The Best Gadgets Coming In 2017

Thing is, 2016 is over. It’s done. No-one cares any more. Why? Because there are a whole new 365 days coming – and you can bet your hard-earned dollar that they’ll be jam-packed with enough shiny kit to send a rocket into space. Figuratively.

What can you expect? Aside from the usual raft of updates, upgrades and flagship tweaks – think smartphones, laptops and tablets – there’s also guaranteed to be a host of hot stuff hitting shelves, the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

Here, are top 10 most impressive gadgets in various categories.

1. Apple iPhone 8

To mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary this year, Apple is expected to overhaul the phone’s design. One model could swap its liquid-crystal LCD display for one made of OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) that will wrap around the gadget’s edges. OLED displays are thinner, lighter, and more flexible than LCDs. Samsung’s Galaxy Edge phones sport a similar design and have been called gimmicky; Apple appears to be trying to make the feature more useful by enabling the phone to react when you touch any of its sides instead of just one.

2. Samsung Galaxy S8

As Samsung’s flagship gadget, the Galaxy S could rehabilitate the company’s reputation, which was tarnished by its botched Galaxy Note 7 recall—but only if the phone delights consumers and doesn’t spontaneously burst into flames. The upcoming Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress trade show in late February. The company has already revealed that the phone will feature a new virtual personal assistant based on technology from the startup Viv, which it acquired in October. The S8 is also rumored to pack an extremely high-resolution “4K” display, a second rear camera, and possibly an iris scanner for an added layer of security.

3. Foldable Samsung phone

This may also be the year that Samsung releases a foldable smartphone, a design it has been developing for years. As this 2013 Samsung concept video shows, such a device would let you read and view content on a tablet-sized screen that could convert to a smartphone-like size for convenient transport. Other companies, including Lenovo, the Chinese phone maker Oppo, and the Japanese display maker JDI have also created dual-screen and foldable smartphones, but none have been released commercially. Samsung hopes to beat them to market.

4. Microsoft Surface phone

CEO Satya Nadella has said Microsoft is working on the “ultimate mobile device.” What might that be? Its Surface series of laptops, PCs, and tablets is missing a phone, but one is expected to launch in 2017. You can expect it to have a metal body to match Microsoft’s other Surface devices and run the Windows 10 operating system through an emulator when connected to an external keyboard, monitor, and mouse.

5. HTC Vive 2 VR headset

A year ago, HTC’s pivot from making smartphones to focusing on virtual-reality technology seemed risky, but its Vive VR system has gained a solid following since its April 2016 release. For its follow-up device, HTC is expected to cut the cable that currently tethers the headset to its user’s PC. Startups have created accessories that let the headset be used wirelessly, and HTC is expected to offer a more integrated solution in the Vive 2.

6. Android Wear 2.0 smart watches

Last year wasn’t a banner year for smart watches. But 2017 will bring new watches based on Android Wear 2.0, an updated version of Google’s Android operating system. Because it will let users download and run apps on their watches via Bluetooth, cellular connection, or Wi-Fi, without relying on tethered connections from their smartphones, iPhone owners could use Android Wear devices. Android Wear 2.0 is in the “developer preview” phase and will be publicly released in early to mid-2017.

7. Hover Camera Passport

Drones have been very popular is the past few years and the Hover Camera Passport is a flying camera in a drone class of its own that will likely make it even more mainstream. It’s an autonomous self-flying camera that follows you and records your travel moments in 13MP photos and 4K video. There’s no controller for this drone; you’ll be using your Android phone or iPhone to help navigate and to control it via WiFi. There’s also a follow-me mode, so no matter where you go. Think of it as a personal paparazzi. The foldable, fully-enclosed Passport drone can be yours for $549.

8. Hover Camera Passport

Drones have been very popular is the past few years and the Hover Camera Passport is a flying camera in a drone class of its own that will likely make it even more mainstream. It’s an autonomous self-flying camera that follows you and records your travel moments in 13MP photos and 4K video. There’s no controller for this drone; you’ll be using your Android phone or iPhone to help navigate and to control it via WiFi. There’s also a follow-me mode, so no matter where you go. Think of it as a personal paparazzi. The foldable, fully-enclosed Passport drone can be yours for $549.

9. LG Signature 4K OLED

This year LG had a TV that was so thin it looked like it was a work of (expensive) art hanging on your wall. The television is as thick as about four credit cards stacked up on each other and the image quality so stunning for something so thin. I had to see it to believe it. LG was able to get an OLED screen so thin, but still offered amazing colors and resolution. Something interesting to note, It’s a two-part system: the main display up top, and a Dolby Atmos soundbar below it. LG has not revealed final pricing yet, but you can bet it will be very expensive.

10. Kuri Intelligent Home Robot

Say hello to the future with the Kuri, your digital personal assistant who can respond to voice commands thanks to a four-microphone system. Mayfield robotics unveiled the intelligent ‘kuri’ robot at CES 2017 and is said to ‘add a spark of life to any home’. the smart bot can understand context and surroundings, recognize specific people, and respond to questions with facial expressions, head movements, and unique sounds. Just call out his name and Kuri will be at your service.  Kuri can pick up your audio from any direction as well as reply. Kuri lights up, produces expressions, and uses sounds to confirm your command.  Kuri has a HD camera in its head and enables the robot to avoid obstacles and falling. All three wheels at the base spin in any direction for a more fluid movement. Kuri is available for $699.

Shashank Tiwari

Shashank Tiwari is a writer from India and the Tech Explained editor. In his free time he dabbles in fiction, photography, and game development.

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