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The latest Fitbit watch and GoPro camera, Leica's TL2, the Keecker robot and virtual reality with Oculus. These may be the solution to your gift problem for people with everything!
2017-11-01
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FITBIT

Inspiration on hand

With so many fitness watches available today, it can be difficult to make your choice. But Fitbit’s latest model, the Ionic, might just be the one to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. It guides you through 20 on-screen pre-loaded workouts, learning from your behaviour to gauge when you are ready to move up to the next level, and also gives you access to a range of popular apps. The 2.5GB memory can hold than 300 songs, which can be played through wireless Bluetooth headphones. And it even senses when you stop and start running – so no more fumbling around to find the pause button.

GOPRO

Action hero

Twice as powerful as its predecessor (which came out only last year), GoPro’s Hero6 Black camera has the ability to capture 4K video at 60 frames per second. An all-new GP1 chip offers great image quality, low-light capture and stabilisation yet; while the action-packed footage is automatically sent to your phone, where, using the free app, it’s transformed into a QuickStories video ready to share online. Waterproof to 10m, the camera also features voice control: commands include “GoPro shoot burst”, which sparks a quick succession of shots.

KEECKER

At your service

Meet Keecker, the robot designed to fulfil all your home-entertainment needs. With a built-in projector and speaker, it can display images and play movies on any suitable wall in wide-screen, and its mic allows you to direct it via voice commands.

A 360-degree camera creates an accurate floor map, so it can navigate your home; it provides a security system; and it also monitors motion, temperature, humidity and CO2 levels.

LEICA TL2: Small wonder

The result of a partnership with the design team at Audi, the sleek TL2 from Leica has been created from a single block of aluminium. Mirrorless technology allows for a smaller body and attachable lenses, with accurate and consistent autofocus (165 milliseconds – three times faster than the previous model in the range). A state-of-the-art sensor and image processor produce 24-megapixel images that are composed via a 3.7in LCD touchscreen. And through the TL App, both smartphones and tablets can be used to control the camera and as remote viewfinders.

OCULUS: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality has come a long way since the nausea-inducing computer-generated images of the ‘80s. the next-generation Oculus Rift headset has two 1080 x 1200 resolution OLED displays operating at a 90HZ refresh rate, so there should be no lag at all as you move around in virtual space. And as the universal headset has built-in headphones, all you need is a compatible PC to step into your favourite game, watch an immersive movie or spend time with friends in VR.

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