2018 is upon us and in this blog we’re going to look at some of the most hotly anticipated technology that is due out this year.
Apple iPhone SE 2
Apple’s iPhone range was the talk of the tech world with its iPhone X launch last year. Their flagship phone isn’t the only product we should be talking about because not everyone can afford a £1000 phone. The iPhone SE has many fans and was designed to fill the mid-market position since its launch in 2016 with the size and looks of an iPhone 5 with the insides of an iPhone 6. The new model is rumoured to have a better camera, processor and battery, but these are just rumours. With a release date of Q1 2018 we won’t have long to wait until the reveal.
LG 65-inch rollable OLED TV
LG debuted an 18” rollable TV prototype a couple of years ago as a glimpse into the future. At the CES show this month they showed the 65-inch version that has an UHD resolution (4k). The theory is that you’d just unroll your TV when you want to watch it, handling like a screen, canvas or bit of paper. They could come to replace projectors in schools and colleges and making projectors obsolete. The cost of transporting rollable TVs would be reduced dramatically over current TVs. As with all new tech we’ll have to wait and see how it’s received before we can qualify it as a success or a failure.
Asus ROG Bezel-Free kit
This innovative solution is designed for use with a three-monitor gaming machine setup. The kit attaches to the bezel of your monitors and is a series of vertical lenses and mounts that attach to the monitors at a 130° angle. The system helps to blend the display images and refract the light that is designed to look natural where the monitors join, to create the illusion of using a giant curved display. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the product is due to be available to the public at some point in 2018.
Whirlpool Smart Tech
Whirlpool, the kitchen appliance manufacturer has launched a range of Scan-to-Cook ovens and microwaves. What is scan to cook you ask? It is a system that uses an iOS or Android app to scan the barcode on pre-prepared food. The Wi-Fi enabled cooking device will then
Pre-heat the oven or set the microwave to start. Personally, I don’t have a problem with heating up convenience food and I don’t really see the appeal of a machine that costs about £1000, but it’s an example of the internet of things taking over our homes.