It’s the first brand ever to top T3’s Hot 100, but everything you do this year will be touched by the omnipresent tech behemoth, with its web-enabled fingers in a host of increasingly hot pies…
Despite not actually being available to consumers, Glass is still the wearable on everyone’s lips (well, ears, eventually). Indeed, there hasn’t been a more divisive major tech product in years, with laws and social etiquette being reconsidered on the fly. But the best tech innovations always ignite heated debate, and Glass’s extremely thorough beta testing is reaping real-time rewards. The Glass 2.0 update is expected on sale this year, with a mono ear bud for audio, Google Now integration, a selection of more traditional rounded frames and apps you might actually want to use (you listening, smartglass copycats?), as well as lenses that work for real spec wearers.
Could this be the future of smartphones? The first of the big G’s new research projects is a five-inch handset that maps your surroundings while inside using infrared sensors to build an accurate 3D picture like the Google Maps of interiors. It’s ground-breaking stuff, with developers already working on apps to utilise its smarts – may we suggest a “find your way out of a Las Vegas casino” app in time for CES 2015 please?
Google at home
The “internet of things”, so hot it had its own entry this year, has Google at the forefront, having bought Nest, the app-controlled thermostat and smoke alarm purveyor that was struggling to expand out of the US; no more. There’s also the Chromecast TV dongle that will be making UK tellies more internet-ready.
Google at work
With the maturation of Google Docs workflow and its Drive cloud services, browser-based Chrome OS laptops are making a lot more sense; the Samsung Chromebook 2 was a steal for under 200 notes. Yet it’s the new range of easy-setup, low-cost Chromeboxes that will be the real office saviours.
Not content with the majority of the phone market, Android tablets outsold iPads for the first time this March. With Android 5.0 promising a new look, and the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 signed up, the heat’s really on.
It’s more than likely that your next drive will be Android-powered. After all, the Open Automotive Alliance, which saw Google sign a deal with the likes of General Motors and Audi, aims for seamless integration with their mobile operating system starting this year. With the firm’s own autonomous car project also underway, how long before you’re calling your Android drone car to come and pick you up from the pub rather than your irate partner?
Playing Frankenstein with the phone again, this modular, open-hardware project lets people build their own handset from bits they can afford. It’s not a dream, either: developer conferences begin soon, with handsets expected to cost $50.
The search doodle is no longer just fun, it’s a statement, with the Sochi Olympics banner rainbow taking a stand against Russia’s gay-rights record. What’s next?
Director of engineering Ray Kurzweil reckons computers will outsmart us puny humans by 2029. He’s well on his way to finding out, too, with the firm buying military ’bot makers Boston Dynamics and AI firm Deep Mind. Currently in the Google X Lab: floating Wi-Fi routers built into balloons and contact lens-sized heads-up displays. Meanwhile, Google big-wigs Brin, Page and Schmidt are getting in on the hottest of future trends: asteroid mining
2. HTC One M8
How do you make T3’s Phone of the Year 2013 even better? Well, first you add the power of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 801 chip, bump the screen size to five inches and include a depth sensor with the camera so you can refocus your snaps after you’ve taken them, that’s how. Wrap it in an even more carefully crafted aluminium body brushed within an inch of its life and add the option of clever dot matrix-style cases and you have hands down the hottest phone of the year.
£tbc | HTC | out April
3. The connected car
In-car innovation has at last hit critical mass, Ford’s Sync leader being joined by Apple and Android in a hands-free fight to gain driver-assisting dashboard dominance. While the Open Automotive Alliance sees Audi, Honda and General Motors sign up to hardwire in the latter, Apple’s just-announced iOS integration hub CarPlay is rolling out to Ferrari, Mercedes and Jaguar. With 4G contracts soon a desirable option and “smart roads” in development, every motor is set to be a four-wheeled extension of your smartphone – but hopefully with a better battery.
4. The new age of telly
Last year’s biggest TV events weren’t on stuffy old live channels, buton-demand providers. Be it scoring exclusive access to Breaking Bad’s final season or funding the ace House of Cards, Netflix spent big and pulled in the viewers, like HBO had in the US. This year it faces tough competition from Amazon, which is also financing its own shows, and the Beeb, which is taking BBC3 online-only as well as commissioning iPlayer exclusives. Netflix’s response? Why 4K streaming, of course.
5. Playstation’s Family Tree
Having shifted six million consoles in four months, the PS4 is the next-gen console to beat. Yet it’s the inter-connectedness of Sony’s gaming division that’s its real strength, with PS4 Remote Play on the new Vita handheld and PS Plus’s subscription games service dishing out great offers across all devices, including PS3. Throw in the Vita TV set-top box winking from Japan and a VR headset in development, and it’s the hottest name in games.
PS4 £350, PS Vita £180, PS Vita TV £64, PS Plus £5.49 a month or £39.99 | Sony
6. Samsung Mobile
The tech giant is reasserting its on-the-go authority with a new trinity of red-hot tech that shares the same connected vision. The fingerprint scanner-packing Galaxy S5 phone, Gear 2 smart watch and curved AMOLED-screened Gear Fit tracker band join the Note series in ticking off all work, rest and play checkboxes.
£tbc | Samsung Mobile | Out April
7. Maker Bot Replicator Mini
This is the 3D printer’s Deskjet moment: it’s now possible to make tiny, plastic models of absolutely anything without having to give up a whole room to the process. There’s more than ever to print, too (we prefer furniture to guns, ourselves), so check out the options at the free MakerBot Print shop app and send them direct to your machine.
$1,375 | Maker Bot
Over 60 per cent of the world’s population has yet to experience the full wonders of the Web’s cat video and Nicolas Cage meme archive. That’s all about to change, though, as tech’s big names are striving to expand its reach with the Internet.org movement. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said his $19bn Whatsapp messaging buy and Titan Aero space dealings (solar-drones to fly routers into remote areas anyone?) are all part of the plan. But what will the world access it all on? Budget blowers, such as Nokia’s Asha and Mozilla’s $25 Firefox phones.
9. Steam Machines
Portal developer Valve has a vision: to take PC gaming out of the back room and splash it on your big telly. Its hugely popular Steam gaming service was the start, but now its army of licensed gaming PC/console hybrids (including Alienware’s effort, pictured) are bringing a range of specs and styles to the party, all running a bespoke SteamOS and haptic controller.
Steam | Out now
10. Oculus Rift
Virtual reality is officially hot again, so it’s only right the Kickstarter hit that fuelled the resurgence is warming its hands on the glow. The latest iteration of Oculus VR’s prototype Rift headset, codenamed “Crystal Cove”, not only delivers a110-degree field-of-view 3D world, but now utilises a camera so you can actually inhabit 3D space/feel less nauseous. Epic shoot’em up Eve Valkyrie still reigns the gaming demos, but NASA is planning to create walking tours of Mars, too.
£tbc | Oculus | Out winter
11. Apple Mac Pro
We know we don’t need one. We know most people won’t even scratch the surface of its power. But boy do we want one. With its Vader helmet-like tower sliding up to reveal a perfectly cylindrical nest of pure computing grunt, this is Apple design at its best, with the hole in the middle dispersing heat as well as looking cool.
from £2,499 | Apple
12. Affordable 4K Televisions
Now that Netflix has confirmed it will be streaming 4K content, there’s finally a reason to bite. As interest peaks, thankfully, prices are beginning to drop, too. You can now pick up three-figure 4K TVs from Vizio and Polaroid. Want a 4K telly from a more, ahem, mainstream manufacturer? John Lewis tells us prices will become more palatable by next year.
It’s official: this Xbox One exclusive is even hotter than the next-gen console it’s landing on. The mix of hulking robotic mechs and wall-running jet packed Pilots, locked in furious battle, hits you with a never endingbarrage of jaw-dropping moments. But there are no set pieces, no scripts: Titanfall’s online-only chaos is completely organic; the shooter rebooted for the masses.
£40 | Respawn
14. The internet of things
This year your home is going to become alot more communicative, from connected ridges to heating that you can tweak from the bath. Perhaps the biggest success story so far is Nest Labs, the makers of app controlled thermostats and alarms. Purchased by Google for $3.2bn, it’s an indicator of the future of home tech, as well as the future of big-money investment.
Nest Protect £109 | Nest
15. Sony PS Now
The purchase of cloud firm Gaikai in 2012 is finally coming to fruition for Sony with this new overhauled OnLive-like gaming service that lets you stream PlayStation games as you would on-demand TV and film. With support for PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xperia devices and even Bravia TVs, it could revolutionise the way we play. The current US beta can’t extend to Blighty soon enough.
£tbc | Sony | Out tbc
16. Toyota Fuel Cell vehicle
Replacing the engine with a light weight hydrogen cell and battery, this effectively runs on air. More specifically, it uses the oxygen in our atmosphere to mix with the hydrogen in its fuel source, creating enough energy to travel up to 300 miles. The only emissions are a few dribbles of water and it will refuel in under three minutes, charging automatically when you brake.
£tbc | Toyota | Out 2015
17. Microsoft Xbox One
Helped by Kinect 2.0, this next-gen console wants to control all your fun, from vocally ordering your TV around to connected HD shooters on digital tap.
£400 | Xbox
18. Amazon Prime Air
Jeff Bezos wants to deliver DVDs and cat food direct to your door using drones in as little as 30 minutes – and he’s testing already. All that stands in the way is Federal Aviation Association regulations.
Amazon | Out tbc
19. Panasonic GH4
This 16-megapixel compact system camera’s new Venus Engine sports a quad core processor that boosts speed (autofocus takes just 0.07seconds) and image quality. It shoots 4K video at 24fps, too.
£1,750 | Panasonic
20. Ford Self Driving concept
With four light sensors taking 2.5 million measurements a second to create a real-time 3D map around it, this research motor is pioneering the future of affordable driving autonomy.
21. Fujitsu Haptic Sensory Tablet
Using ultrasonic vibrations to create the feel of different touchscreen textures, this clever tech feels a bit like being gently zapped by a rural electric fence – in a good way.
Fujitsu | Out tbc
22. Satya Nadella
Stepping into Steve Ballmer’s shoes as Microsoft CEO, cloud pioneer Nadella has a history of connected hits, from Xbox Live to Bing. Could a Windows and Nokia smart watch hook-up be one of his first moves?
The much-anticipated, Linux based mobile operating system that Samsung’s keen to embrace made a high-profile debut on the Gear 2 watch at Mobile World Congress and, away from the public gaze, on phones, too.
24. Lotus C–01 superbike
Tron: Legacy light cycle designer Daniel Simon has conjured up this similar looking but actually purchasable 200hp, V-Twin engine beast for Lotus. A Daft Punk crash hat next, please.
£82,100 | Lotus
25. Curved tech
Following in the gently arched footsteps of Samsung’s Round and LG’s G Flex smartphones are the sweeping screens of the KE55S9C (£7,000 | Samsung, pictured) and LG OLED (£5,000 | LG) tellies. For when you need to be quite literally wrapped in HD.
26. LI - FI
Could this be the future of connectivity? Where Wi-Fi transmits via radio waves, Li-Fi uses visible light to carry data from micro-LED bulbs. Its hit speeds of 10Gbit/s, 250 times faster than super fast broadband.
27. Sony 4K Short Throw projector
No need to perch this film thrower in the rafters, just place it unassumingly on the floor and it shoots a 147-inch, 4096x2160 resolution image up your wall in 3D 1080p. Handy.
£24,000 | Sony | Out summer
28. EE 300MBPS 4G
Silicon Roundabout, London’s tech start-up home, was the first to benefit from the “world’s fastest 4G network”, boasting300Mbps speeds. Praise the connected overlords that a wider UK rollout is a-coming.
EE | Out summer
29. Pebble Steel
Still the only smartwatch to really earn its stripes, this Pebble sequel is almost unrecognisable from its e-ink-screened, Kickstartered forebear. A Corning Gorilla Glass-coated display joins a far less chunky strap available in both steel and leather, while the recently launched Pebble app store is full of plaything potential. Most importantly, though, its call, messaging and social alerts works with both Apple and Android devices.
£151 | Pebble | Out now
30. Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
The smallest iPad ever may be getting on in tech terms, but a 7.9-inch screen of almost unrivalled beauty, boasting more pixels per inch than your average Hd tV, it’s still the best. The A7 processor is super speedy and 128GB storage holds more apps, books and videos than ever. Without a successor on the way, it’s the hottest tablet on planet earth.
From £319 | Apple | Out now
31. LG HRM ear phones
Unsightly heart-rate monitors strapped around your chest be gone – these wireless Bluetooth buds can check your pulse by measuring the blood flow through your auricle alone. They also measure how much oxygen you’re taking onboard, sharing that vital data with the LG Lifeband touch fitness band or, failing that, any iOS or Android mobile device.
£tbc | LG | Out tbc
32. Volt Alpine x
Planning to master the mountainous section of the Tour de France? Take along the Volt Alpine X, but be sure not to tell your fellow riders about the ridiculously powerful, super high torque 250W motor and 36Vbattery stashed away in its 24kg frame; that baby will drag you up the steepest of inclines for over 80 miles.
£1,899 | Volt
The rise of e-sports and the success of next-gen consoles has ushered in a whole new generation of pathological gameplay sharers. Some 45 million people watch live gaming streams on Twitch each month, from pro tournies to playthroughs and comic commentaries, making it, unbelievably, the fourth largest source of internet traffic after Netflix, Google and Apple.
34. Nikon D4S
Not a complete reworking of the flagship DSLR, but a carefully considered tweak. The 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor is still one of the best in the business, but added to that you get faster, more accurate autofocus and the new expeed 4 image processor with an iso range stretching from 50 to 25,600 (you can further that to 409,600 if you must). This camera is not afraid of the dark.
£5,200 | Nikon
35. Angela Ahrendts
Apple’s recently appointed senior vice president of retail was nabbed from Burberry, after making a name for herself pulling the iconic British fashion brand out of its slump and tripling the company’s worth in the process. Named by Forbes as the 53rd most powerful woman in the world, Ahrendts’ honed fashion eye is likely to be laser-focused on a global apple store overhaul.
@AngelaAhrendts | Apple
36. Tom Clancy’s The Division
Ubisoft’s stunning-looking apocalyptic next-genner has been on a low boil since its E3 reveal last year. Yet expectation for this Ps4 and Xbox one title, in which you explore an open world New York in a state of collapse following a city-wide pandemic, across big screen and tablet, has escalated to a full rolling bubble. The whiff of delays is strong with this one…
£55 | Ubisoft | Out winter
37. Nvidia Tegra K1
This 192-core processor is built using the same architecture as the fastest supercomputer in the US. Developed to grace the next generation of Android smartphones, televisions and even cars, this mini muscle will power next-gen console standard graphics (it’s the first mobile chip to run epic’s Unreal Engine 4) and improve power efficiency in much of what you touch this year.
Nvidia | Out summer
38. Fitness Bands
As the world awaits an iWatch, seemingly every tech brand is busying itself making a wearable fitness tracker. There’s the LG LifeBand Touch (£tbc | LG), Samsung Gear Fit (£tbc | Samsung), Polar Loop (£77 | Polar) and Sony Smartband (£80 | Sony). Even gaming king Razer is prepping the Nabu (pictured, £tbc | Razer). Anyone out there not making one?
39. Nike Free 3.0 FlyKnit
The Fuelband firm’s free-running trainers are incredibly supple and flexible, with a sole designed to grip any surface as you scale the urban jungle like a parkour king. But this one’s completely seamless, too, Flyknit tech giving a sock-like feel without trading in stability.
£tbc | Nike | Out summer
40. Sony Xperia Z2 duo
They can both record 4K video underwater and then display the results in full-HD glory afterwards. The openly element-shunning, Android toting Xperia Z2 smartphone and tablet partnership is impressive, with the latter (pictured) the slimmest tablet in the world right now.
Xperia Z2 £599, Xperia Z2 Tablet £499 | Sony
41. Samsung WW9000
The connected home has reached your laundry room. This washing machine allows you to pause or start a cycle from your smartphone and receive notifications as to the state of your delicates.
£tbc | Samsung UK | Out May
42. Dell 28 Ultra-HD P2815Q Monitor
Trust us: you’ve never seen spreadsheets this super-sharp. While 4K content may be slim, displayed on this 3840x2160resolution screen, even the dullest work/FPs looks exciting.
$700 (£420) | Dell
43. Manchester City FC
The club’s scoring freely in the tech leagues as well as the real one, expanding its Twitter channel into 160 languages, installing high-density Wi-Fi and releasing an app that lets fans interact with live games.
44. Plastic Logic AMOLED
These Cambridge tech wizards are preparing to demonstrate the first fully flexible AMOLED display. No thicker than a piece of paper, it’s sure to shape the future of wearable technology.
Plastic Logic | Out winter
45. McClaren 650s
The most drool-worthy supercar to pull into view during the Geneva Motorshow: 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, 641bhp and a top speed of 207mph, plus 0-60 in under three seconds.
£190,000 | McClaren | Out tbc
46. South Korea
Psy’s homeland has ploughed billions into establishing itself as a tech leader, with Samsung and LG leading the world in patent wars and r&d, average broadband speed at 50mbps, and 5G being financed by the government already. Jealous.
47. Beats Music
Fashionably late to the party, Dre bothers Spotify in serious style with a little help from Trent Reznor, 20 million tunes and a playlist compiler based on location and mood.
$10 a month | Beats Music | Out now in US, UK release tbc
48. Zero Theorem
In Terry Gilliam’s finale to the dystopian trilogy that includes Brazil and Twelve Monkeys, Christoph Waltz is tasked with finding a formula for the meaning of life. Hint: it’s not 42.
The first major release from Halo developer bungie since it left Microsoft is a star warsian epic with fully customisable characters, an always-online world and, of course, guns.
£tbc | Destiny | Out September
50. Polaroid Socialmatic
This retro-modern clash of a cam takes 14-megapixel snaps with the option to print out a 2x3-inch version instantly or share your pics via social sites. Instagram will eat itself.
£tbc | Polaroid | Out autumn
51. Corning Anti-bacterial glass
You filthy git! There are more germs on your phone’s screen than the average toilet seat. Luckily this new protective glass inhibits bacteria growth.
52. Intel Edison
A giant computing brain that fits on the back of an sd card. To use Intel’s words, its new chip is “small enough to drop into just about anything” making it ideal for a new generation of wearable tech.
Intel | Out summer
53. Sir James Dyson
With super-smart domestic tech a towering trend for 2014, Dyson is gearing up for another vintage year. Its new Cinetic bagless and filterless vac is revolutionising home cleaning – again – the AM06 fan is quieter but still just as breezily stylish, while a range of robo-products sit teasingly on the horizon.
The 66-year-old Sir gave us some of his time to talk R&D, JCB and “Helmhotz resonators” (posh for “a bottle you blow across the lip of”).
Check out the full interview in the Hot 100 issue of T3, available now.
54. Tom Tom Go 5000
The rise of the mapping app has not swayed the navigation giant from its mission, it’s simply made it more bullish. This latest device has interactive, pinch-to-zoom 2D and 3D routes, directions in 45 European countries (you get four updates every year, completely free) and free live traffic data. With its big brother reviewed on p121, the standalone sat-nav comeback starts here.
£260 | Tom Tom
55. Asus Transformer Trio
We’ve seen hybrid devices from Asus that work as both a laptop and a tablet before. What we haven’t seen, until now, is one that also moonlights as a desktop PC: the holy trinity. The Transformer Book Trio’s 11.6-inch touchscreen and Core i7 processor tap into two operating systems – Android 4.2 and Windows 8 – and switch in a flash.
£900 | Asus
56. Eclipse TD-M1 High-res AirPlay System
These iconic, jet engine-shaped desktop speakers have been given a wireless upgrade. Soaring into modernity, they now include built-in digital audio conversion, plus AirPlay for streaming audio from your Apple devices. With a booming amplifier built into the base of each individual speaker, they guarantee sonic lift-off.
£999 | Eclipse
57. Avegant Glyph
When are headphones more than just headphones? When they have a Virtual Retina Display built into the headband, beaming the equivalent of a full-HD cinema screen directly on to your eyeballs, with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, that’s when. Originating on Kickstarter, the idea has Netflix interested, and it’s not the only ones.A future long-haul flight must-have.
£322 | Avegant | Out December
58. Matterform 3D Scanner
The price and size of 3D printers is coming down, but what are you going to print? Well, there are free CAD blueprints online, but once you tire of spitting out miniature Eiffel Towers we suggest you invest in this clever, shoebox-sized scanner. It uses lasers and cameras to scan every nook and cranny of any object to 0.25mm accuracy, building a 3D image on your PC that’s ready to print.
£348 | Matterform | Out now
59. Adidas Brazuca Official Match Ball
Get “World Cup ready” by taking the official kickball down to Goals of an evening. The tournament’s bladder of choice is constructed from six polyurethane panels for supreme roundness, with a seamless surface for a more predictable trajectory. It’s solidly built to withstand constant battering against the back of England’s net.
£100 | Adidas
60. LG Web OS
Smart TV interfaces tend to be cluttered and difficult to navigate. Not LG’s new WebOS, which will be built into a lot of the brand’s tellies this year. It displays apps – Netflix, Amazon, Skype, etc – as a series of stacked cards in its own skin. So rather than heading to the homepage to access a new app, your options pop up handily over whatever you happen to be watching.
61. Airia One Running Shoe
This odd-looking trainer with the skyward-facing toe claims to improve your running speed by up to seven per cent. Designed by Swedish fitness fanatics, the Airia One maybe near-impossible to walk in, but it’s dedicated to generating the maximum possible forward motion from every stride, turning you into a perpetual motion machine.
$170 | Airia | Out April
62. Roth Neo 6.2 Soundbase
Forget sound bars, Brit audio specialist Roth’s new telly sound package acts as a base for your TV, using its larger surface area to pump out amore wholesome racket. It’s well connected, too, with a 6.23D sound speaker system, plus analogue and digital inputs, HDMI and NFC. You can even out put to a separate subwoofer for extra movie-quality boom.
£349 | Roth | Out April
The NSA snorts in disgust as private comms firm SilentCircle and Spanish start-up Geeksphone unveil the world’s first security-centric handset. Blackphone is a 2GHz quad core processor, 4.7-inch HD-screened blower built from the ground up to protect your privacy and installed with PrivatOS, a tweaked version of Android for off-grid browsing and communicating.
£376 | Blackphone
64. Virgin Galactic
In the words of DJ Jean, get ready for the launch. Richard Branson maintains that the first Virgin Galactic commercial space flight will launch from the Virgin Spaceport in New Mexico this year. Some 680 tickets have already been sold to would-be astronauts – you got yours yet?
$250,000 per ticket | Virgin | autumn
With Glass being trialled by the NYPD and expected to get a full release later this year, Google’s prepared an etiquette guide. We hope wearers of the Vuzix M100 (£800 Vuzix), Epson Moverio BT-200(£tbc | Epson), Recon Jet (£360 | Recon), Lumus’ Meta Pro (£2,180 | Lumus) and Epiphany Eyewear (£175 | Epiphany) are paying attention to the rules.
66. Miele C M6
This hulking bean-to-cup coffee machine can make your favourite double-shot, non-fat, no-foam latte without breaking sweat. It’s all pre-programmed, too, so there’s little-to-no possibility of human error – essential for a gadget that’s the first thing you switch on in the morning.
£1,299 | Miele
67. B&W 685S2
A long overdue reworking of B&W’s 685speakers borrows technology developed for the British firm’s flagship CM10, including a decoupled double dome tweeter. This is housed in its own section of the cabinet, encased in a ring of gel that protects it from vibrations, resulting in exceptional clarity and spacious treble, whether hooked up to a home-cinema system or stereo.
£500 | Bowers & Wilkins
68. Geonaute 360
Three eight-meg cameras, each with a wide-angle lens, peer out of this shock-proof action cam, giving a 360-degree view. It can be used up to 100 metres underwater and controlled by a wrist-mounted remote.
£399 | Geonaute
69. Toshiba Kira
An ultrabook of rare beauty outside Apple’s Airs, hewn from a zero fl ex magnesium alloy that’s tough but oh-so light at 1.35kg. It’s gunning for your MacBook, with a 13.3-inchscreen and nine-hour battery.
£1,299 | Toshiba
70. Facebook Paper
Like a more sociable Flipboard, this turns your feed into a mag like scrapbook of updates, links and full-screen snaps. Tell it your interests and it includes web stories you might like, too. US-only so far, but on the way.
Free | Facebook
71. Garmin Forerunner 620
This touchscreen sportswatch doesn’t just track your current progress, it predicts your future recovery time by calculating your cadence, ground contact and vertical oscillation.
£330 | Garmin
72. Radiohead PolyFauna app
The most interesting digital music venture since Björk’s Biophilia, follow the red dot as you enter an ever-evolving world based around sounds from the song Bloom.
73. Mipby Wowwee
Wave at this gesture-controlled robot and it will rush to your side; push it over and it’ll be grumpy for a bit. It won’t belong before it’s back to dancing and performing one of its 100programmable tricks, mind.
£71 | Wowwee
74. Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
The chip that will shape 2014’s smartphone upgrades boasts timely ultra-HD support. It’s a 4K-ready screen-processing green light for top-end Netflix streaming and next-gen games.
Qualcomm | Out spring
75. Oliver Spencer XV Ulpine Cycling Blazer
Infinitely cooler than your damp cagoule, with a classic fit, downpour-proof coating, reflective lining and armpit vents to avoid whiffiness.
£295 | Oliver Spencer
Pouring an estimated $284bn into R&D this year, the Chinese tech giants are on fire. Lenovo buying Motorola is a statement of intent, while Huawei, ZTE and Oppo are all innovating.
77. Liquid Metal
This extra-tough material is twice the strength of titanium. Apple’s next iPhone is reported to be made out of this stuff, but it’s already used it to make the SIM ejector tool in the iPhone 3GS. An early test, perhaps?
78. Nissan E-NV200 Electric Cab
In central London cars never travel above 30mph, so why aren’t taxis electric? Well, they soon will be. Nissan’s 100% electric black cab plans to pass The Knowledge by next year.
£tbc | NIssan | Out 2015
79. Adidas Samba Prime Knit
Two years in development, the world’s first knitted football boot is as strong and water-resistant conventional kicks, but incredibly light (just 165g) with a properly sock-like fit.
£220 | Adidas
80. Kit Dotcom
Life is never dull in the world of internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. Currently based in New Zealand fighting extradition to the US on piracy charges, the German-Finnish 40-year-old created file-sharing behemoths Mega Upload and Mega, launched an EDM album on his own music network Baboom, and also found time to become the world’s top-ranked Modern Warfare 3 player. He’s hot property, but not too busy to talk to us…
Check out our interview with Mr. Dotcom in the brand new Hot 100 issue of T3, available now.
81. Roland Aria TR-8
The legendary rhythm machine line gets a modern upgrade, combining the classic drum sounds of the TR-808and TR-909 into one device, then adding modern tweaking options and a USB connection.
£399 | Roland | Out spring
82. Braun Cool Tec CT5CC
The trauma of shaving rash is almost reason enough to cultivate a hipster beard, but press the ceramic cooling element on Braun’s CT5CC to your face to keep redness at bay.
£230 | Braun
83. AEG Pro Combi Sous Vide
There’s no hotter – or, for that matter, wetter – kitchen gadget in 2014. Vacuum-pack food then slow cook it in a water bath for mouth watering results. Oven £1,400, vacuum sealer
£1,600 | AEG
The gamification of cleanliness starts here. This Bluetooth connected toothbrush tracks the oral hygiene of you and up to four others, using an app to compare the length and effectiveness of your polishing.
$199 | Kolibree | Out winter
85. Karcher Rainbox and Sensotimer
Prod the sensor into your flowerbed and it will monitor moisture and humidity levels, automatically switching on the sprinkler system when your plants are getting thirsty.
£80 | Karcher
86. Console Wars
Superbad duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are busy adding their stoner humour slant to Blake Harris’s behind-the scenes account of the Sega vs Nintendo gaming war, ready for a boss battle in cinemas.
Sony Pictures | Out tbc
87. Occipital Structure Sensor
This slice of pure tech magic scans your surroundings, turning them into virtual, 3D environments to interact with. It works with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to boot.
£209 | Structure | Out spring
Iris scanning (above) still not secure enough? The artist formerly known as Pulse Wallet links an infrared scan of the vein pattern in your palm to your credit card, allowing you to pay with a simple wave.
89. Withings Sleep Monitor
This under-pillow sensor tracks movement, breathing and heart rate, while the lamp monitors noise, room temperature and light, sharing info to wake you at the optimum moment.
£tbc | Withings | Out spring
90. Edelrid Beast Light Crampon
At 340g per foot, these give amazing grip on ice without weighing you down and are made using a new process that punches the aluminium into thin, but totally sturdy, spikes.
£240 | Edelrid | Out winter
91. Bletchley Park
Hut 11, home to the electro mechanical Bombe that decrypted up to 3,000 German military messages a day during the Second World War, has been reopened to the public. A must-see for patriotic tech fans.
£15 entry | Bletchley Park
92. EyeLock Myris
There’s a one in 50,000 chance of anyone matching your fingerprint ID; safe, but not safe enough. Add the Myris iris recognition cam and there’s a one in two trillion chance of defences being breached. Better.
£tbc | Eyelock | Out winter
93. Canon G1X Mark II
This classy compact has been given a spec boost, with its improved 24-120mm zoom lens packing a manual control ring, a 1.5-inch, 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor and a faster DIGIC 6 processor. The optical viewfinder has been removed for a more streamlined look, while Wi-Fi and NFC are on board, completing this modern snapper.
£749 | Canon
94. Nintendo Wii U
No, don’t laugh. For those thinking this third horse in the next-gen gaming race has fallen at the sales hurdle, you’d be right, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great games hub on its own terms. It’s also finally getting the quality it deserves, with Donkey Kong here, plus Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs due soon. With a price tag that’s half an Xbox One, its second-console time has come.
£220 | Nintendo
95. Razer Project Christine
This easily upgradeable tower PC may be just a concept at present, but what a tantalising one. Your CPU, GPU, power supply and hard drive all arrives as modules that plug neatly into a central stem, syncing and piping coolant around automatically. Need more power? No problem, just plug in an upgrade – no intricate desktop surgery required.
£tbc | Razer | Out tbc
96. Nord Lead A1
In 2014 we’re all going to stay home and play synthesisers, so embrace your inner Eno with this analogue modelling sound engine synth. It can reproduce both vintage prog and Chvrches-esque soundscapes faithfully, all using a much improved user interface that makes programming intuitive for beginners. The sonics are as hot as the red paintjob as well.
£1,299 | Nord
97. Olive One
This Wi-Fi connected speaker has a built-in screen for viewing the latest music videos, plays tracks in any le format and streams from Spotify. It’s the open-source operating system that wows, though, learning your listening habits and making suggestions accordingly. You can generate a profile for every family member, too, and link up Ones for a smart, multi-room setup.
£298 | My Olive
98. Hasselblad HV
The iconic camera brand has sprinkled some design magic on Sony’s A99 DSLR. The specs are the same: 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, an advanced BIONZ image processing engine and a Carl Zeiss lens with a 24-70mm focal range. But, of course, Hasselblad’s added a diamond-tough powder coating, titanium controls, its much sought-after logo and an extra five grand on the price tag.
£6,900 | Hasselblad
99. 4Moms Origami
Until your sprog is old enough to walk you’re forced to push them through crowded streets. What do you get out of it? In the case of the Origami Mini,a fully charged Smartphone. Each of this pushchair’s wheels has a built-in generator, which create electricity as you stroll. It will also provide power for the built-in headlights and clever self-folding mechanism.
£tbc | 4Moms | Out winter
100. Beats Studio by Alexander Wang
Time to wear your fashion credentials on your head. These limited edition Beats cans have been given a muted matte black and pale gold overhaul by American designer Alexander Wang. Their adaptive noise-cancelling tech drowns out the jealous mutterings of fellow commuters for up to twenty hours on one charge and sound quality, tweaked by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, is reliably punchy.
£390 | Beats
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