Y-Fi: Innovative Gadgets

18 Feb 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine
2016 already looks to be a promising year, with new innovations to quench our ever-growing thirst for technology. Here, Matthew Herbst takes a look at what we can expect

 



Sound in the cloud

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The Air2 Bluetooth Levitating Speaker is a unique gadget that has the power to impress lovers of sleek tech. Enjoy the convenience of a hands-free Bluetooth speaker that levitates over its base and produces some seriously impressive sound at the same time. This toy is perfect for the futuristic audio fan. It can also charge your phone, which is a bonus. Available at amazon.com from RO45.5.

Monumental

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This revolutionary new loudspeaker system from Estelon, simply called “Extreme”, is the perfect marriage of sculpture and technology. Weighing a whopping 250kg, measuring 79cm wide and standing up to 2m high, this statement speaker set is sure to look the part in any modern home. Capable of producing the highest sound quality, you’re bound to enjoy it so much that you almost forget the price tag. Almost. Available at estelon.com from RO100,099.

No Key, No Problem

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With passwords and pin numbers for almost everything these days, it can sometimes be a challenge to remember them all. Meet Noke, the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled padlock. It allows you to protect your property and belongings without the hassle of keys or combinations, while providing selected users access with the tap of a button via the Noke app. Available at noke.com from RO24.50.

Music Brain

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Listening to music just got a whole lot more intuitive, thanks to the Prizm. Amazingly, the music player knows exactly who’s in the room, what they’re up to and will source playlists accordingly. It works by connecting to your music streaming service of choice and scanning your playlists to learn what you and the rest of your household like to listen to. It detects your presence based on your mobile device and then plays music that it knows everyone will appreciate. Having a romantic dinner in? How about some jazz? Getting ready to party with friends? Dance music is the order of the day. Available at meetprizm.com from RO57.50.

Sounds Good

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With the Philips Fidelio B5 Soundbar you can bring the surround-sound cinema experience home. Thanks to a wireless subwoofer and detachable wireless rear speakers, you’ll have the option to immerse your senses with surround sound whenever you feel like it and return to normal once movie night is over. Available at philips.com from RO355.98.

NEW: ili

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Though the ili could almost be mistaken for a new kind of iPod, the unique gadget couldn’t be more different. It actually translates languages in real time with voice activation. The bonus is that it works without needing an internet connection because its “brain” is stored inside the device, but the downside of this is that you’ll need to buy a different device for each language you wish to have translated. Languages available are English, Japanese and Chinese. French, Thai and Korean are coming soon, followed by Spanish, Italian and Arabic. It’s not available to the public just yet, but check out iamili.com to keep up with developments and the price tag.

Editor’s Pick: Easy Air

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Living in Oman means that ceiling fans are a necessity, regardless of season. The Z-Air by Zalman ticks multiple boxes, acting as a ceiling fan with concealed blades, an air purification device and also an LED lamp. These functions are all integrated into one sleek and aesthetically pleasing dome. It promises to be simple to install and set up for hassle-free use throughout the year. Slated for release later in 2016, check out zalman.com for more details. Prices yet to be announced.

App of the Week: Boomerang from Instagram

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Boomerang is a new app from Instagram that is trying to take on Vine as a video contender. Instead of recording just six-second videos (yawn), Boomerang takes 10 photos in rapid succession and then plays them back in a short video. You can then post your clips to Facebook or Instagram. Free for iOS Boomerang is a new app from Instagram that is trying to take on Vine as a video contender. Instead of recording just six-second videos (yawn), Boomerang takes 10 photos in rapid succession and then plays them back in a short video. You can then post your clips to Facebook or Instagram. Free for iOS and Android users.and Android users.


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