Author archives: Paul Lester

  • WorldView

    World View Experience

    Feb 13, 14 • 1193 Views • VideosNo Comments

    If you have a birthday coming up in the next few years let me save you some time trying to work out what you want – I can promise you it is this. The World View Experience is a trip into space that seems far more practical than Richard Branson’s rather...

  • vertex-backpacking-stove

    Vertex Backpacking Stove

    Feb 12, 14 • 813 Views • GearNo Comments

    Ever since cave dwellers first discovered fire, mankind has been striving to reduce the mastery of this evolutionary game-changer to what is effectively a click of the fingers. Then, suddenly, just like that, *clicks fingers*, our desire for modern...

  • Slate_1

    Slate Mobile AirDesk

    Feb 7, 14 • 800 Views • GearNo Comments

    What is it with big slabs of wood with holes cut in it recently? We’ve already rather cynically assessed the last attempt at marketing this sort of thing, and then along comes the Slate Mobile AirDesk. There is a little more going on here though – first...

  • LamboAcademy

    Lamborghini Academy

    Feb 6, 14 • 1114 Views • Adventure, FeaturesNo Comments

    Those of us who failed to grow up to become Lewis Hamilton already have to face not coming home to Nicole Scherzinger every night, but there’s no reason why we should also have to come to terms with driving around in a dodgy old Prius every day. Thanks to...

  • ViolinPool

    Stradivarius Violin Swimming Pool

    Feb 4, 14 • 1303 Views • HabitatNo Comments

    Many years ago I considered having a violin-shaped swimming pool installed in the grounds of one of my exotic mansions, but decided it was too much of a fiddle. That, and I’m sure the architect was stringing me along. No doubt Cipriano made a note of this...

  • PebbleSteel

    Pebble Steel Premium Smartwatch

    Feb 3, 14 • 1068 Views • Accessories, GearNo Comments

    It’s no secret that technology firms are getting very busy promoting “wearable tech” in 2014, and this inevitably includes watches. For that you can blame David Hasselhoff and his talking car, whose influence lives on to this day. Emerging from a...

  • AppleTVHolder

    Apple TV Holder

    Feb 2, 14 • 1299 Views • Furniture, GearNo Comments

    If you own an Apple TV, chances are you wouldn’t have been sitting around thinking that the only thing missing is a great big slab of wood, with some holes cut in it, to put it on. But there’s a market for that, apparently, as seen by the...

  • ConnectedToothbrush

    Kolibree Connected Toothbrush

    Jan 30, 14 • 450 Views • GearNo Comments

    This “connected home” thing is getting silly now. It does seem likely that the immediate future of technology lies therein, where everyday household appliances and accessories are adjustable and manageable via a smartphone or similar device, and we can...

  • WinterCocktails

    Winter Cocktails

    Jan 21, 14 • 1075 Views • Books & Magazines, MediaNo Comments

    Mulled wine and Eggnog – two abominations of mixology that have a few things in common. Both are barely fit for human consumption, both have a curious affinity with the upper classes, and both are traditionally consumed in the winter. Often at Thanksgiving...

  • SnapWallet

    The Snap Wallet

    Jan 20, 14 • 997 Views • Accessories, StyleNo Comments

    When is a wallet not a wallet? When it’s a Snap Wallet. What’s a Snap Wallet? We’re not entirely sure, aside from the fact that it is this, courtesy of uber-quality leather designers Hard Graft. Yes, at first glance it may look like a regular wallet,...

  • Sony_4k_projector

    Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector

    Jan 18, 14 • 1203 Views • Furniture, GearNo Comments

    Anyone in the technology biz will tell you that 4K is a tricky beast – is it the next “3D” (ie: a failed gimmick) or the next HD? Do our eyes need more resolution (no they don’t) or is this just an opportunity for companies to wow audiences with giant...

  • XC_Coupe

    Volvo XC Coupe Concept

    Jan 17, 14 • 1044 Views • CarsNo Comments

    “Volvo” and “sexy” are words that are rarely found in the same sentence, despite what Stan Collymore might say after one of his dogging evenings. “Swedish”, on the other hand? Well, the Scandinavian box-producer has refined its lines in recent...

  • lacie-sphere-2

    LaCie Sphère

    Jan 16, 14 • 882 Views • Accessories, StyleNo Comments

    External hard drives are not the most exciting of technologies. We’ve all spent many an hour gazing wistfully at the blinking green light on that bland, grey box, yearning for the day when our most important data will get the aesthetically pleasing...

  • car-park-house

    Car Park House | Anonymous Architects

    Jan 13, 14 • 1181 Views • HabitatNo Comments

    If you often find yourself out for a gentle drive around the Los Angeles area, with half an eye on the road and the other half on the lookout for a building that might serve as a haven during the inevitable zombie apocalypse (and if not, why not?) then the...

  • clearview-clio-speaker

    ClearView Clio Speaker

    Jan 9, 14 • 1011 Views • Accessories, StyleNo Comments

    Hands up who remembers where they were the first time they saw the Dyson bladeless fan? Now that was one cool piece of kit. We’re certainly going to remember where we were (in front of the computer, just like with the fan) when discovering that this clear...

  • The Atmos Hermès clock

    The Atmos Hermès clock

    Dec 29, 13 • 999 Views • Accessories, StyleNo Comments

    Ploughing through the press materials for the Jaeger-Lecoultre Atmos Hermès clock is like taking a tour of The Louvre with René Descartes. But I think I’ve got a handle on it, therefore I am going to try and explain it. We’ll keep phrases like...

  • Snolo Stealth-X snow-sled

    Snolo Stealth-X Snow-Sled

    Dec 21, 13 • 1573 Views • Multipurpose, RidesNo Comments

    Ah the good old days. Springing out of bed on a cold winter morn, rummaging around to find an old piece of junk that would pass as a sled and dashing through the snow to the nearest field, the distant sound of maternal pleading to “wrap up warm” ringing...