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Gadget Guy: Smart gadgets

Published: 12:52AM Friday March 07, 2014 Source: Breakfast

ReSound LiNX -the world's smartest hearing aid.
The ReSound LiNX is a super smart hearing aid, and it's the first in the world to take advantage of new standards developed for the Apple iPhone.

The hearing aid uses an app to help you change the sound settings to suit your locale. For example if you are in a meeting you can select one setting but if you are attending a music concert you can select a whole new profile. The device is also smart enough to remember which settings apply in which locations and automatically switch over when you arrive at each location.

In addition, the ReSound LiNX acts like an in ear speaker for your iphone. Navigation instructions can be sent directly to the device, you can listen to phone calls or wirelessly stream music from your phone or iPod.

Despite being the smartest hearing aid, it also just happens to be one of the world's smallest.

Website for more information: http://www.resoundlinx.com/
Details: Clinical appointments are needed to assess hearing needs for individuals. Please follow your doctor or medical professional's advice.

Sphero 2.0
What is Sphero 2.0? Well it's version two of the original ball-shaped robot, smart toy and augmented reality game system.

The Sphero 2.0 is an absolutely distracting piece of technology that harnesses the power of the smartphone. Users download an app and connect to the ball through Bluetooth. Within seconds they'll be sending the ball skittering around the floor like a demon-controlled orb, thanks to the gyroscopic motor hidden inside.

The better you are at controlling the ball, the more tricks you can do with it. While it seems to be "just a toy" it can actually help kids in the classroom too. With over ten different programming environments kids can learn how to programme Sphero and bring physics to life.

You can make the ball roll at over 7 feet per second, or trick out your ball with flash colour schemes using its inbuilt multicolour LED's.

Recommended retail price: $219.95
Available from: any Apple resellers such as Tech2Go and Yoobee.
Website for more information: http://www.gosphero.com/

Samsung HomeSync
How do you turn a normal television into a Smart TV. Samsung's answer is this little plug-in box that brings the power of internet connected Android JellyBean apps to normal flat screen TV's.

Entertainment on a Big Screen

The HomeSync brings the best of Android gaming, movies, TV shows and streaming content direct into your living room. It allows you to stream content from your Galaxy device wirelessly to the TV - letting you watch, see and use all your home videos, photos and apps, and all at a full HD 1080p.

Shared Storage for a Family

HomeSync's 1TB drive can help you sync to multiple smartphones or tablets, providing shared or private storage for all your content. It supports eight separate accounts to cover a whole family, and allows each user to upload and download content from multiple devices and instantly share with other family members. File encryption and user-specific ID and password ensure content in a user's private area remains separate from the shared area in HomeSync.

This is a neat innovation that allows users to back up their content to a home storage system without worrying about uploading or downloading from the internet.

Price: $349
Website: http://www.samsung.com/nz/consumer/mobile-phone/mobile-phone/homesync/
Available from leading electronics stores.

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability

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