By: Amy Greenburg
Whether you’re at home or on holiday, there’s always room for a new gadget in life, so we’ve rounded up some of the latest and greatest to hit Singapore’s stores this summer.
With the new Canon PowerShot N100 camera, not only can you tell a story, but you can become part of it as well, thanks to its Dual Capture feature that captures both the subject and the photographer’s emotions with just one click. Customise images with colour filters, create five-minute highlight reels with stills and videos, and then share them on the go with the camera’s Wi-Fi capabilities. As if that’s not enough, there’s also an option for remote shooting, made possible with the Canon CameraWindow app, which lets you perform zoom, flash, self-timer and shutter functions right from your mobile device – great for getting shots from those hard-to-reach places. $449 at authorised Canon retailers.
Calamity-free Phone Cover
All it takes is just one slippery hand or a selfie gone wrong for your device to be done with. Well, clumsy smartphone users, here’s something for you. The super-tough Otterbox Defender Series protective case – now available for the new Galaxy S5 – offers three layers of defence against even the most dreadful drops, shocks and scratches. With an impact-absorbing outer layer, solid polycarbonate shell, built-in screen protector, and port covers to keep out the sand on your beach holiday, carrying your smartphone will never be worrisome again. $69 at authorised Otterbox retailers.
Whether you’re a serious cinephile or just love a good movie, here’s something for you. Sony’s Full HD VPL-HW40ES home cinema projector lets you experience the high quality, immersive images of a big screen cinema right in the comfort of their own homes – rainy Saturday in, anyone? Using the latest technologies like Contrast Enhancer, Motionflow and Reality Creation, the projector is designed to deliver a sharp and crystal-clear cinematic experience in both 3D and 2D. Available in black or white for $2,999 at AV One, 1 Coleman Street, The Adelphi, #01-10.
Your New Best Buds
Need some new workout buds? Engineered specifically for exercise, Bose SIE2i sport headphones are completely sweat-proof and weather-resistant, with StayHear ear tips that conform to the ear’s shape to stay securely in place, even during the most strenuous workouts. Available in four colours and accompanied by a stretchy Reebok armband, the in-ear buds also feature an inline remote and microphone, which allow for convenient music control on an iPhone with just the press of a button, and seamless switching between phone calls and music. $219 at Bose stores.
Why should runners have all the fun? The new Neptune waterproof MP3 player lets swimmers enjoy high quality sound underwater without the use of ear buds. Using revolutionary Bone Conduction audio transmission, the device transfers audio through the cheekbone and directly into the inner ear. This three-piece design includes two side speakers and a high-contrast screen that sits on the back of the head. Attached securely to goggle straps, they won’t interfere with swim strokes, and 4GB of storage means aquatic athletes can look forward to hours of music, audio books, podcasts and more. $299 at Axtro Sports, 3 Coleman Street, #02-01 Peninsula Shopping Centre.