get one before 31 December and you’ll receive two complimentary straps in Hybrid Orange and Nato Premium Navy Blue worth $96. Promotion available at all telecoms operators, major consumer electronics stores, Samsung Experience Stores and online retailers like Lazada and Amazon.

Garmin vivomove HR, from S$299 to S$449

It’s finally here – the moment you can wear a smartwatch to a formal dinner and not look like a dweeb, we mean. Garmin’s first touchscreen hybrid smartwatches are real dandies, sporting classic analogue looks but revealing high-tech smarts at the turn of a wrist. Two versions in two colourways each are available: there’s the stylish Sport in Black or Rose Gold equipped with a plain silicone band, and the Premium in elegant Silver or Gold finished with a leather band. Features-wise the watches come with activity tracking, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, music control and smart notifications so you won’t miss a calorie-burning opportunity. Buy now from Isetan, Takashimaya, Tangs at Tang Plaza, Parisilk, Advance Lap, H2 Hub, Morning Star and Perfect Watch.