15 Coolest Gadgets in 2018
Every year we see the leading tech giants of the world come up with bewildering inventions and creative products that disrupt the technology landscape. This year has also seen some marvelous innovations which are expected to be released for consumers sooner rather than later.
You must be wondering which of these creative products is being hyped up the most? The entrenched market leaders are endeavoring to blow away the minds of consumers with their imaginative products but at the same time there are slightly lesser known enterprises or even startups who have conjured some very exciting merchandise in order to get themselves going. Let’s hope that their entry into the technology landscape does not turn out to be a mere storm in the tea cup and they are actually able to make a name for themselves based on the quality of their products.
1 – Reverse Microwave Oven: Cool and Freeze Stuff Instantly
Microwave ovens were originally developed to assist people in heating up their food as quickly as possible without forcing them to heat it up on stove. However, there is always a hassle involved when you want something to be frozen immediately. Well, nobody has been able to answer this question so far until now. Frigondas is a mind-blowing kitchen technology that has been introduced this year and can cool and freeze food and beverages in a few moments. As a matter of fact, it can also be used as a typical microwave oven. The manufacturers have not yet shared an particular date of release but it is expected that the product will be out soon for the consumers in the US.
2 – The RED Smartphone: View Hologram on your Smartphone’s Screen
RED, a cinema camera making company, announced in the fall of 2017 that it was working on a smartphone with a holographic screen. This announcement left the consumers puzzled. The phone was basically meant to offer a three dimensional viewing experience on screen, projecting stuff such as buildings and landscape as an interactive map. This meant that the smartphone user could take a trip down the map by virtue of his or her smartphone screen while being able to look around in three dimensions.
You can place a pre-order of the RED smartphone for about $1,195 which is quite high. The company has not announced any date of release yet but the phone is expected to hit the shelves in the first half of 2018.
3 – Smart Glasses: Say Hi to the Sleek and Trendy Design
Smart glasses are not a new product by any stretch of imagination. We all remember the smart glasses that used to project information onto the user’s retina and they came bundled with flimsy gear. Accessories such as cameras and microphones made them a hassle to deal with and the whole gadget became more of a head-turner for its peculiar appearance than anything substantial. Intel has come up with Vaunt glasses that boast a streamlined and sleek design and are convenient to use. The glasses resemble conventional eye glasses and can be had in different prescription lenses. This means that the users can choose the lens of their own choice and use them throughout the day without attracting undue attention or to deal with undesired gear.
4 – Wristband: Know your Blood Alcohol Levels
You must be wondering that it’s only a wrist band so what can be so special about it? Well, it transpires that nobody should be drunk while driving but it can be quite taxing to keep track of your blood alcohol levels without undergoing a breathalyzer test. There are compact breathalyzers available on the market but they can be weird looking and quite awkward to use in public. Proof comes to your rescue as it has the ability to determine your BAC levels from skin as you simply have to wear it on your wrist. The developers of Proof were able to accumulate more than double the amount of what they were asking for in their crowd funding campaign. The wristband is expected to be released in the latter half of 2017.
5 – Amazon Go Stores: Checkout Free Shopping
Amazon launched their first Go Store on January 22, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The store is being branded as the future of grocery shopping and is equipped with tons of cameras and censors that monitor the items each customer takes or places back in the cabinets. This technology is coupled with the Amazon Go app to charge the clients for their purchase; thereby exterminating the need for long queues for the purpose of checkout and hence making your shopping experience all the more pleasant and seamless.
6 – Nutale GPS: Keep Your Precious Belongings Safe
Touted as the most accurate GPS trackers to have been introduced, Nutale GPS is expected to be released in the first half of 2018 and is compatible with both Android and iOS powered devices to keep you updated. The battery has a life span of about a month and the devices has the ability to store information that is almost a month old. You won’t be losing this gizmo any time soon!
7 – Kuri: Your Cute Robotic Home Assistant
The previous year saw emergence of smart speakers that function as stay-at-home personal assistants. There are numerous leading tech giants that are working on improving the functionalities of these amazing gizmos but there is only one enterprise that is actually endeavoring to make them as cute as they are efficient. Kuri is a tiny robot that is equipped with all the features of Alexa by Amazon but it is mobile as well. Kuri rolls around on its wheels and has the unique ability to get acquainted with your house’s floor plan. The eyes of the robot have cameras inbuilt in them and have the ability to capture images and videos. The integrated speaker lets you listen to your favorite music as you move about in the house.
8 – Apple’s Homepod: Smart Speakers Became Smarter
Apple has come up with its latest invention by the name of Homepod that makes an attempt to revolutionize the way we listen to music. The voice controlled smart speakers have been integrated with Siri and Apple Music. The speaker hardware is sophisticated and utilizes high quality sensors to visualize the room’s environment and automatically configure its settings to produce the best quality acoustics possible. The Homepod is not merely a music station. It is also an artificial assistant that can answer questions, schedule your routines and control other devices in the house.
9 – Samsung Odyssey Z Laptop: Gaming Got Better
The Samsung Odyssey Z Laptop is expected to be released sometime in 2018 and has been designed for video games specially. Boasting a 15.6 inch screen, the laptop has a specially engineered fan and cooling system that prevents it from being overheated during gameplay. The backlit keyboard eliminates the need for keys while the additional USB ports let the users connect controllers and other gaming gear. The only drawback that can be associated with the laptop is that the battery may not provide the requisite lifespan but cord and adapted can make amends for the low battery life.
10 – Apple iPad: Technology Gets Affordable for Schools
In the spring of 2018, Tim Hook, the Apple CEO, announced that the tech giant was working on developing an iPad that was meant for educational purposes. The gadget comes with additional storage for school projects, 40% enhanced processing speed and compatibility with Apple Pencil. The iPad can be used for numerous purposes in schools including simulated dissection. So, the students will be able to dissect frogs and other animals via their screens which could end up saving plenty of expenses for the schools. Schools will also be getting a $100 discount if the iPad is ordered for classroom use.
Having said that, the device has not be designed for schools only. It can also be purchased by adults from the Apple Store. Apple believes that the new gadget will assist the adults in streamlining their daily schedules and boosting their productivity.
11 – R-9 Smart Glasses: Sexy is New Normal
Offering a Virtual Reality user experience, the R-9 Smart Glasses come with a sleek, streamlined and stylish design that makes the user look sexy, simply put. Instead of wearing the clumsy headgear, the slick and smooth design of the glasses makes them resemble a pair of sunglasses while the gadget is suitable for both AR as well as VR applications. However, the glasses can be preordered for a hefty $1,999 which is way too expensive than even the Oculus Go.
12 – Plume Flow: Monitor Pollution On the Go!
Smog and pollution are a common issue for people living in metropolitans. A new device has been introduced lately that has the ability to issue alerts when the air quality degrades in your community. The portable device, known as Flow, is small enough to fit into the palm of one’s hands. The device is equipped with high end sensors that monitor air quality and inform the user about the extent of pollution in the atmosphere. It is also compatible with your handheld mobile devices and guides you regarding the trajectories that have the freshest quality of air and the paths that you should avoid. The device is expected to be made available to the consumers in the summer of 2018.
13 – Nintendo Labo: Let your kids create 3D
Nintendo Labo has been designed to be used in conjunction with Nintendo Switch System and is integrated with modular sheets of cardboard. The kids can mold the cardboard into any shape they want such as a piano or handlebars for motorbikes. Branded as Toy-Cons, these shapes can then be used with the innovative video game system to play interactive games. For instance, the kids can play a piano on the screen with the keyboard while the handle bars can be used to control your bike in the video game.
14 – Oculur Go: Mainstreaming VR
Facebook are the uncrowned king of social media but they are also endeavoring to make a name for themselves in the world of VR. They have come up with a new device in the series of Oculus VR System and named it as Oculus Go. The device aims to mainstream VR and can be had for just $199. The preorder can be placed on the official website and the gizmo is expected to be launched in 2018.
15 – Hyperkin: Nintendo Gameboy Gets a Revamp
The Nintendo Gameboy is about to get a makeover by the tech company Hyperkin sometime in 2018. Inspired by the monstrous success of Pokemon Go, the company is revamping the game station for both the new generation as well as those who have been struck by nostalgia.
The new Gameboy is loaded with similar features to the original model along with tons of new features. It comes with a dial to adjust the backlight color, a USB connector to get the device charged up and an improved stereo system for better acoustics.