The Hottest New Mobile Technology Gadgets

It’s hard to keep up with all of the technological advancements that seem to come down the line almost on a daily basis. While some stick around for the duration, others fall to the wayside as fickle consumers move on to the next big thing. Here are nine current and upcoming hopefuls vying for our attention in the ever-changing world of mobile technology. 

Android Wear Watch

The Android Wear watch is a do-it-all watch. With this device, you have the weather, traffic, flight, calendar, and information at your fingertips. But, that’s just the beginning. This watch also assists with your fitness routine by tracking your heart rate and step count. It connects to your phone, too, which allows you to listen to music, see and send texts and instant messages, and check your e-mail. It even has voice search capabilities, GPS, and you can set reminders and keep notes. The Android Wear watch is available now, and it comes in two styles.

Oculus Rift VR Headset

The Oculus Rift VR Headset is for the serious gamer in your life. It is a headset that gives gamers an enhanced virtual reality experience. The Rift headset provides ultra-low latency 360° head tracking which allows the user to view the virtual world in the same way they do in the real world by following each head movement in real time. The visual technology in this headset mimics the way we see images in the real world by treating each eye to parallel, individual images. 

Google Glass

No gadget list is complete without including Google Glass. Popular with techies because it offers so many real world applications; the capabilities of Google Glass are still relatively unknown to the general public. Next, I highlight just a few things that Google Glass can do.

LynxFit is  a personal fitness coach inside your glasses, GolfSight offers a multitude of perks for golfers; Allthecooks is a home chef’s dream, and Word Lens translates printed words (signs, books, menus) into your language. In addition, you can play music, send messages, take pictures and video, search anything, read the news, connect to all of your social media accounts, and Google Glass even has a compass.

Epson Moverio BT-200

For those of us who either didn’t score an invite to try out Google Glass or just can’t afford a pair, there are Epson’s Moverio BT-200 glasses. These powerful smart glasses include a front-facing camera, transparent lenses (includes removable shades), an indicator light, a microSDHC slot, motion sensors, and the control unit operates on Android (full version) and Bluetooth connectivity. These glasses come with two different removable shades and prescription lens insert.

Amazon Fire Phone

This phone comes with the ability to scan objects and buy them, unlimited cloud storage, and a full year of Amazon Prime, but that’s just for starters. The Fire phone also has what Amazon calls ‘Dynamic Perspective,’ which means that the phone responds to how you swivel, tilt, and hold your phone. It’s difficult to explain, so watch this YouTube video posted by PC Mag for a visual.

On top of that, the phone also offers Amazon’s unique Mayday service which is a feature that provides immediate live help with your phone’s applications. You simply tap the appropriate button, and an Amazon expert will appear and walk you through any feature you need help with by drawing on your screen as he or she speaks with you. 

Nod

Are you looking for touch-free control over just about every device? Nod is the quintessential gesture ring, and it has you covered. It’s a ring that you wear on your finger which allows you to operate your iOS or Android devices, including tablets, smartphones, and laptops without touching them. It functions with smart watches, smart TVs, Google Glass, your home appliances, and you can even turn your Nest thermostat up or down, and adjust Bluetooth/WiFi enabled lights in the room. Nod can even replace your game controller, offering you a more personalised experience. The Nod gesture ring is scheduled for shipment in the autumn of 2014.

Dash Smart Earphones

If a smart watch is too bulky for you, but you still want some of the functionality, then Dash Smart Earphones are worth a look. These in-ear headphones use Next Generation Bluetooth Technology.  They come with all the goods: built in ear bone microphone, passive noise isolation, noise transparency, waterproof, performance tracking (cadence, time, speed, distance), body tracking (oxygen saturation, heart rate, energy spent), and 4GB MP3 player. The touch sensitive surface of the earphones allows you to control what the embedded music player or your smartphone does. Oh, and they work with or without your smartphone, and each set of earphones comes with a charging case that allows up to 5 full charges.

Lix 3D Printing Pen

Are you interested in 3D printing, but not so interested in shelling out for a costly printer? The LIX 3D printing pen is exactly what you’re looking for. You won’t be building any houses with this pen, but you can create sculptures, prototype models, jewellery, and other freestanding structures using a myriad of colours. Since it’s the smallest 3D printing pen on the market, this Lix won’t burden you with its size either. You can write and draw in the air with this pen; it takes one minute to heat up and begins cooling immediately so your creation will hold its shape. 

Marbel Electric Skateboard

This the very definition of mobile technology. The 4.5 kg Marbel board operates at a maximum speed of approximately 40 kph, but its top speed can be adjusted through an app (iOS and Android). In addition, the skateboard’s braking and acceleration are controlled through a wireless remote. The bottom of the board is sealed, and the electronics are protected by carbon fibre and Kevlar, so you can even ride your board through light rain and puddles. If that’s not enough, it only takes 90 minutes to charge the board’s battery fully. The Marbel electric skateboard is currently on pre-order status, with the first shipments scheduled for early 2015.

Mobile technology covers everything from eyewear to wrist wear, 3D printing and, yes, even transportation. The question is, which trends will consumers grab ahold of and turn into the ‘next big thing’, and which will merely be a flash in the pan? Only time will tell.