Technology seems to be advancing at a breakneck speed, with next-gen game consoles thrilling us, home gadgets pushing entertainment and comfort to the next level, as well as new smartphone releases becoming the staple of our everyday functioning. Although we’ve still got the better part of 2014 left to go, there has already been any number of innovations that have captured our attention and brought the future to the present.
Here are just some amazing gadgets we can’t wait to get our hands.
While Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR put a bit of a dampener on the gaming community’s spirits, the Oculus Rift is still set to completely change the way we play. The headset allows gamers to step inside their favourite titles, experiencing everything from the tables of gaming to the battlegrounds of Titanfall first hand. The strong backing of the social media giant also means that the technology now has the potential to radicalise everything from health to education as well.
The eagerly anticipated Google Glass could be hitting the consumer shelves this year. This handy little gadget has the power change the way we interact with the world around us, keeping us updated and engaged in even the most mundane of settings. Although the technology has already been cast in controversy and banned from a number of establishments for its capabilities, such as cinemas, we still can’t wait to take a look through these spectacular spectacles.
Valve has been pioneering PC gaming for a while now, but their latest release is set to change the game once again. The Steam Machines are a range of 14 pieces of hardware, developed by different partner companies, which allow players to access a library of online games from the comfort of their living room. Ranging in size, shape and price, these devices are capable of delivering experiences that push the next-gen consoles out of the competition.
4K TVs seem to be the next big thing on the horizon. The CES 2014 convention saw a huge selection of these ultra-sharp displays, which step up HD to a completely new level of visual quality. Major brands are already developing their own offerings and even Netflix is preparing for the boom by offering 4K streaming. These TVs currently carry a pretty hefty price tag, but early adoption is set to make them more affordable and accessible in the not too distant future.
The Curved Smartphone
Smartphones have integrated themselves as part of our everyday lives, constantly evolving in appearance, size and functionality. Rumours and leaked details over new models by Apple, Samsung and LG are all pointing towards one prevalent feature: the curve. Although it may seem like a bit of a novelty now, curved smartphones could take off like wildfire, with the curve improving the comfort of use and reducing on-screen glare, without affecting the performance of the device.