10 Most Thrilling Pieces Of Tech April 2021

Get a glimpse into the future, as we count down all the most thrilling pieces of tech and new trends coming your way in 2021

Number 10
Arlo Smart Doorbell
Keep watch over your doorstep and get a wider 180° viewing angle with the convenience of a wire-free, battery operated video doorbell. No wiring required.

Number 9
MILO – The Action Communicator
Speak with friends while you ski, surf or ride. Hands-free, phone-free. For adventures on the slopes, trails and water. ​

Number 8
LUMINI : AI Skincare Assistant
The LUMINI offers a three-step service (face scanning, skin analysis, and product recommendation) using AI technology independently developed by lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics.

Number 7
Square Off Smartest Chess Board
Square Off offers you globally connected game-play. Use your automatic chess board anywhere, play with anyone, anytime – from your friend who lives on the other side of the world to the 30M players on

Number 6
Mark Levinson № 5105
The Mark Levinson № 5105 is a premium precision-engineered turntable made with the best available materials, technology, and craftsmanship in the world.

Number 5
APPLE Airpod Max
AirPods Max combine high-fidelity audio with industry-leading Active Noise Cancellation to deliver an unparalleled listening experience.

Number 4
Mini LED
Mini LED is a more efficient, and more effective way of backlighting an LCD screen.

Number 3
Sion Electric Car – Sono Motors
A spacious electric car with a range of up to 255 kilometers that charges itself through the power of the sun.

Number 2
LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier
Wearable Air Purifier Technology That Lets You Breathe Again Thorough Air Purification Wear Your Clean Air Breathe easy with HEPA filters to filter out harmful particles for clean, fresh air.

Number 1
Sony Airpeak Drone
Combining imaging and sensing technological expertise and AI Robotics, SONY open the skies into an infinite creative playground – one with unprecedented freedom.

Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Tripod Head

Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Tripod Head

Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Tripod Head

Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Tripod Head

Manfrotto Befree 3-Way Live Tripod Head, a compact folding tripod head for both stills and video use.

When it comes to photographic kit, there are plenty of either/or questions. DSLR or mirrorless, zooms or primes, full-frame or crop sensors; all can inspire heated debate. When it comes to tripod heads, the question is between 3-way and ball designs. Ball heads have generally found most favour due to their small size, light weight and strength, but 3-way heads, which allow the camera angle to be adjusted in three directions independently, are arguably easier to use, while also being superior for video work.

With its BeFree Live head, Manfrotto has aimed to address the traditional drawbacks of 3-way heads. First and foremost is bulk. Conventional designs have handles sticking out at various angles, which isn’t exactly great for transport, but this one folds down to pack neatly between the legs of travel tripods. Second is versatility: it’s designed to work equally well for both video and stills shooting. To this end, it boasts fluid drag on the pan and tilt actions to enable smooth camera movements, while the camera platform can be rotated for shooting portrait-format images or vertical videos for social media.

While as usual I’d take the 6kg rated load with a pinch of salt, I found that thanks to its sturdy aluminium construction, the head was capable of holding a high-end mirrorless set-up weighing over 2kg with no trouble at all. The fluid movements work well not just for video work but also for accurately positioning telephoto lenses, while the large, rubberized controls are easy to use and lock down without any shift in composition. The camera clamp accepted all of the Arca Swiss-type quick release plates I tried, with two sprung pins acting as secondary locks to stop the camera from sliding off.

There are a few compromises, though. The bubble level for setting the horizon in portrait format is on the front, making it invisible from behind the camera. Also, the Arca Swiss camera clamp is oriented in the wrong direction for use with L-brackets, which may well be a deal-breaker for some users. At 720g, the head is also noticeably heavier than a ball head that would support the same load.

This head presents an ingenious and generally successful bid to cater to the needs of content creators who shoot both video and stills on location. It’s neatly designed and works well, while
being relatively compact and lightweight. Even if you don’t shoot video, it’s worth considering.

Folding Handle
The long pan handle folds down for packing via a large, easy-to-use release lever.

Camera Plate
The included 200PL-PRO plate is Arca Swiss compatible, but also clips into heads that use the older RC2 quick release clamp.

Three bubble levels help with setting up the camera straight in both portrait and landscape formats.

Travel Friendly
Unlike most 3-way heads, this one is designed to pack neatly between the legs of a reverse-folding travel tripod.

At a glance
3-way tripod head
Fluid pan and tilt movements
720g weight
6kg rated load

Mercedes C-Class W206

Mercedes C-Class W206

Mercedes C-Class W206

Mercedes C-Class W206

New Mercedes C-Class W206 Expands the Comfort Zone

The all-new New Mercedes C-Class W206 has been revealed and it brings new-age Benz styling to the sport-luxury sedan segment

The new w206 Mercedes c-class is larger, curvier, smarter, and more electrified than ever. New styling, many new features, and an enhanced user interface are on offer. At launch, there are three petrol and two diesel powertrains, all fourcylinder, turbocharged units with EQ Boost and they will be followed by plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel models as well as an allnew four-cylinder AMG model. That’s right. The new Mercedes C-Class will have only
four-cylinder units and nine-speed autos across the range.

But, first, the design. Now reminiscent of the new S-Class, the new C-Class grille sees a large star at the centre, a new set of narrow-eyed Multibeam Led projector headlights with one LED bar accent, and the new outward and forward-sweeping taillights, complementing the flowing appearance with a sweeping shoulder-line.

The curved roof-line lends it a sporty stance while liberating occupant room. Overall, it’s 65 millimetres longer with a 25-mm longer wheelbase, 10 mm wider, a bit lower, and offers a 455-litre boot, complete with a powered boot-lid. Inside, there’s a large 10.25-inch or a full S-Class-like 12.3-inch MBUX that gives access to all vehicle functions, joined by a large centre touchscreen, 9.5-inch standard or an optional 11.9-inch unit. There’s more evident ambient lighting in the trim outline, air vents, dash, and door-panels. Optional features include four-zone climate control and heated rear seats. Safety-wise, there’s lane-keep assist, collision mitigation, and a parking camera, with dynamics aided by optional rear-wheel steering.

The engine choice includes a four-pot spread and all units — at launch, three petrols and two diesels — are electrified with a 48-volt electrical system. The petrols are the C 180, C 200, and C 300. The first two use a 1.5-litre unit while the C 300 packs the M254-series 2.0-litre unit. The two diesels, the C 220 d and C 300 d, both use the updated “OM654 M” now displacing 1,992 cc with higher output.

The biggest change is the secondgeneration integrated starter/generator (ISG), aka EQ Boost, that now adds up to 15 kW (20 hp) and 200 Nm and also allows for a glide function for further fuel-saving when coasting. Another innovation, with help from the AMG F1 team, is the segment charger
with a flow connection — an advancement of twin-scroll technology for a quicker response.

The C 180 now makes 170 hp and 250 Nm. The C 200 has 204 hp and 300 Nm and is available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The C 300 makes 258 hp and 400 Nm and is also available with 4MATIC. The new C 220 d produces 200 hp and 440 Nm. The C 300 d makes 265 hp and 550 Nm. Both diesels are
only rear-wheel driven as of now.

In the future, there will be EQ Power plugin hybrid models in both petrol and diesel. The e-motor is upgraded to a 95-kW unit good for 129 hp and 440 Nm. A larger 25.4-kWh battery pack offers a range of more than 100 kilometres. Expect startling efficiency. On the flip side, there will be a new AMG model with four cylinders and 9G-MCT with 4MATIC+. An AMG C 45 with the M139 and 421 hp? Surely, much more.

The outgoing C 63 makes 476 hp and the C 63 S has 510. There’s buzz about a 500+hp hybridized version with F1-style multiple motor assist — all vier-zylinder electrified

Moza Mini MX

Moza Mini MX

Moza Mini MX

Moza Mini MX - Handy Gimbal

₹ 6,600.00

Moza Mini MX gimbal bundles a myriad of useful features in a foldable and affordable package.

The Mini MX is a relatively new smartphone gimbal that offers three-axis stabilisation and is a brainchild of Gudsen and branded under Moza, who also have a range of other stabilising tools, accessories, and state-of-the-art rigs for cinematographers.

The Mini MX provides a host of features and unique traits which makes it one of the most notable and desirable smartphone gimbals at a very affordable price. The Moza Mini MX comes folded in its compact design, along with a Type-C charging cable, a tripod, user manual, and a pouch to carry it all. The foldability of the Mini MX is a feature that is of great help for today’s creators, especially for people who like to go off on adventures and need space for
plenty of other things in their backpacks and gear bags.

The grip can be rotated 180-degrees and unfolds in just two clicks. The gimbal is made of plastic from top to bottom. The body is solid and durable and provides a premium feel through its smooth finish. The gimbal supports a payload of up to 280g which means that it is sturdy enough to carry most
smartphones. For this review, we used the Google Pixel 4a which weighs under 150g.

Surprisingly, the tripod thread is not provided below the grip, as one would expect, but at the base of the expanded interface. What we like about this feature is that it not only gives the user an easy access to the control panel but, when in motion, the tripod can also be used as a second grip, which
brings in an extra element of stabilisation.

The control panel is integrated at the front on the top of the grip for convenient operation with the thumb, while the trigger at the rear of the grip, can be easily operated with the index finger. The control panel houses the power/record button, a joystick, and the zoom buttons. The trigger serves
several functions.

One other key feature that we liked was how easily the smartphone can be re-adjusted between portrait and landscape orientations by just triple-tapping the power/record button. The joystick can be frustrating to use at first but with a little experimentation, its response speed can be adjusted.
The Moza Genie App offers a very wide range of useful functions and hence could appear cluttered at first. The app lets the user switch between ‘Auto’ and ‘Pro’ modes of shooting. The Pro mode allows you to adjust the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and the lens used. Separate focus and exposure reticles are also made available in the ‘Pro’ mode.

‘Gesture Control’, which can be used to start and end recordings, works perfectly and saves a lot of time, battery, effort, and storage space when you are recording yourself. We also liked the exposure lock option which ensures that frames are well-balanced and not fluctuating between different exposure levels.

The app’s interface easily allows to track a particular object by swiping and creating a square around it. The range of shooting modes are also well-elaborated on the app: from normal photo and video modes to slow motion, time-lapse and ‘Trajectory Delay’ modes – the last of which is essentially an advanced time-lapse mode with a range of customisable settings like interval time, shooting time, and the ability to program one or more camera movements through adding ‘path points’. The result: a smooth moving time-lapse video. There is a ‘spirit-level’ option which tells us if the smartphone/gimbal is perfectly horizontal or not. These do come in handy quite often.

The Magic Mode – which can be started through the ‘M’ button on the app’s interface – hosts a range of video-shooting presets that give you tasks to complete and results in an automatically-rendered video complete with some nice music.

Edge Tab Screen Shot 1

Move your tabs down the left in new version of Edge

You can now move your browser tabs in Edge from the top to the left-hand side, which Microsoft says makes it easier to find and switch between them.

The feature, called ‘Vertical tabs’, is part of Edge 89, launched on 4 March. To try it, first make sure your browser has been updated to version 89. Click the three horizontal dots top right, followed by ‘Help and feedback’ at the bottom, then click About Microsoft Edge.

The browser will then automatically check for updates. If you’re updated to 89 or higher, you’re ready to use vertical tabs. You’ll see a new icon at the top left of Edge (see screenshot 1).

Edge Tab Screen Shot 1

Click this and the tabs you’ve got open will appear in a vertical menu down the left-hand side (see screenshot 2).

You can click these to switch between them as you would using tabs along the top of your browser.

Edge 89 also contains a new-look History menu. Press Ctrl+H and your history will now appear as a menu on the right, rather than taking up a full page in Settings.

It means you can easily search your history and switch to a previously visited site.

Read Microsoft’s blog for more changes to Edge here.