Top gadgets this March

Olly Mann

The latest gadgets from the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Storedot

Storedot

It’s now standard for mobile phones to come equipped with all sorts of gadgets—yet somehow the major manufacturers haven’t come close to matching the battery life of your old Nokia 3210. Storedot might be about to change all that. They’ve created a way of reviving a phone battery from 5% to full capacity in just two minutes. Currently the process requires their own-brand batteries and docks, but surely it’s only a matter of time before they sell the technology into the next generation of phones.

 

Kwikset Kevo

Kwikset Kevo

Humble door-lock technology has remained unchanged for centuries, partly because homeowners worry that digital solutions are more fallible. With this new system from Kevo, your front door unlocks automatically

when it senses the phone in your pocket. Cleverly, you can to permit temporary access to anyone with the app.

 

Temptraq

Temptraq

This year’s show featured an onslaught of pointless wearable tech, from the smart belt that loosens up when you sit down, to the smart T-shirt that tracks your location. Mostly, these can be discounted as headline-grabbing gimmicks, unlikely to ever make it to the shelves of major retailers. But TempTraq is a genuinely clever concept: a smart thermometer for babies that sticks to their skin like a plaster, constantly tracking their temperature without disturbing them. A weight off the mind for mums and dads of poorly children.

 

LG Twin Wash

LG Twin Wash

A washing machine that simultaneously handles two different loads at once? It’s the kind of concept that gets laughed out of the room on Dragons’ Den, yet with LG’s engineering and marketing prowess it’s become a real product. There’s a little drawer for delicates sitting under the front-loading washer, so you needn’t wait until you’ve filled up a laundry hamper with your smalls before chucking them into the wash. But it’s quite a large appliance, designed for American-style utility rooms—I’d be surprised if we see it on sale in Britain.

IO Hawk

IO Hawk

When it comes to skateboards and rollerskates, a basic level of co-ordination (which, as a child, I tragically never possessed) is required to progress from clinging to the sides at the rollerdisco. Well, the pre-teens of tomorrow will have it easy, if the IO Hawk is anything to go by: it’s a self-balancing motorized wheelie thing, which you power by leaning forward or sideways. It travels at up to 6mph and comes with lights. I bet I’d still find a way of falling off it, though.