Toys of Tomorrow

19 Jan 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Gadget geeks who favour the offbeat or unusual will find something in this week’s collection, compiled by Alvin Thomas.



AirPods

The advent of wireless-everything has forced brands to up their game. However, no one has taken this as seriously as Apple – who went as far as getting rid of the headphone jack – from its latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus variants. This has given birth to something truly extraordinary: the Apple AirPods. Of course, we’ve seen Bluetooth earphones in the past but none quite like this. The AirPods are tiny, and frankly, quite long (although this is to enable microphone functions). They should fit in your ear like regular Apple EarPods (wired earphones). However, you’ll have to try them out in a shop before buying them. Also available is a charging case, which acts as a safe holder for the AirPods. Apart from that, both the AirPods are touch-sensitive, making controls easier for listeners. Yours for RO113, from roumaan.com.

Fired Up

This may not be the most expensive phone in the world but it is close enough to make it to the top. Most phones in this league, however, are simply production phones splashed in Gucci and diamonds. The Solarin Fire, on the other hand – despite being wrapped in carbon-fibre and gold – actually packs some impressive tech. For instance, the phone has a built-in, one-touch security mode, which encrypts all your communication you know – because you’re crazy- wealthy. What’s even crazier is that if your phone faces any technical glitches, Solarin will fly a technician to your home to fix it. If you’re not interested in that kind of information then you’d be happy to know that the phone does pack a 14cm LED display, 23.8-megapixel (rear) and 8-megapixel (front) cameras, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4 Gigs of RAM and 4,000 mAh of battery. All this is yours for RO7,700 from sirinlabs.com.

Colour Sensor

The Nix Pro Colour Sensor is an interesting gadget, and rightly so. What it tells us it that it can scan colours from various objects and can tell users the exact colour scheme of the object. The Nix Pro Color Sensor is incredibly accurate, and pairs with a smartphone app that lets you extract the colour for further use. While the device may seem pointless to many, it could come in handy to interior designers, artists and creative designers. It also is a lot cheaper than industrial-level colour-scanning machines. Get yours for RO135 from amazon.com.

Editor’s Pick

Brush Up

You guessed right: it is a toothbrush. But the reason why we love it so much is because it is packed with technology – unlike, you know – a normal toothbrush. The Oral-B Genius 8000 is an electric toothbrush that helps you get rid of your bad brushing habits. For instance, there’s a 360 SmartRing with LED lights that allows you to personalise your brushing experience with 12 colours while delivering visual feedback on your brushing pressure, brushing time and selected mode. You also get an Oral-B smartphone app that will give you real-time feedback about your brushing habits. Oh, and not to forget: you get a special box along with the toothbrush with which you get a phone dock so that you can analyse your brushing while you’re at it. Get this from oralb.com for RO98 (ouch!).

App of the Week

Google Opinion

It has become a general trend that you pay for the apps that you download from online stores. However, how often does the app that you download actually pay you? Exactly! it doesn’t happen very often. Google Opinion, on the other hand, actually does. With this app, you earn money by completing short surveys. The credit will be added to your account, and you can purchase apps from the app store. Download it for free from Google Play.

Game Review: Tekken 7

Twenty-plus years, nine games and seven generations worth of battles later, Tekken is taking its last step in gaming with its Mishima clan. While this may not be the last game from the makers, this will almost certainly be the last to feature superpowers such as Jin Kazama, Yoshimitsu, Nina Williams, Marshall Law and Jack.

Released back in 1994, the game easily took over as the best one-on-one combat game of all time. As a matter of fact, this game was known to create many family feuds (between my cousins and me) as we duelled for hours on our PlayStation. Of course, back then, the graphics seemed extraordinary, and the gore, realistic. There was nothing more satisfying than humiliating your opponent player and watching his or her face turn red.

Tekken 7, the latest – and last –Tekken game, was initially revealed in 2015 – but only as an arcade game. This year, however, the game will debut on consoles too.  The game will focus on one-on-one battles, and will also bring to the table new mechanisms of attack, namely –Rage Art and Power Crush. But it’s best not to go into detail on the fight mechanisms (to keep the magazine family-friendly). The storyline on the other hand, is actually unique – for once.

Tekken 7 will be darker than any of its predecessors, as it aims to provide answers regarding the feud between Heihachi Mishima, his son Kazuya Mishima and his grandson, Jin Kazama. The game will also feature Akuma, from the Street Fighter series (Yaay!).

Bandai Namco, the developers of the game, will be making use of the Unreal Engine 4 so the game will be slick. Expect movements and damage to be life-like. I’m only hoping this makes way to PlayStation’s new Virtual Reality headset. If it does, expect gamers to be shut in homes for weeks, if not months.

Review by Alvin Thomas


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