Gadgets for Geeks

11 May 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Alvin Thomas checks out some devices for the discerning geek in you.




Phantom of the Opera


Bluetooth speakers of old have been notorious for lacking bass and producing jangly tones, in view of portability. Ah, but you see this is no ordinary Bluetooth speaker. This isn’t even your normal hi-fi system: the Devialet Gold Phantom is one of the best audio systems (vouched by tech-star Lewis from Unbox Therapy) your money can buy. It emits an ultra-dense sound with deep bass, no distortion, saturation or even background noise. Apart from that it also looks like an ornament than your generic boxy speaker. Yours for RO1,550 from amazon.com.


Hue Lights


How amazing would it be if you could control the lights in your room using only your voice? Truly, right? Well, if that’s the case, check out these Philips Hue smart bulbs. These LED lights pair easily with your phone, tablet or smart assistant, and will respond to your commands. The bulbs are also multi-coloured to suit your mood or environment and you can control up to 50 bulbs in one bridge. Yours for RO17.3 from amazon.com.


On Record


Throwback Thursday will never be the same with the Archive LP. Underneath the uninspiring name lies a very adept device that can convert records into digital music files. This means that your digital music files will never fade or degrade in quality; they will be preserved on your computer or smartphone. You also get software (EZ Vinyl) to help isolate your music and automatically separate tracks. Best of all, it only costs RO34.6 at scientificsonline.com.

Editor’s Pick


Art meets Science


We’re not sure if words can do justice to the Astrolabium 2000. The device is a meticulous reproduction of the “Heaven machine”, which was developed in the 18th century by clock maker Philipp Matthaaur Hahn. It features a quartz regulated brass mechanism that aids in indicating time, month, date, moon phase and even zodiac signs. What’s even more amazing is that it can physically show you the yearly revolution of Earth around the Sun, and the daily rotation of Earth on its axis. The base is made of a mahogany lacquered hardwood and the mouth-blown glass dome measures 26.6 x 17.7cms in diameter. Buy this for RO2,195 from scientificsonline.com.

App of the Week


NASA


If you’re looking for the best science-related application currently on the internet, look no further; the NASA app should have you covered. With the app, you can discover the latest in the world of science through images, videos, mission information, news, stories or even tweets. You also get free access to NASA TV, which is a fun space, literally, for both kids and adults trying to get to grips with science. Download for free from iTunes or Google Play.


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What Remains Of Edith Finch

Realism games have definitely come a long way since the days of Tom Clancy: Splinter Cell and What Remains of Edith Finch is a testament to that. Sitting alongside titles such as Kentucky Route Zero and Mass Effect 3, the game certainly rakes in praise for its brilliant first-person story-driven gaming experience.

The story revolves around the incredible (and tragic) story of the Finch family but what’s best is that you get to explore the plethora of dazzling labyrinths in the Finch home. As you go along, you get to delve into the history of the Finch family, their deep and dark secrets and other very (very!) interesting facts. This would definitely make a brilliant movie.


Inside Info Box


Developer: Giant Sparrow

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

Rating: 12+


Outlast 2

When you are asked to name the best horror flicks of all-time, chances are you will name The Exorcist and The Insidious. Well, Outlast is – in true form – the “Exorcist” of the gaming world.

This game is not for the faint-hearted and there are relentless scares to be had over the course of the game. Of course, like many such titles of today it does suffer from pacing issues: the storyline switches in an almost outlandish manner in an instant. Set that aside and you will be left with one of the most cathartic horror experiences. Definitely a must-have if you believe in the paranormal.


Inside Info Box


Developer: Housemarque

Publisher: Ubisoft

Rating: 18+


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