MAGAZINE NEW DELHI JANUARY 8 2017 SUNDAY PAGES 12 LIVE THINK FEEL ENGAGE EXPERIENCE BELIEVE READ FLAUNT WATCH A SMARTER TOMORROW On the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, reality is plugged in more than ever. A look at 17 gadgets that will change the way we live in 2017. By Adarsh Matham T en years ago, the best cell phone in the world was the Nokia N73. There was no Uber, no WhatsApp, no Instagram and no Paytm. Then came the iPhone, Android and iPad. App stores, selfies, digital assistants and digital payments followed. Now we have 4G networks, which enable us to broadcast anything to the world from anywhere on Facebook Live. We have prime ministers conducting opinion polls using apps, and soon we may have presidents who announce nuclear war on Twitter. As everything around us—toothbrushes, locks, bulbs, cars—get smart and connect to our phones, what next? As always, Google, Apple and Facebook think they have the answer—AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning). The 17 products in this list of products for 2017 reflect that change. Living in the moment, we often think we are technologically super-advanced. But in the grand scheme of things, we are just beginning our great technological journey With over two billion smartphones capable of running AI assistants such as cel. lular PA Cortana, smart home butler Cubic and with tens of billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices around us, we are entering a glorious tech future. Perhaps a decade from now when cars will drive themselves and watches anticipate our every need, we will look back upon 2017 as the year when we started trusting and truly depending on AI. PHONE FEVER SEE RIGHT Spectacles by Snap I In one fashionable swoop, it brings together the most popular app among youngsters, Snapchat, with a future where cameras are everywhere and record everything. Where Google tried and failed with Google Glass, Snapchat succeeds by making the glasses fashionable and accessible. They are more affordable than Google Glass. It makes a 10-second video called Snap, which can be shared via the Snapchat app. Gauging by Spectacle’s success, expect more wearable cameras to appear in the market in 2017. With better batteries, smaller cameras and better Bluetooth connectivity next year we’ll get accustomed to , cameras on every face. `8,900. Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7 S martphone wars are over and the winners are Apple and Google. As their latest flagship phones, smartphones are at their refined best. They are more powerful than any desktop computer, take pictures as good as DSLR cameras and come with very powerful AI assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri. This can mean only one thing for 2017. The smartphone will truly become the centre of our digital lives and our everyday lives. With the government’s push towards a cashless society and with even the most basic products such as toothbrushes getting connected, 2017 is the year when the smartphone will become irreplaceable. Google Pixel from `66,499 and Apple iPhone 7 from `55,349. SOUND BITES Amazon Echo Dot T he smaller sibling to the company’s popular Echo, a living room speaker with an AI assistant. Packed with seven far-field microphones, Alexa hears and responds to voice commands from anywhere in the room. It tells you the news, weather alerts, plays music, controls devices and even orders an Uber. This year seems ripe to become the year of the ‘shouting-at-your-devices-in-theliving-room’. `3,400. Xiaomi Mi Mix E very phone in the market has an ugly problem—big screens tucked into big bodies. One way to make phones smaller while keeping the screen sizes is by getting rid of ugly bezels around them. Xiaomi did just that with their Mi Mix, pointing the way to an exciting 2017 when we can expect to see more phones with bezel-less screens. Even though it looks good, the ceramic-bodied Mi Mix is not all that good as the selfie camera is in the chin in the bottom. From `55,000. Apple AirPods T he AirPods are two earbuds that sync seamlessly wirelessly over Bluetooth. Dubbed one of the most magical products Apple has ever produced, they hold 24 hours worth of charge, while the AirPods give five hours of uninterrupted use. Lacking any buttons, AirPods are clever enough to pause the music when you take them out of your ears. They have a small touch area, which you can double tap to activate Siri. As the rest of the industry follows where Apple goes, expect more phones in 2017 to drop the headphone jack and more earphones to lose the wires. `15,400. Bose Quietcomfort 35 A s magical as the AirPods are, they are still more or less normal in-ear earphones. For the best musical experience without wires, look towards Bose. Their newest over-ear headphones are the best wireless ones ever made and give 20 hours of usage on a single charge. They also have the world’s best noise-cancelling circuitry Add a wire and you can use . the headphones for 40 hours. Using Bluetooth and NFC for connectivity and with features like volume optimised equaliser and a dedicated app that can tweak the settings, Bose QC 35 is the precursor to the great wireless headphones of 2017. `30,000.
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