Stuff for Students


The Wessex Scene explores some of the best gadgets on offer that can make student life just a little bit easier.

1) Innex ElectroHUB: the device that charges all of your gadgets at once … wirelessly – good for when you lose your phone/iPod/laptop charger A wireless charger that lets you charge up to half a dozen electronic gadgets at once. You plug ElectroHub into the wall, place up to six devices on the 6-by-9-inch surface and wait for them to charge. The hub works with everything from mobile phones to iPads to game controllers and provides a full charge in around 4 hours. The device is made by an American company and has yet to be released but will cost $39 online, including a set of ElectroHUB batteries (additional batteries cost $10 per set). The device is set to launch later this year. For more information, visit





2) Personal Alarm with Door Protect – for personal security or for playing a prank on a housemate Easy to operate, the little gadget can be used as a personal attack alarm, or as an object protector. If your door is opened a painfully loud 130db alarm is emitted which cannot be ignored. You could even put it on your laptop to protect from Facebook rape. Supplied with battery. Costs £15.99

3) Solar powered rucksack – to charge your gadgets whilst on the walk to Uni Charge your mobile phone, laptop, iPod, pretty much all of your hand-held necessities while travelling. Just sit out in the sun or charge while you’re walking to university and back. The solar panels on this rucksack are tough, lightweight and waterproof. It produces 4 watts of energy, meaning 1 hour in the sun will power 3 hours of iPod time or 1 and a half hours mobile usage. Prices are not exactly student budget friendly but it could be a good investment at £65.

4) Sea to Summit Pocket Shower – for when the shower breaks (which it definitely will at some point) Basically, a waterproof container that can hold up to ten litres of water. The black fabric will (given a sunny day) warm the water up in no time. You just string it up to a tree and open up the attached shower head. You can then enjoy a seven minute shower, and it packs up into a neat small package. Just don’t do it in the middle of campus if you want to avoid funny looks.

Camera Sunglasses – good for sunny days when you forget your camera Instantly capture or upload photos with the built-in camera and then display the image on the glasses’ LCD screens for others to see. The sunglasses contain a camera and 1.5-inch organic light-emitting diode screens that can take and display images and video as well as store them on a chip in the earpiece of the glasses, which you can then transfer onto a computer via USB.


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