Techno Geek (May ’17)

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45


Building on the success of the first generation model, Tag Heuer’s Connected Modular 45 smartwatch combines analog Swiss engineering with Silicon Valley’s finest wearable wizardry. Water resistant to 50m and equipped with GPS, it’s ideal for both the backcountry and the boardroom. As well as an upgraded 1.4-inch AMOLED colour screen with Google’s Android Wear 2.0 OS, the watch has a unique modular design that can be personalised using Tag Heuer’s online configurator.

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch

The endless choice of watch straps (from rose gold to rubber), durable ceramic bezels and titanium buckles means that there are 4,000 possible ways to configure the watch. When you’re not battling mother nature, you can download apps such as Uber and TripAdvisor, track your share portfolio or bark orders at Google’s voice assistant. Not keen on smartwatches? Tag Heuer will sell you a mechanical module that can be fitted to your existing straps and lugs.

Price: From £1,400;

Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations


Rover Discovery will swiftly prove itself superior to casual off-road vehicles. Even the standard model comes with a raft of all-terrain, touchscreen-controlled tech such as wading ability, electronic air suspension and off-road cruise control. Still, if you’re planning to venture into the world’s most extreme environments, it’s best to give Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations a call. The elite mechanics can build you a tailor-made exploration vehicle suited to any exotic expedition. This Advanced Command Vehicle is a perfect example. Designed for mountain rescue teams, it features a roof-mounted drone deployment system with magnetic technology that allows the drone to land while the vehicle is moving. From bespoke storage spaces for wreck diving equipment to monster truck-sized jungle tyres, the Special Vehicle Operations team will oblige. Well, provided you’re willing to write them a blank cheque…

Price: £POA;

Biolite Campstove 2 USB Wood Burning Stove


If you haven’t seen a BioLite CampStove before, you’re in for a treat. A huge hit with explorers, campers and festival-goers, this portable thermoelectric wood-burning stove converts fire into electricity. To charge your phone, simply connect it to the stove’s USB port while you brew up a tea over the flames. The new 2017 version – CampStove 2 – features a couple of nice upgrades. It now generates twice the amount of electricity from the same amount of fire, and has an on-board storage battery that allows users to continue charging their devices even after the fire has died down. Thanks to four tiny built-in fans, the fire gets going in minutes; all you need is a ball of paper and some twigs or pine cones. Well, in theory. If you’re not quite in Bear Grylls’ league it’s probably a good idea to pack a box of barbecue firelighters to be on the safe side.

Price: £150;


Cinch Led Pop-up Tent


Dogs are man’s best friend. Unless it’s raining and you’re lost in the wilderness. In which case the Cinch – ‘Earth’s most advanced pop-up tent’ – will quickly become your new best buddy. It can be erected in the time it takes to crack open a beer; simply remove it from the disc-shaped rucksack and, boom, it explodes into a state-of-the art dome-shaped dwelling made from fully waterproof 4000HH fabric. Designed for campers, by campers, it’s luxurious, roomy and enhanced with some fantastic tech including an optional solar battery pack to charge mobile devices. It even comes with four light-up LED tent pegs and light-reflective guy ropes, to prevent you from tripping over when nature calls at night. The Cinch is available this summer in two, three and four-man sizes, each of which is the largest in its class.

Price: From £215;

Horizn Studios Cabin Model M Smart Suitcase


If you’re embarking on a smarter kind of adventure – such as training as a ninja in Tokyo or touring Iceland’s luxurious volcanic springs – we can highly recommend this smart suitcase. Beautifully engineered by Horizn Studios – a new luggage brand that recently wowed the crowds at London Fashion Week – the Cabin Model M carry-on trolley combines tech enhanced features with on-trend Vacchetta leather detailing. The basics are done well, with a removable laundry bag, silent 360° spinner wheels and space-efficient compartments included. There’s also two USB ports and a battery pack, allowing travellers to charge mobile devices on the go. Upgrade to the optional GPS tracking and you’ll even be able to track the location of your underwear via a mobile app. The case even comes with access to Horizn Studios’ travel concierge app, which automatically recommends cool local bars when you touch down in a new city.

Price: £260;

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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