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Five Of The Top Tech Gadgets To Have On Your Radar This Year

With technology always moving at a brisk pace, pressure is high for the world’s most innovative companies to showcase evolution.

Such is the case at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, Nevada every January. The show consistently highlights the biggest and emerging tech trends – showcasing in particular what’s in store for the upcoming year.

The 2020 edition of CES has been no exception, demonstrating everything from wine-cooling and indoor gardening tech to the latest innovations in computing. Among them, these are the five tech gadgets sure to have everyone talking this year.

LG’s Indoor Garden

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LG’s innovative ‘Harvester’ – working title – represents a substantial step forward for the growing indoor gardening movement.

Looking like something you’d find in a state-of-the-art laboratory, this micro-gardening concept has been designed as a built-in column-type appliance able to efficiently grow crisp, fresh herbs and vegetables from various all-in-one seed packages like romaine, chicory and basil.

Working with its own growth-monitoring smartphone app, the ‘Harvester’ makes use of flexible modules and advanced light, temperature and water control to replicate optimal outdoor conditions.

This makes it as valuable for those looking to make their own cocktails at home, as it does for home cooks focusing on fresh ingredients.

LG hasn’t yet confirmed an Australian release date.

Matrix Industries’ Juno Chiller

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California-based startup Matrix Industries are banking on advances in thermoelectric technology with their latest tabletop device, the Juno Chiller.

Likened to a “reverse microwave”, this silent and remarkably fast product can cool most kinds of beverages from room temperature to just above freezing in just a few minutes.

That’s especially great news for wine connoisseurs and beer lovers, given the Juno can rapidly chill a full-sized bottle of white wine to sommelier-recommended temperatures in under five minutes, and a bottle of beer in just one.

The company has even had the good sense to include three simple and programmable buttons, which will come preset with the ideal red or white wine temperatures.

The Juno Chiller is on track for retail in October.

Microsoft’s Surface Neo

Whether new generation dual-screens will be more successful than folding displays this year remains to be seen. Microsoft has certainly made a strong case for the former, with the forthcoming Surface Neo.

Paving the way for the dual-friendly Windows 10X operating system, this limber device will redefine Microsoft’s successful Surface series in meaningful ways.

Most notably, it’s designed with twin 9-inch displays, connected by a 360-degree full-friction hinge to allow for various postures and use cases.

Taking notes on one screen while reviewing a project on the other becomes a shining example of fluid multi-tasking, as does spanning an application across two screens for more traction. It looks premium too, with 5.6mm wide Gorilla Glass and a revolutionary ‘Wonder Bar’ – almost a third screen – that automatically pops up if you choose to place the separately-sold magnetic keyboard on one of the screens.

The Surface Duo will also be released, seemingly at the same time as the Neo, looking like a smaller sister-device but primarily functioning as an Android smartphone.

Both the Surface Neo and Surface Duo will be released later this year.

Samsung’s Cube Refrigerators

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Tapping into the trend of modular home and office products, Samsung is seeking to transform how we think about the beloved bar fridge with Cube Refrigerators.

Sleek and stackable with a minimal aesthetic, they were designed with a small profile so you can set them up anywhere, from kitchen countertops to right by the work desk. They even make sense for the bedroom, since Samsung’s claim of “special cooling technology” ensures that the fridges run in absolute silence.

Three models will be made available, ranging from beer and wine-specific fridges, to what Samsung is calling “beauty”.

Each comes with a clear glass door on the front so you can see content at all times. There’s also a digital temperature indicator on the top right-hand side that lets you set each individual Cube at its own temperature.

Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed an Australian release date.

Withing’s ScanWatch

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Taking the next logical step from their previous models, Withings have developed the world’s first clinically validated hybrid smartwatch to detect both risks of arrhythmia and sleep apnea.

Simply named ScanWatch, the company’s latest medical hybrid smartwatch raised more than a few eyebrows (and scored three Innovation awards) at CES when it was revealed it would include not just a medical-grade electrocardiogram (ECG) and proactive heart scanning features, but also an sp02 sensor to detect the presence and early symptoms of sleep apnea.

In addition, ScanWatch is still primarily a sophisticated activity monitor, tracking steps, calories, elevation, workout routes and cardio exercises. It will use an indicator called VO2 Max to offer “Fitness Level” assessment, measuring the heart and muscles’ ability to convert oxygen into energy during physical exercise to help optimise training.

ScanWatch will be available in Australia from Q2 this year and retail for $479.

(Lead image: Microsoft / supplied) 

Published 24 February, 2020