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Top 5 Tech Designs of the Year 2018

Dec 30, 2018 11:55 PM IST India India

Beauty and brains have to go together, when it comes to a gadget that offers excellent performance. This year, we had a lot of gadgets ticking off both the boxes. The first example was the Apple Watch Series 4 which gets a larger screen than before but keeps the size somewhat similar to the previous generation of the Apple watch. In its latest version, it is a treat to look at, thanks to the new watch faces that have been launched and make full use of the minimal bezels on the screen. That’s not it, the Apple Watch Series 4 also comes with new technologies like fall detection, which identifies when the wearer of the device has had a fall and is not moving, and in that case, it sends an alert out for rescue to your list of emergency contacts. Then, there’s the Microsoft Surface which takes innovative approach to a conventional laptop. Key design elements include the usage of alcantara fabric around the keyboard and also manages to sneak in the speakers underneath the keyboard. Add to that the fact that it is one of the slimmest laptops in the windows ecosystem and you have a one great looking laptop. This is followed by the Apple iPhone XR (Product RED) which is arguably one of the prettiest apple devices out there right now. It marks the return of the colours to the iPhone offerings and retains the metal and glass build giving the phone a premium look and feel. And since it is a Product (RED) offering, every device that is sold, a portion of the money goes to charity too. The other smartphone competing with the Apple iPhone XR (Product RED) is the Oppo Find X that took innovation in the smartphone space to the next level. What the Oppo Find X offers is a mechanical camera that pops out every time you open the camera application and that makes this one of the first phones to have moving mechanical parts. Also, what this enables Oppo to do is that they’ve managed to attain a whopping 93.8 percent screen to body ratio that makes the phone feel like a big screen in hand as there’s no space being taken up by cameras at the front. And finally, there’s the Dyson V10 Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner. Yes, it’s a vacuum cleaner but it not an ordinary one. The Dyson V10 Cyclone is the most powerful vacuum cleaner ever and has 14 cyclones that work in tandem with the powerful motor on board. How powerful? Well, the motor spins faster than a formula 1 car’s engine and that combined with the straight line design makes the Cyclone v10 not only look good but also extremely efficient. So overall, when it comes to design, nobody did it better than these five, in the year 2018.