Sometimes gadgets and gizmos transcend boundaries and defy categorisation. Matthew Herbst brings you the coolest novelties on the market right now
These simple square cufflinks offer a hidden benefit for stylish businessmen. One of the cufflinks has a cap that detaches to reveal either a 2GB or 4GB flash drive, keeping business literally at your fingertips. With a choice of silver, gunmetal or gold, you’re sure to look the part when you whip out a flash drive, James Bond style. RO38.11 from www.brookstone.com
Everyone wants party photos with a difference, but this can often mean dangling from somewhere rather obscure in pursuit of the perfect pic. Thankfully, though, you can now whip out your Pocketcopter, which is essentially a flying 3D HD camera. Use your smartphone to control the device and capture odd-angled photos without the drama of broken bones. Powered by a 12V battery, Pocketcopters can reach heights of up to 30 feet and record not just images, but videos too. Who needs a drone? The pocketcopter has just about wrapped up its crowd funding campaign at www.indiegogo.com and should be available to buy in 2015, with prices expected to start around the RO39 mark.
Picture the scene: you and your partner have just reached the summit of Mount Everest and want a joint photo to prove your feat, but it ends up as an awkwardly close selfie. Meet your new friend – the Tiltpod Mobile. A keychain sized pocket tripod for your iPhone. It’s easy, just place and play for perfect stable, hands-free photos, movies, videos and more. Check which size will fit your iPhone model at www.amazon.com; from around RO11.16
Calling all cool seafarers. If you are looking for the classiest water transport that takes speed and comfort to the next level, then The Strand Craft V8 Wet Rod is for you. Made of carbon fibre, its 5.7L V8 engine produces 300Hp and the water jet propulsion system means you can expect to glide through tides effortlessly at speeds in excess of 100kph. It also comes with a waterproof luggage box and ice chest under the seat. The Wet Rod is expected to be on the market in early 2015 and will cost a cool RO17,325.00. See
www.strandcraft.n.nu/wetrod for more information.
Lego has come a long way since the interlocking bricks were first manufactured back in 1949 and now the fun can be extended into imagery. Lego has engineered a fully functioning digital camera that is perfect for kids, even though it looks like it is built completely from bricks. But it’s worth noting that it can’t be taken apart as it’s not really a toy! Despite that, Lego bricks can be added to the top and bottom, encouraging kids to integrate the camera into their creations. The 3MP digital camera features a 1.5″ LCD screen, a built-in flash, fixed focus as well as digital zoom and holds about 80 images at a time. There is also a Stop Animation Video Camera available for budding film directors. From RO45.29 at www.amzon.co.uk
Finally, a swim mask that allows you to capture the breathtaking beauty of life beneath the waves. Liquid Image allows you to take beautiful images and videos hands-free thanks to a built-in camera with a 74-degree field of view lens. The 32MB memory isn’t much, but don’t worry, you can slot in an additional 32GB microSD card. To download your footage or images, just plug the mask into your computer’s USB port with the cable provided. Prices start at RO38.11 from www.liquidimageco.com
Home and office cord phones are still in use, but there’s no need to settle for normal. How about a unique phone that could almost pass as a Bauhaus art piece? That’s exactly what ePure offers, combining a unique neo-retro design with indispensable technology and high sound quality. It also comes with a backlit matrix display, including essential telephone functions such as clock and appointments. Nothing too complicated, just nice and easy. From RO29.94 at www.swissvoice.net
Are you a jack of all trades but master of none? That’s okay, because this fantastic modern day MacGyver-style app will save the day. From useful how-tos, to delicious recipes and outrageous projects, Instructables is just the place to explore, document and share your creations. With more than 100,000 tutorials in technology, workshops, living and more, doing it yourself just got easier through projects created and submitted by others just like you. Free for Android and iOS