This fall, as the leaves begin to change and the weather get cooler, the tech market is really going to heat up. There are several new gadgets and devices that are scheduled to hit the market at summer’s end that look great. Some gear that’s already out there will start getting noticed around that time, too, and become the season’s must-have items.  So whether you’re aiming to entertain clients or actually use these devices in order to drive your business’s mission forward in a direct way, here is some high tech gear you might want to start saving up for right now.

  1. Google Home. Some time later this year, Google’s virtual agent, Google Home, will hit the market. This innocuous, router-sized device will deliver what promises to be a more powerful digital assistant, and enable consumers to further link their devices, automate their homes, and stream music, news, and sporting events. And probably a whole lot more that hasn’t been revealed yet. The demo video for this device is nothing short of amazing. No mention of price for Google Home yet, but it is competing with Amazon Echo, a similar device already on the market, which retails for $179.99
  1. PlayStation VR. This October, Sony is launching its entry into the virtual reality market with its PlayStation VR. The VR headset, slated to retail at $399, is considerably cheaper than its chief rival, the Oculus Rift. Unlike many of the other VR headsets on the market, however, the PlayStation VR will utilize not use a PC or phone to operate, but will instead plug in to the PlayStation 4 console. Initial reviews of the game state on PlayStation VR are good, too! So if you’re looking for an initial entry into the virtual reality market, and you’ve already got a PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR may be a great addition to your Christmas wish list.
  1. Chromebooks with Android Apps. Chromebooks are really popular with students and anyone looking for economical computing needs; however, their lack of support for most IOS or Windows-based programs have been roundly criticized. But later this year, the Google Play Store will be available on Chromebooks, and give Chrome users access to over a million Android apps. Access to the new apps, many of which do not require a Wi-Fi connection to operate, should make these innovative devices even better. Watch for newer Chromebooks hitting the market later this year that feature touchscreen technology, too.
  1. Parrot Disco Drone. Later this year, you should be able to buy a Parrot Disco. This drone truly breaks away from the ubiquitous quad copter setup of so many of its competitors, and instead sports a sleek, fixed-wing design. The Disco weighs only 1.5 pounds, and users will be able to launch it simply by throwing it up in the air. Once there, it can be controlled with a tablet or smartphone, and will remain airborne for over 45 minutes. It will also feature a powerful nose camera as well. No word on price yet, but this definitely looks like a promising drone.
  1. Urb-E Portable Electric Scooter. The Urb-E is already on the market, but is sure to be a big hit this fall. This compact, motorized scooter can reach speeds of 15 miles per hour, weighs 35 pounds, and can fold up to the size of a small briefcase. It boasts a range of up to 20 miles on a single charge, too. This device is perfect for people with urban commutes that are just a little bit too far to walk. You can fold one up and take it home for $1499, too. The Urb-E will likely be a popular fixture in major metropolitan areas by the time the leaves start to change this fall.

Fall is shaping up to be a great time for tech lovers. So keep your ear to the rail and set up alerts on your computers, so you can beat the early adopters to all of this great gear.


William Lipovsky owns the personal finance website First Quarter Finance. His most embarrassing moment was telling a Microsoft executive, "I'll just Google it."

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