12 gadgets you’ll want to take home from Gadget Show Live 2016

Gadget Show Live pitched up once again at NEC Birmingham, with the latest consumer gadgets on display.

The show started yesterday (March 31st) and run until Sunday.

If you haven’t already wondered the halls, watched the latest machines in action, and tested out the broad range of gadgets, tech toys and lifestyle products on show, here’s our round up of some of the products PCR was tempted to splash out on.

The Sound of Power (SOP) series is a ‘tribute to the porcelain figurines and the busts our grandparents loved to collect’. You could have your very own Maggie Thatcher bust with a full range 4-inch drive built in her base and a bluetooth 20W amplifier pumping out some tunes out the side of her head.

The Lume Cube aims to bring the photo studio out with the user no matter where they are. It helps you take more professional grade photos and video with its fully adjustable flash duration and brightness controls. It has wireless Bluetooth syncing and you can control multiple cubes at the same time via an iPhone or Android to take the perfect shot. It also works with action cameras.

Pi-Top has a stand and a workshop at the show and the team will be on had to demonstrate how you can 3D print, design your own PCBs and create tech products. You’ll also be able to try out the new Raspberry Pi powered desktop ‘Pi-TopCEED’.

There are A LOT of drones at the show, including Parrot’s latest offering. The Bebop 2 is the first leisure drone in the 500g category with a 25 minute battery life. It has a rear flashing LED, reinforced structure and flexible propellers. The firm has a massive display area set out where you can watch the experts execute some impressive stunts.

They might not be the biggest, flashiest products at the show, but Mitsugawa’s USB car chargers are really handy little gadgets. They fit into the car’s cigarette lighter and come with either one or two USB ports on the end for charging mobile devices.

Azatom has an impressive range of speakers and docks at this year’s Gadget Show Live, from its portable Bluetooth speakers and Stealth-Air wireless products, to its Home Hub Lightning Dock.

ActiveOn is demonstrating its range of action cameras, including the Solar X, which has 4K recording and solar panel sides to charge the device when recording outside. It also has burst speed charging, meaning it only takes 30 minutes to charge the camera to 70 per cent capacity.

As well as demonstrating its new DisStation Manager 6.0, Synology also showed us the DS416slim is a 4-bay NAS server for 2.5-inch drives. It’s aimed at home users and professionals in need of a compact, power-saving, easily transportable storage solution. It can accommodate up to four disks and weighs less than 700g.

There’s a nice big Hive wall full of dials for you to paly about with. We spent some time testing out the Hive Active Heating wireless thermostat and it has a really intuitive design and more options for heating water than you could shake a stick at.

There are quite a few VR headsets at the show to wrap around your face, including the HTC Vive, Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard and, of course Oculus Rift. Nvidia have a set of open front rooms that visitors can go into to test out the Vive, you’ll find the Samsung Gear splattered about the show floor on various stands, and you can try out freaky puzzle game Esper 2 on the Oculus Rift.

Promate has a gigantic stand at this year’s show filled with products ranging for charging cables and wireless adapters to projectors and headsets. Its range of home chargers caught out eye. Rather than fighting over the plug socket, you can get a charging station offering up to six USB ports so you can charge every smartphone in the house.

Check out pictures of all these products and more in PCR’s Gadget Show Live 2016 Facebook Gallery.

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