If you are a gadget enthusiast, there has never been a better time to be alive. Thousands of companies are building epic gadgets to make life great.
Platforms like Kickstarter make it much easier for small companies to bring their ideas to life, and many popular gadgets, like the Pebble Smartwatch and the Zano nano drone, are funded through crowd funding platforms.
For a gadget lover, though, the funding method doesn’t matter. What matters is how cool the gadget is, and whether you have the money to buy it – now!
Here are some of the coolest gadgets which have been unveiled in recent months. Some of them are only available through pre-order, but are definitely worth the wait.
The Lily camera is the world’s coolest throw-and-shoot camera. The company explains it lets “anyone create cinematic footage previously reserved for professional filmmakers”.
The Lily camera drone is waterproof, portable, and shoots HD picture and video. No controller is needed to fly the drone – it basically flies itself as shown in the video below.
The Lily camera drone is currently available for pre-order at $499. The Lily will start shipping in February 2016 at a retail price of $999.
The Genie private chef is a gadget designed to “create tasty, healthy, and personalized dishes – in less than a minute”.
The system uses a “Genie Smart Baking Pod” to produce meals within 30 seconds – essentially a Nespresso machine for food.
The Genie is not available yet, but the company is currently taking pre-orders.
ACTON unveiled its RocketSkates in July 2014. These smart electric skates make it possible for users to “simply strap on RocketSkates over their shoes and start cruising”.
RocketSkates are designed to be lightweight, and to function without the use of a remote control.
ACTON also integrated smart technology so that RocketSkates can connect with an app on users’ smartphones, which includes features such as route tracking, skate diagnosis, and battery status.
Three types of RocketSkates are available, priced between $499 and $699.
C.H.I.P. is a very small computer, similar to the Raspberry Pi, which runs a variantion of Debian Linux. The biggest selling point is that it costs only $9 (around R100).
Next Thing Co, the company behind C.H.I.P., said the small computer can be used to work in LibreOffice, surf the web, and check email over Wi-Fi.
Users can also play games with a Bluetooth controller, and with dozens of applications and tools pre-installed C.H.I.P. is ready to go the moment you switch it on.
It is currently a Kickstarter project which has raised over $1 million – well above its target of $50,000.