Gadgets to make your life easier

Dynamic mood light: Avea

“Avea” from Elgato is a LED lamp, which fits into a normal E27 socket and can be individually controlled by app with the iPhone or iPad. Up to ten of these lamps, which are automatically tuned to each other, can be used in your premises. There are different predefined light moods, which not only simply radiate a clumsy red, but also gently alternate between different nuances. Beautiful: If you fall asleep the integrated light alarm, the next morning will be awakened with a simulated sunrise.

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Remote controlled droid: BB-8 from Sphero


He is small, round and probably high on the wish list of many Star Wars fans. The rolling drones BB-8 from the 7th Star Wars films (a kind of sphere R2-D2) are available from Sphero as a remote-controlled mini-toy robot. The promise: BB-8 is supposed to respond to language commands, to move authentically, to make holographic messages and develop a personality of its own.

The BB-8 from Sphero in the test
BB-8 consists of a ball body with unbalance and a magnetically adjustable head, which moves automatically along. The roll robot is remotely controlled via app (connection via Bluetooth is completely automatic), loses however with times too hard collisions however also the head. After initial alignment, the control works well – with slight delay. Best substrate: flat floors, such as wood or concrete. On carpet the robot colleague gets slight difficulties.

60 minutes of fun
BB-8 has a few pre-programmed moves on it, can patrol the room explore and gives the loudspeakers of the smartphone or tablet droll beep sounds from itself. The speech control currently only reacts to prefabricated English commands. Proper holographic projections can not be the small one either. The recorded video messages are reproduced in a kind of augmented reality environment within the app on the smartphone display. The colleague also does not develop his own personality, in the sense of “capable of learning”. But: Controlling the BB-8 through the living room and office is really fun – at least for a certain time. The battery lasts for 1 hour, then the droid needs to go back to the charging tray.

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

Images and video recordings in 720p resolution from a new perspective – from above: The “Parrot AR.Drone 2.0” is a flight drip with built-in HD camera. The Quadrocopter is controlled by the app “AR.Freeflight” for iOS and Android. The image of the camera is transmitted live on the smartphone or tablet. In addition, the system is compatible with the “Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED” VR video projector and the “Nvidia Shield” console, both devices can be found here in our gallery.

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