Forget about 2016 – this year boasts a lineup of great new tech gadgets. 2017 will be a year where our homes, phones and bodies are all becoming connected through a suite of new tools now available. We’re also seeing a refinement of Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and a new dimension of video recording such as drones and 3D capture.
There’s so much to get excited about this year if you’re into tech. Here’s six new gadgets to add to your tech bucket list for 2017:
Ricoh Theta S
2D photos are sooo 20th century! When the Theta was released it was a one-of-a-kind camera that allowed you to capture the world in a new way. Last year we saw many new products compete, but none have surpassed the quality and ease of use as the Theta S. With Facebook 360 opening up and YouTube now allowing 360 degree video uploads, now is the perfect time to grab one of these for your next adventure. The Theta S starts at US $349, AU $459.
Apple Watch 2
The AW Series 2 is the best smartwatch you can buy right now. With water resistance, GPS and a a fast new processor it’s at the top of the game for fitness and health tracking. Only downside – Apple Watch S2 is on the expensive side, starting at US $369, £369 in Europe or $529 in Australia.
DJI Mavic Pro
There’s been a lot of drone releases in the last twelve months, but DJI has taken the lead with the Mavic Pro. This tiny foldable drone makes it easy to slip into your backpack when on the move. It’s packed with a high end 4k camera along with sensors and stabilisation for a smooth and safe flight. The Mavic can reach speed of up to 40mph and fly for around 30 minutes on a single charge. The price is cheaper than the popular Phantom 4, starting at US $999 or AU $1799.
Virtual Reality is here! There’s been a huge wave of products hit the market in 2016, with Sony, HTC, Samsung and Google all competing for the top. The Oculus Rift was first to trail-blaze VR since their launch of the concept, and has delivered a superior product with breathtaking graphics and games to back it up. Prices start from US $600, £499, or $859 in Australia.
Given the surpassing success of the Amazon Echo, Google Home is has been voted by many as the best Smart Home device for 2017. There are now a lot of devices out there for the home, from speakers, to security and even lightbulbs. “Okay Google” is all you need to start with Echo. The voice powered AI can search the web, stream your TV show, turn off lights, play Spotify, check traffic and more. Google has connected Echo with a heap of third party services and products, and for a competitive price of US $130.
While it received some very mixed reviews from the media, the latest MacBook Pro with Apple’s new Touchbar has outsold the Microsoft surface for the first 5 days since its launch in November 2016. The pricing has been the biggest question over the new upgrade, however, the specs and features clearly point to this being the best MacBook on the shelf for the year ahead. Pricing starts at US $1499.
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