The explosive evolution of technology over the last few decades has very much shaped our society today. Our lives are run by smartphones, computers and tablets – we almost seem incapable of functioning without them. Every year there is a drive to push technology further and further; a purpose to help us accomplish more and delve into the endless abyss of technological advancement.
In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of augmented reality and artificial intelligence, technology we could only imagine existed not too long ago. The biggest names in tech continue to dazzle consumers; as have many start-ups, with new ground-breaking products, it’s almost becoming difficult to keep up with it all. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 6 of the most interesting, innovative products that will be dropping this year.
1. Samsung’s “The Wall”
What’s being described as the world’s first consumer “modular TV”, Samsung has taken one big step in to the future with this 146-inch monster of a display. The tech giant has positioned the product around the idea that TV’s shouldn’t have to be just one size. The MicroLED technology allows users to modify and transform the size and shape of “The Wall” so that it can function as a multipurpose display.
Unveiled at the 2018 CES event, the display has been praised for its remarkable adaptation capability to deliver incredible brightness, colour and contrast, regardless of the desired shape or size of the screen. It is also worth noting, the screen offers exceptional durability and efficiency in light source lifetime and power consumption. It can boldly be said that “The Wall” marks a turning point in screen technology; the standard has truly been set for future displays. No price has been announced as of yet, but it is reported it will be available to buy in August 2018.
2. RED’s Hydrogen One Smartphone
Introducing the “world’s first holographic media machine”, the Hydrogen One. Astonishingly, the brains behind this extraordinary device is NOT a mobile phone tech giant, but the professional camera making company, RED. With pre-order prices starting at $1,195, the smartphone won’t be cheap but this doesn’t come as a surprise once you hear the expectations for this gadget. RED released a teaser video in late 2017 demonstrating the unimaginable capabilities of this unique device. The idea is that the phone would provide an immersive 3D (or “4V resolution” as RED like to call it) viewing experience, projecting things such as interactive landscape maps or virtual videos and games.
If the Hydrogen One lives up to its expectations of a modular, glasses-free 3D device, then we’re certainly in store for a game-changing device. It remains to be seen when it will be launched but we expect there will be a public demo coming up before the end of the year.
3. Frigondas Quick Freeze Microwave
When you think that a microwave is an absolute essential in all homes, it seems perplexing to think that we’ve had to wait until now for a home appliance that performs quite the opposite. In comes Frigondas, a new countertop appliance that combines a traditional microwave with an air blast chiller. It’s been reported that the dual evaporators and unique fan design can freeze fruits and vegetables in just six minutes. To put that in to perspective, it would take a traditional freezer almost 15 times as long to perform the same process.
Many people may not be aware but blast chillers have been around for a few years, but they are almost always used in commercial kitchens due to their size and hefty price. The truly remarkable aspect of Frigondas, is that the designers managed to combine a blast chiller and a microwave all in to one appliance that is only marginally bigger than a standard home microwave. The Frigondas isn’t on sale yet but it should cost around $1,000, which doesn’t seem bad for something that’s being dubbed as one of the most revolutionary products of the year.
4. PROOF – Alcohol Tracking Wearable
CREDIT: MILO SENSORS
With an initiative to reduce alcohol-related road accidents, Milo Sensors have built PROOF™ – a sleek and elegant wrist band wearable that discretely tracks your BAC levels through your skin and relays the statistics to the accompanying app. The unique wearable uses cutting-edge technology to provide continuous updates on alcohol levels, informing users of their individual limit and a time to sober up estimation.
Investors believe the product is that good, Milo Sensors received over double what they asked for in a crowdfunding campaign. They were also awarded a further $223,000 for their constructive work towards society as a grant from the National Institute on Alcoholism. The wristband is currently at the prototype stage, with a plan to be out for production before the end of the year.
5. Kuri – A Robotic Home Assistant
The rise of AI technology over the last few years has been exponential, we’ve seen smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home become a home essential for many people. However, tech start-up Mayfield Robotics have gone one step further and developed a mobile, robotic home assistant, essentially an Alexa on wheels. Kury has been designed as an interactive and mobile videographer who captures each day’s moments as they happen.
The little assistant patrols your house, adapting to any floor plan. His eyes act as cameras allowing you to check in at home if you’re at work or on holiday and his built in speakers deliver a rich sound experience, allowing you to take your music wherever you go. You also don’t need to worry about charging Kuri up as you can place his charging pad anywhere in the house and he’ll automatically charge himself up between tasks and activities, or when energy is running low. Mayfield Robotics are currently taking reservations for Kuri, with a shipment date set to Autumn 2018.
6. Oculus Go
Backed by social media giant Facebook, Oculus has been the driving factor to VR development. The release of the Oculus Rift was seen by many as the ultimate VR experience but this came at a premium and it also required a powerful PC. Oculus have now introduced the Oculus Go, a wireless, portable, standalone VR headset at a price of £199. For a high end VR display this is relatively cheap and should be a huge factor in the products success. Analysts are expecting VR to be a $7 billion industry by 2022, the Oculus Go may or may not be the finished product but it will certainly lead the way in bringing VR in to the mainstream.
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