The World Cup in South Africa is getting everyone talking about the beautiful game and this summer there are plenty of gadgets to help you make the most of all the action whether you are in your living room or out and about.
We have essential gadgets for in the house, garden or even on the move.
The first wave of 3D ready HDTVs are set to emerge in time for the world cup and although the actual matches will not be broadcast in 3D, it makes sense to futureproof your home cinema system, provided you have deep enough pockets. This TV is not only 3D ready, but also LED backlit which means it is super slim and it also has an integrated digital tuner that is compatible with Freeview HD, which means in certain areas you will be able to see the World Cup in HD without the need for a subscription or a satellite dish.
Steiner Safari Binoculars 10×26
If you are making your way to South Africa for the tournament and you are worried about getting a good seat in the baking sun, these binoculars from Steiner will get you even closer to the action, as they will not only filter the UV rays and heat haze, but will also stand up to adverse conditions, drops and scrapes.
The iPhone benefits from its built-in GPS which means you will be able to find your way around even if you are out in South Africa. For people staying in the UK there will also be apps to keep you up to date with the latest scores and an ITV app that will be streaming the games live.
Weber Summit S-650
For the ultimate World Cup meal you need the ultimate Barbecue and this monster is packed with the potential to cook more meat that you could ever reasonably consume. It is gas powered and has up to six burners available. You can even stick on the rotisserie function and get some revolving meat on the go. If you are looking for a top of the line BBQ to accompany the World Cup then this is where the party starts.
The only way to recreate the atmosphere of actually being in the stadium is to get this speaker system set up and turn the volume to 11. This kit provides surround sound and it has a subwoofer for unparalleled base, which will give chants a new ring of realism. If you are not an audio expert you will not have to spend ages fiddling around with settings as this gadget is easy for anyone to use and the sound quality is just what you would expect from a Sony device.
The dinky NB30 is one of the best portable netbooks that Samsung has to offer. It uses a swift Intel Atom processor and it has Windows 7 preinstalled to make web browsing and word processing painless. If you are going to be making a note of your World Cup exploits to be passed down through the generations, or if you just want to update your Twitter feed with what has been going on, the NB30’s 10.1 inch screen will act as the window to your tournament.
Gadgets that are suited for travelling are not hard to come by, but something with the quality of this device is rare. If you can handle the garish yellow casing and the exposed screw heads, it has a certain rugged charm to it. In fact all of its looks are necessary to make sure that it can take the knocks and scraps of many busy days at the stadium or on the road. It can shoot high definition video and it is also able to remain water tight to a depth of three metres.
Calpe Sense Wi6223
Sometimes sticking your wine in the fridge just is not enough. This wine cooler is dedicated to housing your finest vintage bottles, with enough room for all of the bubbly you can imbibe. You can alter the temperature between three and 18 degrees and there is an LED read out on the front to let you know how cool your bottles have become. This luxurious gadget even has glass doors which protect precious wines from damage by ultraviolet sunlight.
Grundig Emanate Speaker System
It may look similar to a bulky paint tin, but this outdoor portable speaker system is ready to rock and roll for eight hours in a row from a single charge. It has a dock on top for your media player of choice and it can keep you entertained whether you are in the back garden, on the beach or relaxing between matches.
Sky has recently launched a new edition of its Sky+HD set top box that has a 1TB hard drive inside, which is more than enough space to record the World Cup games in high definition to enjoy later. It is also ready for 3D TV when it arrives, so if you have splashed out on a 3D ready TV this could be the perfect partner.