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World's Most Expensive Gadgets

GadgetsGadgets have become an essential part of our daily life. In this technologically driven world there are many new and innovative gadgets introduced every year to make life easier for people, while these are also the symbols of luxury, flaunted by the rich people who pay hefty sum to possess these gadgets. The fetish for it never stops and people always look forward to upgrading to a better one. Here are some of the most outrageously expensive gadgets.

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Water Sports to Try This Summer

If you’ve decide to spend your summer on an active holiday somewhere beside the sea, lake or river, you will be surprised by the large assortment of water sports that are available for you to choose from. In the last fifteen years water sports have been among the fastest growing recreational activities in the world.

Okay, so Serbia doesn’t have a coastline, but right next door, on the coasts of some of Serbia’s neighbours, you can find great places for a wide variety of water activities, from kite-boarding to knee-boarding and jet skiing to surfing.

If you have only just started taking an interest in this type of recreation, don’t unnecessarily waste a lot of money buying top equipment. Instead, take the opportunity to hire equipment and ascertain what works best for you.

Many water sports are included in the category of extreme sports and they require special skills and injuries are common. This is something else to be considered when selecting a sport.

Of course, this advice does not apply to professionals and experts who have been engaged in their specific water sports for a long time.

The following recommendations are addressed to those who have yet to decide how best to make the most of their few weeks on the beach.

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CORD July 117 Page 76 Image 0002Rafting, or white-water rafting, is a challenging recreational activity using a raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. It belongs to the group of extreme sports and is one of the most unique outdoor activities available. An exhilarating rush like no other, splashing water, controlled paddling and unexpected drops and turns are all elements of raft rides.

The mountainous region between Serbia, Montenegro and Republika Srbska (in Bosnia-Herzegovina) offers a remarkable opportunity for white-water rafting. The rivers of this region have carved out great canyons and wild rapids – a perfect scene for rafting and adventure loving travellers. You can choose among many rivers in the area, such as the Drina, Ibar, Lim and Tara. Whatever the destination, the well organised and prepared team of experienced rafters will make sure you experience the true holidays on and off the river.

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For any river rafting trip you will need a package of gear, including lifejacket, helmet, dry bags, rafting paddle, tennis shoes or sport sandals, waterproof sunscreen, gloves and water container.

Water Skiing

CORD July 117 Page 77 Image 0003Water skiing is not exactly walking on water, but it’s close -- and you might even say it’s better. Gliding across the surface pulled by a motorboat going at least 30 kilometres per hour with the wind in your hair is definitely a unique feeling.

Water skiing is pretty simple. A person wearing what look like snow skis is pulled behind a motorboat across the water. The faster the boat, the faster the skier. And speed also translates into new tricks and more manoeuvrability.

Aside from being a popular recreational sport enjoyed by thousands, water skiing is also an ever-growing competitive sport. Unlike some other water sports, water skiing does not require a huge initial investment when it comes to equipment.

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There are several basic kinds of water skis. Combination ski has wide tips for better control and is popular choice for beginners. Skis come with various kinds of bindings or boots. Other water ski gear includes the tow rope and handle. Accessories like safety helmets and life jackets are essential to enjoying this water sport safely.


CORD July 117 Page 77 Image 0004Kitesurfing is widely becoming one of the most popular extreme sports in the world. Invented by windsurfers who wanted a portable device to allow them to travel the world, kitesurfing brings you adrenaline, excitement and freedom, while allowing you to join the growing community bringing the kite lifestyle!

Due to the size of kites, that can be packed into a tiny little card that makes them much more portable, the problem of mobility is much less compared to other extreme sports.

When kitesurfing began around 15 years ago, it was a dangerous sport due to the poor security system, but the increase in technology and design has changed kitesurfing and it is now considered a very safe sport.

Kitesurfing has become so popular that there will be a good place for your kite almost everywhere you go where there’s wind.

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What experience do you need before starting? The joy of kitesurfing is that anyone can do it. However, due to various facilities, kites of different sizes are used depending on a kitesurfer‘s ability and weight.

(The Gear Package Includes: Kite; Control Bar; Kite Leash; Pump; Pads, Straps, Fins and Handle; Harness and Bag).


CORD July 117 Page 78 Image 0003For people who are new to this sport, learning how to surf and use a surfboard can be anything but easy.

Surfing can become a fun form of exercise and recreation for anyone, but it will be necessary to put in a lot of time and practice to learn the basics. In addition, surfing does require more energy than it seems and therefore surfers must have a great deal of stamina.

Many surfers that there are only two main types of surfboards they can choose from: a short board or longboard. However, a fun board is the best choice for novices surfers.

The fun board includes a round, wide nose like a long board. This makes it less apt to catch the nose in and under the water, which will cause the rider to fall while turning or nose dive when taking off. Further, fun boards are thick and wide like a longboard, so they catch waves easily and stay afloat on the wave face for easier balance and longer rides. However, fun boards are still short enough to offer manoeuvrability as you begin to improve.

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Finally, fun boards work exceptionally well in small and medium waves.


CORD July 117 Page 78 Image 0005Windsurfing is an aquatic sport that combines the disciplines of sailing and surfing. Today windsurfers can be found on a variety of waterways, from the open ocean to indoor pools, and there are a number of competitions dedicated specifically to this sport, including Olympic events.

In this sport people use a modified surfboard with a movable mast. Most windsurfers utilise boards that have been customised for windsurfing, with a variety of long and short board designs available for different types of activities. A windsurfer stands upright on the board, controlling the sail on a boom to catch the wind and manoeuvre. Ideally, the surfer finds a spot with brisk prevailing winds to get the full effect, although people can windsurf in calmer environments as well.

The sail operates much like that on a sailing boat, requiring knowledge of how sails work and how to work with the wind to achieve a goal, such as a particular speed or destination. Standing on a board requires experience with the water and a great sense of balance.

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People of all ages can go windsurfing, including very young children: if you can stand, you can windsurf, with some practice.


CORD July 117 Page 79 Image 0003Kneeboarding is an extremely bumpy ride. Since the rider is closer to the water, the waves seem to cause a lot of bounce. It’s almost like riding a wild bull. However, knee-boarding can be achieved by people as young as seven and as old as 60. These facts and many more are what make this sport popular.

Firstly, it’s easier if you start your ride from the sand. If starting from the shore, make sure the board is at least in ankle deep water. Place the strap snugly over your thighs, just above your knees. As with any water sport, always lean back with your arms slightly bent and hands tightly grasping the rope. Keep the nose of the board up when the boat starts to pull. The nose will automatically go under water and you could be pulled face forward right over the board. It is important to pull the nose up with your hands and by leaning back. From there the ride is smooth.

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(Package Includes: Kneeboard, Universal Vest, Kneeboard Tow Rope and Kneeboard Bag.

Jet Skiing
FROM €2,500 – €15,000

CORD July 117 Page 79 Image 0004Jet skiing, like other competitive water sports, got its start in the 1970s and has since grown to offer several different riding styles and competitions, as well as the option to just cruise the water. Freestyle riding is traditionally performed o¬n a standup craft which allows the rider greater manoeuvrability when performing tricks. Freestyle riders perform a variety of tricks, including technical tricks like grabs, as well as big air tricks and aerial manoeuvres. There are also addition styles of riding that more closely resemble racing, these include closed course and distance races.

Be aware of accidents you can cause if riding in a congested area. For your safety and that of everyone else using the water, it is important you do not exceed the speed limit.


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There a few things to consider when looking at buying a new jet ski. You first need to figure out how you will be transporting it and whether or not you need a trailer. Second, you need to determine where you will store it, during both summer and winter, and, finally, new jet skis cost between €2,500 and €15,000.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 July 2014 07:05 )
Written by AIM admin    Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:01    PDF Print E-mail
Summer Gadgetsfun In The Sun

Summer is here and the time is right for gadgets, to make the hot summer days and nights go by easier, or at least more fun. If you are going outside to enjoy the sun, hitting the road for a long summer trip to a holiday destination, or just staying at home for the perfect stress-free break, here are a few gadgets that you might want to take along with you that will make your summer even more enjoyable and might even leave you more relaxed than your average holiday.

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LiveLuggage Suitcase
PRICE: €475

CorD 116 Page 86 Image 0003This sturdy case has “flat motor” technology built into the wheels to give you a helping hand when it senses you’re trying to lug your case up a slope or kerb. Best of all, though, is the unique ID chip built into the case, so you’ll know exactly which corner of the airport it’s been lost in. It also has a handy on-board umbrella.

Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player
PRICE: €510

CorD 116 Page 86 Image 0004The world’s first home media player to deliver hit Hollywood movies in 4K Ultra HD, with 4 times more clarity than HD. Preloaded with 10 feature films and a library of 4K shorts, the FMP-X1 is also the gateway to Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K service.

TellSpec Scanner
PRICE: €250

CorD 116 Page 86 Image 0001TellSpec Scanner is a portable device that will allow you to determine what is there in your food. The functioning of this device is simple, point the scanner towards the food, press the small black button and wait for the results of the analysis. The collected data is then sent to the smartphone app. The app then displays all the data about the composition of the food. In fact the device uses an infrared mini spectrometer to analyse your food. One of important aspects of this technology is that it can also scan through the glass and/or plastic.

The 94Fifty Smart Basketball
PRICE: €220

CorD 116 Page 87 Image 0002With its built-in smart sensor and the free downloadable app, the innovative 94Fifty basketball turns your iPhone or iPad into a powerful hoops training tool. While using the regulationsized indoor/outdoor ball, the integrated sensor tracks dribble force and speed, shot speed, backspin and arc and sends the data to your device in virtual real time. You can even set up head-to-head competitions with up to five players and adaptive workouts to improve your skills.

Solar Cooler
PRICE: €875

CorD 116 Page 87 Image 0003It’s always a good idea to pack munchies and beverages into a cooler for outdoor parties, but when the ice melts all you’re left with is soggy food and warm beer. Enter the Solar Cooler beach fridge powered by solar panels gets so cold it can even make its own ice. The cooler also features charging ports for mobile devices and a 10-hour battery.

TYLT VU Wireless Charger
PRICE: €55

CorD 116 Page 87 Image 0004If your smartphone charges wirelessly using the Qi standard, it’s your next must-have accessory. Drop a handset into its 45-degree cradle and microscopic nanobots pass from the 5W charger directly into your battery and restore it to health. Comes in yellow, blue, red or black, for whatever phone side you’re batting for this contract term.

Kodak HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera
PRICE: €107

CorD 116 Page 87 Image 0001The Kodak Play Sport is waterproof up to 3 metres, provides up to 1080p HD video resolution, 5 megapixel digital still images. The camera is equipped with electronic image stabilisation to reduce shaking and SD/SDHC expandability for up to 32GB of video recording.

Built in HDMI and USB 2.0 connectivity allow for television and computer playback, or use the 2-inch colour display for instant playback. With a 5MP camera mode and a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, the Kodak Playsport is a tough and versatile video camera.

LG Pocket Photo Smart Printer
PRICE: €160

CorD 116 Page 88 Image 0004This pocket-sized printer connects to Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth or NFC and uses “inkless” ZINC technology. This works by heating special paper containing colourforming molecules packed into layers that, once melted, form the everlasting image of you drunkenly giving a double thumbs-up whilst meeting Wagner from X Factor.

Mio Navman Spirit TV
PRICE: €360

CorD 116 Page 88 Image 0002The 7 inch Mio Navman Spirit TV includes a Freeview tuner, so you can get all your favourite channels. You can also load the device with videos and music. The sat-nav has a touch-screen display, turn-byturn spoken directions, lane guidance and traffic alerts to help steer clear of jams. It even comes pre-loaded with travel books, so you can make the most of your time when you reach your final destination.

GPS Angel V4e
PRICE: €72

CorD 116 Page 88 Image 0001This device is a red light and speed camera warning system that protects drivers from dangerous intersections and possibly costly traffic violations. The device includes GPS to determine where your car is, and then checks against a database of fixed speed and red light cameras. It then warns you if you’re nearing those locations. The company says it is 100% road legal and is “designed to warn you of risk areas and to help you observe traffic law.”

Metal Detector Sandals
PRICE: €44

CorD 116 Page 88 Image 0003Carrying around a Metal Detector while wearing a big set of headphones isn’t exactly the coolest look for the beach this summer, but neither are these metal detecting sandals which are meant to be a more subtle approach to finding buried treasure and at least you’ll keep busy.

The right sandal connects to a removable battery pack that’s strapped to your calf and a coil in the sandals does all the work. The detector can find metal objects buried as ‘deep’ as 70 centimetres underfoot and it will alert you to their presence via a flashing red light, a gentle vibration and an audible buzz.

Biolite Camp Stove
PRICE: €155

CorD 116 Page 89 Image 0002There is no need to carry heavy gas canisters for this stove which generates its own power using twigs and biomass fuels. The generating unit also comes with a fan and its own battery supply. It heats the stove for outdoors cooking, recharges its own battery, and surplus energy is sent to the USB port on the front of the device to charge phones and cameras.

Panono Camera Ball
PRICE: €550

CorD 116 Page 89 Image 0004The durable Panono camera ball loaded with 36 intelligent cameras has come out. It will make sure that you get a 360 degree shot with a difference. You simply toss it in the air and the camera measures the launch acceleration to calculate when the camera is at its highest point and barely moving, before taking 36 completely individual shots.

Self Stirring Coffee Mug

CorD 116 Page 89 Image 0001Whether your drink of choice is coffee, tea, hot cocoa or even soups, then this awesome and clever little device will serve you well by saving you minutes every time you go to refill… Who would have thought that coffee could be turned so high tech? Basically – we love it!

The Wrist Strap Fish Finder
PRICE: €110

CorD 116 Page 89 Image 0005As the most significant recreational fishing innovation in recent times, sonar fishfinder units are well established as a fundamental piece of equipment for boat-based anglers and, like almost everything electronic, decreasing size and increasing capabilities are expanding these applications by bringing the benefits of sonar technology to land-based fishing. One of the latest examples - the Humminbird Smartcast RF30 - utilises a wireless link between a small sonar transducer attached to the fishing line and a wrist-worn display unit to provide a picture of what’s underneath - identifying fish within a 25 metre radius a well as a map of the bottom and any submerged structures that could cause snags.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:46 )
Written by AIM admin    Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:11    PDF Print E-mail
Hot Gadgets For A Hot Summer


Summer is just around the corner and we all know what that means – trips to the countryside. Colours are everywhere – from smartphones to cameras – and many of these products can be customised, allowing owners to put their own personal stamp on their tech. Whether you’re going to the beach, trekking through the mountains, or simply embarking on a rural adventure, here are a few gadgets that you might want to take along.

Barska Point N View Digital Binoculars
PRICE: €36

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Barska’s Point N View is a state-of-the-art integration of high quality roof prism binocular and digital camera that is equally at home on a nature outing, sporting event, or vacation. Instead of packing a separate binocular and digital camera, Point ‘n View gives you the convenience of both in one compact device.

PRICE: €165

CorD 115 May small Page 88 Image 0002The world’s first high-tech sleeping mask promises to give any of us the most valuable thing you can imagine - time. The mask allows you to switch from monophasic to polyphasic sleep, which in layman’s terms means you can sleep less and more efficiently every night. According to the creators of the project the masks ability to give you great sleep efficiency results in an extra 4 hours of free time every day.

AquaPac Waterproof Bags

CorD 115 May small Page 88 Image 0001If you want to take your camcorder, music player or phone to the beach buy an AquaPac, waterproof bags that you can sling around your neck or waist, or wear on your arm, so you can take your gadgets with you. There’s a variety of bags to choose from, suitable for everything from digital cameras to iPods, and even SLR cameras, enabling you can take shots up to 5m underwater.

Scanadu Scout Medical Tricorder
PRICE: €145

CorD 115 May small Page 88 Image 0003The Scanadu Scout Medical Tricorder is a device nearly straight out of the pages of Star Trek. This device is packed with sensors capable of conducting sophisticated physical exams. Just bring the Tricorder in direct contact with your left temple for 10 seconds and it will analyse your vitals, including the temperature, heart rate, oximetry, ECG, respiratory rate, blood pressure, urine analysis and emotional stress level. The results of this analysis will be recorded and shown to you via a smartphone app.

Waterproof Stereo Boombox
PRICE: €75

CorD 115 May small Page 89 Image 0002The Eco Terra BoomBox is a floating iPhone/MP3 waterproof player that is fully submersible in water. It features two large waterproof stereo speakers that play a clean, crisp sound and is powered by 4 batteries or an included AC wall charger. The waterproof internal storage compartment holds and protects your keys, MP3 player, credit cards, wallet and money, keeping them safe from sun, sand and water.

Polaroid C3 Action Camera
PRICE: €75

CorD 115 May small Page 89 Image 0001This colourful cube—sporting a paintjob modeled after vintage polaroid cams—records video at 720p, can be submerged in up to 2 metres water, and even contains LEDs and an onboard microphone. Magnets on the top and bottom of each cube also make them stackable—that means you’ll be able to record your epic snowboard wipeout from multiple angles.

Electric Amphibious Vehicle
PRICE: €72

CorD 115 May small Page 89 Image 0005Whether your mission involves charging through the trails of your backyard or delivering drinks poolside, the Amphibious Vehicle has it covered. With a push of a button, it transforms from sea craft to rugged, 4-wheeled land vehicle. While in land mode, the wheel wells can be used to hold up to four beverage cans. Plus, an on-board water cannon can blast a stream of water at any target. Cheers!

Stash Sandals
PRICE: €36

CorD 115 May small Page 89 Image 0003But keeping an eye on pocketfuls of accumulated travel crud usually results in a less-than relaxing experience, with constant glances back at your towel to make sure no one has found your genius hiding space—under the towel. Stash sandals are comfortable enough to wear on the beach, but their real utility is as a mobile safe. The secret tray in the sole slides out to hold personal items and slides back in to make sure no one knows they’re there.

Y-ply Beach Rests
PRICE: €36

CorD 115 May small Page 89 Image 0004A trip to the seaside always asks us to prepare many items, and sometimes we even need to get various seating devices if we’d like to comfortably relieve our head, back and finally the whole body. Luckily we now have the Y-ply Beach Rest, which is a multiple-use gadget allowing us to use in various conditions. It’s not merely designed for the beach use, others outdoor activities like a park picnic need it too.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 April 2014 08:56 )
Written by AIM admin    Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:59    PDF Print E-mail
Cool Home Gadgets

Cool Home Gadgets

Use 2014’s latest, neatest gadgetry to turn your place into a smart-home. CorD has a cutting-edge tech marvel for just about every room – even your bathroom. Whether you’re preparing food, listening to tunes wirelessly or creating solid objects out of thin air via 3D printing, your home will be 21st-century-proof. Brushing your teeth will never be the same again.

MakerBot Replicator Mini
PRICE: €1,020

CorD 113 March small Page 78 Image 0002Alongside its new Replicator and supersized Replicator Z18, MakerBot has lifted the lid on the Replicator Mini – potentially the first affordable consumer 3D printer for home users. Wi-Fi allows for printing from mobile devices, as well as other interactions such as monitoring progress remotely via a built-in camera.

AeroDream One iPhone Speaker Dock
PRICE: €399

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The AeroDream One music tower station stands over 3.3m high and weighs almost 400kg – so in order to connect your device at the top, you’ll have to climb a ladder. The tubeshaped docking station delivers 10,000W worth of sound and features a 28cm subwoofer and five-channel amplifier.

Canary Home Security
PRICE: €399

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Having raised more than US$2 million to develop its home security system, Canary is back with an upgraded system and an iOS app to control it all with. The app shows live video feeds, alerts and lets you adjust your security settings remotely. Out summer 2014.

AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker
PRICE: €22

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The AeroPress uses total immersion and gentle pressure to produce up to four cups of micro-filtered coffee or espresso in less than a minute. And all with low acid levels and the perfect taste.

Polaroid Socialmatic Camera
PRICE: €220

CorD 113 March small Page 79 Image 0003Originally floated as a concept back in 2012, the Android-based Socialmatic produces Polaroids as we know and love them. An inkless printing system enables users to print stickers of their sepia-tinted images and customise them via an 11cm touchscreen. Ready for release by the end of 2014.

LaCie Christofle Sphère

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The LaCie Sphère designed by Christofle is a handcrafted hard drive enclosed in a spherical case of silver-plated steel. Due to its round shape, the Sphère requires a careful manual plating process. It is stamped, silver-plated and finally polished for perfect brightness. The highly reflective finish makes the hard drive a decorative piece to accompany any upscale home or office workstation.

Kolibree Toothbrush
PRICE: €73

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The Kolibree toothbrush records every use via its accelerometer. Once connected to your Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth, the Kolibree app synchronises your brushing data automatically and lets you know whether you got everywhere and how long you brushed for.

iGrill2 Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer
PRICE: €73

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This device lets you monitor the temperature of your food from up to 50m away, letting you know when it’s been cooked to perfection.

TREWGrip Keyboard
PRICE: €185

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The TREWGrip is a handheld keyboard and air mouse for your mobile tech, smart TV and desktop. Its standard QWERTY layout is split and rotated so hands gripping it can touch-type effectively, even on a smartphone. Due for release in summer 2014.

Dream One Speaker

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Not only do these speakers provide incredible surround sound, they’re also wireless and enabled with every kind of connectivity you can imagine, turning any and every device into a DJ deck. With its sleek rocket-like shape, there’s nothing these speakers can’t do. Out this autumn.

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