Hottest new tech in August revealed
Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy Note 7 phablet, Whyd voice-controlled speakers, Logitech smart home switches and other tech that has caught our eye recently…
Whyd wireless speakers you can control with your voice
In a nutshell: Stylish wireless speaker you can control with your voice – Spotify, Apple Music and more
Whyd’s multi-room wireless speaker has a stylish egg-shaped design and comes in 5 different colours.
There’s more to it than just style though, with room-filling 360-degree sound it does your music justice too. You can also pair several Whyd speakers for multi-room sound.
You won’t be stuck for choice over what to listen to either – it works with all the major streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal and Sound Cloud.
But what’s really unique about Whyd is the voice control. Play, pause and skip tracks – just by saying the commands. Use your voice to launch playlists and play specific songs without having to scroll through different lists and artist pages.
It can pick up your commands from pretty much any point in the room, thanks to the 5 built-in beamforming microphones and sound-cancelling technology. Fancy getting your hands on one? Whyd speakers are open for pre-orders now.
Galaxy releases the next-gen Note 7
In a nutshell: Samsung takes its phablet (or, phone/tablet) design to the next level with a curved design and super-advanced S Pen
The next-gen phone in the Note series has the same curved design we saw with the S7 and S7 Edge, released earlier this year. It’s also waterproof and comes in a slick metallic finish with sturdy Gorilla Glass 5 screen coating.
Watching movies, TV series and scrolling through your pictures is a dream on the 5.7-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED screen. Enjoy footage in the best resolution with HDR video streaming. Or pair it with a Gear headset to bring out the best in Samsung’s library of VR content.
What’s more, it’s been adapted for using outdoors or in bright light – so you can avoid that annoying glare when you’re trying to tap out a text or check your Instagram feed on a sunny day.
Like using the stylus to navigate your phone? You’ll love the enhanced S Pen, which comes with handy new features to make using the phone even more efficient – such as writing memos even when the screen is locked or off. For added security, the Note 7 also has an ultra-futuristic biometric iris scanner – which lets you log in to your device with your eyes.
The Samsung Note S7 is set for release on September 2. You can pre-order yours now.
Sync your smart home with Logitech Pop Home switches
In a nutshell: Sync different smart devices around your home and control them all from the touch of a button
Smart home gadgets make your life easier – in theory – but it doesn’t always feel that way when you’re switching between one app for your lighting and another for your music. If only there was a way to control all the different smart gadgets in your home at once…
That’s where the Logitech Pop Home Switch comes into play. These handy switches can be placed around your home and connect to a host of smart home devices and manufacturers, including Sonos, Philips Hue, Insteon, LIFX, Lutron, and Belkin WeMo.
That means you can lock the door behind you, turn on the lights and hit ‘play’ on your speakers when you get home – all from a single switch. And because they’re wireless, you can place the battery-powered controls pretty much anywhere around your home.
Program each one with up to 3 commands for a custom setup. You can also create your own ‘recipes’ made up of several commands using the Pop app for Android and iOS, or by syncing your switches with IFTTT. Logitech Pop is launching US later this month, with a UK release likely to follow soon after.
No Man’s Sky gets its long-awaited release
In a nutshell: Gaming fans finally get their hands on the hotly anticipated adventure game – but does it live up to the hype?
It’s fair to say fans have been waiting a long time to play No Man’s Sky. We first saw it when it was announced at the VGX Awards back in 2013, with previews at both E3 2014 and 2015 events. Even when it came to releasing it, the initial launch date of June 2016 was pushed back to 12 August in the UK.
So will it be worth the wait? Hello Games - the makers behind it - certainly seem to think so.
They’ve created a huge universe for you to explore – and it’s pretty stunning. Fight for survival as you make your way through the unknown galaxy, avoiding attacks from pirates and capture by cold-blooded Sentinels.
The beauty of No Man’s Sky’s infinite universe setting is that it gives you the chance to make the game your own – taking on any role you desire in a unique mission.
As Sean Murray, MD of Hello Games, put it: “The universe of No Man’s Sky is incredibly vast. More than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn’t been attempted before”.
No Man’s Sky is available now to play on PS4 and PC.
Watch 3D movies without the glasses
In a nutshell: Like 3D movies but hate wearing the plastic glasses? They could soon be a thing of the past
3D tech gives us new ways of enjoying movies by immersing us in the world on screen – but no one likes wearing those silly 3D glasses, right?
That’s why a group of scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have teamed up to create a display that lets you watch 3D films in the cinema – totally glasses-free. They’re calling it Cinema 3D.
So how does it work? It uses a clever setup of lenses and mirrors to replicate the 3D effect, making it possible to view the screen from many different angles. That means you can watch a 3D movie without glasses from any seat in the cinema.
Does that mean glasses-free 3D could be coming to a cinema near you soon? It’s just a prototype at the moment, but the team says it’s an important first step in bringing 3D cinema to the masses.