See the future: The game-changing gadgets of 2019
by Jeremy White
If you didn't take pictures, were you even really there? Jeremy White presents the latest tech gadgets for selfies, streaming and stargazing...
2018 12.9in iPad Pro
Apple’s top-of-the-range tablet has been given a serious makeover with a tiny bezel that increases the size of the Liquid Retina screen without upping the overall dimensions; in fact, Apple has managed to shrink the casing down to a paltry 5.9mm thick. Gone is the home button, replaced by Face ID and a series of intuitive gesture controls, while the much-maligned Lightning cable has been replaced by USB-C, and the Apple Pencil has been redesigned and now charges wirelessly from the iPad. If you like the ease of tablets and you’re looking to replace your laptop you’ll not find better, especially if you opt for 1TB memory and both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
£1,869 (with cellular), apple.com
This aluminium and carbon-fibre drone features 13 on board cameras each powered by the NVIDIA Jetson AI processor. The upshot of all this surveillance is that it can map the world around it in real time, independently capturing footage. There’s also no need for manual control, as once you assign a target subject the R1 sticks to it like glue, while avoiding even the most complex and hazardous environments.
Vaonis Stellina portable smart telescope
Point it skyward, connect the app, choose your constellation and let the Vaonis Stellina do the rest. No bigger than a briefcase (11.2kg, 49cm by 39cm by 13cm), this motorised smart telescope takes total control of the image processing, tracking the star, planet or constellation while overlaying multiple exposures to reduce noise and create a spectacular galaxy-worthy photograph.
Anden Valet for Apple Watch
Born out of a desire to create beautiful and tactile tech accessories using traditional carpentry techniques and the finest materials, the Valet is the first design from new luxury brand Anden. It provides an elegant stand for charging your Apple Watch as well as four perfectly proportioned slots for any spare watch straps. Available in sustainably sourced walnut, maple and cherry wood or in limited-edition heavyweight pure white Corian, each is handmade to order in London and finished with natural oils.
From £89.99, madebyanden.co.uk
Google Pixel 3XL
Google’s latest flagship smartphone has the obligatory edge-to-edge, pixel-perfect premium quality and is crammed with AI-inspired features. Top of the list is a camera which automatically takes multiple photos – combine them and identify the best one, or try Group Selfie mode, which zooms out to capture 184 per cent more into the frame. Most impressive is Google Lens, which allows you to shop from your photos: see something you like, take a picture of it and buy.
From £739, store.google.com