Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - GG TOP 40 - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

Our lives are made fuller and more sat­is­fy­ing by the de­vices we use at home or at work. When you switch on the fan, when you power your lap­top, when you switch on the tele­vi­sion, you do not re­alise it, but it is tech­nol­ogy in­nocu­ously mak­ing an in­ter­ven­tion in your life—for the good. To cel­e­brate gad­gets and to salute their mak­ers, G&G is list­ing the 40 top tech aids over four is­sues, start­ing with this Oc­to­ber edition. The G&G Top 40 will fea­ture the most ex­cel­lent among gad­gets for the home, for pro­fes­sional use, for fun and en­ter­tain­ment and for use while on the move. Be­sides, it will be G&G’s priv­i­lege to give you tips and tricks on how to make the best use of these cool gad­gets.

The first Top Ten nat­u­rally has to do with the home, for it is at home that we spend the most time and it is also there that we seek com­forts with­out com­pro­mise. While most of us think of home gad­gets as only those that en­ter­tain us or help us out in the kitchen, we show­case the top tech­nolo­gies avail­able for a host of do­mes­tic func­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions.


Price on re­quest Top pro­tec­tor. This hi-tech video door phone from Zi­com will al­low you to see and speak to a visi­tor be­fore un­lock­ing the door. Along with a 7-inch touch mon­i­tor and but­ton for un­lock­ing the door elec­tron­i­cally from inside, the Video Door Phone also comes with a cam­era, in­frared LED, mi­cro­phone and speaker. Press­ing the bell ac­ti­vates the out­door cam­era unit and the in­door mon­i­tor where the im­age of the visi­tor is dis­played. The user then presses a but­ton to speak to the visi­tor and on val­i­da­tion presses an­other but­ton to re­lease the lock. Aes­thet­i­cally de­signed, the de­vice can also be con­verted into a dig­i­tal photo frame or an mp3 player by in­sert­ing an SD card or a pen drive.


Price: ` 21,000 Top fresh­ness: Noth­ing can match the nu­tri­tional qual­ity of freshly ground flour. So re­place pack­aged flour, or the lo­cal flour mill, with the por­ta­ble Grain Mill from Sch­nitzer to re­duce all types of grains and spices to a pow­der. With a solid beech wood hous­ing, this com­pact ap­pli­ance is ideal for ev­ery­day use. Un­like com­mer­cial grain mills, this ap­pli­ance can pro­duce flour at a low tem­per­a­ture, and there­fore, re­tain­ing the nu­tri­ents. The milling stones are self-sharp­en­ing and are de­signed for long life and con­tin­u­ous low tem­per­a­ture fine-flour out­put. It can be ad­justed for var­i­ous lev­els of grind­ing such as fine or coarse. It is pow­ered by a 360 W brushless mo­tor with di­rect drive and can pro­duce up to 110-300 gm of flour per minute and 80 gm of flakes per minute. The Sch­nitzer Grain Mill is avail­able at Or­ganic Haus. (www.or­ganic-haus.com)


Price: `5,99,990 Top baker: This stylish Ger­man oven has 90 litres of space di­vided into three shelf lev­els. The H5981BP also of­fers 150 au­to­mated pro­grammes which can be se­lected with a touch of a but­ton. What­ever the se­lected dish, the oven de­cides the tem­per­a­ture, mois­ture, fan heat and du­ra­tion re­quired for per­fect cook­ing. It also has a unique mois­ture plus fea­ture that in­tro­duces the right amount of mois­ture needed for the dish. For a de­li­cious crust on breads, it uses the fan along with steam. Other fea­tures in­clude au­to­matic rapid heat-up for up to 65 per cent shorter pre­heat­ing time, resid­ual heat us­age, en­ergy sav­ing mode, two tone speed light il­lu­mi­na­tion dis­play­ing heat­ing phase, nav­it­ronic touch con­trol, etc.


Price: ` 43,990 Top cleaner: Vac­uum clean­ers are be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent and smart. The LG Hom Bot is an easy to use ap­pli­ance that vac­u­ums the floor on its own. It has got cam­eras on both the top and the bot­tom to map the house and finds its way around it. The dual cam­era map­ping sys­tem cal­cu­lates the sur­round­ing ar­eas 50 times per sec­ond for op­ti­mised paths. The side brushes help in clean­ing cor­ners and edges while the mi­crofider mop comes handy for hard floors. Al­though the noise level while in op­er­a­tion is ex­tremely low, you can also sched­ule it to clean when you are not at home. The Bot can also finds its way to its charg­ing base when nec­es­sary. It has the world’s first floor vi­sion sys­tem (OFS) in which 2,000 im­ages of the sur­face are cre­ated per sec­ond to pro­vide mov­ing dis­tance in­for­ma­tion to the Bot. The dig­i­tal bumper, which can vac­uum and mop un­der your bed with­out any has­sle, is also a first.


Price on re­quest Top il­lu­mi­na­tor: The Dy­nalite from Philips acts as a com­plete so­lu­tion for con­trol­ling lighting, se­cu­rity, blinds and cur­tains and tem­per­a­ture in­doors. These multi-func­tion sen­sors can de­tect mo­tion in a room and ac­cord­ingly ad­just the level of ar­ti­fi­cial light. Com­pat­i­ble with LEDs, CFLs, halo­gens, tube lights, GLS bulbs, etc. from var­i­ous lighting com­pa­nies, the real in­tel­li­gence unit is in­stalled be­hind the in­ter­face board. Op­er­ated via re­mote con­trol, the ded­i­cated mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion can help you con­trol the lights from a dis­tance.


Price: 27,990 on­wards Top cooler: Air con­di­tion­ers can con­sume a lot of power. So you need to find one that pro­vides ef­fec­tive cool­ing but is en­ergy ef­fi­cient as well. Hi­tachi’s Sum­mer QC is a 5- star rated Win­dow AC. Avail­able in 1.1ton ca­pac­ity on­wards, it of­fers silent cool­ing and uni­form air dis­tri­bu­tion. The auto cli­mate tech­nol­ogy is an in­tel­li­gent fea­ture that has tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity data for over 100 cities fed into the AC. It then recog­nises the city, time and day along with in­di­vid­u­als meta­bolic needs (by user) to set the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture of a room. The twin turbo tech­nol­ogy on­board in­creases the heat ex­change ca­pac­ity at high tem­per­a­tures en­sur­ing the abil­ity of the ma­chine to de­liver op­ti­mum cool­ing.


Price On Re­quest Top fit­ness aid: A smart home is in­com­plete with­out a per­fect work­out gad­get. Bring­ing to­gether the best of a cross trainer and a spin­ner bike, the Cross Spin­ter of­fers an ex­cel­lent car­dio work­out along with full body tone-up. This equip­ment has a large fly­wheel that en­sures con­stant re­sis­tance. The con­sole placed on the front dis­plays the in­for­ma­tion on the four small LCD screens.


Price: ` 83,000 Top chiller: This 579-litre French Door re­frig­er­a­tor from Sam­sung looks el­e­gant and eas­ily fits into tight spa­ces. It is de­signed to have ca­pa­cious food stor­age while of­fer­ing max­i­mum user con­ve­nience in a 33-inch space. This re­frig­er­a­tor has two sep­a­rate cool­ing sys­tems that main­tain the op­ti­mum tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity for each com­part­ment; the air doesn’t cir­cu­late be­tween the fridge and the freezer. The chilled air flows through mul­ti­ple vents at ev­ery shelf level to pro­vide con­sis­tent tem­per­a­ture throughout the re­frig­er­a­tor and freezer. It has space-sav­ing LED lighting that il­lu­mi­nates ev­ery cor­ner of the re­frig­er­a­tor. These LED light­ings are added to sides of the fridge to add a style fac­tor to prac­ti­cal­ity.


Price: 9,000 ` Top se­cu­rity: Even to­day, most of think that elec­tronic safes are de­signed only for stash­ing away cash and jew­ellery, maybe con­di­tioned by those old Hindi movies. But Go­drej has come up with an in­no­va­tive safe that can store lap­tops and other gad­gets. This is a hi-tech home safe that is equipped with an in­ter­nal charg­ing unit that can be used to charge the gad­gets as well. It also has an in­ter­nal LED that al­lows view­ing in the dark. In case of a wrong pass­word be­ing in­putted, the safe freezes au­to­mat­i­cally. Don’t worry if you have for­got­ten the pass­word—there is a me­chan­i­cal over­ride.


Price: 16,495 ` Top groomer: Be­long­ing to Braun’s su­per pre­mium shaver range, the 730s-4 can pro­vide a thor­ough and com­fort­able shave. It is a foil-type dry shaver with sonic tech­nol­ogy that emits over 10,000 mi­cro-vi­bra­tions per minute to help cap­ture more hair. Along with a nor­mal mode, there are modes to suit sen­si­tive skins and dif­fer­ent fa­cial ge­ogra­phies. It also has a long hair trim­mer that takes care of side­burns with­out blem­ish­ing the skin. Easy to use, this shaver is also easy to clean. The ra­zor can be re­moved for clean­ing un­der a run­ning tap. Or else, you can use an easy Clean & Re­new liq­uid cleaner—just dip the ra­zor in it for clean­ing and your ra­zor gets ster­ilised and charged for the next shav­ing ses­sion.

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