Already at the beginning of the year, companies announce their developments and plans for the year. In the vast and multifaceted environment of gadgets, this can mean a huge selection of incredibly different new products. That is why we have compiled a list of very interesting devices: from seemingly ridiculous to those that many are looking forward to. All these devices are expected to become available in 2017.
If smart can do everything, even a toothbrush, who said that you can’t create a smart comb? Withings and L’Oreal teamed up and decided they could. And so Kerastase Hair Coach was born — a comb that examines the condition of the hair and how you comb it, and then sends the data to your smartphone.
A very strange idea, however, it is likely that it will find its audience in the market.
Its appearance on the market is expected later in 2017, and it will cost just under $200.
Smart refrigerator camera
If a smart refrigerator is too smart and there is no place for it in your apartment, there is a smart alternative for it: Smarter Fridge Cam. This camera will finally answer all questions about the light in the refrigerator and what happens behind closed doors. The camera will be located inside the refrigerator and every time the door is closed, it will take a picture and send it to the application in the smartphone.
The camera reminds you of what you need to buy (although it will not be able to remove what is on the door, for example) and, according to the creators, will offer recipes for the products in the refrigerator. The camera is indeed not stupid, but what about cereals, bread and everything that does not live in the refrigerator?
The cost of such a camera is about $150.
Modern devices without a touchscreen have almost no chance of surviving. That is why the touchscreen is built into the Vinci headphones.
The screen located on the headphones shows information about what track the happy owner is listening to, and allows you to change the volume and tracks.
In addition, Vinci is equipped with Bluetooth, wireless charging, fitness tracking and noise canceling. They can be controlled by voice and have built-in memory so that tracks can be loaded directly into the headphones.
Vinci started out as a Kickstarter campaign and has been in development for a long time and is likely to change before they finally hit the shelves. However, the prototype already exists and was presented at CES 2017.
Polar Smart Shirt
What hasn’t gotten smart yet? Clothing? But no, Polar has already introduced a real smart T‑shirt. It is difficult to decide whether to call it a gadget or a piece of clothing, but it is equipped with a mass of sensors, thanks to which, for example, a coach can monitor the athlete’s training process in real time. Judging by the reviews, the T‑shirt is very comfortable, despite all the sensors, and it looks like it will soon find its fans among professional athletes.
Incipio OX — Case for iPhone 7
Finally, happy users of the iPhone 7, who are related to wired headphones, can breathe a sigh of relief: the Incipio OX case corrected an unfortunate misunderstanding and finally allowed wired headphones to be connected to Apple’s flagship. Other than that, it functions like a regular bumper.
Misfit has long been famous for their touchscreen smartwatches, and now in 2017 they bring us Misfit Vapor at a very reasonable price of $199, although so far, this is the most expensive watch from Misfit. But the specifications of this watch are very convincing: 1.4 inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 2100 processor, 4GB of memory, GPS and heart rate sensor. This watch is definitely worth paying attention to.
The watch itself is made of stainless steel, and so far only two colors are available — Black and Rose Gold. The watch comes with Misfit Phase straps. Of course, the watch is waterproof. In short, this watch is worth waiting for and it definitely makes a claim for the title of the best affordable watch in 2017, despite the fact that the year has just begun.
The Misfit Vapor will be available in 2017.
Boltt Fitness Tracking System
Indian startup Boltt has announced a fitness tracker system that will beat Fitbit, Jawbone and all the expensive fitness trackers of 2017 thanks to artificial intelligence.
According to the statements and promises of the creators, this system (yes, yes, it’s not just a tracker) will give complete indicators of health and physical activity in 24 hours. All this pleasure should cost about $150.
So what is included in the kit? A pair of running shoes, a sensor with a built-in pedometer and accelerometer, and a fitness bracelet that tracks sleep, automatically recognizes activity, and monitors your heartbeat.
It seems like an impossible goal, but Boltt is partnering with Garmin to achieve the most accurate sensor readings.
So far, there are many questions, but they all only fuel interest in the new product.
Apple Watch 3
The buzz around the Apple Watch 2 hasn’t died down yet, but Apple sticks to its classic system and releases new models of its devices every year. Therefore, somewhere in 2017, Apple Watch 3 smart watches may well be announced. And, even though we can only guess about their functions, some of the company’s patents hint at possible additions to the famous watch.
For example, this is gesture control — Apple has patented a technology thanks to which it will be possible to control the clock without touching it. In addition, the built-in camera is patented — rather strange, however, with the development of technology, this may become the main method of taking photos. An additional screen built into the strap is, again, a strange idea that seems like fantasy or overkill so far. But practice shows that it is precisely such ideas that become revolutionary.
These are just a few of the features we can expect for now, and most likely we’ll only see gesture controls on the third model.
Hover Camera Passport
We simply release the camera into the air and it takes a photo — without a smartphone, without any extra hassle. That’s exactly what the Hover Camera was announced at CES 2017. A new software update allows this camera to scan the owner’s face and follow him, recording a video or taking a photo. The camera is capable of shooting 4K video and 13MP photos.
By weight, this camera is very light, and operation is simple and straightforward. In addition, it skillfully rotates 360 degrees and all this completely without the need to touch it. Just like a stalker. The main thing, perhaps, is not to lose sight of it. The camera is already available for sale and costs $599, but the software update has just been announced, but it will be available to all Hover Passport owners.
HTC Vive 2 Virtual Reality Glasses
A year ago, HTC took a step into the virtual reality market. Since then, or rather since April 2016, their Vive VR systems have developed their own fan base. Vive 2 promises to be the next step and, according to HTC plans, this system will finally tie virtual reality glasses to a computer without a wire. Of course, this is much more interesting than Samsung Gear or Google Daydream, created specifically for smartphones, since position in space and much more will be taken into account. That is why the HTC Vive is associated with high expectations.
Android Wear 2.0
The updated operating system for smartwatches is not a gadget in itself, but the future of many popular brands of smartwatches definitely depends on it. It will allow the user to download and run applications via Bluetooth, use mobile Internet or WiFi without a smartphone. In addition, it promises interoperability with iOS. Now the updated OS is only being developed, but it will be released in the middle of the year.