Gadgets, games, apps and more for the summer season
Time Out Bahrain staff
TomTom Runner Monitor yourself in style (and precision) with this GPS watch. Available in grey and pink, it helps keep track of your progress and heart rate when exercising, and once you’ve been for a run, you can sync and share the data online, too. From BD120, www.tomtom.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. BD225, 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. Euro Motors, www.bahrain.ferraridealers.com (17750750).
Oculus Rift This virtual reality gaming headset certainly won’t be turning any heads among Bahrain’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. Really. 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.manama.mclaren.com (6669 6966).
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. BD131, 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. BD1,170 (camera body), Ashrafs, Palace Avenue, Manama (534441).
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. BD27, www.amazon.com.
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. A seriously classy item. BD94, www.amazon.com.