Gadget Buddies

Gadget Buddies

By Imran Khan

Self Balancing Scooter

There has been a host of viral marketing online recently about a self balancing scooter. We went in search of one these gadgets recently and were not too excited to find out that they have not arrived at South African retailers yet. The concept takes the humble Segway human transporter and summarises it to just a platform with 2 wheels.

The scooter itself uses built in gyroscopes to pick up the direction the rider is leaning towards and then converts this to the direction of motion. The wheels are independently driven and steering is achieved by tilting the platforms.

So far, these self balancing scooters have been introduced to the market under various names including “E-Rover”, “Funky Duck”, “Drifting Board” and “Glider Boards”. We have seen them on online classifieds like Gumtree and OLX thus far.

However, prices are little steep at the moment, starting from R4000 and going upwards toward R9000. In our search we also found that there are a variety of different specifications to look out for, like the motor power, battery supply and charge times. These electric skateboards do seem like a great way of zooming around for fun, or even as a means of transport and at a quarter of the price of a Segway, it is quite a reasonable investment.

Phillips Curved Monitor

The-new-Phillips-34-inch-cuHere is something you don’t see every day, and by no means do we say this sarcastically. Curved television panels have already been introduced to South Africans, but their prices are still too high. However, Phillips has come to the rescue with their latest curved display monitor that sports an ultra wide 21 by 9 format. The curved display will boast a resolution of 3440 by 1440 pixels and feature integrated speakers. It’s quite a big step for Phiillips in South Africa, a company we have seen being dominated by larger technology manufacturers in recent years. Phillips claims that their 34 inch display can handle one billion colours and provides 99% sRGB colour support. It will also have connectivity support via HDMI 2.0, MHL technology and USB 3.0. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced for South Africa.

Skylake Processors

Intel has done it again. The 6th generation of the Intel Core Processor family is here. The latest series is built on the Skylake micro architecture on Intel’s 14 nanometre manufacturing process. It will not only perform two and a half times faster, but also consume far less power to run. On the Graphics front, expect a 30 times boost to current quality, giving you seamless and smooth gaming.

Skylake will feature compatibility with the LGA 1151 socket motherboards based on the 100-Series (Z170/H170). The great news is that Intel’s Skylake i7 and i5 processors have already made their way to South Africa and in particular to two retailers, Rebel Tech and Wootware.

For more details on the latest pricing of i5 and i7 Skylake processors, check out and