Gadget NO. 1
Pure Flux One e-bike
The Flux One from UK store Pure Electric isn’t immediately visible as an electric bike, but it is, and it comes at a particularly attractive price.
The bottle-like device attached to the Flux One’s aluminium frame is actually a battery that drives a motor located within the rear wheel hub. This bike isn’t one for long days out, but it should suffice for most people’s commutes and brief leisure rides. It claims to provide pedal help for 25 miles / 40 kilometres.
Pure has chosen a belt-driven single-speed transmission, which, unlike other motorcycles’ chains, does not require oiling and hence should not smear your clothes. Front and rear mechanical disc brakes should give reliable stopping regardless of the conditions.
Gadget NO. 2
Philips Sonicare 9900
Everyone requires a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush, which is a sound (but not insignificant) investment that reassures you as soon as you use it. The Sonicare 9900 is the most intelligent of the lot, reacting to your brushing method in real time (and reducing intensity if you brush too hard), and comes with five settings and a leather (chargeable) carry case. There’s also a fun app that works like a game: your teeth are displayed on the screen and whiten as you clean, with the program guiding you to give each row and area the same amount of time and attention.
Gadget NO. 3
Pixel 5 5G
So you want to jump on board the 5G bandwagon but aren’t sure which phone to get? One of our favourite smartphone lines is Google’s Pixel, and the latest model is surprisingly reasonable. That doesn’t mean it lacks power or features: the camera software is better than ever, and the Snapdragon 765G CPU works in tandem with 8GB of RAM to deliver a smooth experience. The model’s design and operating system are both incredibly clean and smooth, and it can easily be operated with one hand (more than you can say for most flagship phones.) Another victory.
Gadget NO. 4
Xiaomi Mi Air Charge
Although it is still early, Xiaomi has demonstrated a product that it plans to sell in 2021. It’s called Mi Air Charge technology, and it works by sending energy to your phone via a narrow wave beam via 144 micro-antennae.
You’d be able to go into a room and your phone would start charging, even if an object was in the way, according to Xiaomi’s presentation. Xiaomi claims that in the future, it will be able to charge many devices in the same room.
It’s technology we’ve seen before at conferences, but never so close to a finished product.
Gadget NO. 5
Sony’s FX3 is the company’s smallest and most affordable cinema camera. It’s designed for filmmakers rather than photographers, so it can record ultra HD video at 120 frames per second for extended periods of time.
It includes a grip that’s great for shooting from low angles, as well as extra connections for connecting in various audio inputs. When you’re “running and gunning,” there’s also in-body image stabilisation.
Sony’s yet-to-be-released Airpeak drone will also work with the camera. It’s a little too large to fit in your pocket at 715g, but it’s light and tiny enough to take with you wherever you go. Keep a watch out for it in your favourite YouTuber’s hands shortly.