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  

Aerix

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.

Read more about the Aerix speaker here 

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