Gadgets are just pieces made of plastic or metal in our lives, right? Not quite. About two decades ago phones were only meant for making calls. There was nothing called a Tablet. PCs were only used to send emails. Things have changed now with cool electronic gadgets on the market.
Nowadays it is possible to find wallpaper-thin TVs, drones that can dive underwater, and a computer the size of a credit card.
Voice-activated artificial intelligence, wireless charging, and digitized note-taking provide just a hint of what is to come. More than anything as tech evolves the main benefit will be that life becomes a bit easier.
Many high-profile tech companies typically hold their own separate events throughout the year to unveil new awesome gadgets, rather than debuting at world renowned exhibitions. Let’s take a look at the next big trends in tech 2017.
We collected the list of cool electronic gadgets you wouldn’t want to miss.
Building on voice-controls’ various abortive starts (we’re talking to you, Siri) Amazon’s mini-monolith sits in a discreet corner and hangs on to your every word.
You can order cabs, run Spotify playlists, turn your heating up (via the smartphone app Hive), get a takeaway, search Google, and a myriad more besides. And all at the sound of your voice.
B&O Beoplay A2 active speaker
B&O has made the best portable speaker on the market even better: its A2 speaker. A beautiful slate-grey tablet of sound that even knocks some non-portable speakers out of the water with its rich bass and clearly defined mid-range.
With its beautiful leather strap handle, hi tech gadget was always portable – only now it’s also splash and dust resistant. Factor in its amazing 24-hour battery life and nothing else comes close.
A shrewd investment for the upcoming party season, this portable wireless speaker comes with 360-degree sound performance, a solid aluminium exterior, and has 16 hours battery life.
As a true portable speaker BeoSound 1 supports everything from Google Cast to Bluetooth to AirPlay and DLNA. The BeoLink Multiroom technology connects all your products in one wireless system. Great sound with no strings attached.
We could sit here and tell you about how PS VR can make you feel like you are somewhere else entirely, or how it can trick your mind into experiencing vertigo, or how it can give you the most immersive gaming experience you’ve ever had.
We could do that until we’re blue in the face. But the only way you’ll really understand why we’re so excited is to try it firsthand. Call it a present to yourself.
Polaroid Snap Instant
Retro with a modern twist, the Snap Instant from Polaroid prints out your photos like a classic Polaroid, but, thanks to digital imaging, doesn’t require any ink. And it looks very sleek too – arguably the Mini Cooper of cameras.
Lenovo Smart Assistant
This new speaker from Lenovo is a slightly cheaper and more colourful alternative to the Amazon Echo. It includes eight microphones that Lenovo claims can pick up speech from 16 feet away.
It’s also powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, meaning you’ll get access to the same array of “skills” that you would with Amazon’s own hi-tech gadget. Similarly, Lenovo is touting the Smart Assistant as ideal for tasks like answering questions, managing calendars and to-do lists, and playing music.
Razer Project Valerie
When you’re using a laptop for doing work, playing video games, and streaming Netflix, one screen isn’t always enough. So why not include three?
Razer’s Project Valerie concept does just that by adding two foldable displays that expand out from the primary screen in the center.
Each display is 17 inches diagonally and supports 4K resolution. Razer says they can be used independently or together as one giant display. The downside though is its weight at 12 pounds. This makes it limited to mainly beefy gaming laptops, but is way more than the average notebook.
Intel Credit Card-Sized Computer
While some laptop and desktop computers are designed to be customized and upgraded, Intel is thinking about how we’ll be upgrading the various Internet-connected home appliances and robots we may own in the future.
Intel’s Compute Card, which is about the size of a credit card, is a mini-computer designed to be easily inserted into smart devices.
The idea is to make upgrading cool electronic gadgets like smart refrigerators, interactive retail kiosks, and connected security cameras as easy as taking out one component and replacing it with another.
This prevents the need to buy an entirely new system once new standards in connectivity or faster processors are released. Essentially, the computer includes all of the same aspects of a standard-sized computer, including a processor, memory, storage, and wireless tech.
PowerRay Aquatic Drone
PowerVision’s new PowerRay drone sounds like a fisherman’s dream. This waterproof vehicle, which can operate in fresh and salt water, comes with a 4K camera that can shoot 12-megapixel stills.
It’s compatible with an optional FishFinder lens add-on that uses a sonar system to detect fish and send images back to the user.
Motiv Smart Ring
If you believe fitness trackers have always traded style for function, the new Motiv smart ring is for you. It’s a fitness tracker that’s shaped like a ring.
Designed to be worn 24/7, it measures your active minutes, heart rate, calories burned, distance covered, sleep pattern and step count. Made of ultralight titanium, not only is it waterproof up to 5 ATM, it will look stylish on your finger too.
Meet Kuri, a little home robot with a cheerful personality. Essentially a mobile security camera with smart-home control capabilities, Kuri can roam your home checking on your kids and pets when you’re not around.
Kuri is quick to learn a home’s floor plan, capture photos and videos with its eyes, recognise faces and is equipped with sound detection technology. A gizmo to reassure any working parent.
Remember all the hubbub about Apple’s AirPods? They were supposed to be the conversation-ending resolution to Apple’s “courageous” decision to remove the headphone jack from its latest iPhone 7 phones.
Only, they looked like regular Apple earbuds with the power cords cut off. Released quietly and way behind schedule, and received universal criticism from just about everyone.
Plenty of companies came out swinging against Apple in the aftermath, but Motorola last month released the VerveOnes, which are some of the most attractive wireless earbuds we’ve seen.
They’ll work with iOS and Android devices, giving them a universal edge. Allegedly have eight hours of battery life (the AirPods only claim five), are splash-proof, lightweight and deliver impeccable sound quality—all for $149, which is still slightly less expensive than the AirPods.
Faraday Future 1050HP Electric Car
As the auto industry becomes more tech-dependent, automobiles are claiming more and more of a stake in the fun at CES. This year’s most insane automobile was the FF 91 from the team over at Faraday Future.
The FF 91, Faraday Future’s flagship car, features a 1050HP electric motor that does 0-60 mph in 2.39 seconds, a range of 378 miles, a built-in WiFi hotspot and facial recognition that allows for keyless entry.
From the looks and technical specs of it, it’s better than the most comparable Tesla Model S and X in just about every way. Of course, this was only a debut.
Interested buyers can put a $5,000 deposit down on one (the price is estimated to be around $150k, which is also $20k cheaper than the Model X), with the cars expected to ship sometime next year.
The idea of a smart home is now a reality, and the Google Home is the latest entry into the voice-controlled assistant category.
The Google Home takes a more stylish approach in their design and benefits from Google’s extensive artificial intelligence experience.
You can ask Google Home hi-tech gadget to play music, set timers, calculate conversions while you cook, and control other smart home products. The cool thing being all this can be done with the sound of your voice.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
The Sprocket from HP is an ultra-portable photo printer that lets you print photos from your phone. This Bluetooth-enabled awesome gadget works with iPhone and Android smartphones with the free app. This is a great gift for teens, college students and young adults.
These wearable breast pumps are a totally hands-free alternative to the traditional electric pump. The FDA-approved pumps are meant to be slipped into the wearer’s bra, meaning users can go about other activities.
Once Willow senses the storage bags are full, it stops on its own. It’s even quiet enough to wear out of the house.
This digestive tracker wants to help you figure out which foods are most compatible with your body.
A user blows into AIRE like a breathalyzer in order to determine the level of gas in his or her bloodstream.
AIRE’s smartphone app uses that data to estimate how a user’s body will respond to different types of foods.
It’s no doctor, dietician or nutritionist replacement, but it could offer useful insights about the effects of a user’s diet.
Jet Pack International H2O2
Jet Pack International are making great strides in technology with the H2O2. It is a hydrogen peroxide-fuelled jetpack that will allow users to fly at up to 77 miles per hour at a maximum height of 250 feet.
So far, the higher-capacity H2O2-Z is only capable of a maximum flight length of 33 seconds and a maximum travel distance of 3,300 feet.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, the Aerofex Aero-X, a real-life equivalent of the Star Wars speeder bike, is definitely something you’ll want to keep your eyes on. The Aero-X is the result of more than 15 years of research and development.
Powered by a water-cooled 240 horsepower engine and two large rotors, the Aero-X can hover at an altitude of 12 feet and travel at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. It can also carry up to 310 pounds. The potential for the Aero-X is boundless.
Also, to ensure that the Aero-X will be safe and easy to control, Aerofex claims to have overcome the dangerous coupling effect that can arise due to using two rotors by.
TALOS Iron Man suit
TALOS stands for Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, a combat suit that the US Army hopes will become a reality within the next four years. The TALOS provides ballistic, shock and fire protection for Special Operations soldiers.
The aim is to provide these soldiers with better, more mobile and more versatile protection than what currently exists. The development of the TALOS suit will be a collaborative effort between universities, government agencies and corporations.
While there is yet to be a working prototype, development is proceeding at a rapid pace. The head of the US Special Operations Command, Admiral William McRaven, is confident that unpowered prototypes will be ready in June 2017.
There is also the goal of testing a complete working prototype in August 2018.
Don’t expect to be able to buy this of course, although there’s every chance that some of the tech here could eventually trickle down to civilian uses.
The Titan Arm is the work of a team from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a strength-enhancing upper-body exoskeleton that will help you lift an extra 40 pounds.
Granted, it’s a far cry from the Powerloader we see – and love – in the Alien films, but the Titan Arm was designed with a more humble goal in mind.
The Titan Arm is built to help rehabilitate people who’ve suffered serious arm injuries or strokes as well as provide some extra strength and protection for anyone who lifts heavy objects for a living.
Super Maglev Train
Chinese researchers have recently been looking into the next phase of train transportation, beyond even Maglev technology.
China and Japan already have very fast Maglev trains that are capable of reaching over 260 miles per hour, but the new next-generation Maglev technology, dubbed super Maglev, will apparently be even faster.
Super Maglev is built on the same Maglev technology, but it encapsulates the train in a vacuum tube, further reducing air resistance, thus allowing for higher, mind-boggling speeds.
Researchers claim that such enclosed-tube Maglev systems could see trains reaching speeds of up to 1800 miles per hour.
Of course, there are doubts about the feasibility of constructing long vacuum tubes and keeping them pressurised. However, if scientists and engineers can figure that out, we may one day be able to cross large distances quicker and more safer than we’ve ever imagined possible.
Cave2 is a hybrid reality environment that lets artists, scientists and engineers become fully immersed in their research. The Cave2 is a 360° wraparound structure consisting of 72 LCD panels, a 20-speaker surround sound system and a 10-camera optical motion tracking system.
With 3D glasses, scientists and engineers will be able to virtually experience and move through anything of their choosing, whether it’s the human body or planets in the solar system.
The Cave2 hi-tech gadget holds an immense amount of potential, especially for situations involving large amounts of data requiring visualization.
3D Printed Food
3D printing has taken the world by storm, and slowly but surely people are being won over by the idea that it’s for more than just best new tech gadgets. Food is also something that can feasibly be 3D printed.
German company Biozoon is harnessing the power of 3D printing to create seneoPro, a range of 3D-printable powder mixtures that solidifies when printed but also very quickly melts when eaten.
The main target for this new 3D-printable food are elderly patients who suffer from dysphagia, or the inability to swallow.
Such a technology would definitely reduce the risk of choking, and the 3D-printed nature of seneoPro means that caregivers and family members can very easily mix and match the powders to create all types of dishes. And you can also add colouring agents and texturizers to make the food even more appealing.
Dipole Coil Resonant System
Wireless charging, up until now, usually means charging via a pad, rather than via wires and cables. But if you ask the team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, wireless charging can also be done a distance away.
The team recently demonstrated a prototype of a new Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS) that can wirelessly power devices up to 15 feet away.
The DCRS system achieves this using a magnetic field, and is apparently powerful enough to charge up to 40 mobile phones, and can even power larger devices, like a TV.
There’s no word yet on how soon we’ll be seeing this technology in the real world, but in the mean time you can check out Cota, a somewhat similar wireless charging technology that’s coming soon.
The Hover Camera is effectively a type of drone. It can snuggly fit in pockets as it easily gets folded like a book and it has a very light weight (242g), which makes it portable and easy to carry almost anywhere.
It can take photos and videos from different perspectives. It’s very simple to use and it has “Release and Hover” functionality, which is… (expand on this). It can take 13 MP photos and can shoot 4K videos.
It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor. Instead of running on GPS, it uses body and face recognition. It can easily connect to your phone over WiFi, and after you have shot any photo/video, it gets downloaded on your phone.
This camera has gone through various Drop Tests, Twist Tests, etc. It follows you around and it also has 360 spin and orbit mode. You can also do camera angle adjustment.
WELT: The World’s First Smart Belt
This is an intelligent belt which cares about your health and presents you with health data. It a normal looking belt with unique functions.
It counts how many steps you have taken, counts how many calories you have burnt while sitting, and it also measures your waist size. The belt almost monitors your overeating habits.
You can keep track of these on the WELT’s mobile application.
Luke Reborts Smart Lamp
The World’s First Truly Intelligent/Smart Lamp by Luke Roberts has got 300 powerful LED’s that has the capability to brighten any corner of your room. You can take light anywhere you want.
It has also got the feature of indirect lighting with various multiple colour options. So, whatever the situation is, it has various colours to suit your mood. A benefit for people suffering from conditions such as SAD.
It’s also got a “Paint Your Light” feature. You can paint in your desired direction. The more you paint, the brighter the light gets.
Pup: The Connect Pocket Scanner
Pup is the first connected pocket scanner, which is very easy to use and feels very different while using it. It’s lightweight, so can be ported almost anywhere.
It has got a great long lasting battery life, so enjoy using it. So, next time when you want to upload your papers using this, just choose your destination, press the button, fit it according to your page dimension and your file will be transferred automatically.
LG Cordzero Stick
It’s annoying having to unplug and re-plug as you manoeuvre your vacuum room to room. The CordZero Stick has a motor that spins 16 times faster than an airplane engine—so it will leave your floors spotless with its powerful suction.
The vacuum also has an advanced filtration system to keep dust out of your house. It comes with a self-standing charger, but it’s equipped with two removable batteries so you won’t run out of charge, handy if you’re cleaning a studio apartment or two-story home.
There’s also a canister version that automatically follows you throughout the room, so you don’t have to drag or pull on a cord.
Kate Spade bangle tracker
Keeping track of your wellness goals has never looked so chic, thanks to Kate Spade’s jewellery-meets-activity tracker.
Besides measuring steps and sleeping habits, the high-tech bracelet helps you set personal goals with motivational reminders, controls music and even works as a photography remote for your phone—all without ever needing to be charged up.
Cool electronic gadgets enhance our effectiveness.
Prior to the innovation of the telephone or the more recent e-mails, sending messages and letters would take days to reach its destination.
The softwares created for application in the net and telecommunications are absolutely nothing but hi-tech gadgets. These gadgets really have advanced human efficiency in regards to work and made the world a much better place to live in.
Technology never stands still: it’s always changing, adapting and progressing, and quite often things that seemed improbable (or even impossible) at one time can quickly start becoming possible only a few short years afterwards.
While you won’t see some of the above awesome gadgets readily available everywhere yet, in due time they will become actual products you can see, touch and utilize.