Futuristic gadgets for Back to the Future Day

Glideboards, from $749

Here’s a question: what’s cooler than the other side of the pillow? A self-balancing, gyroscopic, motorised personal transport device of course.

Glideboards are part of the revolutionary self-balancing board wave that have swept the globe and are now available across Australia and New Zealand.

Every Glideboard comes fully equipped with German precision engineered gyroscopic technology, and powerful batteries that allow you to travel up to 10 km/hr for 25km. The alloy wheels and protective casing are rain and dust proof, and the high quality solid tyres ensure each Glideboard is both durable and safe.

The pressure sensors on each non-slip footpads will independently adjust the speed based on weight distribution of each foot, allowing for easy and precise control.

Website: www.glideboards.co


Ring Video Doorbell for your smartphone, $399.95

This revolutionary internet-connected doorbell screens a live audio and video stream of your home’s front doorstep, directly to any smartphone or tablet. Ring sends instant alerts via the free Ring app (iOS® and Android) when the doorbell is rung, or if motion is detected. You can see and speak with people at your house from anywhere (even overseas) or watch recorded footage on your own smart device.

Especially perfect for those who work at home and don’t want to get distracted but want to know what’s happening, busy mums on the go and home-owners or security-conscious Kiwis that want to feel safe knowing exactly what’s going on at their front doorstep. If you’re a techie wanting a new gadget to play with, the nifty Ring will be sure to deliver your fix too!

Website: https://ring.com/

App: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/ring-video-doorbell/id926252661?mt=8


Musical Spark

With the TomTom Spark fitness watch you can train to the sound of your music as well as the beat of your heart.

This nifty new sports wearable allows you to listen to close to 500 songs while exercising without the need for a phone or separate music player. You can store your playlists on your wrist and listen to them wirelessly during your workout through wireless bluetooth headphones.

As a fitness tracker, the TomTom performs as it should, capturing your steps, active minutes, and calories burnt. But it also has a heart rate monitor built in so you can track your heart rate without the need for a chest strap.

The Spark watch allows you to switch between modes so you can mix up your training, whether you choose to run, bike, swim or workout at the gym.

It is also a pretty smart watch; it’s automatic sleep tracking function helps you know if you’re getting the sleep you need; it’s wireless syncing allows you to sync your session wirelessly on your favourite running app and finally, it is water resistant so you will feel confident running in all weather conditions.

Price: $349

Website: https://www.tomtom.com/en_nz/sports/fitness-watches/


Great gadgets for bringing up baby

Today on Breakfast we tried out some really cool gadgets for parents of young children.  Featuring in the show were the 4Moms Origami Stroller ($1999), the 4Moms MamaRoo rocker ($599) and the BabyPing secure wifi baby monitor ($249).  Feel free to view the segment on TVNZ by clicking the image below.  More information can be found further down the page.


Babyonthemove.co.nz 4Moms Origami Stroller

Website for more information: http://www.babyonthemove.co.nz/on-the-move/single-buggy/4Moms-Origami-Stroller

The origami is the world’s first power-folding stroller: at the touch of a button, it folds itself. It’s also the world’s first cell phone-charging, mileage-counting, LCD-sporting stroller, with generators in the rear wheels that charge the stroller as you walk. Plus, the origami has daytime running lights, pathway lights for low-light conditions, and sensors that detect when a child’s in the seat (so it’ll never fold by accident). From power folding to cell phone charging, it’s everything a stroller should be.

•    Push Button Fold – Opens and closes at the touch of a button
•    Self Charging – Generators in its rear wheels charge the Origami while you walk
•    LCD Dashboard- Built-in thermometer, trip, and lifetime odometers
•    Bright Ideas – Daytime running lights make you and your baby more visible all the time; Pathway Lights turn on automatically in low-light conditions
•    Lots of Storage – Strollers need to work in the real world, not just in the store. That means cup holders, storage pockets and a big removable storage bag
•    Customisable – Suit your style with Origami Accessories: colour kits in 5 different colours, Origami Phone Kit, Bassinet and Car Seat Adaptor (all sold separately)
•    5 point safety harness

Price: $1,999

Babyonthemove.co.nz 4Moms MamaRoo Classic Infant Seat Swing


Website : http://www.babyonthemove.co.nz/activity-games/baby-swing/4Moms-MamaRoo

MamaRoo It moves like you do:

Parents don’t vibrate like bouncy seats or swing like swings. They bounce and sway, and that’s what the mamaRoo does: it moves like you do. The 4Moms team used motion sensors to measure the movements of reals moms and dads as they soothed their babies, and replicated those motions in the mamaRoo. It’s the only infant seat with five different motions, all modeled after the natural movements parents make to comfort their babies.

•    5 unique motions; car ride, kanga-roo, tree swing, rock-a-bye and ocean with 5 selectable speeds
•    3 reversible toys
•    Blue backlit LCD display
•    MP3 player adaptable
•    5 built in nature sounds
•    Reclining seat adjustable to any position
•    Removable and washable covers
•    AC/DC power adapter supplied
•    Rotary volume control
•    Stylish aluminium frame
•    3 point waist & crotch harness

Price: $599

Babymusthave.co.nz:  BabyPing secure Wi-Fi Baby Monitor

Available exclusively in New Zealand from Baby Must Have at: http://www.babymusthave.co.nz/babyping-wifi-baby-monitor/

Monitor your baby on your iPhone and iPad.  Whether home or away BabyPing keeps you connected to your baby.

BabyPing is a secure wifi enabled camera and monitor that connects to your wireless home network, allowing you to hear every gurgle your baby makes.  You can also switch on the daytime or night vision camera and stream video live from baby’s room directly to your i-device.

The set up process is so easy, you don’t even need to use a computer to do it. Simply plug your BabyPing into the power, then into your wifi router.  Then once you’ve downloaded the viewer app from the app store you can locate your camera and start streaming sound and vision after a few simple set up steps.

The BabyPing comes with plenty of accessories to help you mount the camera securely in your baby’s room.

Using another free app from the Apple app store, you can also remotely view the camera while travelling or set up secure access for grandparents to see what’s happening with bubba.

Price: $249.99

Story by John Buckley Google

Wearable Tech to inspire your workouts

Winter is still with us but around the country our roads and parks are beginning to fill with people getting fit for Spring.

That’s right, the season of boot camps and early morning bike rides is back upon us.

There’s nothing a gadget guy needs more than a bit of technology to test out on that run/bike/walk so this week I tried out the latest wearable technology that promises to keep your fitness on the right track.

The Looxcie 2 Wearable Personal Video Camera

The Loocxcie promises to let you record your life, hands free. The original version was the first wearable video cam and it allowed you to participate in the moment, while capturing it. With the Looxcie 2 you can also use your smartphone as a viewfinder, create a clip and post to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This unit records up to 5 hours of video, though it’s easy to transfer footage to other storable media. For fitness freaks its a great way of capturing your running, cycling and other activity – why not capture that magnificent putt and post it to Facebook for bragging rights. It’s worn like a Bluetooth headset, so the more vigorous your activity (ahem) you might want to consider extra steps to secure it to your ear. Using the updated Looxcie Moments Smartphone companion app, users can choose between either 320p or 480p video quality.

Recommended Retail Price: $275.00 plus $5.00 post and packaging

Product Website: www.looxciecam.co.nz

Rating: 3 out of 5

Geigerrig RIG 500 Hydrating Backpack

This is a pretty cool, pressure powered hydrating backpack. If you’ve ever used a standard hydrating backpack one you’ll know that you have to bite down on the mouthpiece and suck the water out like a mad thing. This system, developed by an ex-marine, has a pump pressure system so you can spray the fluid instead of sucking it. Spray into your mouth, spray into your dogs mouth, spray to wash a graze… The makers claim that users consume up to 30% more fluids while wearing a Geigerrig, therefore hydrating better. The bladders come with a lifetime warranty for leakage and are virtually bomb proof.

Recommended Retail Price: $199.00 incl gst.

Website: http://www.tightlines.co.nz/

Rating 4 out of 5

LED Lenser Headlamp

Running through parks before or after work, can be quite risky. The paths are quite dark so you really can put yourself at risk of an injury. I recommend you light the way with the LED Lenser Headlamp. This model, the H14, is one of the brightest headlamps you can buy with a super bright 210 lumens output. Features include the patented LED Lenser Advanced Focus System with one-handed speed focusing, as well as the NEW microswitch which allows you to customize the light output to your needs. The H14 is not just a headlamp. Thanks to an intelligent fastening system, the lamp head can be detached from the headband and attached to clothing as a hands free torch or mounted on bike bars using the supplied universal bracket.

Price: $199.00 including gst.

Website: http://www.tightlines.co.nz/

Rating: 3.5 out of 5