Must have electronics gadgets for 2024

18th April 2024
Kristian McCann

2024 has already marked a thrilling year in the tech industry, underscored by the buzz around AI that has captivated everyone from major organisations to the general public. However, amidst this AI fervour, a slew of other remarkable technological gadgets have emerged, often overshadowed yet equally deserving of attention. 

Thanks to significant showcases like CES, a wide array of innovative technologies has been introduced, with many already hitting the market and others slated for release later this year.
This blend of emerging and available technologies forms the basis of our curated list of must-have gadgets for 2024, which includes not only AI-driven products but also devices showcasing exceptional technological prowess.

1. AI-powered smart glasses

AI-Powered Smart Glasses like Brilliant Labs' Frame AI glasses can translate languages, recognise images, search the internet for results, and more using augmented reality and AI. Other released glasses, like Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, released in May 2019, offer a combination of augmented reality and AI, providing real-time information overlay and voice command capabilities, making them a valuable tool for hands-free navigation and quick access to information.

Furthermore, the ideas behind these glasses with soon allow users to integrate various apps to provide context-specific assistance, such as displaying step-by-step repair instructions right in front of a technician's eyes, or real-time translation of foreign languages during travel, enhancing both professional and personal efficiency.

2. Foldable smartphones

The era of foldable smartphones is here with devices like the Google Pixel Fold 2, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, and Motorola Razr Plus, offer expansive displays that fold to fit in your pocket. These devices represent a significant leap in smartphone design, providing the functionality of a tablet and the portability of a smartphone in one.

Additionally, these smartphones are designed to withstand thousands of folds without damage, and manufacturers are continuously improving the durability of the screens to resist scratches and drops, ensuring that these high-tech devices can cope with daily use while maintaining their sleek, innovative design.

3. Health monitoring wearables

Wearables like the Apple Watch Series 9 continue to push the boundaries of health monitoring technology. These devices track a wide range of health metrics including heart rate, sleep patterns, and even blood oxygen levels, helping users maintain awareness of their health status.

These wearables also incorporate emergency features such as fall detection and emergency SOS calling, which can automatically contact emergency services if the wearer falls or another serious issue is detected, making them invaluable safety devices for both the young and elderly populations.

4. Home robots

The likes of the Amazon Astro Home Robot, introduced in late 2021 but currently on a invitation only waiting list, are enhancing our living spaces. These robots can handle tasks from home monitoring to acting as personal assistants, all while learning from their interactions to better serve their human owners.

Moreover, these robots use machine learning to adapt to the household's routines and preferences, offering personalised reminders for appointments, medication times, or even suggesting activities based on the user's habits and previous interactions, integrating seamlessly into daily life.

5. AR/VR headsets

Innovations in AR/VR technology continue with headsets like the Apple Vision Pro, that does both. These devices offer immersive experiences for gaming, virtual tours, and professional training simulations, making advanced virtual interactions more accessible than ever.

The development of more responsive and tactile feedback technologies within these headsets is also enhancing the sensory experience, allowing users to feel virtual textures and resistance, adding a new dimension to the realism of virtual environments.

6. Wireless charging stations

Wireless charging technology, such as the Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock, eliminatesthe clutter of cables. With Qi-compatible devices becoming more common, charging stations provide a seamless, efficient way to keep devices powered up.

As the technology advances, wireless charging speeds are approaching those of wired chargers, with some manufacturers also integrating cooling systems to prevent overheating, ensuring devices are charged quickly and safely without wear and tear from heat exposure.

7. Smart home security systems

Systems like SimpliSafe, a Google Home-compatible smart home security system, Google Nest Secure and Ring Alarm Pro offer sophisticated features such as facial recognition, motion detection, and comprehensive home integration, providing enhanced security and peace of mind.

These systems can also be interconnected with other smart home devices for automated responses, such as turning on lights when motion is detected at night, or sending live video feeds directly to a smartphone when someone approaches the door, offering a higher level of home automation and security.

8. AI-powered personal assistants

AI personal assistants have become more advanced, with offerings from Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa being central to many smart ecosystems. These assistants now support more complex commands and integrate more deeply with other smart devices, enhancing everyday productivity and convenience, AIexa is even this year experimenting with implementing large language model AI to further enhance its functionality.

These AI assistants are therefore improving in their ability to handle nuanced human language and understand individual preferences over time, making interactions more natural and personalised based on the user's habitual commands and queries.

9. Smart kitchen appliances

Smart kitchen technology is revolutionising cooking, with devices like Samsung's Bespoke 4-Door Flex Refrigerator with AI Family Hub and the Anova Culinary Precision Oven, which use AI to monitor cooking and manage grocery lists, making kitchen management simpler and more efficient.

These appliances can also connect to the internet to download recipes and automatically adjust their settings to cook meals perfectly based on user preference, food type, and past cooking results, reducing the need for constant supervision and ensuring delicious results every time.

10. Electric vehicles (EVs)

The shift towards EVs is accelerating with models like the Tesla Model Y and Nissan Leaf (technically both released end of last year) are offering improved range and faster charging times. These vehicles not only promise a reduced carbon footprint but also come with advanced tech features that cater to the modern driver’s needs.

The integration of AI in EVs for optimised energy consumption and route planning, combined with increasingly sophisticated autonomous driving capabilities, are making EVs more appealing and functional, promising a future where travel is not only cleaner but also smarter and more connected.

As the year unfolds, the tech landscape reveals an exciting array of gadgets—from sleek wearable devices to advanced smart home solutions, making it a promising year for tech enthusiasts worldwide. These innovations highlight a rapidly evolving world where staying ahead means embracing the latest gadgets that promise to enhance everyday life.


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