TV3’s popular tech show ‘The Gadget Buzz’, a Beuemx#Connects production, is back and this year Dr Fionnuala Conway joins presenter Joe Donnelly as he journeys across, Ireland, the UK and Europe looking at the tech that’s changing our lives.
In addition to road-testing the latest futuristic gadgets, some of the areas featured by ‘The Gadget Buzz’ team in this year’s series include Myo technology, crowd funding superstar & ‘Extreme Fliers’ founder Vernon Kerswell, and ‘Triax’; a technology monitoring system for concussion in sport.
‘The Gadget Buzz’ starts Friday 1st April at 8.30pm on TV3.
The Gadget Buzz was the first of its kind for Irish TV. The very first dedicated gadget focussed program on terrestrial TV went on air in a prime-time slot, 7:30pm on September 18th. The four tech-savvy reporters Laura Wood, Joe Donnelly, Keith Nolan and Georgie Gavin previewed and reviewed the latest gadgets and technology on the market, reported on the latest technology news and covered a number of featured topics over the 10 week run.
World-renowned wearable tech company Machina covered in a wearable special and presenter Laura Wood went to look at tablet usage at St Aidan’s school in Enniscorthy as part of an depth feature on technology in education, which saw the Minister for Skills, Damien English being interviewed on the same program and an in-depth discussion with teacher Lara Dabbagh of Claregalway College who told viewers how her new school had no books. None. A true 21st century school, all of their curriculum materials were digital. The Gadget Buzz was produced by Beaumex who partnered with Harvey Norman and Carphone Warehouse and a number of other technology and lifestyle brands who were keen to be a part of something fresh and different for Irish television.Viewer figures grew steadily through active online, press and other media promotion and final numbers for total audience reach was just over 1.8 million viewers. Currently series two is in pre-production and will air in the autumn in a new prime-time slot, additional commercial partners and a revised look – the jaw dropping tech is staying though!
The Gadget Buzz’s Andy O’Donoghue joined Martin King & Lucy Kennedy on the Seven O’Clock Show to look at the best of Kickstarter. A localised Kickstarter launched in Ireland in September so Irish residents can now create and have projects funded by a global audience.
Andy showed Martin and Lucy some of the Kickstarter projects that caught his eye, from the brilliantly way-out-there WiFi frying pan Pantelligent, Kano the breakthrough computer kit that kids build themselves to Irish Kickstarter star Lumafit, the fitness tracker with medical grade heart monitoring
The Seven O’Clock Show goes out nightly on TV3 at 7pm.
Wearable is more, much more than just counting your steps. On this week’s Gadget Buzz segment on TV3 we looked at three elements of how technology is helping you to keep track, and stay in shape.
The HappiFork caused a stir when it made it’s appearance at CES but it’s no longer just a novelty device with research showing that it leads to changes in habit that make a real difference.
The Withings Smart scales continues teh theme with body fat analysis, weight and BMI measurement and – it recognises which member of the family is standing on it, all while keeping an eye, or a sensor on the C02 levels in the room.
And David tries out the best looking smart-watch on the market – the Motorola Moto 360. But this isn’t just another smart-watch; firstly it looks fantastic, but as well as tracking your activity and calorie burn it also keeps an eye on your heart rate and provides a weekly overview supplemented with advice and reports from the Moto Body service.
The April 8th edition of the The Seven O’Clock show in TV3 and the Gadget Buzz segment created a a stir as David Atkinson chatted with Martin King and Lucy Kennedy about Kitchen Tech & Gadgets.
David looked at the The De’Longhi Multifry with it’s recipe App for Android – how traditional cooking meets connected world and how do you get great sounds in the kitchen, without wires? That’d be the Ultimate Ears Boom Bluetooth Speaker.
But the tech stars of the show were the Drop Connected Scales and The Nutribullet. We gave away one of each on the show, with the Nutribullet competition alone getting over 4,000 interactions on the Seven O’Clock Show’s FaceBook page.
Drop is an Irish product that’s become a global success; a weighing scales that connects to your iPad with measurements and feedback display on the iPad as you prepare and cook one of the hundreds of recipes available in the Drop recipe book.
The Nutribullet is a global phenomenon, 10 million people use these startling pieces of tech to make healthy, positive changes to their lives – so we headed off to TV3 with bags of ‘juicable’ fruit (and yes, some kale) – there was a great reaction to the segment, but the online response for the competition was amazing – with over 4,000 Shares & Likes within a few hours, as people tried to get their hands on one of these coveted gadgets.
This week’s show had a reach of 105,000 people and with a remarkable response online for the social based competitions, it’s obvious tech, is well and truly in the kitchen to stay.
We’re keen on connecting everything; not just us, but as a society and the Internet of Things is slowly bringing connectedness to everything from the interior and engines of our cars to our light-bulbs and switches and on to our central heating and the controls that make our homes cosier, and safer.
In last Friday’s Gadget Buzz segment on TV3’s Seven O’Clock Show, David Atkinson explained the concept of the Connected Home to Lucy and Martin, and discussed Nest’s Smart Thermostat, while George McMahon and Bobby Kerr got their hands on the D-Link Smart Home Products and a viewer won a D-Link Connected Home starter kit.
On last Friday’s Gadget Buzz segment on TV3′s The Seven O’Clock Show, David Atkinson joined Lucy Kennedy and Martin for the usual Gadget Buzz round-up.
Smart-watches, and smarter TV
This week, in light of Apple’s Watch announcement, we looked at what’s currently available in the wearable and smart-watch sector: the LG G Watch for Android and the Martian Passport, an iOS and Android compatible notification watch. But if you like teh idea of being connected with a wearable device, but without the price-tag of a smart-watch, maybe the a fitness and sleep tracker is an easy entry into the digital lifestyle, so we looked at teh FitBug Orb.
In February TV3 moved their flagship afternoon show Late Lunch Live to a prime-time evening slot, 7pm, Monday to Friday, hosted by Lucy Kennedy and Martin King.
“Creating a live interactive Irish show in peak is something that is long overdue. The 7–8pm hour is a time of day where people are unwinding after their day’s work, and we’ll have the perfect combination of chat and laughter that will ease them into their evening.” – Victoria Quinn, TV3 group head of daytime
As part of the new format each Friday, David Atkinson sits down with Martin and Lucy, and talks about tech, gadgets and what’s happening online. The Gadget Buzz segment on The 7 O’Clock Show has already covered smart watches, Fitness Trackers and a host of useful gadgets for the home, or the back pocket and coming up on March 20th, the Connected Home.