1 | Your New Selfie-Ready Smartphone
LG have been steadily dominating the market in Android smartphones for a while now, but its new model, the LG G4 looks set to become a serious contender for the iPhone’s crown.
Unveiled in London this week, the phone focuses on the “see the great, feel the great” tagline, with stitched leather back focusing on comfort more than the minimalism of its competitors. What we’re really looking forward to, though is the G4’s 16-megapixel camera, complete with upgraded image stabilization tech, a faster autofocus and the smartphone world’s first colour spectrum sensor, plus the ability to take four selfies in rapid succession. All of which means it’s the perfect tool for those ‘OMG so hungover!1!’ selfies.
Released 28 May, from £500, lg.com.uk
2 | Your New Way To Spot Someone Who Should Have Had A Stricter Upbringing
Selfie sticks. They’ve been banned everywhere from the National Gallery to music festivals to Wimbledon, which is good for fans hoping to view art / Beyonce / tennis unimpeded, but bad for those of us who felt safer being able to pick out exactly who to avoid based on sight alone.
Now, a pair of designers with too much time on their hands have come up with the Selfie Arm, marking the lowest point in 21st century civilization since Big Brother went to Channel 5. The point of it is to jokily make light of your loneliness by using this distant cousin of Thing from The Addams family to take your selfies. And as with all creepy, dissected limbs, the only option is to kill it with fire before it multiplies.
3 | Your New Way To Feel Things That Don't Exist
Yes, virtual reality is all well and good, but you can’t actually touch anything, can you? Until now that is. A team of medical engineering students at Rice University in Texas are working on the world’s first virtual reality glove to enhance gaming (read: pornography) by giving the wearer a realistic sense of touch.
The Hands Omni glove does this using small air pockets that deflate or inflate to mimic the pressure of whichever object you’re picking up in the game. The next step of course would be an all body VR suit, meaning you need never leave the house to experience life, and from there it’s a short step to existing in those goo-filled eggs from The Matrix while your mind lives your life for you. Or so we imagine.
4 | Your New Chance To Monitor Your Heart Rate At Home
We’re inundated with fitness bands at the moment, promising to do everything from tracking your calories to brushing your teeth. MIT, however, are already moving onto the next stage of body monitoring – interactive walls and buildings.
The idea is called Vital-Radio and uses low-power wireless signals to track the breathing patterns and heart rate of a maximum of three people within a 26 feet radius. While the tech has clear implications for smart homes of the future, do we really want to know our heart rate while we’re sat around watching TV? With Game Of Thrones on, it’s likely off the charts already.
5 | Your New Way To Go 'Robert Downey Jr In An Interview'
Set aside, for a moment, the worrying fact that a grown man with this much technical know-how has devoted his skills to making a toy glove from a comic book film, and observe the Dual Laser Iron Man Glove in action.
The latest product from a company called Laser Gadgets, the glove shoots a laser powerful enough to cut through wood and metal slugs powerful enough to take your eye out. Just don’t sneeze when you’re wearing it.
Which will change your life?