In a 5 year retrospective, innovation has been the lifeblood of the tech consumer industry, simply for its power to transform lives in terms of work, accessibility and entertainment. Although this tech revolution has had effects good and bad – it becomes a new benchmark in the digital battleground for tech titans from all across the globe. Whether it’s the Cupertino connoisseurs of digital elegance or the Chinese powerhouse of hardware dynamics and performance – it’s all about pushing the limits to see what we can collectively create. We’ve listed the five iconic tech gadgets that raised the bar for Home Tech in the past five years, take a look.
There’s no denying that the Apple Watch dynasty has dominated the smartwatch sphere since 2014, being the brand’s first wearable gadget. But aside of the style factor, the Apple Watch Series 4 is a great tool of digital utility. Its ECG and heart rate scanners are by far the best and most accurate. The smartwatch is waterproof down to 50 meters while a barometric altimeter records changes in elevation, a coveted feature for hikers and mountaineers. There’s also a new competition mode for competing against friends and additional fitness modes that support yoga and hiking.
Price: Rs 45,000
Being one of 2019’s biggest tech trends, the Samsung Galaxy Fold spearheaded this futuristic tech endeavor. But unfortunately, right before its big day, things went severely downhill. Right after which, Huawei’s Mate X took a halt as they lost their Android licence. This caused the entire Foldable Smartphone vision to end before it could even turn into reality. Scheduled to make a strong reappearance soon, the Samsung Galaxy Fold uses a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which allows the phone to bend into a tablet-sized screen that can fit into a pocket. The primary display flexes a QXGA+ resolution, and when its folded, a smaller 4.6-inchHD+ display comes into play. The Fold comes with a storage cap of 512 GB alongside a Qualcomm 7nm Octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM.
Price: Rs 1, 40,000 approx (2000 USD)
If you liked the classic Alexa, the new Echo is just a faster, smarter, and more interactive upgrade. The verve of AI integration into our lived was actually introduced by softwares like Siri and the Amazon Alexa series. Being a 24/7 digital assistant and a super-intelligent web searcher, the Amazon Echo came into the spotlight in November ’16 and became a household appliance all across North America and Europe. With a circular screen, the Echo Spot displays time, notifications and offers home accessory control. It does just as much as the Alexa would do, yet is much more intuitive in its actions. In short, there’s a music player, a google support assistant, and an extension of one’s smartphone, all packed into one smart speaker.
Price: Rs 12,999
After making a debut in 2017, Samsung’s Wallpaper TV was designed to bring home the big-screen theater experience with exquisite picture quality. At CES ’19 Samsung unveiled a 75-inch MicroLED 4K TV that was 0.5-inches thin. Comparing this to the 110-inch ‘The Wall’ of 2017, Samsung’s TV division seems to have a strict focus towards designing and building mega-sized yet ultra-thin TVs. Another example of this endeavour would be the brand’s Instagram TV and their dismantle-able panel TV. This simply means one thing, we can keep adding panels and expanding the size of our TVs in the future, living up to its name ‘Wallpaper TV’.
Price: Starts at 5 lakhs approx
The Nintendo Switch can seamlessly transition from a mobile gaming device to a home gaming console by docking it into a station. With innovative Joy-Con controllers, a fun selection of games with iconic characters, and a great selection of accessories, the Switch has been incredibly popular since its launch, and for good reason too. The Switch consists of a tablet with a 6.2-inch screen with slots for attaching Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers on either side, turning it into a handheld video game machine. But when you’re at home, you can slide the slate into a dock that hooks up to your TV and play it like a traditional console.
Price: Rs. 20,500 approx (300 USD)