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Top Tech - 5 of the coolest gadgets


By Henry Winchester


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Date Added: 20th February 2014
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Our pick of the most promising gizmos waiting to be exchanged for your hard-earned cash


Introduction

When we're researching this piece, we often find that accessories for Apple's ubiquitous iOS devices form the majority of the search results, with Google's Android almost always taking second place. Not this week, though – 2 of the cool gizmos we've found are compatible with Android devices, and Google's own Chromecast runs a modified version of the mobile operating system. It seems that the Android underdog is finally catching up.

We've also found a really rather spiffing compact system camera for taking lovely shots of things you like, and some cute little robot guys who'll follow commands and fight each other to the death.


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1. Lynktec TruGlide Apex

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Styluses may have started out as fairly dumb metal tubes with a bit of rubber at the top, but they appear to be getting smarter and smarter. Lynktec's TruGlide Apex uses an electronic field to ensure its tiny 2.3mm tip functions properly and accurately with touch screen devices. Unlike similar styluses it's compatible with some Android devices, and its $59.95 (£36) price tag won't break the bank.

2. Fuel

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We absolutely love the jerrycan design of this dinky power pack, which plugs into your smartphone and pours delicious electro-juice into its ailing battery, providing you with up to 30 minutes of extra talk time via its micro-USB spout. However, we're slightly disappointed that it doesn't come with some tiny glass bottles for making miniature molotov cocktails. It'll set you back £24.99.

3. Fujifilm X-T1

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After an ill-advised foray into full-blown DSLRs, Japanese camera company Fujifilm is finding its feet again with compact system cameras, which offer interchangeable lenses in a small form factor. Despite its retro looks, Fujifilm's X-T1 (£1049) includes some high-tech features such as built-in WiFi, a whopping viewfinder, and a weather-resistant body so you could take outdoor pics in Britain, for instance.

4. Google Chromecast

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Due for release in the UK on 1 March, Google's Chromecast is a tiny dongle which plugs into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor and lets you watch internet content from Netflix, YouTube and Google Play on the big screen. It's been incredibly well-received in America, where its $35 (£21) asking price has undercut competitors such as Apple TV and Roku.

5. Ozobot

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Ozobot's tiny robots could be the next big thing in gaming and toys. These light-sensing little chaps can follow paths and instructions, find their way through mazes and take part in strategy games. They're currently seeking world domination via Kickstarter, where a $55 (£33) pledge will bag you a black or white Ozobot.

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