That was the year, that was.
And what a year. Such marvels have passed this way as would give a unicorn self-esteem issues. We've touched Touch Bars and reeled in virtual realities and actually, not figuratively, taken our hands off the steering wheel.
But not far from the big ticket items there's been a steady stream of amazing Hot Stuff: curious cameras, wild hi-fi and unlikely Kickstarter campaigns. What follows here is our pick of those stories.
Sitting comfortably? Then let's begin…
Like electric moths, drones just cannot stop throwing themselves into the limelight. But of all the big, small, clever and cool 'copters we've seen, the PowerEgg managed a delightful combination of futuristic and ridiculous.
The Aerix speaker is a head-scratcher. Curiously designed as two offset boxes fused to one plinth, it's a wildly expensive wireless sound system in a market crowded with well-known competitors. But! It has a face.
Not many folk out there turning hopes into reality as fast as Impossible Project - having saved Polaroid instant film from a giant skip, it then went and launched this brand new camera to use it in. All power to its engines, say we.
Anything that floats with magnets takes us happily back to the Innovations catalogues that used to fall out of the Sunday paper. But this is no executive paperweight, it's a full-bore turntable that just happens to have a eye-catching floaty platter.
Microsoft Surface Studio
Anomalous in this list, in that this is a product from a pretty well-known company. But, the Surface Studio is notably niche for being a desktop PC you can fold flat and write on, with a futuristic Minority Report-esque Dial peripheral. Want.
We are entirely unapologetic about our love of cables. This one, however, piggybacks a secondary function (data backup) onto its everyday function of phone charging, creating the tertiary function of melting our geeky hearts.
The mark of a good Hot Stuff product is one where you spend ten minutes just playing around with it as an object, before eventually turning it on and using it for its proper purpose. The magnetically attractive Roli Blocks music devices are just such a thing.