Welcome to another week of Shut Up & Take My Money, a series where we take through all the gadgets and self-indulgent tech must-haves that you’ll be ticking off your birthday wish list this year.
This week’s edition features a 133-year-old beer, clever digital art, Google’s new at-home A.I assistant, a light and stylish racing bike, language translating headphones and the world’s most comfortable armchair. Time to start shelling out the cash.
#1 Carlsberg Father of Quality Lager
As one of the most creative beer companies out there, Carlsberg have already created a shaving line infused with actual beer. Today they have taken that creativity on a trip down memory lane to bring the Father of Quality Lager, a beer which uses an extracted sample of pure yeast which dates back to a 133 year old bottle of Carlsberg. The old Carlsberg was recently discovered in a hidden cellar and the brewers have since recreated that very beer with the same recipe, ingredients and brewing process from 1883. Talk about drinking authentically.
#2 Frame Tech
Every man needs some good art around the home and there’s no better form of art than digital art. Framed Tech pays homage to some of modern time’s most iconic gaming consoles by showcasing your favourite controllers in exploded view. Buyers can choose from Ataris to iPhones to first generation Playstations. Sure beats the usual fair of taxidermy.
#3 Google Home
If you’ve ever wanted an A.I assistant like Iron Man’s Jarvis, then this is as close as you’re going to get for now. Introducing Google Home, a voice controlled box backed by the world’s most equipped search engine. The device allows users to ask it questions, set times and control the internet using voice command. Google Cast is also supported which means songs can stream directly to any Cast-enabled speaker to create an impromptu surround sound system. The clean and contemporary design also comes with interchangeable bases to suit every homeowner’s needs.
#4 Heroin Bike
Don’t be deterred by the odd choice of name, there’s nothing illegal about this particular racing bike which perfectly balances aesthetics and function. The bike is designed and built in France using carbon fibre sourced from Italy. That includes a carbon monocoque seat post, carbon handle bars and carbon fibre wheels. Lightness and style does not come cheap and only 349 units in matte black will be made available.
#5 Pilot Translating Earphones
Made for the avid globetrotter, the latest invention by Pilot will ensure you can converse with someone in real time who doesn’t speak your language. A companion app allows the user to toggle between languages whilst ace up the sleeve is that it can operate offline as well. The world-first invention also comes with a second earpiece which can be used to listen to music. German is one of the first languages to be programmed into the device whilst other languages will follow.
#6 Aleaf Chair
One cool chair that is bound to garner attention from guests is the futuristic Aleaf chair. Designed to contour perfectly to the seated human body, the Aleaf chair marries contemporary interior design with artisan-grade craftsmanship. The upholstery is also a wool blend which will also help to keep you warm during the colder seasons.