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.
In the race to lead the way in voice-control command software, Amazon Echo is claiming a stake in the niche market.
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 beautifully designed, slate-grey sound tablet, with its rich bass and clearly defined mid-range, blows away the nearest non-portable speaker competitor.
With its beautiful leather strap handle, it 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.
Beosound’s latest portable wireless speaker comes complete with 360-degree sound performance, a solid aluminium exterior, and 16 hours battery life. A super piece of equipment to have, especially at party season events.
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.
The PlayStation VR has plenty of party tricks up its sleeve. It can make you feel you are somewhere else completely. It can fool your mind into experiencing vertigo, or give an unrivalled gaming experience.
PlayStation are one of the leaders in the gaming world, but PS VR must be experienced firsthand to truly understand its VR capabilities.
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.
Also, as it’s powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, you would get the same software abilities that you would with Amazon’s own gadget on the Lenovo Smart Assistant. Similarly, Lenovo is promoting the Smart Assistant as an ideal taskmaster or virtual assistant like answering questions, managing calendars and to-do lists, and playing music.
Razer Project Valerie
Razer’s Project Valerie concept does wonders for multitasking by adding two foldable displays that expand out from the primary screen in the center. This allows the user to work or play more all on one screen.
Each display is 17 inches diagonally and supports 4K resolution. Razer says they can be used independently or together as one giant display, which is ideal for places where the user needs multiple screens to work, such as an office environment.
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 conjuring up ideas about how we’ll be upgrading the various Internet-connected home appliances and robots we may own in the future.
Introducing Intel’s Compute Card, a mini-computer, which is about the size of a credit card, designed to be easily inserted into smart devices.
The notion is to make upgrading gadgets like smart refrigerators, interactive retail kiosks, and connected security cameras as easy as taking out one component and replacing it with another. The advantage of this is it removes the necessity 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, then the new Motiv smart ring will make you think again. It’s a fitness tracker that’s one of a kind and is shaped like a ring.
Designed to be worn 24/7, it measures your active minutes, heart rate, step count, distance covered, calories burned, and sleep pattern. 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 acts lie a nanny and 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 onboard camera, has face recognition and sound detection. A gizmo to reassure any working parent.
All the rigger mero le about Apple’s Airpods, the replacement for the headphones for the iPhone 7 phones, was not the manufacturer’s finest hour. 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 were the ones to put their money where their mouth is last month and released the VerveOnes.
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 stand out automobile was the FF 91 from Faraday Future.
The FF 91, Faraday Future’s flagship car, has many unique features like a 1,050HP 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 alone it certainly outclasses the nearest comparable Tesla Model S and X and giving that manufacturer a run for its money.
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.
As it is from Google, The Google Home benefits from Google’s extensive artificial intelligence experience. It allows the homeowner 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 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, freeing up users to do 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.
The data gathered on AIRE’s smartphone app estimates how a user’s body will respond to different types of foods, giving a more objective approach to dieting.
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 jetpack technology with the H2O2 and H2O2-Z jetpacks. As the name suggests, both the H2O2 and H2O2-Z are hydrogen peroxide-fuelled jetpacks 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.
A real-life equivalent of the Star Wars speeder bike, and the result of more than 15 years of research and development, the Aerofex Aero-X brings science fiction to life.
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….(elaborate what Aerofex have done for this)
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.
A collaboration between universities, government agencies and corporations, the development of the TALOS suit is to provide these soldiers with better, more mobile and more versatile protection than what currently exists.
While there is currently no working prototype, development is rapidly gaining ground. The head of the US Special Operations Command, Admiral William McRaven, believes that unpowered prototypes will be ready as early as June 2017.
Testing for a complete prototype could be done by August 2018. The technology is used exclusively for military purposes, but over time it may be used for more civilian purposes.
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. It’s designed to give you extra power when lifting, without the need to work out at the gym. Be it like a winch attached to your arm.
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, thus eliminating any potential compensation claims or employment tribunals.
Super Maglev Train
China and Japan already have very fast Maglev trains that are capable of reaching over 260 miles per hour, but the next-generation Maglev technology will apparently be even faster. The Chinese researchers behind the technology have it dubbed Super Maglev.
Super Maglev is designed on the same Maglev technology, but incorporates the train in a vacuum tube. This reduces air resistance, and the reduction in air resistance, the researchers claim, could see trains reaching speeds of up to 1800 miles per hour.
Constructing long vacuum tubes and keeping them pressurized is certainly no easy feat. 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, giving them a much greater insight into their field. Made up of 72 LCD panels, a 20-speaker surround sound system and a 10-camera optical motion tracking system, it is a 360-degree structure that wraps around the user.
With 3D glasses, scientists and engineers will be able to virtually experience and move through anything. A doctor or medical student can move through the human body. An astronomer can delve into the solar system in immense detail. The potential for Cave2 is enormous, especially for situations involving large amounts of data requiring visualization.
3D Printed Food
3D printing is gaining accolades the world over, convincing people that it’s for more than just 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. Patients who suffer from dysphagia – the inability to swallow – would benefit from such technology as it would reduce the risk of choking.
As 3D-printed food is so versatile, it gives the ability of any amateur budding chef to conjure up all kinds of mixtures and recipes. And you can also add colouring agents and texturizers to make the food even more appealing.
Dipole Coil Resonant System
Until recently, wireless charging meant charging without wires and cables. However, a team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology says wireless charging can also be done remotely.
The team recently demonstrated a prototype of a new Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS) that can wirelessly power devices up to 15 feet away. It does this by using a magnetic field. This field is apparently powerful enough to charge up to 40 mobile phones. The team claim it can also power larger devices such as TVs and stereo systems.
For now though, the technology is still in its infancy, but Cota is the closest and latest technology that will be available to everyone over the coming months.
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.
This Hover Camera 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 Reborts 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, leaving floors spotless with its powerful suction.
The vacuum also has an advanced filtration system to keep dust out of your house. Complete with a self-standing charger and two removable batteries, the chances of running out of charge are minimal, and so gives the LG Cordzero Stick the ability and ease cleaning a studio apartment or two-story home on a single charge.
There’s also a canister version that automatically follows you throughout the room, thus eliminating 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, it helps you set personal goals with motivational reminders, controls music and even works as a photography remote for your phone to get that viral shot.
And the cute bit is it can do all this without needing to be charged up, giving it a massive convenience edge.
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 an age to reach its destination.
The softwares created for application in the net and telecommunications are absolutely nothing but technical gizmos. 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.