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$TBA • Beer­jet www.beer­jet.com Some­times tech­nol­ogy takes us to a place we didn’t ex­pect to be, and some­times that place is a place where there’s a ma­chine that can pour 1000 half-litre beers an hour. POW­ERED UP: A pneu­matic glass tilt­ing sys­tem an­gles six glasses for the per­fect pour, while a touch screen con­trols how much and what level of foam should be poured. Tem­per­a­ture and flow can eas­ily be mon­i­tored, and should the power go out, you can still do a man­ual pour. PLAYED OUT: You’d need to reg­u­larly host pretty big par­ties to jus­tify own­ing one of these.

02 Honda 3E-D18

$TBA • Honda www.honda.com An au­ton­o­mous ATV that’s de­signed as a tool to help peo­ple in var­i­ous in­dus­tries in a va­ri­ety of ways, from per­sonal use to com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions, or emer­gency ser­vices. POW­ERED UP: Us­ing GPS to un­der­stand its lo­ca­tion and a range of sen­sors to gather in­for­ma­tion about its im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment, the D18 can nav­i­gate tough ter­rain with 4WD, and its com­pact size means it can get places larger ve­hi­cles may not be able to. PLAYED OUT: Con­cept only at this stage!

03 Re­movu R1+

$150 • GoPro re­movu.com Giv­ing you the abil­ity to re­motely con­trol your GoPro means that you spend less time mess­ing around to get the per­fect shot of that next base-jump. POW­ERED UP: The main up­grade over the R1 is IPX7 rated wa­ter­proof­ing mean­ing you can be un­der 1 me­tre of wa­ter for 30 min­utes. It can also cre­ate a wifi broad­cast so you no longer need the phone app as an in­ter­me­di­ary setup de­vice. Record, stop, play, change set­tings and modes, all from your wrist. PLAYED OUT: Look­ing at your wrist while you’re do­ing a flip or what­ever seems like it might be a bad idea.

04 Nin­tendo Labo

$99+ • Nin­tendo www.nin­tendo.com If you’ve ever thought that your used pizza boxes might make a neat gam­ing con­troller, then you prob­a­bly work at Nin­tendo. POW­ERED UP: Punch out the card­board de­sign, fold it up, pop in your Switch, and have a go at a unique gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. This is one of those ideas that sounds in­cred­i­bly silly un­til you see it in ac­tion, at which point if you have chil­dren you’ll re­alise it’s bizarrely clever. PLAYED OUT: At the end of the day you’re buy­ing card­board to fold up into a tem­po­rary gam­ing pe­riph­eral.

05 The Planet Chair

$4500 • MZPA mzpa.co We all feel like we need a time out from the world, an op­por­tu­nity to sit and gather out thoughts. The Planet is a chair de­signed with that con­cept in mind. POW­ERED UP: Tri­an­gu­lar oil-waxed ply­wood seg­ments that wouldn’t be out of place in a new Deus Ex game give this chair a strik­ing ap­peal. It can be equipped with LED lamp, lap­top stand, speaker sys­tem, and even so­lar pan­els, pro­vid­ing all the com­forts nec­es­sary for a re­laxed chill-out space that par­ti­tions you away from dis­trac­tion. PLAYED OUT: Look it’s a nice chair, but we’re not sure its 4-large nice.

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