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25 October 2011 | 0

iPhone 4S
An obvious choice, maybe, but this Friday sees the Irish release of the handset you’ll either love or love to hate. If you downloaded iOS 5 already then you know what to expect. For the uninitiated, our favourite feature is iMessage, an SMS app that can tell when you’re sending a text to another iOS 5 user and instantly sends it via your data connection, leaving your monthly text message allowance unscathed.
Notable downer at this point is the lack of the voice-activated Siri personal assistant. Official word is that as the software is still officially in beta we won’t be seeing it for a while.
Price: Varies by operator.

Rotundus Groundbot
Unlikely to ever see action in the retail space over here, Swedish company Rotundus’ GroundBot could become a favourite not so much with consumers, as the agencies that would keep tabs on them.
The GroundBot comes equipped with a pair of cameras capable of capturing live 3D images, an infra-red camera, a microphone, and sensors for heat, smoke, humidity, radiation, and more. If the apocalypse comes you get the sense it’ll be rats, insects and these guys left standing.
Price: n/a

Nest Thermostat
He was the man who gave us the hardware behind the iPod, now Tony Fadell is turning his hand to what could be a reinvention of another kind of gadget: the thermostat.
The Nest claims to be an entirely new kind of thermostat, one that prompts you when your house is too warm or too cold and adjusts the temperature accordingly. You can also communicate with it through a tablet, smartphone or Web browser. This is not the first implementation of a remote heat controller we’ve seen, but it is the most attractive.
Price: tbc  

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