By Imran Khan
We were introduced to ‘Gee Wiz’ recently, a site that specialises in gadgets that are available locally. They stock a huge range of items from novelty to necessity. They also offer overnight shipping on orders for just R49, country wide. Here are some of our picks from www.geewiz.co.za:
Digital Watt Meter
Nowadays we are such slaves to plug points; whether it’s to plug in our gaming consoles and gadgets, or charge our power hungry Smartphones.
This device will measure how much electricity your appliances consume individually.
The watt meter plugs into your wall socket and the appliance plugs into the watt meter directly. It will measure current voltage, total Kilowatt hours consumed and current electricity consumption, all in real time. You can also input electricity cost and the device will calculate total consumption cost. Expect to pay R449 online.
Portable Electronic Luggage Scale
This handy device uses clever electronic circuitry and strain gauges to calculate the weight of your bag. Simply hook up the device to you bag and lift it. Within seconds it calculates the total weight of your bag, preventing those embarrassing surprises at check in. The device is great to take on overseas trips so you can make sure that your bags are within the luggage weight requirements. Expect to pay R199 online.
Keychain Alcohol Breathalyzer
Here is an interesting device that can sample your breath for alcohol and it fits onto your keychain. The device has a sensitivity of 0.1 milligrams (Safe level) up to 0.25 milligrams (Danger level). It takes 2 AAA batteries and has a built in torch. Expect to pay R109 online.
RED’s Gone 8K
RED is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cinema cameras. They are a company that really puts a lot of money in research and development to bring the next generation of video capturing to the world. Most of us are still trying to grasp 4k video, whether it’s on our Smartphones or smart televisions. RED have just launched their 8K video camera called the ‘8K Weapon’. This camera will use their patented ‘Helium’ 35.4 megapixel CMOS sensor technology to capture 8k video at 60 frames per second. That equates to roughly 300 megabytes per second of video captured.
The numbers are just ludicrous, but the final quality of the video captured is so real it is quite scary. The great news is that the film industry is so excited about this new camera that RED’s first batch is already sold out and they come in at a hefty 60000 U.S. Dollars per kit (includes software, battery packs and lenses). Although it may not come to South Africa in the near future, versions of the 8K sensor will soon be available on high end DSLR camera’s, with a few manufacturers already offering 6K resolution.