If you’re excited by tech, you’re excited for 2016. 2016 is the year for gadgets and gizmos. If you’re fancying some new ways to game, you can look forward to next generation of consoles and virtual reality. 2016 is chock full of new ways to compute, incredible upgrades on your favorite mobile devices, and scentsational new movies (they smell… no seriously).
Of course, new devices almost always come with hefty price tags. This doesn’t mean you can’t have the latest tech in the New Year; it just means you’ll need to start saving your pennies. Or, you can look into this list of retailers that offer at-home layaway and flexible financing from companies such as, Crest Financial.
- Oculus Rift VR and Gear VR
In the new year, you can look forward to Oculus Rift, a virtual reality (VR) headset designed by Facebook, which will connect with a personal computer to deliver an immersive virtual experience. For now, you can play around with Gear VR, which is a virtual headset developed by Samsung using the Oculus Rift software. Amazingly, this headset costs just $100. Expect Oculus Rift to cost a great deal more.
- 4D Coming to a Theater Near You
More than 200 U.S. theaters are going to be outfitted with a more immersive way to view films – in 4D. If you’ve never been to Universal Studios, you may not be familiar with 4D. It’s when you experience a movie—you see, feel, and smell what’s happening on the big screen. Toms Guide describes the experience as something that will be expensive. Here’s what you can expect: “The technology will involve seats that move, smells from things like flowers or gunpowder, as well as fake wind, rain and lighting. It’s thought it will cost $2 million to outfit each theater.”
As 4D movies grow in popularity, it’s likely that 4D home viewing will ride its coattails into your living room. For now, you have 4K televisions, which are pretty awesome too. If you’re concerned a new television will cost too much, consider that you can bring it home with the help from financing companies such as the aforementioned Crest Financial, you can visit them online at www.CrestFinancial.com.
- HTC Vive VR Headset
The Gear VR isn’t the only mobile-device-driven virtual reality on the horizon. In April of 2016, HTC will release its highly-anticipated PC based VR headset.
- Sony PlayStation VR
Did you think virtual reality was finished? Nope. 2016 will be known as the year of virtual reality, and the new technology has eliminated the problems with its predecessors. No more headaches, nausea, or vertigo. The Sony PlayStation VR will work with the PS4 and is scheduled to launch in the first half of the new year.
- Microsoft Hololens Computer
This amazing piece of technology is an untethered, a holographic computer that allows high-definition holograms to become a part of your world. It’s expected to launch in early 2016, but it won’t be affordable to all. The Hololens computer is expected to start around $3,000.
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
What does Apple have up its sleeve now? Not too many details are known, but there are rumors the developer is removing the mechanical home button. The design is supposed to be entirely smooth except for the lightning port and headphone adaptor plugin.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
There’s no word yet on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy phone. The design is rumored to be completely changed, but outside of that not much else is known.
- iPhone 6C
Similar to the 5s, the iPhone 6C will feature a four-inch screen and updated specs. It’s expected the 6C will feature the same A8 chip that’s included in other iPhone 6 phones. CNET has the most up-to-date details on Apple’s 6C.
- Apple Watch 2
Coming out in early 2016, the Apple Watch 2 is going to include an integrated camera. Like a super secret spy, you can have FaceTime conversations from your wrist. The future has arrived, and it’s just like the movies!
- Nintendo NX Gaming Console
Nintendo’s newest console is a hybrid system, meaning it will probably feature both a WiiU touchscreen gamepad and twin-stick hardware. With lots of touchscreen and mobile features, it’s likely this will be Nintendo’s most popular console to date.
- Tesla Model 3
The new Tesla won’t hit consumer markets until 2017, but it’s going to be unveiled in March 2016. At that point, you will be able to reserve the electric vehicle for purchase in 2017.
- Self-driving Ford Fusion
Society has finally reached the point where cars are driving you! Ford is testing its self-driving vehicles along California roads, and so far it’s working out. Here’s looking forward to a world that looks like and functions as efficiently as the world of Minority Report (but, with none of the drama or danger).
- Samsung Flexible Folding Phone
Most likely launching in January, the Samsung Flexible Folding Phone is going to (gasp) have a screen that can fold in half. Flexible, bendable screens are the future. Imagine what that means for those of you who are prone to dropping phones on their screens and breaking them.
With so many products to look forward to in 2016, it will be difficult to pick a favorite. The world is changing at the speed of light, and it’s hard to keep up with the latest developments. These are just a sampling of what’s in store for 2016. It truly will be the year for tech.