Gadgets, gizmos and games for thinking individuals
BMW M Chronograph Watch If you don’t have the cash to drive a BMW, you can still embrace your love of the brand with this Swiss quartz watch made by Ronda, which is water resistant up to 330ft. Dhs920, www.amazon.com.
MrUsta You’ve no doubt heard horror stories from mates in the UAE about dodgy removal firms and crooked maintenance staff (our favourite is the Style staffer who went home early one day to find his maid wearing his Lacoste polo shirt). MrUsta takes this game of chance out of the equation: service providers in your area are recommended on the app by fellow users. www.mrusta.com.
Uber Fed up with desperately trying to flag down a cab? Travel in style and book a private car, such as a Lexus, using this app which uses GPS to pinpoint your location. The best thing about the service is you don’t need to have cash handy – the fare is charged to your credit card through your online account (with an option to split the bill with a friend). www.uber.com.
Asap54 Billed as the ‘Shazam of shopping’, this nifty new app is set to revolutionise the way we buy clothes. Users can photograph a garment they see someone else wearing (or on a page in a magazine) and using visual recognition technology the app then searches for similar pieces for sale online. We dig. Free, available at itunes.apple.com.
LG G-Flex phone The G-Flex is the first truly flexible smartphone, meaning the screen won’t crack if you accidentally sit on it. It also has the ability to heal. If you scratch the back, the paint repairs itself thanks to a polymer material usually applied on cars. Dhs2,197, www.cellsouq.com , www.lg.com.
Apple CarPlay If jabbing at your iPhone or iPad simply isn’t giving you enough of an Apple fix, you can now experience the brand’s tech while driving. There’s just one catch – you’ll need to be able to afford a Ferrari FF to try this new navigation and entertainment system. Only the Italian giants have added the device to its cars so far, which features the apps you love on your phone at the press of a button on your dashboard. Available at www.itunes.com, www.dubai.ferraridealers.com (04 303 7878).
Oculus Rift This virtual reality gaming headset certainly won’t be turning any heads among Dubai’s style gurus, but it’s what’s on the inside that matters. The Rift is promising a totally immersive gaming experience, and you can view demos on YouTube. The bad news? A consumer release date was rumoured for 2013 and is still only a rumour for 2014. When it does eventually arrive, it will be the gaming device everyone will want to own. Even NASA is looking at Oculus Rift to see if it can be used for space exploration. www.oculusvr.com.
McLaren 12C Spider Porches and Ferraris are so 2013. The car to own this year is this beast, which is made of a carbon-fiber MonoCell (which is the stuff you’ll find in F1 cars). Add to that a 3.8 litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, which can go from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds and you have one of the most desirable supercars on the market today. Price on request, www.dubai.mclaren.com (04 382 7500).
Lomography Belair X 6-12 Trailblazer When it comes to taking retro photos, you have a choice: you can take the easy road and choose a filter on Instagram, or you can go vintage and get a Trailblazer, a folding camera that uses real film and lets you take photos in three different print sizes. It comes with two lenses (90mm f/8 and 58mm f/8) and it’ll even let you do multiple exposures in one frame. Dhs1,280, www.shop.lomography.com.
Nikon Df Inspired by cameras of old on the outside, but with all the bells and whistles of modern digital innovation on the inside. It’s an SLR camera that Nikon took four years to make and comes with a 16 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, the same as the brand’s flagship snapper the D4. In keeping with its desire to embrace more simple times in the world of photography, you won’t find video on this beauty. Dhs11,399 (camera body), www.souq.com.
Philips Norelco QT4070 Beard Trimmer It’s every man’s first world problem: the mess trimmed hairs make. Not only will this device contour your facial grizzle to a perfect length, it’ll scoop up all the errant whiskers into its shell thanks to a built-in vacuum. Dhs260, www.amazon.com.
Alien Isolation The Alien franchise has never reached the giddy heights of the first two films directed by Ridley Scott and James Cameron, with a selection of lame follow-ups, not to mention even worse console games. The critter in this game (which certainly looks to be in the spirit of the original films) has not been programmed to follow set, specific actions – it reacts to the choices the game player makes. In a nutshell, it can think. Be afraid. Release date TBA, available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC.