With the next “Star Wars” only a month or so away, it’s not hard to see that many of us have Star Wars fever, and the kid inside you probably will too once it sees how cool the toys are that are coming out.
Case in point, one toy is actually a robot, with Sphero’s robotic expertise used to bring to life the BB-8 droid so you can take it home with you.
BB-8 isn’t quite the star of the next film, but he’s pretty cute all the same, and the app-controlled BB-8 is about as close to owning your own R2D2 as it gets, only more up to date and inline with the next movie, “The Force Awakens”.
Perhaps an Apple Watch isn’t your style, though, and you prefer something meatier and with more grunt, perhaps for when you go on a walk or a swim.
Suunto has been building gadgets meant for these activities for ages, and in its Traverse, you’re seeing a handmade watch with a hint of smartwatch “smarts” and a GPS to track what you’re doing and where you’re going.
Ideal if you decide to take a vacation with your winnings and go somewhere you’ve never been, because the GPS inside will be able to give you a heads up on where it is you went.
One of the more creative takes on what constitutes a “camera”, the 360Fly throws in a 360 degree camera lens inside a special water-resistant body to let you capture the world around you from more than one viewpoint.
In fact, instead of the one typical view you capture from, this is about every view, and if you have a VR headset or have one of the Google Cardboard viewers, you’ll even be able to relive the moment by shifting your head around and watching the moment unfold in 360 degrees.
Without doubt, one of the best phones of the year and easily Samsung’s best phone to date, the Galaxy Note 5 brings with it a high class camera, excellent and fashionable design, and a screen that is truly brilliant to stare at.
About the only caveat the Galaxy Note 5 comes with is its size, offering a lowly 32GB of storage, but if you live in the cloud, this won’t bother you one bit.
Laptops have sure changed a lot over the years, and while they’ve been made smaller and thinner, everything pales in comparison to the MacBook, one of the thinnest and lightest laptops we’ve ever seen that can even challenge the iPad for thickness.
Designed to be slick, sexy, and offering surprisingly good battery life for a laptop this size while also arriving with the future-friendly USB Type C hybrid Thunderbolt 3 port, this is a great purchase if you now have spare money.
One of the most overlooked appliances in the house is the fridge, and while we depend on it to cool our food and keep things safe and edible, it rarely gets an upgrade, but if you’ve won nearly $2K (or more), you can make it happen.
Sharp’s take on the fridge is to bring a sense of black or stainless-steel glass covered design, and make the controls truly minimalist, throwing it all on the handle up top.
Better, the fridge relies on some of Sharp’s better technologies, with the PlasmaCluster air ionisation technology used in the air cleaners also found in the fridge to stop odours, mould spores, and shut down bacteria before it grows.
The next time there’s a horse race on, it would probably be handy to watch it with the naked eye, but with giant binoculars, you won’t have that problem.
The SkyHawk binoculars aren’t technically a gadget, sure, but they do get you close to the action, which could be handy for this time next year, though we’re not sure how you’d get the binoculars into Flemington, though that’s a question for later.
One of the most expensive gadgets we’ve played with all year, and easily one of the priciest cameras to come through the GadgetGuy reviews desk, the Leica Q is also easily one of our favourite cameras.
Offering a solid build, excellent old school design, and some of the sharpest glass and lens quality we’ve come across in the almost decade the reviewer has been reviewing for, you can bet the Leica Q is one of the first things we’d spend our money on if we made off with a decent sized jackpot.