Homedics iCush

What do you get the geek who has everything this Christmas? The iCush must surely be near the pinnacle of pretentious technology buys available right now, but that’s not to say it’s not fun.

It’s not just for geeks, either, no matter how much it looks like it. Suitable for anyone who watches movies, plays console games or listens to music on an mp3 player, the iCush is a chair cover you strap to your favourite seat in the house that massages you while you enjoy the full sensory experience of your media.

It’s a muted grey colour that’s unlikely to match with any lounge room, but will certainly be a talking point. After plugging the chair into power, you’re ready to go. Use the handheld controller to select from three massaging programs and three different strengths and you’ll be hooked. Because no matter how nerdy it is to have one, you can comfortably defy any family member or friend to sit in it and not want to stay there.

But the massager is only half the experience. Plug your iPod into the connector and enjoy the music through the speakers that swing out from the iCush’s body beside your head. If you prefer to keep it private you can swap the volume control cable for one with a headphone jack.

But hit Auto Sync on the controller and the massage points dance across your back and neck in time to the music. It’s disconcerting for a second but soon feels quite natural, almost making you forget both senses are controlled by the one piece of machinery.

And it doesn’t stop at music. With the provided cables, you can hook the iCush up to your DVD player or games console so it syncs with the sound from your movie or game play. It’s not nearly as effective during a film, as the massagers kick in upon every sound raised. In a quiet movie it can be virtually silent, and being massaged in the midst of a loud onscreen argument soon becomes off-putting.

Where the feature is more welcome is when you crash, shoot, kick, explode or run your way through your favourite games. The connectors are universal so the iCush will relay the sound from any device with the standard configuration of one video and two audio ports, which all the major games consoles have.

Being all shook up while you play games can be a completely different experience to a relaxing massage to some chill-out music, so the iCush is bound to attract a following with media geeks from all walks of life.

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