#Asia These gadgets will blow your mind in 2016

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A phone that bends to fit in your pocket and a 3D scanner you can hold, there are many such exciting technologies in store for us in 2016, says the author

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The author Joel Ekstein of Protect-o is an e-commerce retail expert with over 12 years of experience in the industry. He has had experience in buyer and inventory forecasting, marketing and expanding the customer base in new markets.

With 2016 just dawned, I’m sure we all can’t help but wonder what new technology the coming year will bring us. Last year we saw an abundance of 3D printers, hands-free scooters and even the Apple Watch. It’s exciting to think that with such amazing technology already existing, there are many more exciting things in store for us in 2016. So, I’ve rounded up some of the rumoured gadgets that might make an appearance this year.

Behold, the handheld 3D scanner

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If you’re looking for a device that elevates 3D technology, then look no further than Fuel3D’s Scanify. While there are such scanners in the market, this is a handheld device at a fraction of the cost. For just under US$1000, you can scan your subject and transfer the data to your computer in 3D quality. It’s that simple! Imagine how helpful this technology will be for animators and graphic designers. At the touch of a button, you can now replicate realistic subjects into your 3D work.

Pushing the virtual reality envelope

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Another exciting innovation in technology is wearable gadgets. We’ve had existing wearable gadgets such as the Google Glass, but in 2016, Sony pushes the boundaries for virtual reality. It is set to release Project Morpheus, a goggle-type wearable device PlayStation gamers can use. Gone are the days when LCD screens need to be used to play games. Now, Sony has included OLED screen with a 1920×1080 resolution providing excellent graphics to users.

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This phone is incredibly bend-y!

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This article would not be complete without a report on smartphone rumours. I’m sure we’ve seen it all, but in 2016, Samsung promises to bring a foldable phone and, no, this isn’t your ’80s flip phone. Its codename is Project Valley and it promises a foldable and bendable display.

This could be perfect for those who want a large display but would still like it to fit inside their pockets. According to Business Insider, “Samsung is said to be testing the device on two versions: One that’s powered by a Snapdragon 620 processor made by Qualcomm and another that runs on the chip maker’s faster Snapdragon 820 processor.”

Yet another iPhone

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Another smartphone everyone is excited to see next year is Apple’s iPhone 7. The iPhone 6s was just released last September, but already people are buzzing about what’s to come in 2016 for the gadget that has become the smartphone to beat.

Food World News reports, “Some of the latest rumoured iPhone 7 specs is that the smartphone will be removed of a headphone jack and a home button. It’s also expected to carry the company’s next A10 chipset, along with a new design, waterproof capabilities, better display and a longer battery life.”

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Now that we have an idea of what’s to come in 2016, we can get excited for these new technologies and ready our pockets as well, because for sure it will be a year filled with innovations. And just remember! Once you’ve purchased these new gadgets, make sure to invest in gadget insurance so that they won’t cost an arm and a leg to replace.

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