With 2016 behind us, it is time to look ahead and see what is on the horizon for gadgets. There is already huge anticipation for all sorts of new and emerging technology, such as virtual reality tech, new smartphones and new smart wear. This post is going to showcase some of the most innovative and hotly anticipated pieces of technology that will be hitting the markets this year. This is far from an exhaustive list, but the gadgets discussed here are some of the most likely to hit stores this year, as well as the most exciting.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s eighth iteration of their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy, is expected to launch by springtime this year. Although the company has remained relatively tight-lipped about new features, you can expect notable updates and upgrades in both software and hardware. Something we do know, though, is that Samsung will integrate a new digital assistant into the S8 – Viv. This new artificial intelligence has been created by the same team that were involved with Siri, so it should be a solid addition to the Galaxy S8.
It’s hard to think of a world before the iPhone, thanks to its flawless integration into everyday living. With that said, this has made it difficult for Apple to break the mould with the iPhone. Their latest model, the iPhone 8, looks to bring in a little innovation to their smartphone. With an all-glass design, organic LED displays and removal of the home button, the iPhone is growing into an entirely new beast. Moreover, 2017 is the tenth-year anniversary of the iPhone, so expect some big things to come from Apple in the coming months.
Tech giant Google has been trying to integrate their own smartwatch into the market over the past year or so. As of yet, they have seen little uptake for their Android Wear watches, but that is all expected to change in 2017. Google intends to beef up current software for their own smartwatch, which could launch any time this year.
Windows 10 Virtual Reality
Windows’ current operating system is expected to receive a substantial update early this year, geared towards virtual reality headset compatibility. This update opens new doors for VR headset usage – at the moment your only realistic choice is the Oculus rift, which costs $600. With this update, headsets from companies like Dell and Lenovo will be available on the market for as little as $300.