2022 is about to go into the archives and it’s time to sum up: what are the most innovative tech products seen from January to December? They have been twelve months full of announcements and technological surprises and it was not easy to limit the selection to a dozen gadgets, but in our gallery we have tried to summarize the year with some of the devices and accessories that stood out the most in respective fields, due to an original approach in design or in the technical characteristics or due to features never seen before. From TVs and monitors, webcams and smartwatches, to headsets and viewers for mixed reality, here is our top ten of the most innovative and interesting tech products presented in 2022.
How we chose them
The only limit taken into consideration is the time limit: in fact, we have ranged across all categories of technological products with the only discriminating factor being the release on the market during the year 2022. The selection is varied in terms of size and also in terms of prices: you go in fact, from just over 50 euros for the adaptive mouse for any type of user presented by Microsoft in the autumn to the abnormal 55-inch ultra-curved and rotating monitor for 3,000 euros from Samsung that appeared in the summer. They are ten products that have innovated for having introduced something new or for having somehow revolutionized the rest of the category of similar devices.
The most innovative tech products of 2022
In our selection there are also great debuts such as the long-awaited Apple Watch Ultra which has significantly raised the bar of performance and functionality in the smartwatch field or the flagship among mixed reality viewers, the expensive and performing Meta Quest Pro. For each of the most innovative tech products of 2022 we have prepared a card with noteworthy peculiarities.
Samsung Odyssey Ark monitor
Samsung Odyssey Ark is a gigantic curved monitor that met with great hype when it was unveiled last summer. With an immense 55-inch diagonal, it is about as large as 4 standard screens side by side and can spectacularly rotate 90 degrees, enveloping the user for an unprecedented multimedia and videogame experience. Naturally, the hardware is just as massive, with resolutions up to 4k and a refresh rate of 165Hz.
Meta Quest Pro headset
The most powerful and expensive viewer for mixed reality is the recent Meta Quest Pro which is proposed as an ideal means not only for the use of the metaverse, but also and above all for those who want to create content and want to exploit the potential of the project so dear to Zuckerberg. On board there are clear improvements compared to the past both in terms of internal and external sensors and displays as well as general performance. A tool for professionals that currently has no rivals.
Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones
If we talk about over-ear headphones with the best background noise cancellation technology, one name can only emerge above all the others: the Sony WH-1000XM5 improve the already excellent performance of the previous model with a minimalist and clean design for those who wants to listen to music in the highest quality and with perfect isolation from the surroundings. Thanks to its smart nature, it can best adjust the car settings according to the environmental conditions. A perfect choice to pair with any type of device, which also counts on a long-life battery and good simplicity of use.
Steam Deck laptop
Steam Deck was among the most talked about devices of 2022: the long-awaited hybrid between an ultra-compact computer and a portable console was designed by Valve as an ideal solution for playing anywhere and anytime. There was no shortage of problems (not so satisfactory autonomy, overheating, noise), but it paved a way that is now already being followed by several other manufacturers.
Apple Watch Ultra Smartwatches
With Apple Watch Ultra, the Californian company has taken a decisive step forward in the smartwatch segment thanks to a device designed for all types of activities, therefore from normal daily life to the most extreme excursions or diving to great depths. The battery can go up to 36 hours of autonomy, uses a dual speaker and a powerful siren and can act as a life-saving device if you find yourself in an emergency situation.
Insta360 Link webcam
Insta360 Link is a one-of-a-kind webcam because it not only offers very high recording quality (4k with a half-inch sensor) but can track the movements of the subject in front of it thanks to artificial intelligence and adjust the framing thanks to the built-in gimbal. Furthermore, it can capture gesture controls for simple interaction and includes a rather sensitive microphone.
LG OLED Flex Smart TV
LG Oled Flex is a very special TV that can change its structure from flat to curved in seconds. A perfect solution to switch from the playback of more static contents to more dynamic and immersive ones, for example while playing games or watching an action movie. The diagonal is 42 inches and the curvature can be adjusted to 20 different intermediate levels.
Rodecaster Pro 2 production station
Rodecaster Pro 2 is a compact and powerful production station available to creatives such as podcasters, streamers or any other professional who works with voice in content production. This easy-to-use accessory supports mixing of multiple sources simultaneously, real-time playback of background music and effects, and can provide numerous adjustments. In all there are nine individually assignable channels with six physical and three virtual faders, a must for creators.
Microsoft Adaptive Mouse
Microsoft Adaptive Mouse or Adaptive Mouse is a solution designed for people with disabilities thanks to a modular structure that adapts to every need thanks to a vast choice of accessories that can be connected via a special hub. It is thus possible to adapt the handle for each type of user, program the keys to the right pressure sensitivity or change the structure into a joystick or an area that is more easily clickable. The price is also affordable.
Withings Body Scan smart scale
The Withings Body Scan smart scale seen at CES 2022 in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year is not the usual scale: it is not limited only to precisely detecting the mass of those standing on it, but takes advantage of the appropriate sensors and the sliding band on the handle to go further, for example by evaluating the electrical activity of the nerves, carrying out an electrocardiogram and capturing numerous metabolic values with the so-called segmented body composition (water, muscles, fat mass, bones).