Category Archives: Gadgets

5 Travel Gadgets For Your Summer Holiday

Summer is finally here. Schools have finished. The sun’s out. That means it’s time to go on holiday. When you’re packing your shorts, sun cream and sunglasses, don’t forget your tech essentials. Here are my 5 must-have gadgets to take with you…

Bluetooth SpeakerBowers and Wilkins T7 – £299.95

Portable bluetooth speakers are a must when you’re on holiday. Connecting your smartphone to the Bowers & Wilkins T7 speakers will ensure you listen to clear, sharp sound when you play your music in the hotel room. B&W are known for great sound and you’ll be able to listen for at least 18 hours of playback without losing battery life. Pack these speakers to get the party started before you hit the town…

USB Battery PackAnker 2nd Gen Astro – £18.99

Battery packs are the second most important essentials after free WiFi! Nobody wants to run out of juice! The Anker 2nd Gen Astro battery pack is a simple USB battery pack to super charge your smartphone or tablet. Compatible with all smartphones and tablets such as iPhone and Samsung devices. Don’t forget your battery pack for a quick charge to ensure you can take your holiday pictures on the go…

Selfie StickLooq DQ – £29.99

The selfie stick is now becoming a very popular travel accessory. Taking pictures where the whole group can all be in the shot has made the selfie stick an essential gadget. The Looq DQ is a simple selfie stick which doesn’t require WiFi or Bluetooth. Simply mount your smartphone onto the end of the stick and plug in the lead to your headphone jack. You’re ready to get snapping…

E-Book Reader Kindle Paperwhite – £109.99

Taking all your books to read on the beach is a big no-no! Take the brilliant Kindle Paperwhite instead and download all your books onto your Kindle. With an endless number of books to choose from, you’ll never get bored whilst reading your favourite book by pool. With it weighing a light 205g you won’t even notice it in your luggage…

Activity TrackerFitbit Flex – £79.99

Tracking how many steps you’ve taken, calories burned or distance travelled has never been simpler. The Fitbit Flex is a brilliantly simple device which will keep you informed on your fitness whilst you’re taking a trek into the mountains or running to catch the bus to the nightclub. The Fitbit Flex syncs with your smartphone through an app where you can see all your fitness stats. Get fit whilst you’re away so you feel less guilty about eating that chocolate cake…

Ready to go on holiday now? Let me know your thoughts on your favourite travel essentials in the comments below…

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3 Simple Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter

Home is where you spend the majority of your life. Your home is the place where you enjoy being at most most relaxed and comfortable. Whether you’re living in the bright lights of a big city or in the calm of the countryside, your home can be become a smart home. By adding a few gadgets to your home you could make your home more intelligent. Check out these cool new gadgets that will bring you one step closer to a tech home…

Smart Lock August ($249.99)

August is a keyless smart lock that you can attach to any door in your home but is best used on your front door. August uses Bluetooth technology from your smartphone to recognise when you are near your door and unlocks it. You have 24/7 total control of who enters and exits your home by adding family and friends to the access list. Log records are kept for you to track who and when enters/exits your home. August requires 4 x AA batteries and you can simply install it to your existing deadbolt lock. This is a great way to keep your home secure. No more forgotten keys!

Smart Thermostat – Nest Thermostat (£249)

The Nest Thermostat is a clever thermostat that learns about you and how warm or cool you want your home. You can simply change the temperature by turning the dial, but you can also programme the timing and temperature when you are out using the smartphone app. Nest Thermostat learns when you are not home and turns to Away mode and switches off your heating to save you money. You can have different temperatures for different times of the day like when you wake up or when you are returning home from work. This is a hot thermostat (see what I did there?!) that will help make your home the temperature you want, when you want.

Smart Doorbell – SkyBell WiFi Doorbell ($199)

The SkyBell WiFi Doorbell is a smart video doorbell that uses the built-in camera and microphone to enable you to speak, hear and see the person at your door whether you are at home, on the go or at work. SkyBell uses the motion sensor to alert you when someone is nearby. Using your smartphone the live video feed begins giving you a real time video call with the visitor at the door. If you are at home you can let them in just by tapping on your smartphone, or if you are away you can let them know when you’ll be back home or even let them in. This is a great security gadget that gives you comfort of who enters your home.

What is your favourite home gadget? Let me know in the comments below…

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