Losing things is officially rubbish - be it your keys, mobile phone, marbles, whatever - we've all been there at some point patting our pockets and realising we don't have it anymore. Fortunately, in 2014 Tile came to our rescue with their nifty little Bluetooth tracker that could attach to whatever you think you might be prone to misplacing and then use the accompanying app to find it when the inevitable happens.
This year's model, the Tile Mate is even dinkier, cutting 25 per cent from the overall size with a hole for attaching to keys or bands. It also works the other way around, so if you can't find your phone you can push the button on a Tile Mate and it'll make the phone ring, even if it is on silent. Each Tile Mate will last about a year before the batteries run out, and after that you can send it for recycling and get a replacement at a reduced cost. Now, where did i leave my wallet...
MICROSOFT SURFACE STUDIO
In the battle for your desktop space, Macs have traditionally been the most stylish option, but Microsoft has just landed a heavyweight contender into the ring. The new Surface Studio is a beautiful machine with an enormous HD 4.5K touchscreen, which you can fold down to an angle of 20 degrees and use it as a work surface, perfect for sketching or drafting with the Surface Pen. Another announced device is the Surface Dial, a peripheral you attach to any Surface device that will bring up a wheel of app-specific tools for whatever you’re working on.
Available for preorder, from $2,999, microsoftstore.com
IMMOTOR GO ELECTRIC SCOOTER
We're used to electric bikes and electric cars by now, but have you heard of an electric scooter? Currently looking for funding on Indiegogo, the snazzy-looking Immotor GO could be the thing of electric dreams if you're a casual commuter who likes to scoot about. With a top speed of about 30km/h, the Immotor GO feeds off two batteries (which can double up as a power pack for other electrical items, like a hair dryer), and can carry you for around 32km. It will also update its firmware over the air so that it is always up to date. Not only that, but you can use your smartphone to customise things like its headlamp colour and see where it is if it, aherm, goes astray.
From $399, immotor.com
Although details are scarce at the moment, the Nintendo Switch (formerly known as Nintendo NX) is looking like a pretty great way to play games, with or while ignoring friends. Nintendo seems to have moved away from touchscreens and back towards what makes consoles great to begin with: convenience and a focus on playing games. A handheld that turns into a free standing screen and two separate controllers? Sounds good to us! We can only assume they’ve managed to improve on the 3.5 hour battery life of the Wii U controller…
£TBC, March 2017, nintendo.com/switch
SONY CYBER-SHOT RX100 V
"Groan" we hear you cry, "why would i want a compact camera when i have a perfectly adequate smartphone in my pocket?" Well, does your smartphone offer you 20.1MP to play with? Nope. How about 315 points of AF that can pick up focus in 0.05 seconds? Thought not. What about an aperture that goes all the way down to f/1.8 and can shoot eight seconds of slow-mo at 1000fps? We think you're starting to see our point here.
Available from November, €1,200, sony.com
Nexus is dead, long live Pixel! Google has always had a strong line of phone in their Nexus range, but the search giant has said farewell to the quietly popular device in favour of a new, premium range. As well as having aluminium bodies, fingerprint scanners and Google Assistant baked in, the Pixel and Pixel XL both claim to have the highest-rated smartphone camera in the world. Not only that but they also come with unlimited storage on Google Photos for all of your full-resolution snaps. Have we finally found another contender that can knock Apple and Samsung down a peg or two? Check out our review here.
£599, Google store
UE PARTY UP
Ultimate Ears have been quietly bursting our eardrums for a few years now with their super cute little Bluetooth speakers but now they have a new trick up their sleeve, and this one is going to make a serious racket. With the newly updated PartyUp app you can connect more than 50, yes five-zero, of their UE BOOM, UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM speakers together to create a serious wall of sound. Given the 90dBA that the BOOM 2 pumps out is eclipsed by the MEGABOOM, we reckon this sort of setup could give KISS a run for their money.
App free, BOOM 2 £169.99, ultimateears.com
SANDISK 1 TERABYTE SDXC CARD
Memory cards are hardly sexy, but they sure as damn it are useful, especially when it comes to the ever-expanding demands our 4K (and 8K) cameras are putting on them. Sadly, if you want to get your hands on this 1TB monster of a memory card you'll have to wait a while as it is still only a prototype - in the meantime just fill your head with all the beautiful high-resolution videos your actual memory can store.
AFTERSHOKZ TREKZ TITANIUM HEADPHONES
Bone-shattering bass is probably a little too much low end for most people, especially if they are wearing these bone-conducting headphone from AfterShokz. That said, by conducing sound through the cheekbone into the ear, the Trekz Titaniums bypass your eardrums leaving them safe from the dangers of excessively loud dubstep and free to literally keep your ears open for any danger - neat if you're cycling or out for a jog.
MUJJO TOUCHSCREEN GLOVES
Winter is coming, which means when you're not curled up on the sofa binging on Game of Thrones you're probably outside, on the way somewhere, in the cold. Inevitably this means running gamut of emotions that come with a text message whether to take off your gloves and feel the cold winter air, or feeling the full force from your other half when you miss the message to bring home some milk. Thanks to Mujjo's touchscreen gloves, this psychological dilemma can be averted, and stylishly at that, with leather straps keeping them nice and tight, fleece interiors for warmth and anti-slip grip dots to keep your phone securely in your hand.
From €29.95, mujjo.com
NAIM UNITI STAR 3
When it comes to high-end audio, Naim is the name, and the company has been consistently producing some of the most desirable pieces of kit since the 1970s. The new Uniti range of amps are a thoroughly modern take on high-fidelity sound, which not only contain all the phenomenally impressive components and technology that make your music sound so sweet, but can also connect wirelessly to any music streaming service you can throw at it. The brushed aluminium case also looks devilishly handsome. It comes in four different models, all varying from the I can probably, maybe just about stretch to this to the oh my god it's so expensive but sounds flipping good price range.
From £1,650, naimaudio.com
No, RoboMing isn't the second coming of Flash Gordon's mortal enemy in metallic form - it's actually a friendly assistant that will scout around recording videos and delivering biscuits from across the table, using a sophisticated scanning system and radar for mapping. It has some lofty ideals, with the makers claiming RoboMing will "change the way people think and live, adding useful features and peace of mind along with a little warm companionship." We're not sure this cat is convinced...
RICOH THETA SC
Oh we do love shooting videos in 360 degrees, which is what a smaller and more compact (as well as cheaper) version of Ricoh's highly capable Theta S is very welcome. With a 14-megapixel snapper that can record five minutes of HD-quality footage, it's perfectly positioned for capturing those VR cat videos you've always wished you could get your paws on.
Is it a bike or a motorcycle? OK, the Greyp G12S blurs the line between the two in looks, and although this is technically a high-spec e-bike you can shun all use of pedals entirely and go full throttle on the engine, although you’d be hard pressed to exceed 70km/h. The new Lithium-Ion battery cells can apparently carry you for 120km on a full charge and the user interface on the handlebars keeps you up to date with all the necessary information, such as speed, battery life and efficiency.
From €8,380.00, greyp.com
TURTLE BEACH STEALTH 350VR
Headsets have come a long way in revolutionising how we experience games, developing from simple buzzers to having cinema surround sound covering each of your ears. But, as we as we move into the virtual age, over-ear headphones and VR headsets do not look like they make for a comfortable paring. Fortunately Turtle Beach has got us covered, as the new STEALTH 350VR is designed for use with VR headsets - hopefully the days of devices fighting for your head space Is over. These cans are made specifically so that they will fit over the Playstation VR, and have a special channel in the headband to accommodate cables sprouting from the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. With all this gear on our heads, we may have to begin neck exercises lest we buckle under the pressure of the inevitable all-in-one VR buckets.
SAMSUNG ARTPC PULSE
Samsung has thrown a novel design into the desktop computer ring with the ArtPC Pulse. Normally upgrading your rig involves delving deep into its guts to dig out an ageing GPU or meddling with screws and cables to whack in another hard drive, but if you want more space in your ArtPC just screw in a 1TB module to the top - easy peasy. It also comes with a Harman/Kardon speaker for added grunt, but that's about it with expandability. On the plus side, it does look rather nice, dare we say arty?
Available for preorder, $1,199.99, samsung.com
OLLOCLIP IPHONE 7 LENS SET
Modern smartphones are already pretty powerful cameras, but any budding David Bailey knows they need to pack a little more punch if they want to get the perfect shot. Unfortunately, more 'punch' tends to mean 'bulk' when it comes to DSLR equipment, so the new lens sets from olloclip will be a welcome addition to any iPhone users essential camera kit. The new olloclip lenses are designed specifically for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and come in three sets, Core Lens, with Fisheye, Super-Wide and Macro 15x, Active Lens, with Telephoto and Ultra-Wide lenses and finally Macro Lens, with a huge range of 7x, 14x and 21x.
From £79.99, olloclip.com
What fun is virtual reality if you can't thrash your hands around aimlessly (although not in the VR world) threatening any precariously balanced ornament in your living room? PlayStation VR has the Move controllers, HTC Vive has a similar way to control your virtual self, and now Oculus are slowly adding to their arsenal with their Touch controllers. They promise to be low latency and they look sort of futuristic, which is about all you can really ask for in a controller.
£189.99, available to preorder from currys.co.uk
Misfit are one of the oldest in the game when it comes to fitness trackers, but they have so far resisted the temptation to dabble in the world of smartwatches - but dabble they have done, with the super stylish Misfit Phase. Going down the route of watch first, the new tracker looks like it would adorn any self-respecting stylisimo's wrist, but also comes replete with subtle vibrations to notify you of goings on in your digital life, and a smart button that you can use to perform a myriad of options. It'll last six months with a changeable battery, is water resistant to five ATM and has all the fitness tracking goodness you've come to expect from Misfit, including steps, distance, calories, and sleep.