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Top Tech #004


By Henry Winchester


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Date Added: 20th November 2013
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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...


Introduction

We're old enough to remember the Megadrive and SNES console wars, and it looks like history is repeating: Microsoft's Xbox One is going head-to-head with Sony's PlayStation 4. Both are released in the coming weeks, but the Xbox One is out sooner, so we've included it here. They're also a little more powerful than Sega and Nintendo's consoles...

Also debuting in this week's round-up are a few nice cameras, some of which can fly; a couple of 3D-based apps; a music machine and a special mystery surprise at the end! (Yes, it's a lamp.)


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1. Xbox One

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Experience the future of gaming right now (well, on 22 November) with the Xbox One (£429), Microsoft's latest super-duper games console. It packs an AMD ‘Jaguar' Accelerated Processing Unit, 8GB of RAM and a Blu-Ray drive, which basically means it makes new games look nice and spangly. Among those spangly games are Assassin's Creed IV, Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome.

2. 3D Builder

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Microsoft isn't just about the Xbox: it's keen to keep Windows 8 ahead of the game, and it's just released a free 3D printing app for PCs running the operating system. It takes models in a variety of popular formats and does all the necessary tech gubbins to get them to your 3D printer.

3. Sony Alpha 7

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There's an argument that you don't need ludicrous megapixels to take amazing snaps, but the Sony Alpha 7 (£1,299) completely rubbishes that idea. It packs a whopping 24.3 megapixel sensor, which jumps to 36.3 megapixels on its bigger brother, the Alpha 7R (£1,699). They're rather pricey, but for your cash you also get a magnesium alloy body and one of the smallest interchangeable lens cameras on the market.

4. 123D Catch

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Autodesks' free 123D Catch app has been available for a while, but it's just had an update so it's a good time to take a look. It uses your iOS device's camera to capture objects in 3D, which can then be imported to your modelling software of choice. Among the update's highlights are enhanced processing tech and a compass to help you navigate around your objects.

5. Panono

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Panoramas appear to be the new instagram, with every man and his dog releasing some sort of app or product capable of ultra-side shots. Panono looks pretty cool, though: it's a throwable ball covered in lenses, which are then stitched together to create amazing 360-degree images. It's currently seeking funds via Indiegogo.



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