Tech takes a toke with pot-inspired gadgets (pictures)
Observe the unofficial 4/20 holiday with a series of tech items inspired by, made with, or dedicated to marijuana and hemp.
420 Audio portable speaker
The 420 Audio portable Bluetooth speaker puts the "high" in "hi-fi." It's legal in every state, since the marijuana theme only extends to the decoration and the speaker's stoner attitude. It gurgles like a bong when you turn it on and tells you "I'm hungry!" when you turn it off. Recommended listening: anything featuring Snoop Dogg or Willie Nelson.
Back in 2010, Canadian automotive design firm Motive Industries unveiled the concept for the Kestrel EV, a compact electric car with a very unusual feature: a body built from a biocomposite material derived from hemp. The company has since disappeared into obscurity. Even its website no longer exists, but the Kestrel idea lives on in the hearts of hopeful hemp-lovers everywhere.
Replacement speakers for guitar and bass amps crafted with hemp cones have been lauded for their tone. The Eminence Patriot Cannabis Rex not only rocks a great name, it's racked up good reviews, as well. The tone has been described as "smokey smooth," nudge, nudge, wink, wink. This 50-watt workhorse costs around $80. Install it in your amp and you'll be able to tell everyone the secret to your sound is hemp.
Sometimes, Instagram just isn't weird enough. If that's the case, you need to jump on the sticker bandwagon and alter your photos with the free Snoopify app for Android and iOS. Take a picture and start embellishing it by adding Snoop himself, a disco ball, crazy glasses, silly suits, or a cartoon doobie. Here, CNET test cat Dashiell models some of the options.
This Zazzz vending machine is gearing up to offer munchies made with marijuana to medical pot users in Colorado. The machine recently took a bow at a debut party, but won't go into service until regulation compliance questions are hashed out. Treats inside will be supplied by Herbal Elements, a store that makes ganja snacks such as Cheeba Chews and lollipops.
Vaporizers are a considered a cool way to consume marijuana. Uptoke, a pot accessories startup, has created a portable vaporizer that just happens to look like a giant mechanical spliff. It works by heating plant material until it becomes a vapor that can be inhaled, much like a big e-cigarette.
This image shows Uptoke founder Jason Levin demonstrating the device for a CNN interview.
The Spyre is aimed at medical marijuana users and people in states where recreational pot has been legalized. Its battery is said to last all day and is recharged via micro-USB. The Spyre is expected to start shipping in May. It can be preordered for $299.
The Kashit Clean gadget is all about straightening up after you've been smoking. It sucks up ashes and comes with a nozzle for cleaning out pipes and water pipes.
Sure, this could be used for people who use cigarettes or tobacco pipes, but we all know it's mostly geared for marijuana users who have a touch of neat freak in them. The device recharges by micro-USB, so it's always ready to clean up after you. Kashit Inventions, the company behind the Clean, also offers an antimicrobial cooling attachment for water pipes.
Leafly is a major online resource for locating medial marijuana clinics and dispensaries, and sharing reviews on varying strains of pot. It also comes in the form of an app that puts all those resources on your phone or tablet. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is the photos shared by users of varying types of marijuana. Not surprisingly, many of those images are credited to "anonymous."
Few times have the worlds of smoking and geekery collided so successfully as with the Yahookah, a desktop computer modded into a pipe. An Instructables for the project places the cost to build it at $4, if you already have a dead desktop or file server lying around and some spare aquarium parts. It uses a ceramic bowl from a local smoke shop, a piece of acrylic fashioned into a reservoir, an aquarium pump, aquarium tubing, and some embellishments to fancy it up. And, yes, it really works.