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Ghosts... or gadgets?

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Ghosts... or gadgets? Spooky stuff: a touchpanel allows Ortis to control the ghostly goings-on from afar.

We asked ourselves the question: would it be possible to convince somebody of the existence of ghostly spirits – using only gadgets? If you’ve seen our Halloween special you’ll know that the answer is a resounding “yes”, as we scared singer Liz McClarnon out of her wits in the (admittedly spooky) surroundings of Tamworth Castle.

You can see exactly how we convinced poor Liz that she was be…

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The Nokia N86: two steps forward, one step back?

Tuesday 27 October 2009

The Nokia N86: two steps forward, one step back? The Nokia N86 would have benefited from a powerful xenon flash.

This week I’ve been putting the Nokia N86 smartphone through its paces. Now, I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on it, as I’m a big fan of its spiritual predecessor the N82 – in fact I actually bought one – and the N86 is rumoured to have an even better camera. In truth, though, that’s not quite the case…

The problem is the flash. You see, the N82 has a powerful, bright xeno…

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Announcement: Gadget Show Live 2010

Monday 26 October 2009

Announcement: Gadget Show Live 2010

After two years of research and planning, The Gadget Show Live made its long awaited debut at the NEC, Birmingham in April 2009 promising to be the UK’s ‘Ultimate Consumer Electronics Event’. And it didn’t disappoint!

Occupying 14,000 metres of space at the NEC, the exhibition hall featured many popular innovations that have been seen on the TV show alongside prototypes and new launches ma…

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Episode 13 - The Haunting

Monday 26 October 2009

Episode 13 - The Haunting

This week on the Gadget Show, with Halloween just around the corner Suzi and Ortis join forces for their spookiest challenge yet. In part one of the challenge they visit the Pasaje del Terror to conduct some research on what really scares people to death. Next they apply what they have learnt to the castle they are going to ‘haunt’ and rig it with the very latest in automation sensors and e…

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Ocean drive and a whole lot more...

Thursday 22 October 2009

Ocean drive and a whole lot more... Suzi heads to Switzerland to check out some of the craziest cars around!

Cars. All they’re good for is getting from A to B, right? Wrong! It’s how you get there that that matters. That’s something that Swiss manufacturer Rinspeed knows, so I headed off to Switzerland – the land previously famous known for holey cheese and cuckoo clocks. Now, however, it’s famous for Rinspeed’s awesome concept cars…

Imagine if Disney, Spielberg and NASA got together to design ca…

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Landline phones need love too

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Landline phones need love too B&O BeoCom 5: proof that innovation is still going on in the world of landline phones.

In our quest to bring you the lowdown on all things cutting edge, it’s all too easy to forget about the more traditional gadgets – the sort of gizmos that we’ve been using for years and years and have become very much “part of the furniture”.

Take the landline phone. Something almost all of us have been using our whole lives and most of us still use every day. But these humble communicatio…

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Real brain training, Star Wars-style

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Real brain training, Star Wars-style Star Wars The Force Trainer: "Do, or do not. There is no try."

There’s an abundance of gaming gadgetry that claims to boost your brainpower by running through mind-testing exercises, but what about a device that can literally be controlled by your mind? Well, Jason and I have just been putting one such brain-powered gizmo through its paces – the Star Wars The Force Trainer.

Stamped with the official Star Wars seal of approval, this two-piece setup mak…

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Episode 12 - Extreme Wild

Monday 19 October 2009

Episode 12 - Extreme Wild

This week Ortis and Jason go head to head in a full-on Extreme Wild Challenge! The challenge is a straight, hell for leather race across Derbyshire, with different sections for testing personal transport, GPS devices, and tents with in-tent entertainment. It climaxes with a flat-out race for the chequered flag between Ortis on a state of the art road bike and Jason the on lightest, carbon fibr…

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It's elementary – Wattson encourages you to use less power

Monday 19 October 2009

It's elementary – Wattson encourages you to use less power The Wattson energy meter actually helps you reduce your electricity bill – not to mention your carbon footprint.

This week I’ve been test driving the Wattson energy meter, which I must confess I’ve had mixed feelings about in the past. Do I really want a little device sitting on my sideboard, nagging me about my electricity use? And anyway, wouldn’t it be a bit of a hassle to install properly.

Turns out I was wrong on both counts. Setting up is an absolute piece of cake (no qualified electrician needed…

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All in the motion

Friday 16 October 2009

All in the motion How do you recreate an assassin's movements in a videogame? Watch the video to find out...

Ever wondered how you make an ultra-realistic videogame? We’re talking getting the movements of a character so spot on that you couldn’t tell the difference between a real-life parkour expert and the lead character in Assassin’s Creed 2. Well, wonder no more. We take a look behind the scenes of the upcoming game to find out how they re-created those perfect human movements.

So it was off to …

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Jason Bradbury

Jason has been on The Gadget Show since day one. Before he joined us, he could be seen popping up on The Big Breakfast, hosting The Web Review for ...

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Rachel Riley

Rachel made her television debut in 2009 when she took over from Carol Vorderman as the numbers expert on Countdown. Rachel studied maths at Oxford...

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Jon Bentley

Jon Bentley returns as The Gadget Show’s chief gadget tester, completing the show’s strongest line up ever.

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Ortis has been obsessed with all things gadget-esque since he was a kid as well as being a massive sci-fi movie fan, and describes being back in pr...

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