Tech: March 2016

Rebecca Eves brings you the latest gadgets which promise to bring technological innovation to your life – whether at work or at home

Sky Q

Sky Q promises to change the way we watch TV. A new family of products all connect wirelessly to create a seamless viewing experience – Fluid Viewing is Sky’s buzz-phrase to describe it. Pause viewing in one room and continue watching in another, or take your recordings with you (a first for the UK and Ireland). Available now, the package for existing Sky+ customers will push the monthly fee up by around £12 (from £42 per month for new customers) and the set-up fee is from £99.


The Sky Q Silver box allows you to record four shows and watch a fifth, finally putting an end to recording clashes, while the remote is a remote but not as we know it – you don’t even have to go to the effort of pointing it at the TV. Place the Sky Q Mini in another room to enjoy the benefits of Sky Q without any more pesky cables. This clever little box also boosts your Sky Broadband Wi-Fi signal by acting as an extra hotspot.


Panasonic DX900

Panasonic has announced a world-first – the DX900 is the first LED LCD TV to meet the stringent standards of the UHD Alliance’s new highest Ultra HD Premium specification. This means that it can handle the cutting-edge picture formats hitting our screens in 2016, with dynamic and vibrant images that unlock the potential of HDR. It can even make pre-HDR content look good, and will seamlessly integrate into your network of devices. Launching this spring.


Nikon D5

Revealed in January and launching this month, the all-new D5 is already in high demand. Nikon reckons its latest DSLR is ideal for “pros and no-compromise enthusiasts” alike. With next-generation AF featuring an impressive 153 focus points and sensitivity down to -4 EV, the camera offers superior low-light performance. It also shoots full HD video and up to 200 RAW images in one high-speed burst. All of this quality comes with a price tag of just under £5200.


Fitbit Blaze

With enhanced features including FitStar™ by Fitbit® on-screen workouts, Connected GPS, PurePulse® heart rate tracking, and SmartTrack™ automatic exercise recognition, the Blaze smart fitness watch (£159.99) is designed to help motivate you. Compatible with more than 200 Android, iOS and Windows devices, this nifty timepiece will even assess your sleep quality – not to mention match your every outfit, thanks to premium interchangeable straps.