Y-Fi: Cool Yule tech

11 Dec 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

With the festive season well and truly upon us, Matt Blackwell brings you the gadgets that will help you make the most of Christmas

Tough Tablet

The savior of stressed mums and frantic fathers is here: the Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition. Get all your Christmas recipes and manage your festive shopping lists on this kitchen-proof piece of kit. The tablet can withstand sticky fingerprints and accidental spills thanks to its durable glass, carbon-fibre panel and revolutionary water-resistant design. This sturdy item can even stay submerged for up to 30 minutes. It has 32GB of flash memory and comes with an iGrill wireless digital thermometer to make sure the turkey is cooked perfectly. Available for RO231 from amazon.com


Custom Christmas
Christmas decorations just got a whole lot more interactive thanks to the Lumenplay App-Enabled Lights Starter Set. As its name suggests, this set gives you the power to control 16 million light colours through your iPhone, iPad or Android device using the free accompanying app. Each string has 12 LED bulbs and you’ll be able to daisy chain them with other sets and control up to eight other Lumenplay receivers individually or simultaneously with one device. Dazzle your friends and make the neighbours jealous with your very own customised light show and, if you like what you’ve created, you can save it, name it and share it. Available for RO30.8 from brookstone.com


Keep it Fresh

Nibbles are a key part of hosting any good party, but crisps and nuts can quickly go stale once the bags have been opened. Prove you are the hostess with the mostess by investing in an iTouchless Bag Re-Sealer, just slide it across any open bag and it’ll become airtight once more in seconds, locking in the freshness. Available in a two pack for just RO8.08 from amazon.com


Feline Fun

Wearing paper hats around the dinner table is so 20th century; step into the digital age by giving each member of your festive party a pair of Necomimi Brain Wave Cat Ears and hilarity is sure to ensue. Using a research-grade forehead EEG sensor, the device reads electrical signals from your brain and the fluffy ears respond accordingly. When something grabs your attention, the ears will perk up and wiggle back and forth. When you are concentrating they stand up and when you are relaxed, they will slowly droop down. Available for RO26.93 from hammacher.com


Seasonal Streaming

If the usual festive offerings on TV just don’t do if for you anymore, then the Roku 3500R Streaming Stick may well come in very handy. Plug it straight into your TV’s HDMI port and the streaming stick will connect via Wi-Fi to give you a wealth of internet channels at your finger tips, meaning no more fighting over what’s on. Almost every major video service is covered, including the likes of Demand Five, Netflix, YouTube and Now TV, to name just a few. Videos stream smoothly at 1080p and control is easy via the remote included. Available for RO18.87 from amazon.com


NEW: Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1


A photograph is the best way to capture the magic of family moments and these days, the quality of cameras on smartphones can rival even some digital cameras. But what do you with all your pictures once they’ve uploaded to social media? They often just sit in your phone’s memory, but not anymore thanks to the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1. Now you can print all your fun pictures the moment you take them thanks to this fun portable wireless instant printer. You’ll be able to choose different templates and filters for your photo before printing a 2.4 x 1.8-inch copy. Available for RO58.53 from amazon.com 



What festive season is complete without a little mischief? Well, it’s mission made possible thanks to the Doc Rover 2.0 Wireless Spy Tank. Now little ones will be able to see what goes on once all the mince pies have been consumed and darkness descends. Controlled via an app, the Spy Tank has built-in night vision, an adjustable camera that can record live video and take stills and a built-in speaker to transmit audio. Images and videos can be uploaded to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter right from the app. Available for RO38.5 from brookstone.com


App of the week: CamMe

This great new app finally lets you take a great seasonal selfie without the awkward arm or cringe-worthy selfie stick. All you have to do is stand within plain view of your smartphone or tablet (up to 5m away), hold up your hand and make a fist. This simple gesture will then initiate a countdown, making this app perfect for large group shots at festive gatherings. Free to download from the App Store

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