A man can only have so much stuff. But these five new gadgets are pretty tempting.
1 Fuuvi Bee “8mm” video camera (above)
This tiny handheld video camera may look like it’s from the 8mm age, but, of course, it is digital. So while you’ll have to supply your own flares and kipper tie, what the Fuuvi Bee does do is capture Seventies-looking video complete with “noisy” speech. This means that you can shun all this HD nonsense and nail that authentic, amateur feel for your films and return to the glory days of home movies. A Micro SD card slot provides space for the memory. ($80, audiocubes.com)
Essential because: Budding Truffauts can shoot 100mins of video on a single charge.
2 Levitatr iPad keyboard
With quality wireless keyboards for the iPad thin on the ground, the Levitatr raises the standard as well as its LED backlit keys, which emerge from the polycarbonate black interior of the aluminium chassis at the press of a button. And being less than 1cm thick, this peripheral is eminently portable. ($100, levitatr.com)
Essential because: Dedicated iPad keys and a stand come built in.
3 Loewe AirSpeaker
It’s Loewe, so you can guarantee sophisticated, clean styling and bet your hard-earned Deutschmarks that the build quality is top notch. But the AirSpeaker also talks the talk: two subwoofers, two tweeters and two mid-range speakers, and a total of 80W, deliver impressive audio through the wireless wonders of Apple’s streaming AirPlay know-how. (£650, loewe.tv/uk)
Essential because: You can link more than one AirSpeaker to create a home music network.
4 Tivoli radio
Nine years after the original, Tivoli has launched the upgraded Pal radio, and the most impressive thing about this colourful piece of tech is that the digital reception is so astounding, you will get a clear signal where previously you thought impossible. The new Pal+ also sounds rich and clear, packs a rechargeable battery (good for 10 hours of playback), has alarm functions galore and a stereo headphone output (which you can also use to hook it up to your hi-fi). (£250, tivoliaudio.co.uk)
Essential because: It works on all known DAB systems, so you can take it anywhere.
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5 Panasonic’s DMC-3D1
Compact cameras are all about size, unsurprisingly. This golden rule has led Panasonic to labour to produce the world’s smallest 3D stills and video camera, featuring 12MP high-sensitivity sensor with noise-reduction for crisp images, two 25mm wide-angle lenses, each with 4x digital zoom for those HD 3D pics and vids, all in a package the size of a normal compact. (£450, panasonic.co.uk)
Essential because: As it will also revert to 2D, all bases are covered.