1 | The Battery Pack You Can Cram In Your Bag
Look it’s 2015, and if you’re not wearing some form of tech in your clothes or on your wrist, then frankly, you may as well still be carrying around a Nokia 3310 and listening to Matt Cardle.
The problem with wearable tech thus far has been the question of how to incorporate the battery into something designed to be comfortable and discreet. South Korean company Jenax may have the answer with their flexible battery pack, the J.Flex. Able to hold days of power and be folded over 1 million times, this could well be the future of smart watches and everything from smart jackets to shoes. How it holds up in the washing machine remains to be seen.
2 | The Political Twitter Tool Tailored For You
In the run up to this May’s General Election, Twitter have taken a step to refining the amount of political campaigning you're subject to, launching a new sales tool that lets advertisers target people by postcode alone. What this means is that your local MP will be able to target you, and you specifically. Great if you want to take an interest in politics on a local scale, and just another easily-ignored sponsored Tweet if you'd rather bury your head in the sand.
Of course, Twitter won't be able to help you avoid the endless television debates, internet pop-ups and newspaper opinion pieces - that much is up to you, although our essential Twitter accounts all stylish men should follow is a good place to start.
3 | The High-Tech "Orrb" That Just Made The Office Your Favourite Place To Be
If you’ve ever looked around your office and thought ‘you know what? I wish I spent all day in a spaceship-type pod’ then you’re in luck.
Created by UK firm Orrb Technologies, the Orrb is a 170cm x 200cm x 100cm retreat where you can go to relax or finish off that presentation in piece. But while you may be tempted to spend all day in there, the device will come with a subscription service, allowing you to choose a 5, 10 or 15 minute session.
They’ve already got their fans as well, with F1 playboys Lewis Hamilton and Damon Hill both in possession of one.
Released April 2015, orrb.com
4 | The Collaboration That'll Put Rihanna In Your PlayStation
With the exception of the GTA series, most games aren’t known for their soundtracks. The new Spotify/PlayStation collaboration will change this, though, with the option to stream whatever the hell you want through a new music portal named ‘PlayStation Music’, launching March 29th.
The new service will be available through Xperia smartphones and tablets, and will require a premium Spotify subscription (£9.99 a month) to use on the console itself (this, of course, means the end of Sony’s Music Unlimited service).
Sure, you could always turn down your console and turn up your iPod speakers, but wouldn't you rather have your music seamlessly integrated with the game, rather than competing with those sound effects from the other side of the room? We're already picturing Rihanna crooning over Call Of Duty.
5 | The Slim-Lined Facebook App That Will Save Your Commute
Facebook are currently trialing a new app named ‘Facebook Lite’ which will feature slimmed down versions of all the social networking features we’ve come to know and love (although Messenger won’t be a standalone feature).
The idea is that the 252KB Facebook app will be friendlier to old Androids by not running down their processing power. The fact that it’s also able to run on just a 2G internet connections also means it’s well suited for emerging markets with lower bandwidths, and the District Line.
Which will you go for?