The 7 hottest tech products expected

1-Microsoft HoloLens will turn the world into a hallucinatory vision.

Ever since Microsoft showed off a prototype of its augmented reality HoloLens glasses earlier this year, the tech world has been abuzz. The glasses use holographic technology and Microsoft’s Windows 10 software to overlay digital images onto the wearer’s view of the real world. A user can stare at their living room wall and see digital objects, from video games to video conferencing. More importantly, the user can interact with the digital objects. An early version of HoloLens will be available to developers in 2016 for $3,000. Consumers may have to wait until 2017.

2-GoPro’s Karma drone will shoot super-high-def video from the air.

Video camera maker GoPro is going to take to the skies in 2016 with the release of its first drone, which is called Karma. The company has not said much about the actual drone other than posting a video that appears to show footage shot from the air. But reports speculate it will be a quadcopter boasting 4K video capture resolution and image stabilization, among other things.

3–Google Project Ara would let you snap components onto your phone like Legos


Imagine being able to snap on components to your phone as easily as playing with Lego toys. That’s the promise of Google’s Project Ara, which aims to let you customize your device by adding pieces like a better camera, extra memory, and even special sensors to do things like test if drinking water is clean. Making this a reality is not so simple. Google had initially promised a limited “market pilot” of the technology in 2015, but has since pushed the date back to sometime in 2016.

4–The Starship Technologies robot will deliver stuff to your doorstep.


It may be some time before Amazon’s delivery drones are ready to air-drop packages on your doorstep, but two of the cofounders of Skype have created ground-based robo-vehicles to deliver packages. The six-wheeled electric vehicles can carry the equivalent of two grocery bags (in a locked compartment), traveling on sidewalks to deliver cargo within a 3 mile radius. The droid uses cameras, sensors and maps to navigate autonomously 99% of the time and will launch the first “pilot” services with partners in the U.S. and U.K. in 2016.

Google Glass is going back to the drawing board

Google Glass is going back to the drawing board
Google Glass is going back to the drawing board

Google has gone back to the drawing board after halting consumers sales of the much-maligned initial version of its headmounted gadget. The Glass team, which has been renamed Project Aura, is now working on two separate versions of Glass: A version for companies to give workers, and, according to The Information, a sporty, audio-only consumer version that eliminates the screen entirely.


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