Following on from our Part 1 of Trader Gadgets, we present you with even more cool bits of tech that traders would enjoy getting their hands on. From electric to levitating tech, have a read below...
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The Micro Merlin - Electric Scooter
After a recent trip to the Nordic country of Finland, we noticed the abundance of electric scooters scattered across the city of Helsinki. Although we've seen them in places like Lisbon, Copenhagen and other European capitals, our first experience wasn't until we gave them a go in the Finnish capital. And actually they were a very quick, fun and relatively cheap way to zoom across the city for short distances.
After a few trips within the city, it gave birth to the idea of using one to commute or even use to pop down the local shops. Run out of milk? No problem you'll be there and back in five minutes on one of these 'Merlins' with a max speed of 15 mph. Even if you want to make longer trips, the Micro Merlin has a range of 15 miles before needing to be re-charged, and even then it takes only three hours to get it back up to full power, plenty of time during the day to replenish its battery if you're going to use it to commute.
The Merlin is also one of the more sophisticated scooters out there, it has a regenerative braking system which transfers energy back into the battery. Combine this with three different energy saving battery modes, you can get quite a lot out of this little scooter. This version is also foldable and at only 11kg can easily be carried onto a train or tube.
As the age of electric scooters is still just getting going, it comes with a price tag of £799.95, which seems quite a hefty one, but compare it to its even lighter (8kg) and faster charging older brother, the Falcon, at just shy of £1,000, it doesn't seem as bad...
It is to be noted that there are a number of other makes and models currently on the market and you can get yourself a cheaper one for around the £200 mark.
An adult and lazier version of the little micro scooters we had as a kid, it could just be a cool gadget to play around with or maybe a more fun way to get to work instead of walking. Worth noting though, that although you see people riding their own electric scooters in the UK, the Department of Transport haven't made them fully legal yet, so do get advice from the selling retailer if you purchase one.
Get on at micro-scooters.co.uk
ioSafe Rugged Portable SSD
Ever accidentally left a USB with all your files on in your jeans that then went through the wash, or dropped one and someone stood on it? Well even if you don't have backups (which you probably should), then this new soon to be released 'Rugged Portable SSD' by ioSafe will help protect you from the majority of events that could destroy your saved digital content.
In their own words it’s "like an aircraft black box but for mobile data". This portable SSD storage device gives you 'extreme protection for extreme environments' with 500GB & 1TB capacity models.
ioSafe claim they've made a portable storage device that can withstand just about anything. The device is crush resistant to 2,500 lbs, you can leave it submerged in fresh or salt water to up to three days at a depth of 30 feet, and even leave it immersed in diesel fuel, oils and other fuels for an hour without it losing its integrity. To top that all off, it can operate up to heights of 30,000 ft and is shock resistant of drops of 10 ft onto hard surfaces.
Interestingly, although it’s not rated as 'bullet proof', ioSafe did take it down to a shooting range and peppered one with a 12 gauge shotgun, albeit at a slight distance. There were marks on the hard drive but the data was all safe and sound.
The price is TBC but initial prices seem to be between $1,200-$1,900 depending on the aluminium or titanium casing. Turns out it costs to protect your trading edge. There are, of course, other cheaper tough storage devices on the market.
Dropping into conversations that you have a bullet proof hard drive will definitely pique people’s interest if nothing else. But if you're going to be storing backups of all your back testing data, trading journal and trading strategies then having a rugged device to store it all on is definitely a must-have, especially if you're a trading nomad.
Get one from iosafe.com
Bose SoundWear Companion
Fancy listening to music but still being aware of your surroundings? Don't want to wear headphones for hours on end? These are probably the questions Bose tried to answer when they created their 'Soundware Companion'. These 'wearable' speakers wrap comfortably around your neck and shoulders to provide the user an experience of immersive sound. Bose used two of what they call 'waveguides' to pump out what they say other wearable speakers don't - deep, rich sound. To be able to achieve this type of sound the 'waveguide' technology pushes air through the two 28 cm waveguides in the neck band to ports on opposite ends.
The speakers within the band are pointed upwards towards your ears which maximises the sound for you whilst minimising it for others. Although this gives you a little less privacy as traditional headphones, it has the advantage of being able to hear your surroundings. With its voice controls you can really be hands free whilst you go about your daily work, walking the dog (it’s also rain proof) to cooking a meal and listen to your favourite songs, podcasts or even take calls, all within a handy app.
Looks-wise, it's not bulky and it's almost fashionable looking, with interchangeable covers. Online the majority of reviews give it a favourable rating; the sound quality and experience given by these speakers were a pleasant surprise to those who bought it. The headphones will play up to 12 hours and what’s more impressive is a quick 15 minute charge gives you up to two hours’ worth of listening time.
If you're into your wearable tech and demand high quality sound from your headphones then the price tag of £260 would be worth it.
For those traders who enjoy listening to music or podcasts whilst in the trading zone but don't want to be 'plugged in' for hours with in-ear type headphones that can start to irritate after long periods.
Get one from bose.co.uk
Samsung 49” Curved Monitor
When it comes to screen real estate, traders are known for wanting and then setting up multiple monitors to build up as many screens as possible for all their charts, analysis and trading. Samsung have seemed to have answered every trader's prayers with their 49” CHG90 ultra wide display.
The massive 3,840 x 1,080 resolution curved screen was created to provide a more immersive feel for gaming which means it’s more than capable of sucking any trader into their charts. Samsung have even provided users with the easy ability to partition your various windows with countless setups so you can have charts, your broker, forums and trading journal open all at the same time.
You can pick up one of these immense screens up for around £800, which seems a lot but when looking at competitor options such as the LG LG38UC99 (which is only 38”) which comes in at c. £1,000, it seems like a great deal.
The trader interest is obvious, who wouldn’t want a screen which curves in ultra high definition? Plus if you’re a gamer then you can utilise the screens full potential as you wait for your trades play out. All you need really is the desk to fit it on…
Get one from samsung.com
Story - Levitating Clock
In Part 1 we looked at the levitating plant pot for your trading desk. From the same company Flyte, comes their revolutionary clock, 'Story'. The clock consists of an ordinary looking wooden base, but add in a little levitating metal sphere and you have yourself a time keeping device.
But it doesn't necessarily have to count the standard time, especially as the names Story eludes too. Using its own individual app, you can customise the 'orbit' of the sphere to count minutes, hours, months and even years. This even includes counting down to those special dates like an anniversary, a birthday or upcoming holidays.
Yes its $799 (c. £640), but it’s a levitating clock....
The cool thing about this gadget is you don't just have to use it to tell the time. Have a marathon coming up? Set a count down to see the remaining number of days until the big race. If it has a deadline then you can use Story to track the time left. This got us thinking, it would be great to hook it up to our trading accounts and keep track of weekly/monthly account percentage gains or link to an open trade with one full clockwise rotation (with green back light) meaning you've hit your target and anti-clockwise (with red back light) to mean you're in the red and approaching your stop.
Or it could just be a cool time keeping device to show off in your office.