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Silly Dual Strap Watches, Sillier Face Cradles, and Royal Tinder Hit Hong Kong

The newest tech to hit Hong Kong.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 11:59am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:23pm

Not in the Face

This week in amazingly named Kickstarter projects: The FaceCradle, which is like you took a regular travel pillow and gave it a shot of adrenalin straight to the heart. Created by a team of Aussie designers who were presumably tired of taking 10-hour flights to ANYWHERE ELSE, the FaceCradle travel pillow boasts five different “modes,” configurations which the pillow locks into to allow you to—they claim—get a far better night’s rest on your next long-haul flight. “Modes” range from the basic “dozing” setup to “snoozing,” in which the pillow locks open at a 45-degree angle so you can tilt your head onto it, to the full blown “deep sleep” mode, in which the pillow opens right up and you strap a harness to the back of your seat, allowing you to lean into the pillow as if you were on a massage table. 

Yeah, it looks pretty dumb. But as the FaceCradle guys are quick to point out, who cares? Nothing looks worse than jetlag feels. The FaceCradle has made 18 times its original goal on Kickstarter, so there are evidently a lot of people who agree.

AUD$49 ($289), estimated delivery in October,

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Sinns of Design

The Apple Watch is still trotting along: Not the game-changer its inventors might have hoped, but not relegated to the scrapheap, either. But if you’re the kind of person who’s attached by the idea of an Apple Watch but likes the style of an analog timepiece, then German watchmakers Sinn might have the answer.

And that answer is the fantastically silly Dual Strap System. This consists of two half-length watch straps. One connects to your Apple Watch, and one to your Sinn watch—and then the two straps connect to each other. This means you can attach not one, but two timepieces to your wrist, one on either side. How does it look? Pretty ridiculous. But they’ll stop laughing when you can tell the time TWICE ON A SINGLE WRIST!

US$120 ($930) when bought with a Sinn watch, or US$210 ($1,630) without,

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The Rent Boys

Many of us are happy to travel and use an Airbnb apartment, but the idea of renting out your own flat short-term can feel like a whole load of effort. A new service just launched in six cities across the world, GuestReady, aims to take the pain out of listing your place on Airbnb.

The come over, assess how much you can make, take professional shots of your place and then throw your flat listing up for you. All you have to do is stay out of the way.

Right now there are a couple of pricing options: Either they take 12 percent of what you make on Airbnb, or they provide you with a guaranteed monthly income, depending on your property. That strikes me as a pretty interesting proposition.

What’s the long-term objective for GuestReady? “We want more Hong Kong people to engage with the sharing economy,” says Lou Chan, Hong Kong managing director of GuestReady. By making it simple to rent your place out, he says, everyone stands to make money. It’s the Hong Kong way, isn’t it? Nevertheless, I’m leaving my tiny alcove in Sai Ying Pun off the market. As they say, “this flat ain’t big enough for the two of us…”

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Tinder Kingdom

Here’s a great little smartphone game that’s well worth your time: Reigns. In it you play a king trying to run his realm, keeping the various factions happy while filling the royal coffers. The gameplay mechanic is simple, and boils down to “swipe right for yes, swipe right for no.” Yes, it’s basically Royal Tinder.

But it’s also much more than that. Each turn you have to make decisions in which the outcomes might not be clear, or decide to—for example—harm the people in order to strengthen the church. You play for as long as you can, until you die an almost inevitably grisly death—and then you start again as your successor, hopefully a little wiser (and a little more jaded). It’s wickedly funny and whimsical with a dark undercurrent, and well worth the price of a coffee.

$23, from App Store and Google Play,