This summer’s round-up of gadgets and other items is chock full of inspiration and innovation guaranteed to intrigue, fascinate and surprise you. As the American astrophyscist Neil deGrasse Tyson wrote, “Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.” So here’s to summer dreaming!
MWE LAB EMPEROR 200
The MWE Lab Emperor 200 is the ultimate workstation—a powerful piece of tech which looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Dreamed up by web designer Martin Carpentier, this workstation combines a range of features such as an adjustable footrest, builtin sound system, and an embedded computer system powered by Windows, a 10-inch touch screen, and the ability to control the adjustable features of the station.
Israeli startup Sirin Labs aims to introduce a new phone unlike anything we have ever seen before. Incorporating some of the most innovative examples of “tomorrow’s technology”, the mysterious $15,000 phone is called “Solarin” and is due to launch in May. The company has explained that their main goals for the project are “quality, technology, and privacy” but beyond that, very little information has been revealed.
DJI INSPIRE I PRO
Cheap drones are becoming increasingly popular because they allow everyone to create videos shot from high in the sky, but if you’re serious about creating quality footage, you should consider investing in the DJI Inspire I Pro. Capable of flying at a height of over 4,500 m, and at speeds of up to 80 kmph even in sub-zero temperatures, this incredible gadget captures high-definition videos with its 16-megapixel camera and Zenmuse X5 Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera so that you never have to compromise the quality of your shot.
Continuing the battle for the world’s thinnest laptop, HP’s “Spectre” is a tiny 10.4 mm thick and weighs only 2.45 pounds. With a name that subtly hints at the laptop’s quality through Rolls-Royce-esque branding, this notebook comes with a beautiful copper finish, an edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass screen, glass trackpad, and backlit keyboard, making this the ultimate luxury laptop of the moment.
Soon after the announcement of Apple Pay, Samsung also announced their own payment service, bringing us one step closer to organising ourselves entirely through the use of our mobiles. This service allows users to leave their bank cards at home and simply swipe their Samsung phone to pay with the most recently used credit or debit card, authorising with a quick fingerprint scan.
1.05 ELECTRIC LONGBOARD
Traffic jams will never bother you again with the Audi Connected Mobility Concept, set to debut in Auto China 2016. The Concept’s most intriguing idea? A special longboard hidden in a drawer under the car’s rear bumper, allowing you to go where your car can’t. If traffic is simply too busy for the car, it will find you somewhere to park safely and allow you to complete your journey on the electric longboard, which has a 12km range and can reach speeds of up to 29km/h. Best of all, if you’re not confident on a skateboard, the longboard has handlebars which can be raised to convert it into a scooter. What will they think of next?