Gadget away from it all
You don't have to hop on a plane to join the gadget set this summer, writes Kevin Palmer, with top tech to keep all the family entertained
1 BUD WISER
Buds, €149.95, beatsbydre.com
Beats can always be relied upon to serve up the best in sound equipment and their newly released Studio Buds live up to that billing.
Available in red, black and white, the wireless earphones were designed to prioritise high-quality audio playback and comfort. And thanks to their two listening modes, you are in total control of your sound experience.
Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) blocks out any unwanted external noise, including wind noise, for up to eight hours. But switching to Transparency mode will allow you to also hear the world around you when needed.
Stored in a pocket-sized charging case, with a Fast Fuel five-minute charge, the must-have earbuds of the summer are available now.
2 CHOC AND AWESOME
Velvetiser Hot Chocolate Maker, €120, hotelchocolat.com
We may be doing some of our own catering on staycations in Ireland this summer, so how about taking this hot chocolate maker away with you so you can enjoy a little slice of luxury at the end of the day?
Engineered by Dualit, this stunning copper edition of The Velvetiser from Hotel Chocolat means you're just 150 seconds away from barista-grade liquid chocolate velvet.
Subscribe to your favourite flavour packs including Vegan Nutmilk, Vanilla White Chocolate and Cafe Latte, and you will always have zero-fuss hot chocolate to hand.
3 KEY TO SUCCESS
Tile Bluetooth Tracker, €40, ie.tile.com
There is nothing worse than losing the keys to your holiday home when you are meant to be relaxing - taking a Tile with you ends that problem.
Linked to your phone, the easy-to-use app allows you to find your keys thanks to its handy little attachment that you tag to the two items.
Tile also offers a wallet finder that ensures you will not have to spend too long trying to find those items that are so easy to misplace. A berry fun way to keep track of your keys and wallet so your break is extra sweet.
4 HOW NOW
NOW, from €15 per month, nowtv.com
Looking for something to keep the kids amused while you are away on holiday? Streaming giant NOW is offering a free seven-day trial that opens the door to their huge range of programming. It gives you a chance to tap into all the best entertainment and cinema on Sky - and it won't cost a cent if you decide to halt the subscription. Just remember it auto- renews at €15 per month unless cancelled.
5 IN THE SWING
Swing Caddie, €330, voicecaddie.com
Golf fans will love the prospect of having a golf analyst on course with them and that is precisely what Voice Caddie offers.
With doppler radar technology and atmospheric pressure sensors that help to calibrate the monitor, it
provides incredibly accurate data.
Once a shot has been struck the results can be seen onscreen; the measurements offered are carry/total distance, ball speed and clubhead speed, giving you TV-style analysis of your game in stunning fashion.
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