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Tech & Science Meet Horatio, the Old-Timey ‘Smart’ Speaker From Hendrick’s Gin

06:11  14 september  2019
06:11  14 september  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Meet Horatio, the Old-Timey ‘Smart’ Speaker From Hendrick’s Gin© Hendrick's Gin Meet Horatio, the Old-Timey ‘Smart’ Speaker From Hendrick’s Gin

The tech news you almost definitely heard about this week was Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 11, a characteristically sleek, user-friendly gadget meant to make your life as modern and efficient as possible. What you might not have heard about was the release of Horatio, a very genteel, relatively smart speaker from the creators of Hendrick’s Gin.

Horatio is not your father’s speaker. In fact, he’s more like your grandfather as a speaker. The tabletop device is made from brass, leather, and copper, and looks like the offspring of a phonograph and a candlestick telephone. He won’t eavesdrop on your conversations, but he also won’t necessarily answer your questions—his slightly snide, British-accented responses range from commenting on your outfit to telling you that it’s “a good day to carry an umbrella in one hand and a cocktail in the other.” If your cocktail happens to be a martini, you can rest it on Horatio’s built-in martini holder.

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Meet Horatio, the Old-Timey ‘Smart’ Speaker From Hendrick’s Gin© Provided by Sportority, Inc. (Mental Floss) Hendrick's gin horatio speaker

The device was released by Hendrick’s new Department of Not-So-Convenient Technology, the intentional antithesis to virtually every other existing department of technology. While most people are optimizing their home offices with minimalist decor and lightweight robot assistants, Horatio is a mascot for those of us who miss the dusty, dimly lit, leather-covered comfort of Grandfather’s study.

He’s not unlike Hendrick’s Gin itself, whose manufacturing process is old-fashioned and utterly laborious. It’s made in a tiny Scottish seaside village on two types of stills, infused with 11 botanicals, and combined with rose and cucumber essences.

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Meet Horatio, the Old-Timey ‘Smart’ Speaker From Hendrick’s Gin© Provided by Sportority, Inc. (Mental Floss) Hendrick's gin horatio speaker

To add to the intrigue, only five Horatios exist in the world. Each unique, handmade device costs $1113, and, unfortunately, they’re currently sold out. While you’re waiting for one to hit an auction block near you, kick back with a glass of gin and dive into the world of fancy Prohibition cocktails here.

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