With Consumer Electronics 2017 right around the corner (it’s this weekend!), now is the time to reflect on the best tech products on the market–they’ll soon be more affordable than ever, as the next year’s tech starts to hit shelves.
The year 2016 was one of the best on record for gadget lovers. Tech analysts hope that 2017 will be even better; in the meantime, here are five items that got lots of attention when they were released last year:
Kangaroo Mobile Desktop
The tiniest computers these days are designed to stay at home. Such is the case of the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop, a very affordable machine featuring a quad-core Intel Cherry Trail CPU. This tiny box can replace a desktop computer as long as users do not expect it to play the latest PC games; however, its 802.11ac Wi-Fi system is fast enough to use it as a home media center. The Kangaroo can even be taken on the road as it also runs on batteries and can connect to an iPad, essentially converting it into a Windows tablet.
Actifry Smart XL
This smart cooking device is an advanced non-stick fryer with Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated smartphone app loaded with hundreds of recipes, many of them for gourmet and healthy meals. A typical Tefal Actifry Smart XL recipe begins on the smartphone with step-by-step instructions. Once all the ingredients are gathered and placed inside the fryer, cooks can remotely check on the status and even control the temperature settings as well as the timers to produce a perfectly cooked meal.
Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Mini
It is amazing to think that one of the best-selling video game consoles in 2016 was a essentially a faithful remake of the 1985 classic. The NES Classic Mini is a palm-sized replica of one of the most popular video game consoles of all time; it comes equipped with a micro USB connector for HDMI output and includes a controller identical to the original as well as 30 games. The NES Classic Mini sold out as soon as it was released and was a popular gift during the holidays.
Electric Objects EO2 Screen
One of the most interesting household electronic devices of the last few years is mostly decorative. The EO2 Screen is a digital picture frame that measures 23 inches and displays high resolution images. This is basically a large electronic picture frame but with a very neatly added touch: the EO2 art service subscription lets owners choose from thousands of classic masterpieces. This means that an EO2 hanging on a wall can display a Van Gogh one day and a Picasso the next.
FitBit Aria Scales
The most popular smart wearable device in 2016 was the FitBit activity tracker, which many people received as a holiday gift to encourage them to live healthier lives. The FitBit brand is not limited to the activity trackers; in 2016, the FitBit Aria scales were introduced for the purpose of providing even more information about fitness. The Aria syncs data with the trackers so that users can track their weight, fat percentage and body mass index.