Tech

Techno Geek (Feb’17)

1. LAMBORGHINI X IXOOST ESAVOX SPEAKERDOCK

Lamborghini X Ixoost Esavox Speakerdock

If you want to build a monstrously-loud hi-fi, why not take your inspiration from a monstrously loud supercar? Clearly aimed at those with a passion for raging bulls, this handcrafted wireless speaker dock features an original Lamborghini exhaust system set into a carbon fibre monocoque chassis. While audiophiles may scoff at the outre design, it’s much more than just a testosterone-fuelled Italian folly. Makers iXoost promise a ‘full immersion sound experience’ that replicates the thrill of getting behind the wheel of an extreme car.” So the pipes, for instance, feature a variable valve opening to manage the subwoofer pressure, while the carbon fibre chassis and passive shock absorbers dampen unwanted vibrations. As well as 24-bit digital processing, two amplifiers delivering a combined 800 watts constitute the driving force. Bluetooth 4.0 technology ensures a high-fidelity wireless streaming without too many drop-outs. Portable? Not exactly – it weighs 53kg.

£19,500; ixoost.it

2. REMARKABLE E-READER

reMarkable E-Reader

When it comes to note-taking or sketching, most of us reach for pen and paper rather than an iPad. But this wondrous new e-ink tablet aims to break that habit. It has a ground-breaking 10.3-inch ‘CANVAS’ display that looks and behaves exactly like real paper. Textured rather than glassy-smooth, it delivers just the right amount of surface friction. It’s truly amazing – close your eyes and it really does feel like a Moleskine sketchbook. The digital pen is fantastic, too, delivering fast, precise strokes of crisp black e-ink. Users can back up their sketches to the company’s cloud service while the battery life promises ‘several days of use’. So are paper’s days officially numbered? Well, sort of. Paper does have one ace up its sleeve: it doesn’t break when you drop it.

£305; getremarkable.com

3. BEAM LABS BEAM PROJECTOR

The Beam is an LED light bulb with a difference, as it also functions as a projector. Designed by an ingenious LA tech start-up, it screws into any E27 light fitting. But when paired with a smartphone app, the Beam’s 100-lumens laser projects the screen of a phone onto any flat surface. Thus, users can project their favourite Instagram feed onto the bedroom floor, cook along to a YouTube recipe video projected onto a marble kitchen worktop or leave video messages for visitors on the hallway floor. It’s quite a party trick. What’s more, the Beam has a smart Android-powered computer built in. That means you can teach it to automatically play Netflix when you get home or the weather forecast when you get up in the morning.

£426; beamlabsinc.com

4. B&O PLAY H9 HEADPHONES

B&o Play H9 Headphones

Bose’s excellent noise-cancelling headphones are worn by many a business class passenger. But up in first class, you’re more likely to spot these plush new Bang & Olufsen cans. They feature all the wireless connectivity and noise-cancelling wizardry you’d expect, wrapped in a luxurious design that incorporates the finest materials, including a cowhide leather headband and meltingly-soft lambskin ear cups. The over-ear fit is perfect, while touch controls allow the wearer to skip songs or take calls with a quick swipe. Battery life is excellent, too: a three hour charge delivers 14 hours of playback in noise-cancelling mode. You can even personalise the listening experience via an app, choosing audio modes such as ‘commute’ and ‘workout’ to suit your environment. Sadly there’s no ‘crying baby’ mode as of yet…

£449; beoplay.com

5. COCOA MOTORS WALKCAR

Cocoa Motors Walkcar

If you’ve noticed the number of grown men riding to work on tiny ‘hoverboards’ then you’ll know that personal transport is poised to become one of the biggest tech trends of the year. Segway has recently announced its Ninebot One S1, a single wheel self-balancing scooter, while the Japanese have come up with the world’s first ‘car-in-a-bag’. Arguably the most stylish and understated ‘hoverboard’, the WalkCar is a laptop-sized aluminium platform on castors that fits easily into a small rucksack. Step onto this posh electric skateboard and it will automatically glide off at a stately 6.2mph. To steer, simply shift your weight from side to side. It should prove ideal for navigating cities, although Waitrose might not be too happy to see you weaving up and down the meat aisle like Professor Calculus. The Japanese inventor says he dreamed up the design after losing out on a parking space in Tokyo. First world problems, eh…

£1,030; cocoamotors.com

About the author

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey is a journalist and author who has been writing about technology for over eight years. The former commissioning editor of T3, he’s now contributing technology editor at ShortList magazine.

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