We are heading into a world where gadgets are literally taking over our lives, and we love it!
As a nation we have gone from being hesitant of a mobile phone in the early 1990’s to not being able to leave the house without our smart phones in 2019.
Then there are our watches that advise us on the amount of steps to take per day, and our cars where everything is based around technology from the Sat Nav and the DAB radio to the handsfree device and voice control system. We are a nation of tech savvy geeks.
The Gadgets team at H&N Magazine have put together a list of six gorgeous geeky gadgets for your enjoyment.
Croustina Breadmaker SD-ZP2000 KXC by Panasonic
There’s no denying convenience food dominates most of our meal times, with the abundance of low-to-no faff options being the main appeal. However, with the rise of fresh home-cooked meals seeing a rise in popularity, why not look to making your own bread in your own state-of-the-art breadmaker.
The Croustina Breadmaker makes baking bread such an easy option. You’ll know exactly what ingredients are in each loaf, and you can pre-set the timer to bake the bread while you are sleeping or at work, meaning it will be baked perfectly, beautifully warm, smelling divine, and ready for morning breakfast or for your arrival home from work.
Our gadgets writer Rachel McAlley is a breadmaker fan and has had a number of machines over the years, so she has been road testing this breadmaker by Panasonic.
Her first white loaf was excellent, soft and bouncy in the middle, and a lovely crust, she then went on to make a marble cake, which turned out far better than she thought it was going to. The cake was deliciously tasty, however the centre of the cake wasn’t cooked fully, so next time she will just add an extra 5 minutes to the machine and hey presto, it should turn out perfect. A wholemeal loaf was the next test, it turned out rather fabulous too; slightly taller than the first white loaf, and gorgeously fresh.
Priced at £209.99, available from www.johnlewis.com
Ion8 Flask by Leakproof
Whether you like your drinks ice cold or piping hot, the 100% leak proof BPA free vacuum insulated stainless steel travel mug & flask will keep liquids just how you like them for longer. The one touch thermal insulated bottles are made from food safe, pro grade stainless steel protecting the temperature of our beverage for hours. FlavourShield is odour resistant and protects original flavours and freshness, and it is easy to clean (hand wash only).
The Ion8 100% leak proof BPA Free vacuum insulated stainless steel travel mug & flask comes in two sizes, either 360ml or 480ml in colours Red, Rose, Navy or Black.
Priced at £19.99 – £24.99, available from www.leakproof.co.uk
Joule by ChefSteps
This is the smallest, smartest and most powerful sous-vide tool on the market. Joule is a sleek, slender, and cylindrical in appearance heating element made for partial water immersion. Controlled exclusively by its groundbreaking app, water is heated and held at a predetermined temperature in accordance with the selected recipe. This is done with absolute accuracy to ensure that the food placed within the water is cooked evenly. Joule guarantees perfect results, every time, empowering sous vide veterans and novices alike. Say goodbye to overcooking. Joule heats to the perfect temperature—no more, no less—which means that proteins won’t overcook, ever. Even if they cook for extra time.
Want to make a perfect steak? How about a juicy, tender chicken breast? Using Predictive Cooking™ features, Joule shows users how food will turn out. ChefSteps call it Visual Doneness™. At 11 inches in height, 1.85 inches in diameter, and 450g in weight, Joule is lighter than even the smallest consumer sous-vide device available today and small enough to easily fit in a top kitchen drawer.
Priced at £189, available from www.amazon.co.uk
E9 Headphones by Mixcder
Global audio specialist, Mixcder, is pleased to announce the launch of their latest headphones in the noise-cancelling range, the E9. The next generation headphones feature the latest advancement in ANC technology to deliver superior noise-cancelling performance and audio quality. The foldable headphones have the premium, soft foam pads expected of Mixcder but now with upgraded technological advancement and improved sound.
With the launch of the E9, Mixcder has increased the length of time music can be enjoyed thanks to its 30-hour battery promise without using ANC and 24 hours with. Hybrid ANC technology uses an active noise cancellation system that works in a wider frequency range in the low to midrange frequencies than most ANC designs and provides an improved degree of noise cancellation. The ANC continues to work when using the included audio cable and can play for around 80 hours.
Priced at £59.99, available from www.amazon.co.uk
EK7000 Pro 4K Camera by AKASO
The EK7000 Pro 4K is ideal for action sports and outdoor adventure as it delivers 4K/25fps, 2.7K/30fps and 1080P/60fps videos and 16 megapixel photos.
With such high quality, every moment can be captured in crisp detail and clarity. The built-in electronic image stabilisation ensures all filming is steady and smooth even when shooting fast-moving objects or participating in sports or activities. The adjustable viewing angle also allows users to set the angle of the action camera as required with the choice of super wide, wide, medium and narrow.
Ideal for water sports such as swimming, surfing and snorkelling, the AKASO EK7000 Pro 4K is equipped with a waterproof case that means the camera can dive up to 40 metres. By turning on Diving Mode, it can also compensate for the lack of red light in underwater scenes to ensure that images and clips recorded are just as high quality as those on the ground.
In addition to water sports and on-land activities, the action camera can also be used as a dash cam whilst driving.
Priced at £76.99, available from www.amazon.co.uk
Porto Q 5K Portable Battery from Moshi
Porto Q 5K is a stylish portable battery with a built-in Qi wireless charging pad. This innovative combination means no cables are required: charge your phone wherever you go, wirelessly. Porto Q 5K’s 5000 mAh capacity powers up your phone more than 2 times on a single charge. Easily share power with a friend by letting their phone rest on Porto Q 5K’s soft, non-slip surface as it recharges. When a cable is needed, the USB-A port lets you charge other devices like Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and more. When plugged into the wall, Porto Q 5K acts as a regular wireless charging pad with the added bonus of recharging your portable battery at the same time.
Priced at £79.95, available from www.moshi.com