The 40 best gadgets of 2017

The definitive list of tech and luxury items to have in your pocket, in your home and parked outside

1 TOY ROBOT
UBTech Jimu Astrobot Kit (190)

You can assemble one of three robotswith this Lego-like kit, each fully mobile and equipped with an infra-red sensor to helpit detect and interact with its environment. Best of all, it can then be programmed using the child-friendly block-programming app, opening limitless opportunities.

2 CONSOLE
Nintendo Switch (280)

Nintendo

While it cant compete with the monstrous processing power or online multiplayer capacities of its rivals, this modular gaming tablet offers an entirely new approach to video-gaming, merging the Wii and the DS in a convivial hybrid. As testament to its success, more and more non-Nintendo games are being released for the device and video streaming services are coming soon.

3 INTERACTIVE TOUCH-SCREEN PROJECTOR
Sony Xperia Touch (1,400)

Sony

This impressive appliance is an early iteration of what might well become a common household gadget: a projector that turns any surface into an interactive touch screen. This means you can annotate a presentation, play Flappy Bird in huge dimensions, or beam a recipe on to your chopping board and scroll through it with doughy fingers.

4 CAMERA
Panasonic Lumix GH5 (from 1,700)

Panasonic

This powerful camera has a limitless catalogue of impressive specifications: physical and digital image stabilisation, extensive weatherproofing and professional-standard 4K video capacity. Sleek and neat, its a mirrorless number that seriously troubles its SLR competitors, and could easily become the videographers weapon of choice.

5 WIRED HEADPHONES
Oppo PM-3 (349)

Oppo

If you prefer a reliable set of passive headphones to the flashy Bluetooth or noise-cancelling alternatives, this lush, brushed-metal, over-ear pair is a luxurious option. The balanced magnetic drivers are designed to emphasise deep tones, and the phones themselves are indecently comfortable.

6 SECURITY CAMERA
Nest Cam IQ (from 299)

Nest

For the vigilant and nervy among us, Nests IQ indoor and outdoor security cameras automatically identify human beings and even recognise their faces, alerting you via your phone. Add to that its infrared night vision, live warning speaker and multi-axis rotation, and you can turn your home into a cosy Orwellian utopia.

7 BUDGET SMARTPHONE
Motorola Moto G5 (180)

Motorola
Motorola G5

A fingerprint scanner, a screen that is sharper than the iPhone 7 and a 13MP camera all for the price of a few months of premium smartphone contract. There is no near-field communication (NFC) for Android Pay but, hey, think of that as another way to save money.

8 WIRELESS CHARGING
Aukey Charging Stand (from 25)

Aukey

This slick pedestal, from Chinese charging giant Aukey, is both more attractive and more practical than the flat wireless chargers that have preceded it. With three internal coils and adjustable feet, it makes the idea of wireless charging seem less gimmicky and more genuinely convenient.

9 CHARGING CABLE
Fuse Chicken Titan cable (from 25)

Fuse

You know how it is: youre busy felling a mighty elm with a petrol chainsaw, when your phone charger slips from your breast pocket and is instantly severed by the blades? With the Titan cable, double-wrapped in flexible steel, this will never happen again.

10 SMARTWATCH
Apple Watch 3 (from 329)

Apple

The newest Apple Watch has severed the umbilical cord that tied it to the iPhone, allowing you to leave the house without it and still receive calls on the hoof. Its also now connected to Apple Music, so you can demand almost any song you like and the ever-obedient Siri will oblige.

11 TURNTABLE
Pro-Ject Primary (189)

Pro-Ject

As if to prove that the vinyl resurgence neednt be the preserve of moneyed thirtysomethings, respectable Austrian firm Pro-Ject have released this deeply satisfying belt-drive turntable, aimed at people who prefer playing records to fiddling with gear. The price should make its rivals blush.

12 HOME FITNESS
Wattbike Atom (1,500)

Wattbike

Designed to precisely recreate specific cycling conditions, the Wattbike simulates every aspect of a real custom racing bike (including the price). Using a smartphone or tablet as its screen, you can climb the Col du Tourmalet without ever leaving your bedroom.

13 SMART SHOES
Under Armour Gemini 3 graphic RE (130)

Under

No phone or watch required with these running shoes, which have a sensor embedded in each sole. They also feature a unique jump test to help determine how hard your next run should be.

14 PORTABLE WIRELESS PROJECTOR
Optoma ML330 (from 333)

Optoma

Leading brand Optoma unveiled their cleverest little projector this summer a 460g, LED-powered model with a huge maximum image size of 120ins. It accepts HDMI and wireless connections, Android screen-mirroring and Bluetooth, as well as having a built-in speaker, and its only 13cm wide.

15 BIKE HELMET
Lumos (160)

Lumos

Forty-eight LEDs adorn this ventilated bike helmet: white at the front, red at the back, and amber indicators to left and right, controlled by a remote on your handlebar. Not only can you signal your intentions to drivers, the helmet can also detect when youre braking, and its lights react accordingly.

16 NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES
Bowers & Wilkins PX (329)

Bowers

Tasteful, curvaceous and comfortingly weighty, these toffee-nosed British headphones ooze charm with every note. The wireless synchronisation is effortless and uninterrupted, the noise-cancelling is watertight, and the speakers are sloped to direct the sound diagonally, rather than at right angles a novel and effective feature.

17 ROBOT SIDEKICK
Anki Cozmo (200)

Anki

Cozmo is a tiny forklift truck that behaves with whimsical autonomy, trundling around the room, singing and interacting with the furniture. It can perform various feats of engineering involving light-up cubes, and can even recognise your face, staring up at you with unequivocal devotion.

18 ROBOT VACUUM
Neato Botvac D7 Connected (799)

Neato

If not the Rolls-Royce of robot vacuums then certainly the Lexus, Neatos Botvac D7 is released next month and available now for pre-order. Building on its predecessors reputation for painstaking thoroughness, the D7 is less plasticky, better for pet hair, and has a luscious app that allows you to control it remotely, chart its progress and keep its venturesome spirit in check with no-go areas.

19 GAMING DRIVING WHEEL
LOGITECH G29/G920 (330)