Gadget Buddies

Gadget Buddies

By Imran Khan

Celluon Magic Cube
This is seriously one cool little gadget. We had the pleasure of trying out one of these recently and were absolutely impressed by it. We have seen this technology hover on the market, but never really catching on as it was too niche and did not work well enough without many devices.

Essentially the Celluon Magic Cube is a projection keyboard and a multi touch mouse packed into one nifty little cube. The device projects a keyboard onto any table top and using sensors to monitor your finger positions, behaves like a real keyboard, allowing you type as normal. The unit connects easily to your electronic devices via Bluetooth or USB port. It also works comfortably across Apple and Microsoft’s latest operating systems.
Expect to pay in the region of R1500 for this gadget, according to Kalahari.net (accessed on April 7).

Samsung S4
It is finally here and everything that it was rumoured to be and more is true. Samsung have brought us another electronic marvel that epitomises the mobile smart phone of today. The device is larger than the S3 with a 5 inch display, yet is thinner and lighter. Staying within the screen department, the S4 packs a 1080P full HD AMOLED display with Gorilla glass protecting it, which is really tough stuff.
In terms of processing power, the S4 has a 1.9 Gigahertz quad core processor and 2 gigabytes of memory. They have also upgraded the battery to a larger one to power the new processor and larger screen. The camera is what blew us away. Apple’s iPhone 5 packs an 8 megapixel rear camera, whereas the S4 has a 13 Megapixel camera to handle taking pictures. This is the highest rated camera in a mobile phone to date.

Of course Samsung is all about the interface and the user friendliness of their devices. With the new device they had conducted research on the best options. They could either keep it the way it was or bring out an entirely new system that the public will still have to get used to. They have played it safe and kept the interface exactly the same as the S3. It was a winning formula, after all. All they have done is tweak their Android operating system.

Two new features on the device include “All Share”, which is a system that allows you to connect your Samsung S4 to any Samsung television so that you can beam video and photos to it. Samsung have also installed a new voice control system to their phones, allowing users to operate their phones via voice command. This does seem to be a bit of a competing factor against the Apple Siri software but in the end the one that works the best will gain public adoration.
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Email: imran@48hours.co.za