2016 is halfway through, but the tech and gadgetry industry are already looking towards the future. Several high profile products have launched this year, but some stand head and shoulders above all the others. Here are 5 must-have gadgets for true tech nerds.

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1. HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset, the product of a partnership between mobile phone giant HTC, and PC gaming leaders Valve. While other virtual reality headsets are just arriving on the market, the HTC Vive rises above its competition by virtue of its Lighthouse room tracking feature. Essentially you mount small cameras throughout your living space (not as complex as it may sound) and the headset’s integral tracking allows you to actually incorporate it into your gaming/VR experience. The effect is mindblowing, and well worth the Vive’s $799 price tag.

2. Scio Molecular Spectrometer

With a name like that you know it belongs on this list! Originally a Kickstarter crowdfunded success story (raising over $2 million dollars), the Scio is a tiny pocket sized molecular spectrometer. It shines near ultra violet light upon an object, and can identify its chemical and molecular make-up. This sci-fi device is available for $250.

3. The Amazon Echo

Say goodbye to Siri with the freestanding Amazon Echo’s Alexa. Dubbed “the closest thing to Star Trek,” Alexa answers questions, reads you news and articles, and connects to your greater Amazon Library of music. Recent updates even allow the system to connect to your mobile apps, all for $180.

4. Ivation Drone Quadcopter

Once upon a time drone filming was the purview of experienced media professionals. Gadgets like the Ivation Drone Quadcopter, however, have proven that those days are definitively over. With its easy to control 6 axis system, and 2 megapixel HD camera (which saves to a simple MicroSD card), and low price-point of $99.99, the Ivation puts the power of aerial filming in the palm of anyone’s hand.

5. Glidecraft Hoverboard

The Glidecraft Hoverboard is a legendary Youtube sensation and a real party pleaser. Ever since it launched, Glidecraft has continually refined the design to the point where it’s making appearances in stunt and dance videos. While it may be a bit tricky to get the hang of (practice with pads in a safe area!) the Hoverboard can be a lot of fun, costing roughly $250 depending on features.

So far 2016 has been a seminal year for nerds. The tech industry is constantly coming out with new releases and developments so be sure to stay updated on all the latest trends. With the launch of new products and technologies we’re bound to see additional goodies for the tech nerd before the year ends.

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