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Taste.Company | Top 2018 Tech Gadgets to Watch Out For

Top 2018 Tech Gadgets to Watch Out For

December 28, 2017 7:00 pm by Cat Lo

It’s really no secret that human technology can only expand and grow with each passing day, and with all the new tech toys and releases, is there anywhere else to go but forward? We try our very best to de-tox from digital devices lately (check out how HERE: http://taste.company/trends/digital-devices-ditch/), but the truth is that these gadgets are here to stay, whether we like it or not. So before you start fretting about the apocalypse ala-Terminator, why not look forward to these top 2018 tech gadgets instead?

Bots, bots, bots

You can’t talk about advanced technology without including robots—you just can’t. The helpful little bots from Omron artificial intelligence (AI) Automatic Transportation Mobile Robot machines are already making factory life easier by working together in highly efficient productivity. They roam around, gather data, create their own maps in their hi-tech brains, and navigate through their environment independently and intelligently. Its laser sensors on all sides of its body can help the bot detect obstacles in its path, and if you program its destination, it can navigate through and find its own way at 1.8 meters per second. It can carry a maximum load of 130 kg, and some of them are even serving drinks at Incheon Airport in South Korea.

Over at Panasonic, the bowling ball-shaped Cocotto android acts as the perfect babysitter, with its ability to ask kids if they’ve had a good night’s sleep, tell naughty children to go to bed, and even sing to young ones by downloading songs from the cloud. Parents simply need to instruct the social bot, and it can help further a child’s educational development as well as act as a kid’s friend.


Meanwhile, a therapeutic robot that looks like a headless cat is making waves over at Japanese firm Yukai Engineering. The Qoobo, funded by a KickStarter campaign, wags its tail every time its owner pets it—and this simple act alone can help heal emotional stress and warm the human heart. The robot that lets you “wrap yourself with fuzzy love” will be launched in June and will go for about a hundred bucks. You can help fund the campaign HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1477302345/qoobo?ref=2sragc&gclid=CjwKCAiAoqXQBRA8EiwAIIOWsv7wjqI4sRVdWmg0SxzdvQS7c6QoLbU2MFDY2yzCmADqWrivGKfVnxoCOegQAvD_BwE.


Wearables and more

Over at Chiba, Japan, the electronics show CEATEC also unveiled a wide variety of 2018 tech gadgets that are a definite must-watch next year. The Bluetooth hands-free device lookalike bitescan can measure your chewing strokes while you eat. This bite counter, instead of being attached to your chin, is smaller and lighter and is uniquely hung from the ear to help you keep track of your bite speed and number of bites per minute through waveforms. This will go on sale next year from Sharp, and will definitely revolutionize the eating game by perfecting chewing habits.


Meanwhile, with Ready Player One as one of the most highly anticipated novel-turned-movies of the decade coming out next year, Facebook Inc’s Oculus Go looks like it’s going to up the ante where VR is concerned. Priced at just $199, the Oculus Go will break into the market in early 2018 and functions as a standalone wireless VR headset that needs no PC or smartphone. This all-in-one gadget will definitely blur the lines between what’s real and what’s not, but if you still want to stick to some good old fashioned visuals in real life, you can go back and experience nostalgia with these paper cameras HERE: http://taste.company/trends/papershoot-ph/.



For the home

Of course, aside from wearables and robots, the most anticipated 2018 tech gadgets definitely won’t be complete without some trusty home equipment. At the IFA electronics show in Berlin last September, one of the most impressive revelations includes the new Dialog Oven from Miele. It cooks with radio waves, but at the same time, it also “listens” to your food while cooking so that it can automatically adjust amplitude, modulation, and wave phase—how cool is that?

The Frigondas microwave freezer refuses to be outdone though, as it not only heats food, but it also acts as a blast chiller. The dual evaporators and unique fan design allow the appliance to freeze fresh fruits and vegetables in a jiffy (just six minutes!), making it an ideal tool to bring along on vacations.


Finally, no home is complete without a decent coffee maker, and renowned names Breville and Nespresso have collaborated to bring consumers the sleekest and slimmest automatic espresso machine yet. The new Essenza Mini measures 4.3 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and 12.8 inches tall, and can brew two cup sizes with a simple push of a button. Best of all, you don’t even need to wait for the new year to get your hands on this gem—it’s already available fresh off the manufacturer right HERE: https://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-3656089/Nespresso+Essenza+Mini+Espresso+Machine+by+Breville.

With all those awesome tech gadgets in store for the new year, is there any reason not to look forward to 2018?


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