The last ten years are simply teeming with drool-worthy gadgets, from the fun to the ground-breaking. Here’s our no-nonsense breakdown covering the cream of the crop.
- The GoPro Hero 4
Nick Woodman sold the first GoPro from the back of a van; he is now worth an estimated $3 billion. The GoPro range is what made that happen, and the GoPro Hero 4 is our top pick. After all, it sold 2.4 million units during the first 2014 quarter.
- The Raspberry Pi
The unassuming Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer that has given budding geniuses a way to stretch their creative legs without breaking the bank. Just take a look at some of the DIY masterpieces that have a Raspberry Pi at their core, then order yours and get to work.
- DietSensor SCiO Food Scanner
The DietSensor just launched at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show, and it uses near-infrared spectroscopy to determine the chemical makeup of food and drink. Great for dieters, but life-changing for diabetics.
When your kids aren’t quite ready for a Raspberry Pi, let them use a LittleBits kit to develop their STEM skills. Colour-coded circuits and control boards make it easy.
- Garmin Varia
Garmin was already well-known among athletes, but the innovative Varia added high-tech radar to the common bicycle, providing enhanced situational awareness to keep our cycling buddies safe.
- Microsoft HoloLens
The HoloLens is one of the first technologies to offer a true AR experience. Need we say more?
- E-Puppy Personal USB E-mail Communicator
Ever feel like what you really need to get through the working day is a talking puppy? This one converts text from emails, word files, and websites, then speaks it back to you. I mean, come on: aww.
- Optus Mini 3
The Optus Mini 3 uses three interactive OLED keys that act as both animated informational widgets and contextual keys, taking their cue from the application you’re currently using.
- Livescribe 3 Smartpen
One for the students; the Livescribe 3 records audio through your smartphone or tablet as you scribble. Touch pen to writing later to hear exactly what was said.
- The 3D Printer
The success of the 3D printer concept can’t really be attributed to any one model, but the potential of the technology means that it deserves a place on this list.
If this list of gadgets hasn’t seen you brew up some coffee for an all-night development session, we really can’t imagine why.