The 15 Hottest Gadgets of August 2014

As summer draws to an end, we keep the heat coming with our roundup of the past month's most desirable tech

With the weather on the turn, it looks like barbeque season is over for another year. But don't let those clouds overheard worry you: here at Stuff we're keeping the heat high with this month's list of fabulous gadgets.

And with the number of cars we're packing, at least you'll look amazing driving the kids back to school.

Polaris Slingshot: The most fun you have on three wheels

The three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot is a category-defying vehicle. Is it a car? Is it an ATV? Is it a motorcycle? We're just not su–– ah no, wait, we are: it's technically a motorcycle. It's also technically awesome, with a ride so responsive you'll feel "like you're surfing the ashphalt". Gnarly.

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Noke: A padlock you open with your phone

This smart padlock doesn’t require a key or a combination. Instead, it’s unlocked wirelessly via Bluetooth and a smartphone app: just bring your iOS or Android device within 10m and your Noke (pronounced "no-key", geddit?) will open automatically.

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OM/ONE Levitating Speaker: it'll float into your heart

Using the mystic power of magnets, this spherical Bluetooth speaker floats majestically above its dock – and when you head out you can take it with you, thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery.

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The Raleigh Chopper is resurrected

This limited-edition bike embodies the best kind of nostalgic quality... and it comes with a denim saddle and back pad! Take a ride back to the 1970s for as little as £250 (RM1320), because it's on sale right now.

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The Ettore Bugatti Legend: the super-exclusive special edition Veyron

Yep. We can't afford it either. And at £1.8 million (RM9.7 million), we probably never will. But that doesn't mean we can't drool over this glorious Ettore Bugatti Legend.

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Sony Bravia S90 4K TV: Not-so-curved is the new curved

A new (massive) TV! And just in time for Great British Bake-Off! The S90 has a unique 4.2-channel virtual surround sound system that’s going to fire those Mel and Sue zingers straight into your brainbox.

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Saleen puts more swank into the Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is probably the world’s best-known electric car, and a formidable performer on the road. But US modding company Saleen has rigged it out with better brakes, aerodynamics and more in an attempt to hit true track-ready supercar status.

Read more about the Saleen Foursixteen

Hue and cry: LightFreq is a disco in a lightbulb

LightFreq packs a Bluetooth speaker and microphone into a colour-changing, connected bulb that pumps out 800 lumens in 16 million colour combinations. So your ceiling can pump out tunes and make sure you can read the paper properly at the same time.

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Renovo Coupe: the muscle car with an electric heart

It might look like a classic Shelby Daytona, but beneath this car's metal skin lurks not a big block V8 but a motor and a bunch of batteries. And yet it'll still top 195kph and go from 0-97kph in just 3.4 seconds – all with zero emissions.

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Phyode W/Me: checks that you're breathing

Life's not all about notifications and hashtags, you know: sometimes you've got to focus on your inner-self. The Phyode W/Me (or 'With Me', to give it its less awkward name), is designed to monitor your autonomic nervous system – the part that means you keep breathing when you're asleep – in order to help root out stress.

Read more about the Phyode W/Me

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