How to drive appy, find 24-hour happiness and release those feel-good endorphins.
Get first-class infotainment with Vauxhall’s IntelliLink system, which lets you connect easily and speak freely. The system operates with iOS or Android. Use the 7in touchscreen, steering wheel or voice control, and you get hands-free phone operation or audio streaming and more via Bluetooth or USB. Siri Eyes Free recognises your voice commands, so you can use them to make calls, play music, send or listen to text messages and e-mails.
TuneIn puts over 100,000 digital radio stations at your fingertips, while Stitcher helps you create your own personalised digital radio blend of news content, sports, business, politics, entertainment and culture. You can also get instant and precise satellite navigation via your smartphone with IntelliLink and the BringGo app. It is simple to use and you can stay updated with information about traffic, as well as points of interest on your journey.
24 Hour Happiness
Pharrell Williams created a world first when he made a 24-hour video to accompany his upbeat hit of 2013, Happy. The video featured people dancing on roads, in petrol stations, in supermarkets and across bridges, with cameo appearances from Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Carell. The song was repeated on a loop throughout the video and went on to win Pharrell Best International Artist and Song of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in December 2014. It was also the best-selling song of the year in the US, topping the American chart for 10 weeks. It seems people respond well to the idea of ‘happy’ and no doubt the song will be cropping up once or twice on Pharrell’s 2015 world tour.
If You Ain’t Got That Swing…
We all know about the link between exercise and a happy, healthy mind and body. Those incorporating exercise into their lives are said to be less susceptible to depression, memory loss and much more. So get those endorphins triggered and start raising your game to the next level. The nifty Zepp multi-sport sensor analyses a user’s swing when playing golf and tennis, providing instant feedback via the sport-specific iOS or Android app, allowing them to adapt and perfect their play. The device simply clips onto a golfer’s glove or tennis player’s racket and wirelessly sends data to your smartphone or tablet after every swing. Now there’s no excuse not to be a hot-shot.
The Dress From The Printing Press
Happiness is… a new dress. Don’t try to argue with this. And they don’t come much more exciting than this 4D printed dress, courtesy of a collaboration between US design studio Nervous System and New York City 3D printers, Shapeways. Composed of thousands of unique interlocking components, the dress was 3D-printed as a single, folded piece at the Shapeways factory. The Kinematics Dress represents a new approach to manufacturing which tightly integrates design, simulation, and digital fabrication to create complex, customised products. The custom-fit dress is an intricately patterned structure of 2,279 unique triangular panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges, all 3D-printed as a single piece in nylon. Unlike traditional fabric, this textile is not uniform; it varies in rigidity, drape, flex and pattern through space. The entire piece is customisable, too. You can’t buy it just yet, but it’s only a matter of time…
The Joys Of Flex
We all know that talking to friends and family is one of the best ways to relax and stay in a positive frame of mind. The latest advance in the world of smartphones is the LG G Flex 2 – an updated version of the world’s first curved smartphone, the LG G Flex. This concave Android phone bends the same way, but has new dimensions and specs, such as a more manageable 5.5-inch screen, increased durability, a high resolution P-OLED touchscreen, a faster Snapdragon processor, more RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The 5.5-inch HD display has been designed to make viewing a more immersive and lifelike experience, and the phone also features instant Self Healing Technology that naturally fixes light scratches and blemishes. As if that wasn’t enough, at the launch at the CES 2015, Dr Ram-chan Woo, LG’s Head of Smartphone Planning, demonstrated its toughness by sitting on it…