TECHNOLOGY REVIEWS

Think about all the devices in your home that need re-charging on a regular basis – mobile phones, digital cameras, GPS systems, iPods, iPads, batteries and all the little gadgets we’ve managed to integrate into our lives. Simplify your home with an innovative charging solution that can charge up to three items at once and that’s compatible with over 4000 electronic implements.

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If you’re after a stylish cordless phone, check out these M900 Phone in a Pod models from Oricom. Packed with all the features you’d expect, including state-of-the-art interference free technology, they’re sold in a set and available in fire red, black pearl or blazing blue. Parked in individual communication pods, they’re expandable for up to five handsets and retail for $99 for a twin pack. For stockists, visit www.oricom.com.au

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Often the first thing you hear in the morning is your radio alarm clock, so why not go for one that has great audio quality with premium speakers to play the radio, MP3 music or sleep sounds? Not only does this Moshi clock radio sound great, it lets you set the time, alarm and play the radio with the sound of your voice. It reacts to 12 voice-activated commands and should work, straight out of the box, without pre-programming. For stockists, visit www.moshilifestyle.com

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After an active summer spent outdoors, it’s a welcome change to be relaxing at home in the colder weather and enjoying a good movie with your loved ones. Sony’s new range of Blu-ray home-theatre systems are the way to go this winter, with their wireless connectivity and superior quality, you’re truly spoiled! The BDVE300 Satellite Speaker System is a powerful 1000W (RMS) home theatre with a Blu-ray disc player, five speakers and an integrated amplifier, $1199. For stockists, visit www.sony.com.au

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If crawling out of bed every morning is difficult, you might want to shop for a new way to wake yourself up to your favourite music. ILuv Creative Technologies have a new Shake & Awake alarm clock dock for Apple iPods and iPhones. The attached bed-shaker vibrates a bed or pillow, promised to wake up the heaviest of sleepers and it includes a speaker and volume control, giving you 10 ways to wake up.

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Blu-rays sound a bit like some type of weapon that might be used in a bad sci-fi fl ick but in reality they look very much like CDs or DVDs. With more space for data, they deliver the sharpest, most realistic video to date. The audio and video they provide are perfect for home entertainment systems, even better than watching high-definition cable or satellite TV.

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What a fantastic idea for a bedroom. Have the best of both worlds with this Rhapis mirror TV from Visionnaire. The central area contains a plasma television with built-in speakers to enjoy from the comfort of your boudoir. When you’re not in the mood to enjoy a DVD, the set transforms into a mirror surrounded by the high-gloss, lacquered frame. www.stylefactoryinternational.com.au

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As the demand grows for home-theatre systems that support 3-D technology, Sharp has released two 3-D-ready projectors – the PG-D2500X and PG-D2710X. The models offer superior image quality, XGA native resolution, connectivity to various input sources, ability to support 2-D content and HDTV compatibility, all in a sleek, compact design. Now all you need is the active shutter 3-D glasses that support the DLP® Link™ system and a bowl of buttery popcorn! Available from leading AV specialists and retailers, POA. For stockists, visit www.sharp.net.au

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If the experts are correct, you can expect to see Telstra’s new T-Hub in many of our kitchen benchtops. Aimed at Australian families, this tablet style app-filed device is being described as the “next generation of home phones”. With an 18cm touchscreen that sits in a cradle and hooks into Telstra’s fixed line and broadband networks, it also comes with a cordless handset for phone calls.