Nokia OZO

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A computer for every child, diamond speakers and radar bike safety - the future of consumer technology.

Nokia OZO

£TBA

Or, what Nokia did next. After Microsoft bought its phones division, it seems Nokia went back to the drawing board to come up with this: a virtual-reality camera system aimed at Hollywood professionals. Eight sensors dotted around the ball, as well as eight microphones, capture video and audio in three dimensions. Smartly, the Ozo also allows directors to live-monitor results with a VR headset or stitch together low-res video for checking in a few minutes (it currently can take hours). The Ozo also uses industry-standard mounts. But expect prices to be Hollywood-industry standard (read - high) too.

ozo.nokia.com

BBC micro:bit

From free (launching early 2016)

A free computer for every Year 7 child in the UK - that's the promise of the groundbreaking BBC micro:bit initiative. A reboot of the BBC Micro project of the 1980s (remember Elite?), this sees the BBC working with DIY tech company Technology Will Save Us, as well as 27 other partners including ARM, Samsung and the Wellcome Trust. The result is a hackable, programmable but simpler rival to Arduino or Raspberry Pi kits, with inbuilt LEDs, sensors, buttons, input/output ‘rings’ and Bluetooth. Programmable via a website on computer, tablet or smartphone.

microbit.co.uk

Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond

From £3,000

The iconic 800 Series speakers are a fixture in high-end recording studios across the world. They're found in Skywalker Sound - home of LucasFilms. And they've helped people such as Radiohead, Oasis and Pink Floyd at the legendary Abbey Road. For the last seven years, the British hi-fi company's engineers have been trying to improve them. Almost the only thing that hasn't changed is the synthetic diamond tweeter (for unparalleled stiffness-to-weight). The big news is a new ‘Continuum’ cone material that sees the company ditching its iconic Kevlar mid-ranges. The results, of course, aren't cheap - a pair of big 800 D3s is £22,500.

bowers-wilkins.co.uk

Golf Buddy BB5

£199

The ‘world's first GPS golf watch’, this wearable means you get an instant readout on all the best courses on the planet. A built-in database of 37,000 courses means that the GPS signal matches into information about the hole, including GPS distance to front, centre and back of the green from where you're standing. The IP65 water-resistant band also acts as a pedometer to show you're exercising as you saunter from hole to hole, and even comes in six different colours (although tartan doesn't appear to be one of them).

golfbidder.co.uk

Garmin Varia

From £60

Garmin's new range of bicycle accessories aims to give you extra smarts to be seen and to notice others. The ‘smart bike lights’ project further forward as your speed picks up. Pair them with an Edge 1000 cycle computer and the lights will use the Edge 1000's inbuilt light sensor to auto-brighten or dim. The ‘rearview bike radar’ meanwhile uses radar to pick up speed of approach and ‘threat level’ of vehicles coming behind you up to 140m back. The combined rear light will even flash brighter to warn drivers off. The kit is pricey, though - the radar bundle is £240.

garmin.com

Google Pixel C

£TBA (from $499 without keyboard)

Google has struggled to establish itself in the world of laptops and even tablets. The Chromebook hasn't cut it; this might. It's an Android tablet and keyboard combination to rival Microsoft's Surface and the iPad Pro. The tablet is a 10.2in 2,560x1,800 screen, with serious nVidia Tegra X1 processor and 3GB memory. Likewise, the keyboard features an 18.8mm pitch and strong magnets to keep the two parts together, as well as charging when combined. The issue is whether the world wants a high-end Android, rather than Chromebook, tablet.

pixel.google.com

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