ll October - December 2008 lime 73 HOT FOR THE HOME PURE EVOKE FLOW Q Pure, from around US$ 475 Q ww. pure. com Famous for creating some of the world's best digital radios, Pure has taken its time building this, its first internet radio. It might look similar to traditional radios, but that's Pure's intention. Inside is a completely new design – from the plug, which reduces radio interference for an ultra- strong signal, to the software, which is blisteringly quick and easy to use. It's been more than two years in the making and with its unthreatening looks, is set to make internet radio a mainstream product in 2009. As well as tuning into thousands of stations, podcasts and on- demand shows through a Wi- Fi network, the Evoke Flow houses a DAB and FM radio for traditional broadcasts. It'll also stream music from a PC on the same network. But its best feature is its companion website, www. thelounge. com, letting owners access favourite stations, podcasts and programmes from anywhere in the world. It's the first truly ' connected' radio, and one to watch in 2009. HOT FOR THE OUTDOORS ROBERTS SOLAR DAB RADIO Q Roberts, US$ 145 Q ww. robertsradio. co. uk Solar technology used to be confined to calculators, dodgy rechargable garden lights and emergency phone chargers. Not any more though. The technology has advanced to the point where it can generate enough juice to power a notoriously hungry digital radio. Roberts' new model will play for as long as it's kept in direct sunlight, and once it's fully charged, it'll play back without the aid of sunlight for a staggering 27 hours. It'll even charge slowly on a cloudy day, thanks to the ultra- sensitive solar cells in its top. It's the first of a new wave of green gadgets that are entirely self- sufficient. Watch out for a steady stream of them throughout 2009, or grab this one and be the envy of all your eco-friendly mates. HOT FOR THE GARDEN SONOS BU150 BUNDLE Q Sonos, US$ 1,260 Q www. sonos. com Sonos creates extremely easy to use multi-room audio systems, sending music from a PC or Mac to any set of speakers or stereo system in the house. This new generation improves dramatically on the last versions, reducing the size of Sonos' wireless receivers by a whopping 43% while doubling their wireless range, so they can comfortably access signals, even outside the house. Perfect for accessing your computer's entire music library from the potting shed, greenhouse, or even while lounging on the lawn, Sonos' bundle includes two wire- free ZonePlayer receivers, as well as a touch- sensitive controller with a full colour screen. 2009 looks likely to become the year of wireless multi- room audio. Yes, there are cheaper models available, but this bundle is the best quality kit available, and comprises everything you need in one box. juice to power a notoriously hungry digital radio
TECHNOLOGY 74 lime October - December 2008 HOT FOR SHEER INDULGENCE SONY XEL- 1 OLED TV Q Sony, US$ 2,500 Q www. sony. com Sony's been parading its OLED TV for the past few months, but it'll finally go on sale worldwide in 2009. You're probably wondering what's so special about it. Put simply, it's the biggest leap in telly technology since the switch to colour. It uses Organic Light Emiting Diodes ( or OLED for short) to create a pin- sharp picture on a screen just 3mm thick. That's slim enough to slide under a door! The technology also allows richer colours than on any other type of TV, and black levels deeper than any of its rivals. It's the most perfect telly ever created, and Sony is the only company in the world to be selling them. Expect to see them crop up in expensive department stores and showrooms throughout 2009. Their design and image quality will make you stop and stare, but to own one yourself you'll need to shell out a small fortune, even if the screen itself is only eleven inches across. HOT FOR busines BLACKBERRY BOLD Q BlackBerry, from US$ 180 on contract Q www. blackberry. com This new BlackBerry is the brand's flagship phone for 2008/ 09. Inside its traditionally-shaped shell are some seriously advanced features. It's 3G, for speedy e- mail and web access, includes GPS for satellite guidance and route- finding, and also has Wi- Fi inside to connect to wireless networks. OK, so there's no touchscreen, and the camera's still only 2 megapixels, but as business phones go it's one of the best equipped. It also sports the finest screen of any BlackBerry to date, and despite a sluggish journey from the drawing board to the store shelves, expect to see businessmen and women clutching one to their faces or frantically pecking out e- mail messages well into the new year. HOT FOR TRAVEL TOMTOM GO X40 LIVE Q TomTom, US$ 540 Q www. tomtom. com Until now satnavs have been dumb devices that sit on the dashboard and shout directions. That'll change in 2009, as the navigation boxes become connected to the web and extremely clever. TomTom's Go X40 LIVE is the first of a new satnav breed. Instead of receiving slow and unreliable traffic updates from radio signals, it connects to the web to receive new data constantly. It also serves up details on events and attractions as you pass, lets drivers check fuel prices at petrol stations along their route, and even uses the past journeys of other TomTom owners to calculate the speediest, and most reliable route. It's incredibly clever, but doesn't come cheap. After the initial three-month trial period, you'll need to pay around US$ 18 a month to continue receiving the LIVE service. It'll guarantee punctuality, but not without prying open your wallet first.