CES 2010: Final Thoughts

The Consumer Electronics show, the behemoth of tech, the Valhalla of gadgetry, has come and gone for yet another year. But this time, rather than arriving with a bang, it slinked into sight with something more like a whimper. CES…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Final Thoughts

CES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

It may have gotten off to a dull start thanks to the lacklustre showing from Microsoft, but CES 2010 today threw up some really nice surprises. Keep an eye out for the Light Blue Optic's Light Touch here in today's…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

The Wand now on sale at Firebox

Perhaps the coolest remote control ever, and sure to be a big hit with young Harry Potter fans, it’s now on sale at Firebox.

It can ‘learn’ up to 13 infrared codes from your existing remote and you can assign various functions to various moves: flicks to turn on and off, spin to control volume, big swishes to mute and so on. You can buy The Wand here for £49.99. It’s quite expensive, but then it’s great fun and it does come in its own cool box – see below.

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shinychrisThe Wand now on sale at Firebox

Purelight XD Magic Wand offers fast, safe, sterilisation of surfaces

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A “light wand” that uses ultraviolet radiation in the UV-C band to sterilize surfaces has been made available by Purelight UK. The wand should be able to knock out 99.9% of bacteria, including the rather nasty MRSA and C.difficile bacteria.

UV-C is higher-energy than the UV-A and UV-B wavebands, and it cleanses viruses and bacteria by breaking down the DNA of the microbes. After exposure of no more than 20 seconds, only 1 in 1000 bacteria remain.

There’s three versions of the wand available – the XD, which is rechargable and costs £120, the MD which is more compact and costs just £35, and the more hardcore, industrial “ClearCare” system, which costs £500 and up. None of those prices include VAT.

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Duncan GeerePurelight XD Magic Wand offers fast, safe, sterilisation of surfaces

Harry Potter and the Death Eater voice-changer mask

harry-potter-voice-changer.jpgFancy scaring your kids so hard, they’ll be reduced to a quivering mess for days afterwards? Toy manufacturer Corgi has created the perfect product for sadistic parents, with the Death Eater Voice Changer mask.

Before you question where a mask this scary is suitable for children, the books the Death Eaters appear in…

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Katherine HannafordHarry Potter and the Death Eater voice-changer mask