GAMING

GADGET NEWS

THE LATEST STRATSUPS, CROWDFUNDED PROJECTS AND PLAIN CRAZY IDEAS

SPEAKER BACKPACK

The clue’s in the name with this combination of speaker and backpack. The backpack bit gives you 12 litres of space-enough for a 15in notebook, a water bottle and various other bts, Hidden compartments keep your gear safe and the firm shell with nylon exterior offers protection,soft-touch waterproof surface and the means to make you look a bit like a futurusticturtle.

DIGIT NUMBER PAD

Modern keyboards lacking number pads make entering figures a chore- and external options are often clunky. But this effort looks like it's beamed in from the 1960s. Retro style and clicky switches are augmented by three-device Bluetooth connectivity. And the means to just use the thing as a standard calculator.

LITTLE SOPHIA

Loosely based on the full – sized Hanson Robotics Sophia, this 14in mini-me goes for cute rather than creepy 'uncanny valley ', resembling a Gerry Anderson puppet minus the strings when doddering about. The emphasis on storytelling and personality, with facial expressions, should bring joy to your own little ones' faces.

OGARDEN SMART

Looking like a washing machine stuffed with lettuce, this smart garden enables you to grow fresh fruit and veg all year. Away from bugs, bad weather, chemicals and waste, your 90 seeds can sprout and grow, having been bathed in lowenergy LED 'sunlight'. They're even watered while your tummy rumbles impatiently.