Microsoft HoloLens. Think Google Glass in 3D, but, perhaps, in learning from Glass’ downfall, designed more for home, school, or professional use. Using augmented reality to layer 3D models around your natural environment, Microsoft brags of applications in gaming (picture a Minecraft world in your livingroom), STEM careers, and — why not? — squinting to see a distant television-like “screen” while wearing enormous glasses.
Release: 2016, likely
Osmo. This little device hooks onto the iPad’s camera and lets you play games (tangram puzzles, word games) that combine physical objects with the iPad’s interface. In one activity, you can draw lines or place objects on a piece of paper that are mirrored onscreen and impact how a ball bounces. According to the publisher, it builds social intelligence and creative thinking, but all Fisher noticed was how unnaturally well the kids in the video were taking turns.
Release: Already out; $80
Myo. This armband uses the electrical activity of your muscles to wirelessly control nearby devices with the snap of the fingers or a simple gesture. Astounding technology, although according to this video it seems somewhat bizarrely limited to advancing slide presentations. Even the Clapper had more uses.
Release: The future is here! Or can be for $200
3Doodler. By melting a special filament, this maker space-friendly pen exudes a quick-drying ink that can draw in 3D. Different nozzles and accessories can change up the look and there are more than 60 colors to choose from.
Release: Out now; $100