Wearable Technology at Excel – Scrapbook

“I’m sorry, John, but you’re gonna have to run again. – What? – RUUUUUN!!!” – Agatha, John – Minority Report. There’s a scene in Minority Report where Anderton takes Agatha to a hacker to extract the minority report of Leo Crow. In the background you see a dude reclined on a barcalounger in the midst of a huddle of holograms, each telling him that ‘he’s the man’. That’s the way I see technology going. These pictures were taken at the Wearable Technology event down in Excel, London earlier today. I was here for an hour. Was moderately entertained. Got to meet the dude from Dragon’s Den. He told me the lift featured in the programme wasn’t a real lift. Blew my fucking tiny mind! There was a futuristic shoe company that has developed insoles with an in-built sat-nav that vibrant left and right to direct you. We have completely done away with the compass and boy scouts haven’t we? What skills are we going to take back to the trees once Armageddon comes?  
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The Arsenale – The Ultimate Toy Catalogue for Aspiring James Bonds

“Little Nelly got a hot reception. Four big shots made improper advances toward her, but she defended her honour with great success.” Bond, You Only Live Twice. I un-pouched TheArsenale from it’s bubble wrap cocoon. It had some weight, coated in black tactile alcantara. As I flipped through the pages, notes of linseed oil, maybe a dusting of teak hit my register. I stopped on a page about a DS designed UFO. I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with the thought of being abducted by a Citroen. But then, how narcissistic to think anyone would want to abduct little old me. I could only imagine the sweet sigh of disappointment when presented to the king bee on the alien mothership. Not handsome enough of a specimen for the super galactic keep-net. Plaintively he would wave me off with his long green fingers. Dismissively, I’d be disgorged and thrown back to the Oxmoor estate where I’d spend the rest of days telling tales to the locals of The Lord Protector how I was ‘taken’ …  by a Citroen. Sorry what the fuck was I talking about? Ah yes, The Arsenale. The almanac on independently designed…
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Have we Reached the Summit? JBL Unveil their Limited Edition 700 Everest Elite

‘Look at what I have created!‘ – Chuck Noland, Castaway. Today JBL have celebrated being on the vanguard of professional audio innovation by releasing a limited special edition pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones. As part of JBL’s illustrious 70 year career which includes noteworthy accolades such as powering the first of three Woodstocks in 1969 and co-developing the wall of sound for the Grateful Dead, the commemorative Limited Edition 700 Everest Elite headphones is another landmark in their pursuit for superior design and audible quality. If you’ve been to the O2 you would have heard your favourite band through JBL Audio Pro speakers. These landed on my lap the other day, sent for a review to tie in with the launch. First off, I’m incredibly susceptible for quitting tech-based chores early at the nearest sign of difficulty. For examples when error codes appear, or when someone in customer services tell me to ‘just open up your settings and click on…‘. Nope, I’m out. The towel is thrown and I’ve already handed responsibility to my sober-half. However, I’d like to personally congratulate JBL for making these headphones entirely numpty-proof. I wrestled with…
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The Magic Inside the Toyota C-HR

“Wolfgang will be along in a minute,” said Carole, “We call him Golden Ears.” We were in the hospitality area of the Palacio del Negralejo, a country palace built on the banks of the Jarama River, twenty minutes from the Madrid airport. I was feasting on the buffet like a raccoon in a dumpster. My appetite heightened by the recent culling of complimentary snacks on BA flights. It was a 9am flight but I was still chagrined not to receive my free gin and tonic and over-salted potato crisps. I had been dispatched to Madrid not only to test drive the new Toyota C-HR, but more importantly, minutely inspect the integrated JBL sound system within. Wolfgang Zieglmeier (aka golden ears) the senior acoustic systems engineer for Harman (owners of JBL) carried the look of a technical genius. Tall and wiry, his mop of grey locks thrown back in a stereotypical mad scientist fashion. Inside the Toyota C-HR Wolfgang ran us through the demo. There’s no missing the 8″ asymmetrical centre console design that illuminates upon ignition. Wolfgang slaps on Bad by Michael Jackson. Immediately I feel the thrumming of the sub woofer by my thigh, mysteriously…
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Goodmans Heritage Portable – Fall in Love with Radio all Over Again

‘Something new from Q Branch. It’s called a Radio.’ Bond, Skyfall. My old radio. Without knowing it, my old radio has probably been the love of my life. She was the voice that would speak to me when no one else would. In my early teenage years I had become increasingly withdrawn – seeking bleak solitude in the sanctuary of my bedroom (such a cliche). My old radio and I were inseparable. She would fill the corridors of my empty squalors and bedsits throughout my 20’s and 30’s with informative weather reports and scintillating cricket commentary. As a boorish singleton she would serenade my meals-for-one with Chopin, Beethoven, at the whim of the Classical FM DJ of course. (Gosh I sound like I escaped from Devils Island on a raft of coconuts. I’ve not actually had that bad a life). My point is, friends come and go, flowers wilt, pets get run over and women generally leave, but my old radio has always been there. Without wanting to get too sentimental, perhaps my only true love. However as I mentioned earlier, I am a cliche and when a younger model came along with bigger…
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