Top tech of the year

A lot of in­no­va­tion ar­rived in 2015. Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son picks the best 15 gad­gets

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THIS year was a big one for tech­nol­ogy.

Ap­ple pro­duced gad­gets you can wear, Sam­sung re­designed its phones, bi­cy­cles got radars, and we came closer than ever to rid­ing hov­er­boards.

Be­low is a look at 15 of the best gad­gets of 2015, which get credit for bring­ing some­thing new to our lives.

Le­ica Q Typ 116

This 24-megapixel, full-frame, solidly built Le­ica cam­era is un­ex­pect­edly compact for the brand, of­fers sharp, fast fo­cus from an f1.7, 28mm lens, a macro mode, and wi-fi im­age trans­fers.

Ap­ple Watch

Ap­ple’s first smart­watch im­pressed many from our Prime Min­is­ter down. Its abil­ity to take calls, tran­scribe text mes­sages, and track ev­ery move is matched by good looks, now in rose gold, gold, and Her­mes. Sam­sung re­designed its phones, start­ing with this metal and glass hand­set offering a screen that curves down both sides, a bet­ter finger­print sen­sor, and a quick-launch­ing 16-megapixel cam­era.

LG 65EG960T 65-inch 4K OLED TV

Aus­tralian con­sumers fi­nally got 4K OLED tele­vi­sions this year and LG’s 65-inch model of­fers the high­est con­trast and the deep­est blacks, com­bined with the high­est TV res­o­lu­tion avail­able.

Mo­torised skate­boards

Self-bal­anc­ing mo­torised skate­boards are stand­ing in for hov­er­boards, let­ting riders move by chang­ing their bal­ance, and offering ad­dic­tive en­ter­tain­ment and novel com­mut­ing in some states.

Mi­crosoft Sur­face Book

Mi­crosoft’s first lap­top has a beau­ti­ful metal body and dy­namic ful­crum hinge, its 13.5-inch crisp screen de­taches for ver­sa­til­ity, and its key­board is a touch-typ­ist’s dream.

Ap­ple iPhone 6S Plus

Ap­ple’s big­gest phone im­prove­ments are in its big­gest phone, as it gained a 12megapixel cam­era with op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, 3D Touch, and a longer bat­tery life than its 6S coun­ter­part.

Sam­sung Gear S2

It’s the spin­ning top that makes this smart­watch bet­ter than its ri­vals, but its 1.2-inch touch­screen is also easy to read, com­pat­i­ble with many Google An­droid de­vices, and com­fort­able to wear.

GoPro Hero4 Ses­sion

GoPro’s lat­est ac­tion cam­era of­fers sim­plic­ity and a body half the size of its other mod­els, even though it still cap­tures high­def­i­ni­tion footage, slo-mo video, and eight-megapixel pho­tos.

Garmin Varia Bike Radar

This gad­get fills a void in cy­cling safety, with a tail light that acts as a radar and a dis­play to alert riders to cars ap­proach­ing from be­hind.

Google Nexus 6P

Google’s big-screen phone de­liv­ers a hugely im­proved 12.3-megapixel cam­era, alu­minium body, re­li­able finger­print scan­ner, USB-C port, and a pow­er­ful 2GHz octa-core chip.

Mi­crosoft Univer­sal Fold­able Key­board

Any­one who has cursed a touch­screen key­board should ap­pre­ci­ate this foldup key­board that de­liv­ers full­sized keys, is spill-re­sis­tant, and will con­nect to Win­dows, An­droid or Ap­ple de­vices.

Sphero BB-8

This Star Wars: Episode VIIthemed app-con­trolled robot can be di­rected around a room or to roam au­tonomously. It also de­liv­ers aug­mented re­al­ity Star Wars- themed mes­sages.

$389 / garmin.com.au

$798 / kaiser­baas.com.au

$999 / sam­sung.com/au

$250 / sphero.com

$499 / sam­sung.com/au

Fit­bit Surge

The first Fit­bit with a touch­screen de­liv­ers phone no­ti­fi­ca­tions, GPS track­ing and heart-rate mon­i­tor­ing. $2299-$4199 / mi­crosoft­store.com

$899-$1099 / play.google.com

$350 / fit­bit.com.au

Sonos Play: 5

$9999 / lg.com.au The speaker uses six driv­ers and match­ing am­pli­fiers, three woofers, three tweet­ers, and a new True­play fea­ture that cus­tomises its au­dio to match acous­tic fea­tures of its lo­ca­tion.

$580 / gopro.com

$1229-$1529 / ap­ple.com/au

$130 / mi­crosoft­store.com

$749 / sonos.com/au

$5900 / en.le­ica-cam­era.com

$499-$24,000 / ap­ple.com/au

Sam­sung Galaxy S6 Edge

SPHERO BB-8

GOPRO HERO4 SES­SION

KAISER BAAS REVO GLIDER

AP­PLE WATCH

FIT­BIT SURGE

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