Who doesn’t love gadgets? From a smart fridge to an umbrella that lets you know when it’s going to rain, we share with you our very own chic geek Charlotte Greenhalgh’s top five game-changing gadgets that will define technology in 2016.
Smart ‘Family Hub’ Fridge
Prepare for your kitchen to get more tech-friendly. Samsung’s Family Hub Fridge comes complete with a smart LCD screen and stereo speakers. You will be able to bring up recipes on the screen, order food and, because there’s an interior camera, you don’t even need to open the door to see what’s inside.
VR to become a reality
Virtual reality will become more accessible in 2016, offering a more serious and sophisticated take than seen in previous years. Set to become the biggest tech trend of 2016, you can explore the depths of space or climb the highest mountain peaks all in one day and from the comfort of your living room! From gaming to educational experiences to viewing footage of holidays, the possibilities are endless.
Wearable technology will be entering a digital golden age this year, fuelled by an array of gadgets that will help pave your path to fitness. If you don’t want to sport any wristwear, the Hexoskin proves a great alternative. Called the ‘world’s first biometric smart shirt’ this smart clothing measures data like heart rate, breathing rate and movement which can be synched with a variety of wellness apps.
2016 technology will focus on turning common everyday products into smart gadgets, with umbrellas being no exception. The Oombrella is a smart umbrella that collects weather data and sends real time alerts, letting you know when it’s going to rain and even reminds you not to leave it behind, when you’re going to need it!
Move over Siri, prepare to make a new digital friend – Alexa. Already launched in the US, Amazon’s virtual smart assistant is soon to be making its way into UK homes. Amazon Echo provides information, answers to questions, plays music, reads the news, checks sport, the weather and much more.
Looks like 2016 is when the Internet of Things becomes reality…