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Top Tech #003

By Henry Winchester

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Date Added: 6th November 2013

From high-tech to low-tech, we have a round-up of cool gadgets from around the world to inspire and tantalise. From the new Google Nexus 5 to a remote control orb, check this lot out...


The quest to cram as many pixels as possible into every single piece of tech continues unabated: this week we've got the all-new MacBook air, which boasts an astonishing Retina display, and the Nexus 5, which packs a 1080p HD screen into a tiny form factor. If there was a way to invest pixels we'd surely be millionaires by now.

On the other hand, Gingko's Message clock includes a mere 189 pixels, but looks beautiful nonetheless. Other low-fi tech highlights include lenticular cards with moving GIFs, a remote-control orb, and, of course, a lamp. It wouldn't be right without a lamp.

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1. MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro, the hipster-creative-type's laptop of choice gets a retina display, with over five million pixels (15-inch model) or over four million (13-inch) for an astounding level of high-def clarity. Powering the screen are the latest Intel processors and graphics, and it's just as slim as ever. Just make sure you order a flat white to go with it.

2. Nexus 5

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The Nexus 4 quickly joined the crème-de-la-crème of Android smartphones when it was released last year thanks to its combination of high-end features and a low-end price point. Its follow-up repeats the trick, upping the screen size to 5-inches and including an optically-stabilised camera for perfect snaps when you're out and about.

3. Mad Catz Strike M

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A world away from the cheapo keyboards you usually use with tablets, Mad Catz' Strike M includes Bluetooth and NFC for quick connection, tactile and clicky keys, as well as an optical finger navigation sensor for moving your cursor. While it's designed with gaming in mind, we reckon it would be perfect for tapping out emails and documents too.

4. GifPop

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After many, many hours of research we have concluded that the internet is made entirely of GIFs, and thanks to GifPop, the animated image format could make its way into the real-world. Currently seeking funds via a Kickstarter campaign, its creators want to use cereal box-style lenticular printing to embed up to 10 frames of animation on business cards or postcards.

5. Gingko Message Clock

© Gingko

It may look like a simple block of wood, but plug a few batteries into this clever gizmo and it'll display the time, date or temperature, as well as custom messages. It's sure to be a talking-point, too, but don't leave it too close to an open fire because someone may be tempted to chuck it in.

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(ID: 236240, pid: 0) Katherine on Wed, 27 November 2013 12:06pm
That Draw Lamp wouold make a great business gifts, you could give them to employees and clients with your logo drawn on and then let them rub it off and get creative!

I would personally love the Sphero 2.0 to annoy my friends and family with, that's such a great gizmo.
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