Even Q, James Bond’s gizmo guru, would by impressed with this lot, says Alvin Thomas.
It neither looks like the most sophisticated piece of tech out there nor resembles anything you will catch Mr Bond carrying around on his smartphone (assuming he still uses one). But believe it or not, the Dimple (yes, that’s what it’s called), is actually quite a handy piece of tech. The device is a key-chain-sized NFC-tag (near-field communication) that can be attached to the back of your phone. After that, you’re essentially left with four secret Android buttons – which are powered by nothing but your phone’s NFC! There is also an application that comes with the Dimple, with which you can assign the functions to these keys, so that you can launch the app of your choice. Get yours from dimple.io for RO9.6.
So, it is a cold night and you really need to keep your gloves on. However, your next mission is coming to you via a voice call on your smartphone. Now, the only thing lying between you and the call are your gloves; as smartphone screens (most of them) aren’t compatible with gloves. But fret no more, because Ideas In Life brings your phone to your gloves. In short, you can answer calls, listen to music or even send an encrypted WhatsApp voice note, all while keeping warm. The gloves feature built-in microphones and headphones, and will connect with almost all devices that are currently available on the market. Just make sure you do not answer calls in front of anybody as you could come across as a tad dense. Yours for RO6.3 from amazon.com.
How often do you find yourself charging your phone using your laptop? If you said “frequently”, then you should consider getting yourself a uCharger. Why? Most laptop USB outlets are low on voltage, and thereby recharge smartphones at a snail’s pace. What the uCharger manages to do is to connect your phone to your laptop efficiently by providing the same charging power and speed of a regular wall outlet. This, in effect, means that you will be charging your phone quicker than you ever did before. Yours for RO3.8 from amazon.com.
If you’re a spy, chances are that you do not want to garner too much attention with flashy technology. You probably have to keep things a tad mellow to keep a low profile. But if style is your game, and travelling is a part of your lifestyle, then make sure to get your hands on the Bluesmart One suitcase. Not only is this suitcase stylish but it is also quite smart as it lets you connect your smartphone with your bag remotely, using the on-board GPS and 3G connection. You can remotely track, lock and even weigh the contents of your suitcase. There are also charging ports, if you ever run out of juice on your smartphone. Oh, yeah! There are also tonnes of space for your storage needs. Yours for RO173 from amazon.com.
App of the Week
Android Device Manager
All joking aside, we don’t think you should ever break the law by downloading spy and phishing applications. However, an application that you can use legally is the Android Device Manager. The app lets you track your phone and where it has been – essentially giving you access to your phone’s whereabouts should you manage to misplace it. Apart from that, the app also lets you erase the data in it, ring, change lock codes or even go into a panic mode (alarm). Download for free from Google Play.
Top stealth games of all time
The best tactical-stealth games of all time are still those from years gone by, says Alvin Thomas
Thief: The Metal Age
The Thief series, which comprises three games, namely – The Dark Project, The Metal Age and Thief – is arguably the best stealth-based tactical game series on the market today. Of the three, however, it is The Metal Age that stands out. First released in 2000, the game had only one rival – its own predecessor. But with a clever storyline and a complex gameplay The Metal Age shines. Sure, its graphics may not be up-to-date, and its physics engine can get a tad frustrating during gameplay. But the game manages to put you – the gamer – into the heart of the game, and when things go right, you cannot help but smile. This has to be the best first-person stealth game ever made.
The Metal Age
- Release date: 2000
- Platforms: PC
- Download: Steam
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
There are good games, and then there are great games. And from the lot, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory has been categorised as a great game. Its protagonist, Sam Fisher, is a deadly, yet empathetic emissary cum assassin, who has garnered much love from fans over the years. The gameplay is absolutely fantastic, and the storyline is every tactical gamer’s dream – and we have to thank Tom Clancy (may he rest in peace) for that. The game takes you all the way from the United States, to North and South Korea, Japan and China, in order to leak vital government secrets and also neutralise North Korea as a nuclear threat. The stealth mechanics of the game is truly ahead of its time, and you will find yourself taking out villains (mercenaries, thugs, army) stealthily. You are given a wide choice of weapons too, but the real fun lies in sneaking up on an enemy soldier and terrorising him until he spills secrets. Give this game a try.
- Release date: 2005
- Platforms: PC, PlayStation 2 & 3, Xbox, Nintendo DS, N-Gage, Symbian
- Download: Steam