6. Smart homes
While it may seem like a buzzword, Smart Homes, are looking more and more part of our future. Tech savvy living spaces which are controlled by our devices, with inclusions such as electric blinds, automated lights, and wifi-style heating are changing the way we live for the better. These new technologies can help control how you use your energy, even help you become more efficient. No more going home to a cold house, simply switch on the heating while you're on that daily commute home.
7. Tracking devices
First it was our pets, and now it’s our belongings, it seems we want to tag everything with an electronic device so it can never be lost. With new products such as Trackr (great for bikes), or Tile (great for smaller possessions), and in-built technologies such as ‘Find My Phone’, it seems like we’ll never lose anything again – unless the batteries run out....
8. Virtual reality
Virtual reality headsets became gadget gold in 2016, with virtual reality tech company Oculus VR launching the Oculus Rift headset in March 2016. The headset transported wearers into various situations such as being on a rollercoaster, exploring a new property, and of course took gaming to the extreme, making the player feel like they were actually there in the game's surroundings. Oculus VR, was soon bought by Facebook for $2 billion. The success of the Oculus Rift has led to mobile phone companies jumping onboard the trend, and owners of certain phone models are now able to use headsets to convert their mobiles into personal virtual viewing devices.