This quarter’s pick of the gadgets includes a battery with a ‘theoretically endless’ lifespan and a laser scanner that could spell the death of the tape measure.
Wrist pain is the bane of the habitually desk-bound and can lead to serious long-term problems if left unaddressed. The Bayo, from Trust Electronics, is a rechargeable wireless mouse that has been designed to minimise strain on users’ muscles. Its upright configuration and slightly curved handle allow underarms and wrists to rest in a natural position, enabling hours of tension-free operation.
The mouse, which has a 1m range, has two thumb buttons to allow easy web-browser navigation, and there is a choice of cursor (800/1200/1600/2000/2400 DPI). The Bayo can be switched off when not in use to extend battery life and includes an RGB light with a customisable colour cycle on the thumb rest. The Bayo is available now for a fraction under £30. trust.com
HOZO Design Meazor
It looks like the end of the tape when it comes to measuring by hand. The Meazor laser scanner has been designed for creative professionals, as well as DIYers, and includes six functions in a pocket-sized device.
Its stainless-steel frame encompasses a 2D floorplan tanner, a laser measurer, a scale/rolling ruler,
a curve measurer, a bubble level and a protractor.
A 184 PPI tempered-glass touchscreen and 4096-grade magnetic encoder are built to withstand bumps, while a 650mAh battery, which can be topped up via USB-C, should keep the Meazor going for up to 30 days of wireless use on a single charge.
An accompanying smartphone app enables users to import designs, draw and edit plans, and share and export four types of CAD files wirelessly. The Meazor is available to buy from Hozo’s website for approximately £150.
With last year’s COP26 summit focusing business minds on the increasingly critical issue of climate change, it has never been more important to ensure companies are run as cleanly and sustainably as possible. To that end, Aceleron has developed Essential, the world’s first reusable, repairable and fully recyclable lithium-ion battery.
Designed to be able to handle a range of high-voltage applications, from electric vehicles to data centres, each individual part of the battery can be accessed to repair, replace or upgrade, giving it a theoretically endless lifespan, while its tough, rubberised construction renders it all but impervious to knocks. Expect to pay around £1,000 per unit.
STM Goods ChargeTree Swing
For many staff, home working in some form has long since progressed from being an emergency stopgap to an apparently indefinite arrangement. To help those struggling to replicate an office environment in their home, STM has created the ChargeTree Swing. This neat desktop device dispenses with tangled knots of cables by providing the capability to charge three devices wirelessly at the same time.
Set to cost just under £70, the space-saving gadget can handle phones as well as AirPods, AirPods Pro and Apple Watches. As a bonus, the Swing ‘arm’ allows Apple Watch faces to be visible while charging, and can be swung away when not in use. stmgoods.com