Edi­tor’s let­ter

As I type this, my desk is lit­tered with head­phones, smartwatches, ac­tion cams, the lat­est round of smart­phones – and a tin of beans

Australian T3 - - EDITOR'S LETTER - Paul Tay­lor, Edi­tor paul.tay­lor03@fu­turenet.com

It’s all part of the re­search we do at T3 to cover the Hot 100 – your go-to list of the great­est tech, gear, gad­gets and peo­ple that are ig­nit­ing the world of tech. Over the last 12 months we’ve seen the start of a seis­mic shift in tech to ri­val the smart­phone revo­lu­tion, and keep­ing the list con­tained was tough go­ing.

Which got me think­ing about the tech I’ve used and lived with over the last year – and the gear that I’m re­ally ex­cited for. VR, ob­vi­ously, in both senses. LG’s new mo­du­lar G5 is also on my hit list (see if you can spot it in the list start­ing on page 28), though it re­minds me a lit­tle of Mi­crosoft’s slightly lumpy method of court­ing cus­tomers with the Xbox 360. Mi­crosoft carved off bits of the con­sole and sold them piece­meal as ac­ces­sories - a WiFi adap­tor here, a high-def player there, a cam­era else­where. It seemed odd at first, but the Xbox 360 be­came the Red­mond com­pany’s cor­ner­stone in the gam­ing scene, a suc­cess no mat­ter how you look at it. Maybe LG’s onto a win­ner with a sim­i­lar strat­egy.

This last year has seen wear­ables and fit­ness tech take off, too. T3 read­ers seem like a fit bunch, and our fea­ture on the best fit­ness track­ers on page 54 ex­plores three of the best go­ing. They of­fer in­sights you’d oth­er­wise need a pro­fes­sional for, and the next round of fit­ness tech re­ally needs to ex­plore our well­be­ing be­fore the fact, rather than of­fer­ing feed­back. That’s some­thing that’s on my hit-list for 2017.

As for the tin of beans? That’s part of my lunch. Keep your hands off.

En­joy the is­sue.

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