Gadget Buddies

Gadget Buddies

By Imran Khan

Virtual Reality future
The race is on – virtual reality arcades are starting to spring up all over South Africa. With VR becoming so much more exciting than it was in the 1980s and 90s, more and more people are being drawn to it. A VRCade takes you to another world through cutting edge entertainment technology…and we thought a 4D movie was exciting. The difference with VR is that it is immersive and nowadays it does not require bulky equipment to enjoy it. Swim with whales, get involved in multiplayer shoot outs or fly through outer space…the fun is endless.
Not too long ago we visited the AfriCom telecommunication expo in Cape Town and to our surprise we found that Qualcomm, an American computer chip company, was using the Samsung Gear VR to promote their technology. We found that while the gear VR managed to display video, there was still a grid like structure all over the imagery. The next stage of VR will solve this using 4K Ultra High Definition resolution.
While we wait for this and other issues to be solved, we can enjoy a game or twi at a VR Arcade. Details on the VR Arcades are below:
Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Waterfont, Cape Town. 8002
082 Vodacom Boulevard, Midrand, Johannesburg. 1682
Stadium on Main centre, Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town. 7708

youtube-personailty-casey-neistatCasey Neistat
We have all dabbled in a bit of YouTube fun, whether it was just watching videos or producing and uploading your own content. It has been recorded that there are about 60 hours of video uploaded to the YouTube servers every minute and there are more than four billion videos on the site at the moment. In numbers, YouTube is a sensation like no other, having grown in a short space of time to a mammoth entertainment hub. Among the thousands of accounts, there are a handful that really take it to the next level with daily vlogs, feature videos and captured moments. Casey Neistat is one such YouTube personality, that has more than five million subscribers waiting for his content. He is also the founder of social media company ‘Beme’.
His influence and content is so good that CNN offered him US$25 million this month to access his digital audience and video app. The greater part of the acquisition was to allow the news company to buy into Neistat’s app called ‘Beme’, which allows users to shoot and share unedited video clips quickly. The growth of the app was slow due to the rapid growth of giants like Instagram and Snapchat, but with the boost from CNN, Beme may become a brand new social media service. So grab your camera or smartphone, head out and make some cool videos this weekend to upload to YouTube. You never know, you just might be the next YouTube sensation.
Here are some local YouTubers to check out this weekend: Sibu Mpanza, Cobus Potgieter, Mark Fitzgibbon and Pap Culture.

divoom-auraboxDivoom Aurabox
The Divoom Aurabox is a smart music gadget that houses a Bluetooth speaker, a lamp, digital palette, thermometer, alarm clock and is compatible with Android and iOS. We got our hands on one to explore it a bit more. By default the unit shows the time in digital format, but once connected to a Smartphone, you can customise the lights or access the graphic equaliser. It has some interesting light shows, including a rotating colour pinwheel, fireworks display and solid colour lighting. All this is achieved with square style LED’s, which really brings back memories of Mario Brothers for some reason.
The sound is average, with a single 5 watt speaker built in. It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. It’s a great item for showing notifications and the novelty of having a Bluetooth speaker with a few extra functions. Available now at Takealot.com for R959.