Fun and Games with Stephen Fry: Gadget Man
Episode 4 of the series sees Stephen Fry focus his gadgetry purely on fun and games, where he investigates doggy gaming gadgets for the park along with various kinds of computer gaming gadgets. The main feature of the episode was the computer game of all computer games: projected onto the side of the huge disused Millennium Mill was a projection-mapped demolition game, which players could play in teams from across the river using apps on their smartphones.
Stephen Fry begins with looking at better ways to wake up in the morning. The Nerf Shoot To Snooze Clock is an alarm clock which you shoot with a dart gun to shut it up. Preferably the dart gun will be the Nerf n Strike Elite Hail-Fire: the latest piece of equipment from Nerf, which is a semi-automatic holding no less than 144 darts that can fire up to 75 feet. Alternatively, wake up more peacefully with the Lumie Bodyclock Elite 300. This top-of-the-range sunrise alarm clock is said to boost mood and productivity, as well as regulating your sleeping cycle. You can even add birdsong or the sound of rain to assist your natural wake-up.
For gaming gadgets check out the special touch screen cartoon-gothic gaming app Contre Jour, which has gorgeous visuals inspired by children’s story ‘The Little Prince’ and delicate piano music composed by David Ari Leon. The Atari Arcade Duo is a great little gaming device that re-imagines the retro-controls of old arcade gaming and provides a dock for your iPad, which allows you to use the button and joystick controls.
Moving out into the park, Stephen Fry takes a look at gadgets for dogs, the most brilliant of which were the Hyper Pet HyperDog Ball Launcher and Hyper Pet HyperDog Doggie Driver. Working like a catapult, the best thing about the Ball Launcher is that it can throw tennis balls much further than you can, reaching as far as a huge 200 feet. The Doggie Driver is a ball launcher in the guise of a golf club, so you can practice your driving at the same time as playing fetch. And if your dog’s prone to picking up the most splintered, filthy pieces of branch, then use the Kong Safestix, a rubbery stick which means that your dog won’t get any nasty splinters.
Finally, Fry comes introduces the AR Drone 2.0, a remote control Quadrocopter which again, you control with an app on your smartphone or iPad. The best thing about it, though, aside from its remarkable controllability, is the camera attached to the front, so you can spy on, as Stephen Fry points out, your neighbours in their back garden.
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