One of the main roles of technology and gadgets has always been to impress other people. There’s that great feeling of having something that no-one else does yet, of solving a problem that possibly didn’t need to be solved in an ingenious manner, and of generally presenting something that just looks like it’s out of science fiction.
This is why guys in particular will spend so much on giant TVs â€“ so that they can ‘out tech’ their neighbours and provide the best experience when they have guests round to watch the game. But big TVs are nothing in the world of gadgets â€“ they’re run of the mill. If you really want to impress guests and become the ultimate high-tech host, then here are some examples of the kinds of devices you should invest in.
The Lumitab is a tablet computer running Android that has a built in projector up to 100 inches wide. This can be used to create the ultimate home cinema experience and will make your mates’ ‘big TV’ look tiny in comparison. You. Win.
Fontana Forni Divino 80
Another technology that men have traditionally taken great pride in is the Barbeque. With this piece of kit you will out-man all the other guys on your street â€“ it looks like the Tardis from Doctor Who and provides the perfect distribution of heat within its cooking chamber in order to cook dry and crispy meals.
As we’re outside, the CrystalBubble is a transparent tent that looks like some kind of futuristic ‘eco dome’. Put a desk in here and a power point and you have a great outdoors office pod â€“ something that is all the rage in the world of home working right now.
The Man Ring
Sometimes size isn’t everything â€“ it’s the little pieces of kit that give that ‘James Bond’ feel of having a device for every occasion and ‘The Man Ring’ is just that. This is a wearable ring that doubles as a multitool of sorts, providing you with a bottle opener, straight blade, serrated knife and even a comb. ‘Could you go and fetch me a bottle opener from the kitchen?’, ‘No need mate, no needâ€¦’.
Another little moment of win happens when you use ‘FlipFold’. This is nothing more than a piece of plastic with holes in, but it allows you to fold shirts perfectly in five seconds. You’ll need to come up with an excuse to fold shirts infront of your guests of course â€“ so it will probably only work if they’re staying over.
The Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is the first piece of virtual reality equipment to really take off and get people talking about the subject again. It’s also something that everyone will want a go on, so if you want to impress your friends with some unique after-dinner entertainment, then consider the Oculus Rift and a go on the Rift Coaster (maybe give them a chance for their dinner to digest though firstâ€¦).
ION Water Rocker
Want to add some awesome to your pool party? Then you just need the ION Water Rocker â€“ a floating speaker that picks up signal using Bluetooth and lets you play throw and catch in the pool. Waterproof tech still impresses people, and especially when it’s this resilient and potentially fun.
Another one for friends staying over â€“ let them have a go with the ‘Magic Mirror’ which allows you to try on outfits from your wardrobe without having to put them on. Works using a two way mirror, TV and Kinectâ€¦
Flexible Love Earth 16
Ignore the weird name, this chair is amazingly versatile using a clever design to allow you to bend it into any shape. That means that no matter who you have round, you’ll always have the ideal seating solution for the occasion.
Piamo Espresso Maker
Want to offer your friends and Espresso without having to you know… make one? Then the prototype Piamo Expressor Maker might hold the answer, allowing you to make an espresso as easily as popping the weird little cup into a microwave.
Remote Control Pillow
And finally, because gadgets are best when they’re inventing new ways to be lazy, the remote control pillow will allow you to press felt buttons on your cushion to change the channel so you can smile smugly at friends and never worry about losing the remote again.
The author of this article, Neil Peters, is a product designer at Open Aire Inc., leading retractable roof manufacturers. Neil is a culinary enthusiast and specializes in Mexican cuisine.