Porsche Design now makes… hookahs?


Everyone knows Porsche for their stylish, super-fast cars. What most likely do not know is that the company’s accessory subsidiary, Porsche Design Group, now makes high-end smoking paraphernalia.

Dubbed the “Shisha,” this sleek water pipe has all the fine detail and elegant curves of a sports car, but with a unique functionality that makes this Porsche product special: the ability to smoke marijuana out of it. (Though that’s not the recommended usage, of course.) Try doing that with your 911 Turbo!

Understandably, the Shisha is officially not a “bong,” since that might ruffle a few feathers. But we all know the truth. To help disguise this obvious fact, Porsche describes the Shisha more like a watch than something that you smoke stuff out of.

“The extraordinary Porsche Design Shisha combines high-quality materials such as aluminum, stainless steel and glass with the timeless and unique design approach of the luxury brand,” the press release says. “Puristic and stylish at the same time.”

The Shisha stands almost 2 feet tall (55 cm), and is made of glass and aluminum. For buyers who don’t want to flaunt the exclusive Porsche branding to their less-well-off friends, the designers graciously included only one logo on the Shisha, which is discretely located near the top of the piece. The Shisha also features a “long flexible tube” made from Porsche’s custom TecFlex material, which is also used to make Porsche Design pens.

In addition to the Shisha, Porsche Design is also releasing a series of other “exclusively designed products,” including “chopsticks, a tea and soup set as well as a few fashion items such as a jacket, polo shirt and a silk scarf.”

On the more tech side of things, Porsche also recently announced two types of external hard drives: the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile P’9220, which comes in 500GB and 1TB storage sizes, as well as a 750GB size that’s only available at Porsche stores; and the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Hard Drive P’9230, which is available in 1TB and 2TB sizes.

UPDATE: The headline of this article was changed at 12:20pm EST.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

The new iMacs push on iMac Pro territory, but how much power do you really need?

With Apple refreshing the higher-end iMacs with newer processors and graphics cards, it moves closer to the iMac Pro. In this guide, we consider the performance, features, and help make sense of the differences between the two.

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is an exercise in form-over-function design

Porsche expanded its lineup of SUVs with a swoopier evolution of the Cayenne named Cayenne Coupe. Don't let the name fool you: it still has four doors. It stands out with a fastback-like roofline that's lower than the Cayenne's.

FWD vs. RWD vs. AWD: How the wheels that turn change the way you drive

Let's face it, you've likely heard front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive mentioned before in some context or another. But what do these terms mean, especially in terms of performance? We’ve got the answers.
Emerging Tech

Researchers gave alligators headphones and ketamine, and all for a good cause

Researchers in Germany and the United States recently gave ketamine and earphones to alligators to monitor how they process sounds. Here's what it reveals about alligator evolution.
Emerging Tech

Cheese tastes different when it listens to Led Zeppelin, Swiss study finds

A funky new study says that exposing cheese to music changes its aroma and flavor. What’s more, the genre of music matters. Researchers from the Bern University of Arts played music to nine, 22-pound wheels of Emmental cheese.
Emerging Tech

Twitter is officially a teenager now. Are we raising a monster?

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey sent the first ever tweet. Thirteen years later, Twitter has fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Here are some of the myriad ways it's done that.
Emerging Tech

Astronomers plan to beam Earth’s greatest hits into deep space, and you can help

A new project from the SETI Institute (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) will give the public the chance to submit compositions to be beamed into space, with the aim of connecting people around the world through music.
Emerging Tech

Scientists have a way to turn off alcoholism: Blasting the brain with lasers

Researchers from Scripps Research have demonstrated that it is possible to reverse the desire to drink in alcohol-dependent rats by targeting a part of the brain using lasers. Here's how.
Emerging Tech

China has cloned its best police dog. Now it wants to mass-produce more

Scientists in China have cloned the Sherlock Holmes of police sniffer dogs, with possible plans to mass produce it in the future. Here's why its creators think that's a great idea.
Emerging Tech

Scientists use drone to map Icelandic cave in preparation for Mars exploration

Researchers from the SETI Institute and Astrobotic Technology have demonstrated a way that astronauts may be able to map Martian caves using a Lidar-equipped drone that can travel autonomously without GPS.
Emerging Tech

A 3D printer the size of a small barn will produce entire homes in Saudi Arabia

If you’re looking for a 3D printer that can comfortably fit on the side of your desk… well, Danish company Cobod International’s enormous new 3D house printer probably isn’t for you.

Need a ride? Amazon is slashing prices on popular electric scooters

If you’re not much of a cyclist or if you’re looking for a lazier way to zip about town, an electric scooter should be right up your alley. Two of our favorites, the foldable Glion Dolly and the eco-friendly Razor scooter, are on sale…
Emerging Tech

Unexpected particle plumes discovered jetting out of asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx craft traveled to asteroid Bennu last year and won't return until 2023. But the mission is already throwing up unexpected findings, like plumes of particles which are being ejected from the surface of the asteroid.