Each year, I gaze into my crystal ball (which is getting a little smudged lately and needs an upgrade itself) to preview what will become available next year in the world of gadgets and technology. Fortunately, these new products are much more likely to make their debut, given the companies behind them have committed to making them happen.
I first tried an early version of this virtual reality headset way back at CES 2013. It was stuffed in the corner of a room at a press event. Now, in Q1 2016, it will become commercially available. The big news with the Rift compared to the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard is that the Rift promises to turn high-end gaming into virtual reality experience. Halo VR anyone?
This competitor to the GoPro action camera uses sensors that detect when you get excited. As many people have discovered, it's one thing to record a day of kite-surfing but another to actually watch six hours of video and pick out the YouTube moments. Graava will automatically stitch together the best video and even share it on social media.
Set to ship early next year, this small wireless controller is designed to make presentations a breeze. It fits on your finger and only weighs a few ounces. You can flick through slides with your hand, zoom in, and make gestures. It works with connected home gadgets like lamps so you can just point and flick to turn on the lights or even control a drone with your finger.
Many of the gadgets for controlling a home with your voice like the Amazon Echo debuted in the last year or in 2014, but the Ivee Voice is a second generation product. It works from 15 feet away and lets you make more complicated requests, such as ordering an Uber or checking on traffic in a certain area. You can install multiple devices in your home so you can speak from anywhere. Plus, it will only cost $99.
Say what you will about the connected car, it is certainly a reality of life. (The Tesla has a mode that drives by itself on the highway.) The Voyo is for people who already own a car. The adapter snaps into a port under the steering wheel of your car and allows you to use apps on your phone. You car can then warn you about dangerous road conditions, or lock and unlock automatically when you leave the vehicle.
This might be the first EV many of us actually buy. Chevy has announced a 2017 version of this electric car that will likely debut next year. It will go about 200 miles per charge; even better, it will use fast charging tech so you can reach 80 percent charge in only 45 minutes. The specification I'm most excited about? It will likely have a price tag that's within the realm of possibility -- maybe even under $30,000.