DRISHTI 2018 and Beyond New technology By Vineel Dean

New 2018 Phones from Apple, Google, Samsung and Red

The new iPhone lineup will reportedly consist of three phones, two high-end models with OLED screens like the current iPhone X   and a third priced relatively lower with a traditional LCD screen. They might even feature a third rear camera or multiple colors.  Prices to be announced. Meanwhile, Google’s forthcoming Android P will likely debut on the Pixel 3, and it brings some compelling new features that can’t be found on any iPhone as yet. Rumored hardware features include wireless charging and dual-front-facing cameras on the XL. They’re expected to launch in October. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is supposed to be a larger, more feature-packed version of the S9 flagship phone with a pen stylus). The phone has a few step-up features of its own, fueling early speculation that the 2018/19 version could get a fingerprint reader. Unlike Apple, there will be a traditional headphone jack.

Much anticipated is the new Red Hydrogen phone from the company better known for making sophisticated movie cameras for Hollywood movies and TV shows, the U.S. based Red will release its first phone soon, to be known as the Red Hydrogen One and is eagerly awaited by true cinema and photography professionals. The Android device will feature a 5.7-inch screen with a holographic 3D display and a new network that allows sharing of holographic movies. However, it will be expensive at over $1,200 for either titanium or aluminum alloy model.  The Red Hydrogen will be the phone to one-up everyone and demand is expected to be heavy as first adopters try to get their hands on one.

Nintendo Switch Online

Coming soon is Nintendo’s Switch mobile game player and its long-awaited online service, allowing Switch owners online cooperative and competitive play for an expected subscription fee of $20 per year. Hot multiplayer games like Fortnite and Super Smash Brothers seem perfect for the portable platform’s online service. There will be a multitude of games from old classic to the latest.

Apple Watch Series 4

The Apple watch has been around since 2015, and the latest update included onboard cellular connectivity the next version could finally be where Apple makes some more prominent changes in how it looks, with reports of a larger display, solid-state click-free buttons and perhaps better battery life or a dedicated watch face store.  Functionality will improve, but prices as always will be at a premium.

Google Pixel Watch

Google’s has confirmed there will be a revamp of its Wear OS watches, starting with at least one product arriving this fall, maybe even as many as three. It could be Google’s Pixel watch that has to be confirmed. The line could consist of one watch or three, use a new Qualcomm chipset for better battery life, and will have full Android integration…and it also tells the time! Price to be announced.

Magic Leap One AR headset

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headset offers a new experience in AR and includes a set of Lightwear smart glasses, a battery pack belt, and a controller. Unlike other AR headsets, the Leap One projects a full 3D image onto your retinas, which can be focused on in the same way that real objects can. Pricing information hasn’t been released yet, but it’s due in 2018.

D-Link’s Water Sensor- Home Flood alert

D-Link’s Water Sensor is smartly designed and features all the essential perks to make it an active flood detector.  The design behind leak sensors is pretty cool: Rather than using probes, D-Link’s Wi-Fi Water Sensor uses a cable with long, twisting leads embedded in it. You can run the wire along the edge of your basement floor, say, and if water touches it anywhere, the twisted points detect increased conductivity and set off an alarm. The base unit also plugs directly into a wall, negating the need for batteries, and connects via Wi-Fi to your phone — cutting out the smart home hub middleman that limits so many other flood sensors Priced from $33

Nest’s Hello video doorbell

Nest’s Hello video doorbell looks excellent and works consistently well. Its optional facial recognition feature and advanced integrations with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Google Home speakers set this smart buzzer above the rest.   At first glance, the Nest Hello is an HD live streaming camera-buzzer combination like any other smart doorbell. View the video feed from your phone or computer, receive push alerts and emails when the camera detects motion, sees a person or hears a loud sound — and review three hours of saved images for free. The Nest Hello can scan faces and tell you who is at your front door from images of friends and family members you ID in the app. You can also ask Alexa or Google Assistant to pull up your Hello doorbell’s live feed on a screen-compatible device. Priced from $229.