Gadget Buddies looks at some of the latest tech offerings in SA

Gadget Buddies looks at some of the latest tech offerings in SA

Gadget Buddies our tech gurus look at the latest in the world of technology and gaming. This week Imran Khan looks at Joby Gorilla Torch, a robot kit and Watch Dog the game.

Joby Gorilla Torch

The innovative Joby Gorillatorch is an LED flashlight that can attach itself to nearly any surface, providing a focused beam of light. Packed into the torch head is 65 lumens of LED light power with adjustable brightness. With its flexible and magnetic legs, you can wrap it on pole or stick it onto a metal surface. We found it particularly handy for night time reading and as a replacement for the lead light used while working on cars.

Powering it up are 3 AA batteries and they last about 80 hours on low brightness, but will drain the batteries in 20 hours on full brightness. On design alone, this gadget really takes top marks, because it is just so practical. We did find the beam of light to be very strong and too focused. It could definitely be more effective with a diffuser lens.

Whether it’s for camping, fishing or to poke around in the ceiling, this is definitely a great gadget to have.

Available at Mantality online for around R449.

Jimu Explorer Robot kit

Robotics is always a fun topic and when it’s made easier, it’s even better. We found the Ubtech Jimu Robot Explorer kit to be one that takes a page from the Lego Mindstorms book, but its more user friendly. This Explorer Kit is the perfect starter package, with five pre-designed characters. It includes seven servos and 372 pieces, so you can use your imagination to create new codeable creatures and robots. Build the BabyBot, T-Rex, Walrus, Parrot and more. Jimu means “building blocks” in Mandarin and it presents an interactive system of robotic building blocks.

The Jimu App provides stunning step-by-step building instructions, with 360 degree pan, tilt, and zoom capability. We found the Official Jimu Models provided in the App helpful for the beginner builder, to advanced models with pre-programmed actions. The App also provides access to the Jimu Global community, where designs for user-generated robots and actions can be shared with Jimu Inventors around the world. The Jimu App is available for iOS and Android Devices and uses Bluetooth connectivity.

The incredibly fast and accurate digital servos allow your robot to perform amazing movements from the menu of pre-programmed actions, or new actions you create with the action capture function in the app that easily records complex movements and allows you to fine tune, save and replay them with your robot.

We found the kit available at Takealot.com for around R3976.

Watch Dogs

All it takes is the swipe of a finger. We connect with friends. We buy the latest gadgets and gear. We find out what’s happening in the world. But with that same simple swipe, we cast an increasingly expansive shadow. With each connection, we leave a digital trail that tracks our every move and milestone, our every like and dislike. And it’s not just people. Today, all major cities are networked. Urban infrastructures are monitored and controlled by complex operating systems.

In ‘Watch Dogs’, this system is called the Central Operating System (ctOS) – and it controls almost every piece of the city’s technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents.

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target and control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy.

Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge. This is a fun game with challenge that steps away from the norm. We found it to be a thrilling gaming experience, which reminded us of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ in more ways than one.

Available now at BT Games for around R390 on PlayStation 4.