5 New Gadgets You Need To Know About

Featuring life trackers, man hoovers and the £20 gizmo that could change your life

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Rollei Ski Goggles
Rollei, the German camera brand with a history dating back to 1920, have added ski goggles and sunglasses to their portfolio. Both are aimed at the winter sports fan.

The goggles combine a 135-degree wide angle lens and a 5.0 Megapixel/ HD video resolution camera with 90 minutes recording time for capturing on-slope action. The splash-proof sunglasses, meanwhile, combine a 5 megapixel sensor with stereo audio recording of up to 60 minutes recording time. The look pretty ace, too - which after all is the important thing.

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Out now, €229, rollei.com

Google Chromecast
This one really could be a game-changer. Launched last year in the US, Google’s tiny media-streaming device, Chromecast, plugs into the HDMI port in your TV usually use by your DVD player and the like, and connects your Android device to your TV via WiFi.

Video streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu will be compatable, as will other third-party content providers, as Google attempts to get its apps and YouTube off your phone and onto the biggest screen in your house. The device was a snip at $35 (£21) in the US, and looks set to be simiarly priced when it launches here.

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Rumoured release date: March 1, Price TBC, google.com

Dyson Cinetic
Just how manly can a vacuum cleaner be? When it’s a Dyson, surprisingly so. To ensure its durability and reliability the Dyson Cinetic was slammed sideways into steel blocks 200 times in side-impact testing, while a team of 29 Dyson engineers created 2,000 prototypes and spent 9,000 hours testing them - the equivalent of vacuuming the house for some 500 years.

After all that, and an investment of £7.5m, the brand – which had already pioneered bagless technology some time ago – was able to announce a machine that was so efficient it could also do away with the filters. In short: there’s absolutely nothing here to clean, change or maintain. If you still can’t be arsed to push the hoover round after that, there’s no hope for you.

Out now. Dyson Cinetic, from £419. dyson.co.uk

Sony Smartband
Sony’s new piece of wearable tech is designed to be worn 24/7 and to work in tandem with the LifeLog app for Android, tracking not just your exercises, as per other fitness trackers like those from Jawbone, Nike and Fitbit, but also the places you visit, what you listen to and what you read.

It will also display all the usual stuff like how many steps you’ve taken and the number of calories you've burned. It’s lightweight and unassuming, which we reckon is a plus in the rapildy expanding wearable tech market.

In short: it's a neat, no-fuss way of keeping track of what you’ve been up to, without having to fallback on actually write it down in a diary.

Out April. Price TBC. sony.com

LG F70 and F90
LGs two new handsets aren’t designed to compete with the best phones currently available, they’re aimed squarely at the mid-market. The idea is to make 4G LTE available to as broad a demographic as possible. Both run Android 4.4 KitKat, with the LG F70 featuring a 4.5-inch display, 4GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear-camera.

The LG F90 is the larger of the two, at 4.7-inches, and comes with 4GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear-camera. Both have LG’s patented Knock Code feature, which allows users to unlock the handsets by tapping a personalised sequence on the screen - something that works even when the phone is switched off.

For anyone seeking a new smart, functional device and who isn’t necessarily bothered amout having all the whistles and bells, then look no further.

Release date and prices TBC; lg.com/uk

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