In this day and age, teenagers’ lives are often consumed by technology. Matthew Herbst checks out the creative and useful ways teens can use tech
Eye of the Spider
Whether you’re a teen or an adult, radio-controlled toys never go out of fashion. In fact, they keep getting better thanks to new technology. Meet the Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider, a miniature quad drone with built in vertical camera and detachable wheels. The drone is controlled via your smartphone and can drive across the floor, before mounting the wall and flying across the room, recording as you go. Available from parrot.com for RO53.48.
Teen wearables are usually all about games and interaction. But The Cuff is a fantastic safety net and could literally provide a lifeline in emergencies. It looks like any other fashion piece and that’s the beauty of it. Touching the black-inset link sends an alert directly to your chosen contact’s mobile via the Cuff app, along with your GPS location. A potential lifesaver available from cuff.io for RO23.10.
On the Go
With the handy HTC Re Camera, you can focus on being in the moment and then relive it onscreen whenever you fancy. This fun tool shoots wide-lens photos and videos without the need for a viewfinder and everything can be streamed to your Android or iOS device. Start your adventure film career at htc.com from RO76.62.
If there’s anything that can ruin a teen’s Instagram moment, it’s a dead phone battery. This conveniently portable Michael Kors iPhone Duracell Powermat Kit will make sure your iPhone stays juiced up for as long as you need. Grab one at michaelkors.com from RO53.90.
There are three model’s in Gear4’s Angry Birds audio range featuring the game’s top characters. The most famous of all is, of course, the red bird and included with each 30W bass control speaker is a little faux-wooden plastic dock. It’s an odd piece of plastic, but at least it gives you somewhere to put your phone or MP3 player. The dock has an audio cable that accommodates any music player, smartphone or tablet with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Find it at amazon.com from RO11.16.
EDITOR’S PICK: Hey Mr DJ
All teens love music and many dream of being able to mix their own tunes one day. Why not impress your peers by turning your iPod into a portable party-making machine with the Pokket Mixer Mobile Mini DJ Mixer. The mini mixer doesn’t require a power source, just plug it into the headphone jack of your mp3 player, laptop, or phone and instantly mix your own beats for hours of fun. You can also plug in another friend’s phone for a mixing battle. It’s small, light and very mobile, so never leave home without it! Available at amazon.com from RO89.74.
NEW: Lego Mindstorms EV3
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is here! Combine your Lego building skills with some seriously advanced technology and unleash the mind-blowing powers of the new Mindstorms set. Create robots that can walk, talk, think and whatever else you command them to do. Follow the step-by-step 3D building guide to create characters TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM (pictured) and GRIPP3R and then bring them to life with an easy, intuitive interface. Once built, take charge of the remote control and send your mean machine on any challenging mission you wish, or download the free app and control your robot with your smart device. If you’re quite the engineer and want to share your own creations, then log on to lego.com/mindstorms, where you can access loads of cool content and interact with fellow Lego fans. Let the Mindstorms robot revolution begin! Available from shop.lego.com for RO134.74.
APP OF THE WEEK: Get Angry
Angry Birds Go! is jam packed with hazardous roads and mischievious opponents chasing your tail with special powers to knock you off the path to glory. The Angry Birds world comes alive in this app with rich and colourful 3D for the first time. Join the rush as you freewheel around the track at breakneck speed in a thrilling race with the other birds. Free for iOS and Android.