Poké Ball Plus
When you just gotta catch ’em all, sometimes you need a special weapon in your Pokémon collection arsenal – the Poké Ball Plus is one such weapon. OK, a weapon it is not, but a game controller that you can use with the new Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! or Pokémon GO on your smartphone. With it you can scurry around on the screen pretend like you’re throwing a real-life Poké Ball, which we suppose it kinda is. You can even swing it around and catch Pokémon on the go without the need to get your phone out, just the ball.
As a special bonus for spending nearly £50 on controller that works for what is essentially ONE GAME, you do get the mythical Pokémon Mew, which if you’re that into pretending to catch tiny Japanese monsters, is probably worth the spend.
Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ Controller
Never ones to shy away from a challenge, we’ve spun a few discs in our time, but we reckon it’s best to leave the new Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ Controller from Native Instruments to the pros. Not that we’re in any way daunted by the sheer number of features on this thing (ok, maybe we are), but we don’t think the world is ready for the unique mix of music that float around our office.
Actual DJs on the other hand will no doubt appreciate the motorised jog wheels, which match the feel and feedback you get from real vinyl, but also provide haptic feedback so you can feel cue points and loop clicks while you spin away. That’s alongside high-quality audio, a study, club-ready build and plenty of colourful visual feedback, so you can recreate the club even if you’re flying solo in your bedroom.
Huna powered blinds
Manually opening and closing blinds seems unnecessarily retro in the era of the smart home, so obviously these powered blinds by Huna can be controlled from your smartphone. If that seems too futuristic for you, there is also a wireless wall switch and even a light sensor, which automatically raises or lowers these smart blinds if the Sun decides to make an appearance.
From £278, huna.poweredblinds.co.uk
Royole FlexPai folding smartphone
Samsung hit the headlines earlier this month when they teased their new folding smartphone to the public, but Royole stole a march on the Korean tech giants by releasing this twisty bit of kit just days before. When flat, it can be used as a 7.8″ tablet with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1440 resolution, but fold it up at the hinge in the middle and curl up to a 16:9 ratio with a secondary screen and a teeny-tiny screen at the edge. Other than that it’s pretty smartphone-like.
Developer model from £1,209, royole.com/flexpai
Ember Ceramic Mug
Set the perfect temperature via an app, and this Ember ceramic mug will keep your tea or coffee hot for an hour. Perfect for those forgetful drinkers, who are always finding cold cups of tea around the house.
Rarely does a smartwatch look luxurious, or Swiss made, so it’s always refreshing to see one that is both, and remains packed with handy (or wristy?) features. Your standards are all in there – step counter, heart rate monitor, sleep analysis, calls/text notifications – but it also boasts a 30-day battery life using ultra-low energy Bluetooth. That’s significantly longer than between winds of your luxurious, Swiss-made mechanical watch.
From £95, kickstarter.com
Libratone ZIPP 2
Libratone’s next-generation wireless speaker comes Alexa-enabled, with powerful 360° sound and a 12-hour battery. The Danish company is so proud of its design that you can zip the cover off the speaker to peek at what’s inside.
Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker
Connect your phone via Bluetooth and blast out your music through this speaker, or use the RCA input to hook it up to your record player. It beautifully blends new with old, and gives you a punchy sound that’s probably louder than you need.
This kit gives you all the components of a smartphone and details on how to put it all together. The finished phone can run apps you code yourself, make calls, connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, keep time and wake you up.
From $94 (£72.50 approx), makerbuino.com
Trident Water Scooter
The Trident underwater scooter has two propellers, a speed of 7km/h, and can dive to 49 metres. At 3.5kg, it’s light enough to slip in your hand luggage, while its battery lasts 60 minutes – long enough for a snorkel among the sea creatures.
$419 (£323 approx), geneinno.com
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit’s packed more features than ever into its latest Charge fitness tracker. It has a more accurate heart monitor and a relative SpO2 sensor, which allows users to track blood oxygen levels and keep an eye on things like allergies or sleep apnoea.
From £129.99, fitbit.com
Scribit Wall-Writing Robot
Meet Scribit. It’s a little robot that’ll draw whatever you want on any vertical surface.
Connect to the app and browse a library full of designs, or import or create your own art for Scribit to draw. And if you don’t like the design once it’s on your walls, then don’t worry – it’s erasable. Scribit draws using a set of markers that are heat-sensitive. When instructed, Scribit will go back over its drawing with a heat pod, evaporating the ink.
The Scribit team suggests using it for decorating your home or doing presentations at work (graphs and charts look more interesting when drawn on the office walls with coloured markers, in our opinion).
Remember being told off for scribbling on the walls when you were a kid? Scribit could be the modern way to indulge that urge.
$399 (£308 approx), scribit.design
Lenovo Yoga Book C390
The dual-screen Yoga Book C390 is a laptop, tablet and e-reader all rolled into one. Its colour LCD screen is paired to an e-ink display that can serve as a sketchpad when it’s not displaying a keyboard that gives haptic feedback when you type. It also has a ‘knock-knock’ feature lets you open it by rapping your knuckles on the device.
This high-tech wardrobe is far from a robot version of Tan from Queer Eye, but it does shake the wrinkles and odours out of your clothes while gently steaming and drying them. You can control it using either an app or your voice.
Approx. £1,525, lg.com
This high-tech dog toy lets you interact with your pup while you’re in the office. You can talk to your pooch through the toy or even get face-to-face time using a webcam, and if you dog behaves itself you can make Laika release a treat. It also has an autonomous mode, just in case you actually need to work.
Approx. £250, adoptlaika.com
Somnox Sleep Robot
Having trouble sleeping? Hug this bean-shaped, robotic cushion and it pulses gently, imitating deep breathing at a frequency that’ll send you off to sleep. It also plays soft music or ambient sounds, like falling rain or a cat purring.
Sony FES Watch U
If you’re looking for a watch with a bit of flamboyance, consider Sony’s FES Watch U. It has e-ink displays on its face and strap, so you can customise them based on your outfit. It comes with 12 designs preloaded but you can download more from selected artists and create your own.
From £529, sony.co.uk
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