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

06:10  14 september  2019
06:10  14 september  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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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 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 .

Meet the delightfully peculiar Hendrick ’ s Gin - a most unusual premium gin distilled in Scotland with curious, yet marvellous, infusions of cucumber & rose. Lesley is the woman who created Hendrick ' s Gin , and this is how she chooses to drink it.

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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Hendrick ’ s Gin is the brainchild of long established whisky distillers, William Grant & Sons, producers of some of the best malt whisky in the world. Hendrick ’ s specializes in being different with a distinctive toffee-brown bottle that is reminiscent of an old fashioned apothecary’s bottle, a clever

An old 18th-century northern English word for nonsense, in the sense of something completely worthless: cow-slaver is literally the froth or drool that forms around a cow’ s mouth as it eats. Another equally unpleasant synonym for nonsense was bull-scutter, an old Yorkshire word for watery manure.

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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The SmartSpeaker (A1) allows you to stream high quality audio from your iPhone (including iPhone 6) and iPad or iTunes on a Mac or PC. All you need is a Wi-Fi network and at the tap of an icon you can play your music wirelessly taking your SmartSpeaker to any room in the house.

Tim Hendricks is a second-generation artist, taught by his father at a young age. Since Tim was old enough to grip a pencil and ride a surfboard he has been pursuing a life of art and adventure. Tim has been tattooing since the early nineties, he got his start by tattooing in the neighborhood he grew up in

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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