To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, tech moves pretty fast – and if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss the chance to own a drone with a 12 megapixel camera which starts hovering when it recognises your face. So keep up with our weekly pick of the best gadgets and tech out right now, whether you're after something simple to make your every day more frictionless or something a bit special. To be specific, the 'something a bit special' is a solid gold phone power bank.
im电竞官网-The chill blade of a slightly too cold razor on your cheek probably isn't one of the most pressing difficulties of life in the 2020s, granted, but it's still something that you can do something about. Gilette's new one comes with a heating bar that gives you the instant sensation that the five blades crossing your face are being immediately followed by a hot towel. It warms up near enough instantly to either 43 or 50 degrees centigrade – your choice, sir – and charges wirelessly on its stand.
im电竞官网-This is an extremely handsome collision between the roaring 2020s and the Renaissance. From this century: Qi-compatible wireless charging. From Elizabeth I: lovely inlaid maquetry in Mondrian-style geometrics, made from sycamore strips on a mahogany base.
Mr Porter, £100
The next rung on the evolutionary ladder between the primordial swamp and Robin Williams in The Bicentennial Man might be here. This ring promises to turn your hand into a smartphone when you connect it to an earpiece – take calls, send messages, use your voice assistant, and all without a screen. The true ring of power.
Even with the best of intentions and enthusiastic of rehydration schedules, at some point your water bottle's going to get That Weird Smell: funky, foisty, slightly fungal. This rechargeable bottle purifies both the bottle and the water in it at the touch of a button, killing 99.9999 per cent of bacteria, and it'll keep cold things cold for up to 24 hours and hot things hot for up to 12.
Sleeping can be tricky at the minute. That's OK. Relax. Breathe. Pop your noise-cancelling headphones on. The silicon's so soft you'll not notice you're wearing them. Let yourself drift off with sleep podcastsim电竞官网- and soundscapes, while brainwave and motion sensors keep track of how snoozy you are and nudge you gently into the land of nod.
You've got a cafetiere, a V60, a smart-grinder, even one of those all-in-one jobs that will do a decent espresso on the go. This is different though: it combines techniques from pour-over, immersion and pressurised brewing, and it can have your coffee ready within a minute. You twist the two handles, the water and grounds get squeezed together, and Bob's your uncle: a very nice puddle of coffee is ready to be ingested.
It's a meltingly warm July afternoon. You're still working from home. Every fibre of your being cries out for a Calippo, a Twister, a 99 flake. But the ice cream man? He's nowhere to be seen. You're doomed to expire, overheated and under-ice creamed. Should've invested in this little maestro, which can do you 12 different types of chilled treats including gelato, sorbet, fro-yo and ice cream, and keep them all perfectly chilled. Play 'Greensleeves' on a Casio keyboard while eating for the full experience.
im电竞官网-You might be irritated by people whizzing past you on electric scooters. Don't. Just get a better one. The ES2 can hit up to 25 kmh, has a range of about 25km, and LED lights at the front and back for extra safety. Don't get mad. Get scooter.
A lot of sports professionals sing the praises of the Theragun – the rapid-movement deep muscle massager designed to aid recovery and relieve tension – but the price and size of the device can prove prohibitive to casual gym-goers. But now we have the Mini – the little but no less beastly brother of the Theragun, featuring three power settings ranging up to a 2,400 percussions per minute. It’s highly transportable and boasts new quieting tech, and while you can’t sync it up to the app, that’s a small concession to make for a big price drop.
In the grand ranking of the least neighbourly pastimes you could take up during lockdown, learning to play the drums is right up there with indoor trampolining and smelting. Senstroke, though, uses sensors hooked up to its app to give you a near-silent way to clonk through 'Use Somebody' repeatedly for four hours. The app comes with lessons for absolute beginners upward.
A sleek new line-up of Sonos speakers are now available to pre-order, and the Arc smart soundbar looks the most exciting. It promises cinema-quality sound, with eight woofers and Dolby Atos – a new technology standard that really amps up the capabilities of surround sound. It’s as stylish and understated as you’d expect a Sonos soundbar to be, too. Elsewhere, the company is introducing the Sonos Sub Gen 3 (a new look with deep bass capabilities) and the Five (ditto, coming in the cheapest at £499). All three devices are available globally from 10 June, and you can .
im电竞官网-Who needs mates when you’ve got a wall? In the sport-less age of social distancing, the weather-proof REBO Wall is an ultra-premium way to keep fit and sharpen your tennis, football and cricket skills. With a high-density sound insulation core made from 70% recycled material, you can shift the astroturf wall’s angle to prepare yourself for any shot and increase your reaction speed with hundreds of drills. It’s also backed by a number of famous tennis trainers who offer private online sessions with the device. Take a look at
Rebo Wall, starting at £9,995
im电竞官网-No, you don't have to wear the glasses when you're trying to drift off. The idea is that these glasses use light therapy to regulate your body's levels melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy. You wear them for 30 minutes a day, and in turn they promise to give you better sleep and more energy, as well as sorting out jet-lag faster.
im电竞官网-Presumably, you have a drill. You look at it sometimes, wondering when it will next taste sweet wood dust in its teeth again. But nothing needs drilling, not right now. You put it away again. Bosch's IXO has been around a while, but its newest iteration can be put to work as a corkscrew, a barbecue lighter, or a salt and pepper mill.
Investing in upgrading your WFH experience is a pretty sensible way to spend your money at the moment. Not only does this lamp come with a wireless charging platform in its base, but you can vary how bright it is using the mobile app or your voice. It'll add a bit more drama to your Zoom catch-ups, at any rate.
The name 'Evolve Stoke' sounds like a drum and bass night in the Potteries, and the skateboard's just as terrifying as that sounds. Powered by a 3000-watt dual motor, it's responsive and nimble to ride, and it's made of eco-friendly bamboo and fibreglass too.
A normal padlock is boring. Practical? Sure. Essential for securing your bits and pieces? Undoubtedly. But a biometric padlock which opens with your thumbprint – buddy, you're basically turning your shed/bike chain/secret stash of Wispas into a secure facility. You're not just locking up your lawnmower/bike/choc. You're a master spy.
This rejig of the original OneStep simplifies things and adds a few tweaks - the viewfinder's easier to use, the flash is more powerful, it's got a self-timer and there's a fresh two-tone paint job - so you're pretty much ready to go straight out of the box. Just add some film and you're away.
Look, we've no idea how the 2020s are likely to go at this point – could be great, could be a bit spicy. Just in case you need something to spot marauding hordes heading toward your bunker from the horizon, get some extremely lightweight, extremely durable, high definition binoculars.
A big city guy like you is obviously inured to the wonders of powerbanks now. Sure, sure. But what about one which fits in your wallet with your other cards and is covered in 20-carat gold? Yeah. Big time.
One from the bulging bald brain of Heston Blumenthalim电竞官网-, this is part pressure cooker, part slow cooker, part robo-chef. Its sensors at both the top and bottom of the cooking chamber adjust the pressure, steam levels and heat to get the most out of all the individual ingredients you're cooking in there.
Being the partner of a snorer is hard. You love them, sure. You also spend three or four hours a night mentally smothering them to death. You could take the prison time as long as you got some rest. If that's you, this gadget could be a literal life-saver. Slap it on your partner's forehead, and it'll detect when they change sleeping position at night to make sure their new one isn't one in which they'll start rattling the windows again. Not dignified, but necessary.
There are absolutely loads of Bluetooth speakers out there, and most of them are hooked up to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. This one's concerned with your privacy though – when you turn it off, by pressing the central speaker bit down into the body of the speaker, it physically disconnects the microphone so Jeff Bezos definitely can't hear you. Plus, it's small but mighty, and its kicky 45-watt speaker really fills a room.
You're an environmentally conscious guy. You hate climate change – bloody hate itim电竞官网-. It. Is. Rubbish. And being the great guy you are, you put up with the fact that your reusable water bottle smells a bit weird some of the time. That's the price you pay for singlehandedly saving Earth. Guys! There's no planet B!
But there is now a plan B for your bottle – this one, which self-cleans and uses UV-C light to purify water of 99.99 per cent of its bacteria and viruses. Just charge it up once a month and you're sorted.
Mr Porter, £118
These Wayfarer-like frames aren't just for preventing your corneas melting when you stare straight into the Sun, oh no. Miniaturised Bose speakers in the arms direct music, podcasts, calls and whatever other noises your phone makes into your ears, while also allowing you to bounce around hearing The Real World.
Get rid of unsightly nobbles and bobbles on your knitwear with this high-grade de-nobbler and de-bobbler, which uses aluminium razor blades to efficiently and safely nip off the offending pulls. Portable, effective, and it'll make your jumpers last twice as long.
Mr Porter, £40
im电竞官网-No matter where you are you'll never, ever, ever have to sup at tepid, substandard coffee ever again with this, which uses either coffee grounds or those little pods to spurt out a top class brew.
im电竞官网-Your hob, with that great whacking blue flame, isn't the best for recipes that require a more sensitive touch. Entire the Anova Nano. Stick it in a pot and it heats the contents in gradations of a 10th of a degree, but up 92C. So now you can sous-vide stuff without having to make space on your counter for a massive water bath.
A little over an inch across, this little fella can be attached to pretty much anything you're likely to leave behind somewhere, then when you inevitably do, will let you track it down again using an app.
The kind of radio which will make visitors do double gun-fingers and say "niiiiiiice" as they walk into your kitchen, then force them to put those fingers in their ears when you assault them with its foundation-shaking bass.
The Galaxy continues to be one of the sleekest smartwatch designs on the market, and the Active2 offers customisable screens and much-improved insights into your fitness and health. It also comes with sleep and meditation programs, which might help you finally kick that early hours Kitchen Nightmare habit and actually get some rest.
You just can’t keep those pesky basil plants alive, can you? Try as you might, you inevitably wake up to a wilting graveyard of tasteless leaves. Well, stop relying on shop-bought pots and invest in this trusty herb-gardening kit, featuring LED grow lights and self-watering mechanics.
This is basically an extremely fancy rework of the Teasmade from the 80s - this one looks like it's been engineered by Nasa and designed by Ikea. Set the alarm, go to sleep, wake up to the smell of freshly brewed tea or coffee.
im电竞官网-You might think that wireless headphones are all much of a muchness. The T5 Ultra Connect proves that you're extremely wrong. They're engineered and made in Britain by a British company for one thing, and for another much more flexible than your average. They come packed with three different filters for all-purpose listening, bass-boost or a bit more treble, as well as three silicone earbuds and three mouldable earbuds. And, most importantly, the sound quality is never less than crisp and punchy, and easily the equal of headphones way above its price point.
Rock Jaw Audio, £74.95
im电竞官网-This 4K HD camera drone can be charged from your laptop or power bank but wins most kudos for its featherweight carbon fibre frame, something that helps it fold down to handheld ‘take anywhere’ size in a few seconds. You get (almost) half an hour of flight time on one charge, it’s great for low-angle shots and it captures video and photos crisply and sharply.
"I don't need a nightlight," you probably think. "I'm a grown man with a car and a job and and a collection of Alexa-enabled devices. This is silly." You are so, so wrong. If you're still up at 2.30am, press the Dodow and it'll cast a flashing blue light in the room. You just time your breathing with the light's pulses over either an eight-minute or 20-minute cycle, gradually slowing down and dropping off.
It's got the looks of a classic black Moleskine notebook, but the notes you jot down with the smart stylus will be sent to your device via Bluetooth so you can share and edit them digitally.
Top end headphones can all seem alike, but these have a few standout flair points. They've got a 12-hour battery life, precision-tooled DualCoil drivers and aptX Bluetooth for high-fidelity sound, and, most interestingly, a choice of three filters to swap in and out of the earbuds which give more control over bass and treble balance.
The days of trusting your precious roast to rules of thumb and half-remembered bits of advice your mum gave you are over. Connect to this thermometer with your phone and monitor how hot things are getting inside your meat. You can set the exact temperature you're aiming at, and the heat-proof wire means you can wang the oven door shut and wander off until the crucial moment.
Learning languages is great. It really is. Understanding other cultures, seeing the grand tapestry of global history knitting together, ordering a couple of ice cold cervezas without stammering and bailing out halfway - brilliant. However, it does take time. Pocketalk can translate into and out of 74 languages without any lag, is simple to use and picks up voices easily with noise-cancelling microphones. It won't stop you nervously mangling Japanese pronunciations though. Sorry.
When you were a kid, what did you think you'd do with your millions of pounds when you grew up and had captained Aldershot to their sixth European Cup on the spin? Maybe you wanted a rocket car, or a robot butler, or a solid gold house. Now you're an adult, you've reconciled yourself with the first being impractical with all the potholes round your way, and the last with being just a bit too gauche, but this floor mopping robot can make the other one come true. No, it's not sexy. But it will merrily do the unsexy jobs you don't want to do, and very quietly too.
Yeeeessssss, it's an extender. This wheelie suitcase expands by up to 50 percent of its original size, meaning less faffing about and panicking over whether to take the big suitcase or a carry-on. Plus, it's got a built-in charging port to keep you juiced up while you hang about in departures.
im电竞官网-This very, very beautiful thing is a set of headphones which rolls up like a metal link bracelet - when they're rolled up they're the smallest travel headphones about, and boast ultra-crisp sound. Which you'd hope for, at nearly three grand a pop.
Not a particularly snappy name, but an absolute essential if you're heading to a festival in, say, the Cairngorms or wherever. It's a heavy-duty solar-powered charger - stick it in the sun for 12 hours and you'll have enough juice for one and a half full charges of your phone.
im电竞官网-No, a robotic hoover is not the sexiest purchase you could make this week. However, it's the purchase that's probably going to improve your quality of life most. Control it from your phone, and the little guy will remember the layout of your house and tailor its cleaning of your different floor surfaces.
im电竞官网-Phones have ruined the experience of being asleep. We don't mean tapping through Instagram Stories of people you met in the smoking area of a club in Nottingham four years ago until 2am, though you should definitely stop doing that. We mean the icy dread that clutches you when you realise you've not plugged your phone in to charge overnight and weighing up whether you get up and do it or just drift off now you're comfy. This DAB clock-radio has a wireless charging pad on top. Sorted.
No, it doesn't look anything like a cooker. More like an ice skate or some kind of foot-measurer like they had in Clarks when you were a kid. Actually, it's a healthy way of cooking food clamped between two pieces of transparent glass which you can control from your phone, and which will tackle temperatures between 80 and 300 degrees C. if you're struggling to visualise it.