Looking for a Valentine’s gift? Let it go. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Replace it with these six very cool objects of manfection instead (yes, we made that word up). Shut Up & Take My Money. Gadgets hitting you like a pound of bacon.
#1 Kiev Slide Apartment
Living spaces don’t normally make their way into our tech and daily needs section, but this one’s a bit different. This one has a full-sized slide in the lounge room(!). Besides oozing Scandinavian cool, this fresh apartment from the Ukraine is situated on the top floor to accommodate for natural light and great views as your inner-child (or actual child) slides down into the lounge room. The slide starts on the top floor which is accessed via a secondary staircase. On the way down, the stainless steel slide is all yours. We could you imagine the house parties…
#2 Google Smart Mirror
Reinventing the wheel was so 1900s. Reinventing the mirror? Now we’re talking. Google engineer Max Braun has built a Smart Mirror – a device which combines a two-way mirror, display panel, controller board, Amazon Fire TV Stick and some lines of code. The result is a mirror which displays the time, date, weather and some news headlines as you’re brushing your teeth or hair. At the moment it’s still a prototype but you can already see the future potential of such a wildly useful vanity tool. Hashtag: Educated Selfie. Hit up Max to see if he can build you one.
#3 Rand Picnic Boat
Can’t decide if you want to go on a picnic or a boat ride? Do both. The Rand Picnic Boat is the perfect water craft for alfresco dining. It measures in at five metres in length and has adjustable seating for up to ten friends. The table itself can be lowered to be a base the base of a sun deck when it’s not being used. There’s also a Sport model available for those who only have time for a quick picnic.
#4 Starry Wi-Fi Station
Before you roll your eyes at this Wi-Fi router, let us explain its worth. When the conventional router plays up, it’s a simple case of unplug, reset and on your way again. The Starry Wi-Fi Station wants to overhaul this unnecessary practice by adding a touchscreen which allows users to see how many devices it’s connected to via coloured circles. The larger the circle, the more data that device is consuming from the network. Red circles indicate that a device is causing issues. There’s also a display which shows your connection speeds and status in times of troubleshooting. It’s seamless, uninterrupted internet packed in a good looking little box.
#5 Legacy Jeep Scrambler
Taking from the school of old is the latest rendition of the Legacy Jeep Scrambler based on the CJ-8 of the ’80s. Besides looking the part in Miami Vice, this funky hand-built off-roader also packs 6.2-litre V8 with 430 hp to hurl it over any terrain. On the body you’ll find original CJ fenders all lifted by 14-inch shocks. On the interior you get authentic waterproof gauges, switches, a Nardi steering wheel and Recaro leather seats. For the purists, the car also comes with a 4.5 tonne winch.
#6 Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask Whisky 2016
The year of 2014 saw Suntory’s Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 named the greatest whisky in the world by revered critic Jim Murray. The score was a stellar 97.5/100 and it was deemed “near indescribable genius,” by Murray. Unfortunately for whisky fans, only 18,000 bottles of the 2013 blend were made available to the public. Today that bottle retails on the second hand market for US$2,800 to $4,000. February 1, 2016, will see the famous Yamazaki Sherry Cask return with a blend from the same 2013 barrels which are over 25 years old. Recommended retail for the 2016 expression will be set at US$300 (AU$450). Only 5,000 bottles will be released at selected retailers worldwide with 246 bottles making its way to Australia. You can most certainly expect it to reach into the thousands as it slowly moves into collector’s territory.