Rebecca Eves reveals the latest gadgets which promise to bring technological innovation to your life – whether at work or at home
Samsung Galaxy Note7
Featuring a water-resistant body, top notch security and a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen, the new Galaxy Note7 is aimed at those who want a device that can handle work and play. The security measures include biometric authentication thanks to iris scanning technology and a fingerprint scanner, plus Secure Folder, a separate file which adds an extra level of authentication to keep sensitive information safe. Entertainment-wise, the Note7 is ready to stream HDR video and features the S7’s camera with dual-pixel sensor technology, a wide aperture and fast auto focus, while Game Pack and its top titles is available via Google Play. www.samsung.com
Samsung promises that the S Pen is more than just a writing tool. New Air Command functions allow users to zoom in on the screen or translate languages with a hover of the S Pen, it can be utilised to create and share GIF animations with Smart Select, and it even works without unlocking the screen.
Add an anti-slip lens cover to your Galaxy Note7 and you can switch between a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. Other add-ons include a keyboard cover and a protective cover that doubles as a stand, while the Note7 is also compatible with the Gear 360 camera and the Gear VR headset.
Light bulbs that can be adjusted from your smartphone? Sounds a bit like a gimmick but there’s more to Philips’ personal lighting system than you might expect. Choose from several settings for the perfect mood – from ‘concentrate’ (tested in schools – it worked, apparently) to ‘relax’, turn your lights on and off when you’re away, set your lights to wake you up gently, and choose from 16 million colours! (RRP £149.99) www.philips.co.uk
This neat unit houses an HD camera and high-tech sensors providing you with continuous security coverage of your home. Flare (£265) can recognise known and unknown faces and will even perceive your pets, springing into action if an intruder does attempt to enter by raising the alarm, informing you via your mobile or calling the police. Vigilance is not at the expense of privacy – Flare closes its camera shutter when a known person enters a room. www.buddyguard.io
Ever wished you could call your pet when you know they’re home alone? Well, now you can. The Petcube Camera (£145) not only features a 138-degree wide angle camera but also houses a two-way audio stream through its built-in microphone and speaker, so you can stream HD video of your furry friend via your home Wi-Fi, and have a ‘chat’. You can even play chase-the-laser with the in-built beam. www.petcube.com