We’re at a time in society when technology advances have reached unprecedented levels. It seems that almost every month, there’s an exciting new device or concept being revealed. For the first half of 2016, there has been some hugely exciting tech announcements and demonstrations, and for many of them, you won’t have to wait long until they’re publicly available.
We’ve put together a quick list of the six most exciting technologies that will become available in 2017.
Immersit VR Chair
VR is becoming increasingly popular, especially with the releases of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. While these devices provide hi definition virtual reality on a visual and aural level, they lack the environmental feedback that some people expect from a true next generation VR experience. The Immersit VR Chair aims to change that by providing lift, tilt, and vibrating feedback for VR users, allowing for a completely immersive experience when playing VR games.
An All Glass iPhone
Although there’s a new iPhone release every year, the model that is rumored for 2017 is a significant departure from Apple’s current design philosophy. While the company has experimented with glass backed phones in the past, their latest designs have made use of curved metal for the casing. Tech and gadget lovers will be excited to learn that Apple is planning an all glass iPhone for 2017. The design would feature tempered glass that wraps all around the phone, offering a premium feel like nothing else that is currently on the market. According to sources, the phone will also feature the largest battery of any iPhone yet, allowing users to get much more mileage from their high end smartphone.
There are many iPhone users now who enjoy getting all kinds of accessories for their mobile phones, such as a Solar Power Bank Charger which allows them to charge it on the go without any wires, at complete convenience, especially for those who travel. This is what has made owning iPhones so cool.
Rollable LED Screens from LG
At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, LG revealed a new technology that could change the way that we look at high definition screens. Simply called the LG Rollable OLED, this is a screen that is no thicker than a plastic projection film, which can be rolled just like a poster. Why is this technology exiting? For many people, space is still a problem when it comes to owning the latest technology, especially flat screen TVs. By next year as the technology develops, it could be possible to have an LG Rollable OLED that retracts just like a projector screen, with the benefit that you wouldn’t need a projector to power it. It could also be beneficial in niche applications, such as on boats, in vehicles, on airplanes, and in other places where space is extremely limited.
The Onagofly Nano Drone
Drones are becoming hugely popular in the United States, and around the world, but current consumer technology is somewhat limited. The main problem is that drones are completely reliant on user control. The Onagofly Nano Drone aims to add some autonomy to the quadcopter, by loading it with sensors and obstacle avoidance algorithms. This could make the drone easier to operate in wooded or urban areas, making it the perfect device for aerial photography and surveying.
Airbag Vest for Skiing Enthusiasts
Skiing is an elegant and sometimes glamorous sport, but it can also be dangerous, especially for beginners, or anyone that is navigating rough terrain. The Smart Ski Airbag vest has been designed by INeMOTION to provide body protection during skiing falls. It can detect a fall and inflate before impact, providing coverage from waist to neck (excluding arms). At the moment it is only available for professional skiers, but it will have a wider public release later this year, and should be available globally by 2017.
Smart Fitness Trackers That Use E-Ink
E-Ink is a display technology that was popularized by the original Amazon Kindle. It is low power, doesn’t need a backlight, and allows for high visibility and long battery life. These characteristics make it perfect for wearable devices. The Withings Go is one example of an E-Ink display tracker that provides fitness tracking and sleep monitoring. It is currently available in the US, and will expand to other markets throughout the rest of this year. The E-Ink display gives it a unique look that many fitness enthusiasts will appreciate, especially because it is much easier to see than a typical fitness tracker.