Every year sees exciting developments in the world of technology and gadgetry. However, the first quarter of 2018 has seen some especially interesting trends emerging. Many exciting devices have already hit the market in the first quarter of the year. Whether you are interested in media, gaming or just the unusual, there have been new releases in the market that are sure to impress. Here is a quick roundup of some of the top new tech devices that have already been released in 2018.
Although robots that teach coding are nothing new, Root has something special and unique to offer. Not only is it incredibly intuitive and simple enough for even young children to use, but it has also been designed specifically to teach more than just the basics. While its rivals have all been focused on the basic principles of coding, Root is an interactive, full-spectrum coding tutor that helps complete beginners right up to seasoned professionals at the user’s own pace.
Everyone loves a handheld gadget that he or she would have never imagined a use for before. Now, LinkSquare has stepped in to bridge the gap between the possible and the actual. This device allows the user to scan almost anything and instantly identify it – from drinks and food to medicines. The LinkSquare can scan anything that is made of physical matter, whether it is in a solid or liquid state. It uses near-infrared spectroscopy as its identification method – bouncing near-infrared light from the surface of given materials through the spectrometer and analyzing its unique optical signature to work out what the materials are made from.
Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Wireless keyboards have been around for a while. But, Corsair’s new release is an especially exciting model. It has an outstanding battery life of 75 hours before requiring a recharge and can be connected to a desktop PC either via a wired USB connection for sub-millisecond latency or via a 1-millisecond Bluetooth connection. Not only that, its aesthetics are amazing, with customized backlight for each individual key and even the capability to program customized macros. If you are worried about keylogging, there is no problem here. It also features 128-bit AES encryption.
JLab Epic Sports Wireless Fitness Earbuds
Finding a great pair of earphones for use while working out isn’t as easy as it seems. JLab, however, has resolved the problem perfectly with these stylish and high-performing earbuds. Not only are they wireless, eliminating those irritating cables that get in your way while you’re in the gym, but they also have an immensely long battery life of 12 hours. They are also IP 66 rated, so they’re well-protected from all the things that can cause them to malfunction, such as the elements, dust, and sweat. They even feature hooks made from memory wire so that you can easily shape them for a more comfortable fit around your ears. Thanks to their Bluetooth 4.2 Apt-X functionality, they allow the wearer to listen to his or her favorite tunes from as far as away as 30 feet from the device itself and control all of its functions, such as pausing, playing, changing the volume, and skipping tracks, through an inline remote.
Dell XPS 13
The original XPS 13 was released by Dell three years ago, and it has consistently been ranked among the favorite laptops since then. In 2018, the original model was redesigned to bring it up to date. With its thinner and slimmer profile and lighter body weight, it is even better than ever and is set to be just as popular as its original incarnation.
If you’ve ever been keen to buy an electric bike but have been put off by the cost, the Electron Wheel is the solution for you. Promising to electrify any bike in just 30 seconds, this handy gadget replaces the bike’s front wheel, transforming it instantly into a full-feature eBike. The Electron Wheel offers a huge raft of features, such as active hill assist, and it allows the rider to attain speeds up to 20 mph. Its battery has an impressive 50-mile range and it even integrates with Google Assistant, ensuring that riders are able to get directions quickly and easily as they ride. Riders are even able to adjust their pedal assist function solely by using voice commands.
UVify Draco HD Racing Drone
Drones are nothing new to the market. However, the UVify Draco HD is a cut above the average model. It was first announced at CES in 2017. Since then, the designers have upgraded it, decided on a design and launched their flagship drone. Designed for freestyling, racing, and extreme aerial cinematography, this drone is capable of flying at speeds up to 100 mph, while its modular design ensures that its subcomponents are simple and quick to switch out.
Optoma UHD65 4K
4K UHD projectors are already available in the market, However, if you have been enthusiastic to get your hands on one for less than $2,500, you would have been disappointed until now. Optoma’s UHD65K is one of only three models to be available at a cost-effective price. Not only that, it is also capable of putting out no less than 2,200 lumens, as well as producing better color than projectors of a similar price bracket while its black levels are extra impressive.
WHILL Model Ci
If you’re in the market for a new mobility vehicle, it’s well worth considering investing in the WHILL Model Ci. Lighter, newer, and more versatile, this latest model is the most up-to-date version of the WHILL flagship electronic vehicle and takes mobility scooters to a new level of performance. Packing a powerful lithium-ion battery that enables it to go up to 10 miles before requiring a recharge at a top speed of 5 mph, this device also has omni wheels that have been specially designed for this vehicle. It employs multiple rollers to guarantee a gliding drive with proficient navigation across all surfaces, from carpets and streets to off-road environments.
Although the 3dRudder appeared in its prototype form at CES a few years ago, this year it has finally been launched in the market in its fully fledged form. This hands-free, giant omnidirectional D-pad has been designed for use with VR and gaming. Controlled by using the foot, when the pad is tilted toward any direction the user moves in the same direction. Not only that, unlike standard joysticks and D-pads, the 3dRudder offers even better control over orientation and zooming simply by twisting your feet or putting more pressure on your heels and toes. While it sounds difficult to get a grip on, it’s surprisingly intuitive to use and takes gameplay to a new level.
The first quarter of 2018 has already seen some very exciting gadgets being released for sale to the general public. Those who want to try out the latest technology are sure to be enthusiastic to try out some these top items. The rest of the year also looks set to see some interesting technological developments, and we wait with baited breath to see what the next quarter will bring.
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