New Technology to Consider in 2017

Ethan Price, Staff Writer

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People love to get the latest and greatest gadgets the world can offer. This year there are many new devices for consumers to consider, such as finger phones and a new Xbox console.  However, buyers might want to take some time to save up for new technology and ask questions about how they work.

SGNL: The Finger Phone

Nobody wants the hassle of picking up a phone to talk to a friend, right? Just me? Well, there’s a new watch that connects to your phone wirelessly, which enables people to have conversations though their finger. No, that was not a typo.

The watch sends vibrations that a loudspeaker would normally generate, but instead of moving through the air, it moves through the bones of your finger. Once it leaves your bones, the vibrations turn into sound waves that enter your ear.  Also when  talking to the person, the watch picks up what they are saying and transmits it like a normal phone.

New Windows 10 VR Headsets

Another new item on the shelves in 2017 is the new virtual reality (VR) headset that will work with almost any Windows 10 computer.  Unlike the Oculus Rift, which costs $599, this headset, built by Asus, Lenovo, and Dell, will be only $299, which is extremely cheap since this VR, and any VR in general that is, have been only around for a few years.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo fans are already ecstatic about the new Nintendo Switch. The system allows gaming on TV and a portable device, so gamers can play anywhere. This is similar to the Wii U but with a new name.  It was released in March 2107 for $299.

Xbox Project Scorpio

Love it or hate it, Xbox will be releasing another console called Xbox Project Scorpio. It will run and act like an Xbox One, but it will be designed to work well on extremely high resolution 4K televisions. Additionally, the console might come with virtual reality headsets, like the Oculus Rift. It is also supposed to be super optimized for the best experience possible. The release date is scheduled around the fall of 2017.

iPhone 8

Current iPhones and iPads crack and break often.  Unfortunately, the iPhone 8 is supposed to have a whole glass design, so they will probably break more.  Consumers will then have to pay Apple more for the repairs. The good news is Apple is trying to add many more features that are related to augmented reality. It’s like Pokemon Go but for more apps. Additionally, since it’s the iPhone’s tenth year, consumers should expect big chances to mark the occasion.

Welt, the Well-Intelligent Belt

It’s basically a Fitbit that can also hold up your pants.

This ¨smart belt¨ can measure your waist size, count your steps, check time spent sitting, and a whole lot more. Not only that, but when paired to its partner app on your phone, it notices habits and gives exercises to gain the extra steps and lose the carbs gained from eating. The company might be still seeking funds on its kickstarter, but it should be shipping soon.  Prices could range from $149 – $259.

Although some of these new items will be available later this year, the mere thought of them are exciting but confusing. Their capabilities boggle the mind.  It’s nice to know that these are only some of the hundreds of new items to be excited about finding on the shelves in the near future.  Let us know your thoughts on the new gadgets in the comment section below.

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