The hottest stuff of 2016: a retrospective

Take a trip in the Hot Stuff time machine

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… 

Leica M-D

That camera's got no screen! How does it smell? Expensive. And yet, it turns out that not having a screen actually makes photography easier.

Read about the Leica M-D here

PowerVision PowerEgg

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.

Read more about the PowerEgg here  

Mag-Lev Audio

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.

Read more about the Mag-Lev turntable here 

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.

Read more about the Microsoft Surface Studio here

 

Instrumments 01

There you are just wombling along through your life, and somone says: "How have you been measuring curved objects?" Suddenly, nothing seems tangible any more.

Read more about the Instrumments 01 here 

Meem cable

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.

Read more about the Meem cable here

 

Loupedeck

Ooh, makes your fingers itch, doesn't it? All those buttons and twiddlers. But, restrain yourself or you'll wreck your photos.

Read more about the Loupedeck here