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Top tech: five of the coolest gadgets this week


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Date Added: 25th March 2014
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Stay ahead of the game with our round-up of the latest gadgets hitting the shelves, including the much-anticipated VR headset from Sony!


Introduction

Tablets are getting bigger and bigger. Samsung's latest, the Galaxy Note Pro, includes a 12.2-inch screen which is the biggest we've seen so far, and later this year Panasonic is releasing its 20-inch Windows 8 behemoth. These are the kind of sizes we were used to with CRT screens back in the 90s (yes, we're that old), and being able to fit them into a backpack or through a letterbox is mind-blowing.

This week we've also got a couple of wrist adornments in the form of a smartwatch and a stylus, as well as Sony's new virtual reality headset and a robust stand for your enormous tablet.


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1. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

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Samsung's latest tablet has the word ‘Pro' in its name, so it must be good. It also has a 12.2-inch screen with a 2560 x 1600 display for jaw-droppingly clear and bright images. We love its S-Pen stylus, and multitasking means you can watch YouTube vids while you're doodling. That ‘Pro' tag doesn't come cheap, though: the tablet will set you back £649.

2. Android Wear

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© Motorola

‘Smart watches' felt like a bit of a fad when they started appearing last year, but it seems Google is taking them seriously. Its Android division has just announced Wear, an operating system which puts local weather, emails and a whole lot more on your wrist. LG and Motorola will release the first Android Wear watches later this year.

3. Chil Slap Stylus

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This highly fashionable bracelet packs a hidden secret: it doubles as a stylus for your touchscreen device of choice. If you're out and about and inspiration strikes you can whip it off and quickly draw a picture. Once it's complete you can slap it back on your wrist, inevitably letting out a little yelp when you do it a bit too hard.

4. The K Stand

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Tablet stands tend to be made of cheap plastic which is often incapable of supporting its target tech. Kristen Logan's K-Stand is plasma cut from robust metal, and topped and bottomed with rubber to stop it scratching your desk or gizmo. There are a bunch of designs to choose from, too. We're even wondering if it could be used to turn our Wacom into a desktop easel.

5. Sony Project Morpheus

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Sony jumps on the Oculus Rift bandwagon with this virtual reality headset, designed for use with the PlayStation 4. It boasts 1080p high definition video and 3D surround sound for immersive gaming. Unfortunately there's no word on price, release date or whether Sony includes a PlayStation-branded sick bucket.

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(ID: 263764, pid: 0) Sam Saapunki on Wed, 26 March 2014 9:10am
Twitter: 5 of the coolest #gadgets available now! I don't think Project Morpheus is available now??!
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