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Something on the Side: Duel in your skies

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This week, SEAN BACHER introduces the Swann battle-ready Sky Duel helicopters, Gammatek’s Liquid-Armor, a pair of golf ball finder glasses, Apple TV and Acer’s new Series 6 monitors.

Swann Sky Duel helicopters

The Swann Sky Duel twin indoor helicopters allow the players to shoot infrared beams at their opponent, complete with whizzing sounds and flashing lights when firing a missile. After one player has registered three hits, the opponent falls from the sky. Once the duel is over, they can start again and give the challenger a chance to make a come-back. And they don’t have to worry about damaging their new toy the Sky Duel is built for indoor flying and will withstand impacts and crashes.

Expect to pay: R740

Stockists: Order online at www.swann.com

Gammatek Liquid-Armor

Liquid-Armor is a non-film screen protector with Nano coating technology that creates a scratch-resistance surface for all devices with glass screens. Because it is made using nanotechnology, which is the manipulation of matter on an atomic or molecular scale, Liquid-Armor is said to be twice as strong as traditional screen protectors and incorporates an antistatic and weather-resistant formula so the device stays protected in most conditions.

Expect to pay: R99

Stockists: Most cellular retail outlets across South Africa

Golf Ball Finder Glasses

Save time looking for lost golf balls with these specially tinted glasses. The glasses’ tint makes shiny objects like golf balls stand out from the surrounding trees and grass, making it a lot easier to spot lost balls. The glasses also work well as a pair of regular sunglasses.

Expect to pay: R175

Stockists: Order from www.mantality.co.za.

Apple TV

The Apple TV unit plugs into the back of a TV via HDMI. It then wirelessly connects to an iTunes account, from where videos and music can be streamed much like it would be done on a computer with iTunes. Apple TV also offers the ability to stream content directly from a computer that has video, music and images stored on it. The device is easy to set up and install, but the video formats it supports are limited to .MOV, MPEG-4, M4V and MP4. All other video formats first need to be converted.

Expect to pay: R1 200

Stockists: Order at www.zastore.co.za or purchase in any iStore.

Acer S6 monitor range

The new S6 monitors support MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) technology, allowing users to view photos or videos from mobile devices on a large screen. The link also allows for audio to played through the display’s speakers. The S6 sports a zero-frame design and the IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel offers a viewing angle of up to 178 degrees. A 27-inch and a 23-inch screen size is available and both support a contrast ratio of 100million:1.

Expect to pay: R4 500 for the 27-inch model and R2 600 for the 23-inch one.

Stockists: The monitor s will only be available at the end of May. Order at www.acer.co.za

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