PC Advisor talks to Suzi Perry, the Ideal Home Show’s ‘queen of gadgets’.
PCA: What’s your option on 3D?
SP: I’ve never got totally absorbed in the whole 3D thing. I’ve now sort of accepted it’s good to have a 3D ready TV. PCA: On occasion it’s nice to have it available. SP: Yeah, and it does suit some movies and it seems to me that it suits a lot of animated films. Some sport maybe but I’d rather go and see the sport in 3D, it’s kind of weird isn’t it? I don’t know whether it’s just me being slow on the uptake. I used to think 3D was like tuberculosis, it came round like every 20 years. But it seems like it’s here to stay now and it seems as though it’s been well embraced and people like it. There’s 3D everything. I think we’re a bit over 3D now.
PCA: What kit can’t you wait to get your hands on?
SP: I might be really boring and say home stuff because I’m doing my house up this year and I can get quite excited about fridges and induction hobs and things like that. PCA: Like internet connected fridges? SP: Not sure about the internet connected fridge, it’s a little bit ahead of what I need but I certainly like the fact it can be all different temperatures and I love all that.
PCA: What's the worst gadget you’ve seen or reviewed?
SP: What about the Amstrad emailer? I once reviewed a pair of flip flops that had a reservoir in them for liquid so you could take a drink out and walk on it all day and then pick up your shoe, unscrew it and drink out of it. PCA: Like a weird Camelbak? SP: Yes, like what have you walked on in the day that you’re drinking. That’s one that I don’t think they’re ever going to sell. A cat toilet, train a cat to go to the toilet on your toilet, really strange.
PCA: What task or function do you wish your phone/tablet could do that it can’t?
SP: That’s a good question, one which I don’t really have an answer to. PCA: It could be something ludicrous. SP: Well I wouldn’t mind the voice recognition being better. Obviously Siri was introduced in the last iPhone but it’s still quite American based and I think there’s definitely a future for it. I would like to just grab it and just shout at it and then throw it down and it would do what I wanted it to do instead of saying there’s no business in the UK. PCA: What about something like washing up? Or drive your car? SP: No, I love driving cars. I would like it to clean my house. We’re never going to have a gadget that cleans your whole house, you can’t beat a cleaner can you?
PCA: Apple says we’re in a post-PC era. Do you think tablets will replace PCs or laptops?
SP: I think, as we stand at the moment, that’s some way off. I think that’s an Apple line. I think people love the tablet market but I still think people still embrace the laptops and PCs and quite like to have that safe home computer, you know, that’s not in a bag and could get bashed about. So I think we’re some way off that.
PCA: Have you got a new iPad?
SP: I might have (laughs). PCA: I’ll take that as a yes, which model? SP: I’m getting it on Tuesday. I’m getting the all singing all dancing, there’s no point, 64GB full-on [4G].
PCA: What gadget do you wish you’d invented?
SP: That one? [new iPad] No, let me go back and be more serious. I wish I’d invented either the radio or the television because they are the two Gods of gadget creation as far as I’m concerned, or the electric kettle which was launched here at the ideal home show in 1930.