15 Coolest Tech Products You’ll Want to Buy This Year
Behold the next wave of gadgets, gear, and services that will transform our lives in the coming year.
You can experience the awesomeness of VR gaming with an Oculus Rift and a powerful enough PC. Or you can try the Oculus Quest, which bills itself as “the world’s first all-in-one gaming system built for virtual reality.” No PC needed. Just put on the VR headset, grab the controllers, and commence battle in whichever universe you choose to immerse yourself.
Samsung’s foldable phone
The prospect of Samsung’s foldable phone really has tech geeks freaking out. After several delays, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is scheduled to be released in September 2019, TechRadar reports. Samsung postponed the launch because reviewers found the foldable screen kept breaking. But Samsung now promises that the Galaxy Fold has been “engineered with new materials and technologies.” In the meantime, these are the places you should never store your cell phone.
Room-wide wireless charging
There are a bunch of great wireless charging stations for iPhones and Androids out there, but soon placing your device on a station or even thinking about charging will vanish. The next wave of chargers promises to automatically refuel our phones as soon as we walk into a room. Think about it in the same way your phone connects to Wi-Fi, only this will leave you with plenty of juice to check work email (i.e. watch cat videos) all the way home.
Phones are about to get crazy fast. As PC Mag explains, 5G is going nationwide, with AT&T leading the charge. The technology known as 5G (which stands for 5th Generation) will offer these three things, says PC Mag: “greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).” Just look out for these 10 tech myths you need to stop believing.
“Sound on Display” panels
Samsung revealed its “Sound on Display” (SoD) panels in 2019. SoD panels allow sound to come straight out of the picture, so no speakers are necessary. “By using vibration and bone conduction,” writes BGR.com, “Samsung’s Sound on Display technology gives the company the opportunity to place yet another component beneath the screen’s surface, leaving even more room for the display.”
Samsung is always pushing the limits of television. In 2017, it introduced TVs with QLED screens, which Samsung says offer unrivaled brightness levels, black levels, and ability to reproduce colors, according to Digital Trends.
When something breaks and needs a new part, more and more of our lives will involve running to a 3D printer rather to the hardware or toy store. There are many 3D printers available to choose from, ranging greatly in quality and price. If you’re in the market for one, you might consider the highly-rated and moderately priced Comgrow Creality Ender 5 3D Printer. Among its features: the ability to resume printing even after a power outage or long lapse occurs, two-hour assembly, quiet operation, and lifetime tech support. Check out 20 of the coolest things made with a 3D printer.
Smart homes that care
Handy and useful items like touchscreen door locks and smart thermostats help keep us safe and comfortable, but according to a study from CB Insights, our houses are poised to kick things up a notch. CB Insights predicts an exploding market in smart homes geared toward care for senior citizens. In January 2018, the study notes, Google patented the use of always-on optical sensors in places like bathrooms to capture data on cardiovascular function. Yes, your house will be making house calls.
How important is gaming in our lives? The experts at Newzoo predict that “2.3 billion gamers across the globe will spend $137.9 billion on games.” Clearly, gaming isn’t just something that people do to pass the time—it is at the center of their world (and for some, their paycheck.) Many gamers will spend thousands of dollars on suped-up gaming computers that make the action faster and more visually dazzling, and also make their bedrooms look like the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. In a breakdown of the best offerings, PC Gamer recommended the Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme. Available on Amazon for $799, it’s a great place to start for those first making the jump, and it’s easy to upgrade when the need for more speed arises.
Amazon’s editors write, “The average drone user is looking for something that provides good video quality, is small and portable enough that they can tote it along on trips even if they’re not sure they’ll be flying, and ideally costs less than $1,000. The DJI Mavic Air is the one model we’ve found that checks all of those boxes.” Coming in at $739, the editors loved its 4K camera and that the battery gives it a flight time of over 20 minutes. Plus, they note, “it folds into a burrito-sized package that weighs slightly less than a pound.”
You can say that the Apple Watch is the gold standard of wearable tech—in that just like gold, it is not cheap. But most gadget gurus say it’s worth the price, putting it in their top picks for wearables due to its versatility and ease of use. The Apple Watch Series 5 offers several upgrades, including an always-on screen and built-in compass, Business Insider reports. Prices start on Amazon at $415. Apple watches are just one of the things you should always buy on Amazon.