Christmas Gift Guide

The other night I took part in a debate about Christmas; the expense, the expectation and whether or not Santa exists. To me the last part was obvious, but hey. I guess some folks are just cynics. I bumped into him once on the landing when I was 9, I was slightly confused because firstly it was a little before midnight and secondly he did kind of resemble my mum, but with a beard, I digress.

Anyway, the overriding factor was that technology is adored, flaunted and desired but can wind up making for a super expensive shopping cart. So, I’ve been looking at beloved gadgets for under £100-ish…

I have been a huge fan of the G-form ‘Reactive Protection Technology’ since I was encouraged to drop a bowling ball on my iPad to test out the shock proof case. For the record, my device was unharmed in this experiment. Now, using their 3 layer technique they make cases for iPhones, hopefully for other brands soon, because these little babies are the cats whiskery bits. 90% of impact is absorbed into the shell and just as important, they also look cool. If you’re looking for something more businesslike the Proporter Leather case might tickle your fancy, it has an aluminium lining to add a little ruggedness to its slinky appearance,

I have a penchant for headphones, especially in-ear types (I’m aware that makes me sound odd 😉 So I think they make a top gift. Sneaking into my assigned price bracket are the achingly stylish Atomic Floyd ‘PowerJax’. They offer heart-pumping bass and a gorgeous crisp sound quality, silicone ear-tip seals to block out any irritating ambient noise and…(I love this) they have a Kevlar anti tangle chord! Yes, it works too, no more fiddling with endless knots.

Atomic Floyd PowerJax

For something a little more quirky, have a look at Quarkie.com. I love the cats eyes, yes they are a tad blingy but I have embraced the festive spirit, and the bass sounds great and there is minimal distortion. If you’re more rock and roll than me, there is also a vipers head, honestly!

Quarkie Cats Eye

I’m relieved that Amazon have introduced the Kindle Paperwhite because my fella drives me mad with his extra light he clips onto his regular kindle, its like someone is shining a maglite (the new ML100 is pretty good btw, but the belt loop attachment is way too nerdy, even for me!) into my eyes when we’re reading in bed. The Paperwhite also boasts more pixels for an enhanced reading experience and can store 1100 books.

Kindle Paperwhite

Sporty? Check out Scosche Rhythm. Its an arm band that monitors your pulse and lets you know how many calories have been ousted, how fast and how far you’ve run. It connects to your phone/tablet via Bluetooth and gives you real time feedback. I also like the Fitbit Zip. It tracks your activity via an accelerometer and if you’re brave you can share the info with your friends.
Scosche Rhythm

This is the tip of the iceberg, trust me… happy Christmas shopping!

Fashion Tech: The sexy and stylish now take tech to heart

Suzi PerryApart from sunglasses, watches and ski jackets with built in music control panels, I have never really associated fashion with technology.

During my old gadget TV show I designed a pair of shoes that controlled an MP3 player. Trust me, they wouldn’t have impressed Christian Leboutin – I’m afraid to say they didn’t really impress the marvellous Wayne Hemingway who was judging that day. Recently though it seems that the dah-lings of the fabric world are wrapping themselves in all things gadgetastic and London fashion week was more than just a showcase of style.

The social networks were awash with London Fashion Week comments, blogs and, for the first time, about 70% of the shows were streamed live on YouTube. I have secretly always wanted to be sitting on the front row for the top shows alongside the belles du jour and last week, finally, I was right there. Topshop amassed the largest ever online audience for their live streamed show that played across various platforms to 2 million fashion fiends. I particularly liked their ‘shoot the show’ idea via Facebook, you could click the pieces that took your fancy from the live show then share them with friends, or not, if you didn’t want to end up with the same wardrobe!

Google Glass

The point is that the immersive connected feeling that social networking can provide worked brilliantly across the globe. Arguably Dianne Von Furstenberg got there first by utilising Google Glass to film a first hand POV of her 2013 S/S collection at New York fashion week. All the models and stylists wore the augmented reality shades to capture the behind the scene fun and frolics which was later posted on YouTube, bringing fans closer to the action.

I love it when available technologies are embraced, unlike my dad, who still doesn’t own a mobile phone! I wont be designing any more ill fated shoes, but I’m happy to be a part and on the cutting edge of fashion, even if I’m just an enthusiastic spectator.

FOOTIE, can’t shake it…

As our extended Spring nears its end, bypassing Summer and going straight to Autumn the world of geeks (probably having not noticed the missed season) rub their texting thumbs with glee in anticipation of new gadget launches. We will be seeing the new Google Nexus Tablet, the world’s first 7” quad-core tablet with Android 4.1 Jellybean … Sony will showcase its 4K UltraHD Projector and of course Apple will have folk clapping and whooping as the iPhone 5 finally hits the streets. 4G has also been a hot topic and will launch for Orange and T-mobile users in September. For the majority of the UK though, it’s called the Football season. Our national sport is back and whether you love or hate our national game it’s hard to get away from it.

I’m a footie lover, a Wolves fan, it’s in my DNA. I’m loyal, passionate and always watch with an optimistic eye. The other eye is always looking for a way to escape this inbuilt addiction, I’m well aware that I’m sometimes watching a bunch of overpaid Wendy’s with ego’s matching the likes of Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell etc  So…is it possible to avoid sports grubby petulant little cousin?

I’m kind of hoping that cycling will continue to grow after the enormous success of the golden boys and girls of the 2012 velodrome and the future BBC Sports Personality of the Year Wiggo for his incredible accolade a la France. With that in mind I was wondering if this is the ultimate two wheeled dream-machine, the One-77 cycle?

Aston Martin One-77 Cycle

It features an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre frame, a super Shimano 20 shift electric gear system and an on board touch screen computer to record cadence and speeds. It’s British too, made by Aston Martin. The only downside is that I would need to be a footballers wife to afford hefty the £25,000 price tag.

Well, it turns out that isn’t a dream-machine, but just a dream.

Fluid Football App

I’ve been playing FluidFootball. It’s a free tactical footie app and a modern day subbuteo. I dare you to download it and not become hooked ! You learn to move the players, cross, pass and strike the ball with help from commentators Richard Keys and Andy Gray (there wasn’t one comment about me being a girl btw 😉 You win coins to open new games, then progress to different cups which cost real cash. Angry what ?

I didn’t do very well getting away from football did I?

It’s The Socialympics – Are You Ready For The Social Onslaught?

Currently, if you’re not discussing sport you’re not in the ball park. You are the person who turns up to a Trekkie convention dressed as Avon from Blakes 7… you get the drift. When it comes to top tier events, this is it. Wimbledon, Tour de France, Champions League and recently the Euros – where Twitter was bombarded with more than 15,000 messages per second as the final goal rocked the back of the net – sport is now more social and more connected than ever before. Next up, the Olympics, and I for one can’t wait.

It is being deemed the ‘Socialympics’. The stage is set, the technology is capable and we are poised. During the last Olympics Facebook boasted 100million users and Twitter, 6million. This summer the figures total more like 900million and 140million respectively. Globally we will be glued to our TVs, (worth buying a 3D TV for) watching live streaming on the net and apparently some even managed to get tickets to be trackside 😉

Wenlock and Mandeville

Wherever we are, we can share, capture and post our experience, our moment, our joy, expectation, our memory… because let’s face it, Usain Bolt we ain’t!

Why record a portion of an emotion when you can save the whole thing? I’m talking 360. There is a great new little device called ‘Bubblescope’ about to go to market. It’s an imaging device that you attach to your phone which enables you, in one click, to shoot the entire 360 surrounding as a still or video. No stitching together or multiple shot faff – perfect for THOSE moments – and then using the ‘Bubblepix’ app you can upload your masterpiece and share it with the world. You can find more information at www.bubblepix.com.

BubblePix - Suzi Perry

It’s the simplicity that I like, I don’t want all my shots to be in surround, but the scope twists on and off easily and is small enough to carry in your pocket, something that I will actually do rather than just think is a good idea. Beware if you are ever standing behind me, you may end up in my bubble!

Here are a few apps that you may like to grab in time for the Olympics:

London Olympics Ultimate for Android. Schedules, medal tables, news etc.
2012 Olympic news.  For Windows Phone 7
London 2012: Official join in. For iOS
and live streaming on BBC Sport facebook Apps and Eurosport Player.

Enjoy x

PS, if you’re younger than 40, you may need to google Blakes 7!

Other News

I recently backed a very worthy Bennets Insurance campaign to try to get a compulsory motorbike question as part of the driving test. At the moment the questions are randomly chosen and the driver can pass without being reminded about bikes. I think this should be the bare minimum – I would of course rather everyone spend a day on a bike to become bike aware and generally a more observant license holder, but I’m aware that we must begin somewhere.

So if you agree please sign the petition here www.bikerpetition.co.uk

It’s has been a busy few months. As well as the above I have also engaged in some filming for 5th Gear, The Wright Stuff, The Alan Titchmarsh show, Daybreak and Llve with Gabby. I enjoyed hosting the House of the Future at The Ideal Home Show this year. It was the centrepiece for the entire event.

I also had the honour of meeting Prince Charles who was quite lovely and very friendly and finally I had the opportunity to show off my well practiced curtesy! We enlisted some fun technology, my particular favourites were the new Renault Twizy electric car and the Transport Pod which I found to be the ultimate in relaxation gadgets. Lee Baldry was on hand to present all the daily shows and the show was a great success, hurrah!

So too was Gadget Show Live. It’s always a huge pleasure to meet people who watched the show and of course to work live is the best experience…any old monkey can do take after take on a pre record but living on your wit, live, is where it’s at!  With 3 shows per day  we pretty much  lived in the Supertheatre all week, but I met some wonderful people and had a lot of fun, so lovely to meet you if you were there!

Bafta Gaming Awards

I presented an award at this event, hosted by the achingly drole Dara O’Briain The ceremony has grown massively over the past few years yet still maintains the atmosphere of an agreeable family gathering. Often, I’m off like a shot after the last gong has been given at an awards do but I was still going strong at 3am thanks to some great company and perhaps a few glasses of the red stuff. BF3 was the big winner on the night. During my final series of The Gadget Show we were part of the launch for Battlefield 3 when we built that incredible immersive gaming sim, so I pinched their award for a few shots with Rachel Deley, Wife of Ortis.

Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 2012

Sport Relief 2012 is now well under way and one of their popular events is of course Let’s Dance.  Each week  on BBC 1, celebrities are strutting their stuff to raise money and on Saturday 10th March, Ortis Deley and I will be dancing for charity.  We’re both really looking forward to the experience and will use as much technical wizardry as we can lay our hands on.  We’ll really need your votes though – Don’t forget BBC1 on Saturday 10th March around 7.00 pm

Suzi xx

Gadget Show Live 2011

This was the third year for this event at the NEC and again the demand was phenomenal.  The full capacity of 80,000 tickets for the live show in the Sony Theatre sold out in just 12 weeks.  Jase, Jon, Ortis, Polly and myself performed 3 live shows a day over the 5 day period and had a ball.  Paul Zenon helped us out – he’s an amazing magician and it was great to have him there.  You can get all the info on the Gadget Show website but here’s just a few images taken during the run.

Gadget Show Live

Gadget Show Live is almost upon us – 13th to 17th April and the gang are all looking forward to seeing you there.

On the 21st March show, I did a piece on top 5 fun websites and we’ve had an amazing amount of questions about these sites, mostly for the addresses again.  For those of you that have asked, here are the addresses for you again –

www.xtranormal.com
www.corkboard.me
www.appinventor.googlelabs.com/about
www.isleoftune.com
www.qwiki.com

BID for me!

For Red Nose Day, along with loads of other celebs I’m auctioning off a ‘Super-Follow’!

The ‘Super-Follow’ means that I will do ALL of these things…

  1. 1. Follow you on Twitter for 90 days
  2. 2. Retweet one of your tweets
  3. 3. Send out a tweet including your Twitter @username

AND

  • I’m giving you one of my VERY OWN bike jackets,
  • TWO paddock passes to the MOTOGP at Silverstone,
  • TWO tickets to the Gadget Show Live (on April 14th) INCLUDING Live Super Theatre tickets
  • AND you get to meet me after the show.

PLUS MORE AT SILVERSTONE!!!

  • HOSPITALITY with TEAM SUZUKI
  • Personal MEET & GREET with ALVARO / photos / signed merchandise
  • Be shown round the pits and photos taken sitting on Suzuki GP bike
  • Team tops for both

PLUS

  • LUNCH with me at Suzuki
  • AND a SEASON PASS for all British Superbike Rounds this year!

SO BID NOW!!! I will become your twitter best friend, Comic Relief will spend ALL the money you bid on life-changing projects, and the sun will shine.  (That last bit about the sun might not be true).

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