Gadget Trends You May Have Missed

2016 is a magnificent time to be alive for gadget lovers. It feels like all those things that Science Fiction said about gadgets in the future are actually happening now.  But it can also be a bit confusing; there are so many gadgets on the market how do we know that we are getting the right ones and staying ahead of the curve? Read on to make sure you haven’t missed out on any of these crucial technological trends.

 

4K TV

Not too many people have a 4K TV at the moment, but it is something that shouldn’t be missed if you’re into watching films or gaming. These TVs have four times the number of pixels that a regular HD TV has, so the viewing experience is incredible! Get some more info on 4K TV’s at www.techradar.com.

Also known as Ultra HD TV or UHD, this appears to be the next standard in visual entertainments for the home. Even Sky is providing streaming services geared towards this format, with their new platform ‘Q’.  If you are someone that like to be ahead of the gadget trend curve, then Get one of these as soon as you can.

 

Soundbar

Of course, if you have a better telly, you don’t want to be let down by your sound quality. While most gadget guys have a surround sound system, you might not be aware of the latest development which is a soundbar.

A sound bar is a speaker that fits underneath your TV or on a wall, which provides high-quality sound, without the need for a full surround sound system. There are numerous items on the market,  so it’s best to check out soundbarreviews.co.uk, to check on the prices and specifications before you buy.

 

Key finder

If you are a little absent minded after a long day at work, then a trend you really can’t afford to miss out on is the key finder. This is a small piece of plastic which attaches to your keys via a standard key ring. Inside it is a micro transmitter, the location of which, in turn, can be picked up by your phone. So you’ll always know where your keys are! If you know where your phone is, that is!

 

Apple Watch

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While it’s unlikely, if you are a gadget fan that you have not heard of the Apple Watch, you may not yet have had the chance to get your hands on one. If this is the case, then you seriously need to correct that problem as the functionality they provide awesome. Your can track your fitness, answer calls and texts and even surf the internet on your watch.

 

Of course, Apple always lead the market in personal gadgets like this and then we see a plethora of other companies coming up with similar products. If you want to test out whether a watch like this would suit you, you can always go for a cheaper model first and then upgrade to the Apple watch when you are sure.

Awesome Gifts for Awesome Dads – GUEST POST BY ED PHELAN

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Awesome Gifts for Awesome Dads

With Father’s Day 2016 looming in on us, it’s time to face that toughest of questions again: what do I buy my dad?

Dads make great gift choices hard at the best of times. When receiving a gift, his world-class poker face gives you no clue whether it’s the best thing since sliced bread or worse than finding all the bread’s gone mouldy.

This year, bust through the pitfalls with our handy guide of gift ideas for every kind of father.

 

Foodie Dad

If your old man’s an epicurean adventurer, challenging his taste buds to the whatever the world has to offer, give his senses a treat. If he normally enjoys a fine whisky, introduce him to a sipping tequila.

While most may think of tequila and recall painful shots that taste like drain cleaner, the good stuff is out there and very much comparable in complexity and richness to the best whiskies. Look for a reposado (rested) an anejo (aged) tequila from 100% agave (and don’t buy anything that comes with a plastic sombrero).

For non-drinking dads, look for a food-making course that you could take as a family. There are workshops for everything from sushi making to molecular gastronomy so the limit is only your imagination. If he’s a big meat-eater, book a butchery workshop where he’ll learn about the art of meat preparation before getting to cook up a well-earned steak.

 

Music Mad Dad

You may mock his taste now but we all spent our formative year listening to dad’s tunes in the car. Help him relive his musical glory days with framed vinyl artwork of his favourite records – there are plenty of replicas available to buy or you could spend a fun day rummaging at charity shops or carboot sales for the actual editions.

If your dad’s been hoarding his old gig tickets from “back in the day”, frame them into a collage around a classic gig poster. Again, you can buy the poster online, pair it with an Ikea frame then quickly assemble a one-of-a-kind, special gift that will get his toe tapping whenever he sees it.

Finally, for a music and clothing combo, give your father a fashion boost with some music inspired wearables. If he’s into mod clothing, pick him a classic union jack waistcoat or check out Ben Sherman’s new Beatles range. More of a rocker? Seek out a vintage-look shirt of his favourite band and pair it with a deluxe vinyl reissue of their classic album.

 

Handyman Dad

He’s been your personal carpenter, plumber, decorator, builder, electrician, plasterer and more since you can remember. He may not be the best at it, and the shed’s always been slightly wonky, but if your dad’s a DIY legend, this is the time to appreciate his many victories on the battlefields of flatpack furniture and leaky taps.

If he’s still lumbering around with a decades-old rusty toolbox, treat him to a new multitool. Like a Swiss Army knife on steroids, these handy all-in-one gadgets are perfect for most common tasks and repairs and weigh a fraction of a full toolkit. Look for one that include a variety of blades, screwdriver heads, spirit level, pliers and, for super convenience, a built-in ruler.

Alternatively, try a mechanical puzzle for adults. These awesome toys let you build working engines and machinery out of plastic parts. He won’t be able to build his own supercar just yet but it could stop him feeling shortchanged at the garage.

 

TV Dad

In every house, there is one place the dad truly rules. Where he sets the laws that everyone in the family must abide by on pain of death – well, muttering and being told where to go. That kingdom of dads? The sofa.

Celebrate your dad’s place in pantheon of armchair authoritarians – or mock it affectionately – with a remote control pillow. Yup, it’s a pillow that also fully works as a universal remote control so he can lounge, watch and nap without even stretching out an arm. If he likes a beer with his Game of Thrones marathon, how about a remote control with a built-in bottle opener?

 

New Dad

Once your dad is well and truly sorted on the gift front, don’t forget about your friends or relatives who are just entering the world of fatherdom with their first child. Though they be may loving evey minute, chances are that they’re exhausted and feeling like the lowest on a new hierarchy where baby comes first, then mum, then them.

Put a smile on his face for his first father’s day with a small but thoughtful gift. From matching baby-grows and daddy t-shirts, to some personalised socks with the date he became a dad on, there are plenty of simple ways to prepare him for his future greatness as a dad.

 


Author: Ed Phelan

c8276bfe9a1750d6e2a248cfc271cf7dI am a young 20-something living in Brighton, UK, interested in sport, travel, gadgets, film, fashion & environmental issues. I am currently a third year student at Brighton Uni & would like to make a career out of writing. I have travelled extensively around the world and am always looking for my next adventure! Follow him on Twitter.

Great Christmas Gifts For Fitness Fanatics

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Whether you are looking for a gift for the fitness fanatic in your life or need some ideas to pass subtly on to those buying you presents, read on. We’ve pulled together some of the best gifts going for lovers of keeping fit. Check them out and see what you think.

 

FitDeck

These exercise cards are a great stocking-filler, and one that is sure to go down well with folks wanting to shift a few pounds in the new year. There are plenty of options available, from combat sports exercises to dumbbell workouts. There is something for everyone here. It only takes a few different packs to give your loved one an enormous array of exercises for full body fitness.

 

WODDice

The premise of these awesome dice is simple. You roll them, and you get a complete CrossFit workout that will push you to your limits. One dice tells you how long you need to go for while another tells you the number and type of movement you should make. The third gives you bodyweight exercises, and the fourth gives you weights workouts. Dice number five offers mono structural determination – I don’t know what that is, but it sounds nasty. And the final dice gives you the number of reps you have to do. Think your loved one can handle the gamble? WOD Dice is only available in the States right now, so order them into the UK with plenty of time to spare if you want them for Christmas.

 

Ski Instructor Training

If your loved one loves skiing, then why not send them away for this fun and fitness-filled holiday? The Alltracks ski instructor course will keep them on their toes, with ski training for four consecutive days. It might even open up a new career opportunity for them, as once they pass they might be good enough to teach. And that, of course, means that you will be able to enjoy free skiing lessons for the rest of your life!

 

Heston Blumenthal Nutri Juicer

Of course, one of the most important parts of a staying super fit is by consuming super foods. So, why not think about the Sage’s Nutri Juicer by Heston Blumenthal. It promises to juice up your fruit and vegetables in a matter of seconds and has multiple speed control and an easy clean system. Check it out over at John Lewis.

 

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

Fitness is also about knowing how your body is working, too. So, try the Smart Body Analyzer from Withings. Well, I say scales- but they are so much more. It takes your weight measurements, body composition, heart rate, and will even record the air quality in your room. If that’s not all, it also links up with a smartphone app so you can track your progress as you go on.

 

Well, I hope you have enjoyed some of these gift ideas for the fitness fanatic in your life. It’s still a little early for Christmas – but great planning has always been part of a great fitness regime, right?