The 11 Greatest Innovations In Entertainment This Year

These are the Best of What's New

Virtual reality for everyone

While most high-quality VR experiences require powerful (read: pricey) computers, Sony’s headset works via the PlayStation 4. It also doesn’t require an engineering degree to set it up. For its plug-and-play ease of use and relative affordability, Popular Science thinks this is the virtual reality headset that will finally take America by storm.

The First 4K Blu-Ray Player

Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Onboard Axe Effects

Yamaha Transacoustic Guitar

A Hemisphere Of Sound

Yamaha YSP-5600

Projection On Any Surface

Sony Portable Ultra Short Throw

The Smartest Robot Pet

Anki Cozmo

No Man’s Sky: A Game The Size Of The Universe

It took three years to code No Man’s Sky, but it will take you a lifetime to play. The science-fiction fantasy exploration game on PS4 and PC offers ungodly possibility. Its powerful rendering engine can generate 18 quintillion planets—99.9 percent of which you’ll never have time to visit. Your job: Try to see them all while discovering species, trading resources, and surviving the vast expanse of the final frontier that is space. Safe travels! $60

LG Signature OLED TV: The Most Colorful Picture

Even the best 4K TVs can swallow up details in the darkest and brightest parts of the image. High-dynamic range (HDR)—a catchall term for video encoded with a billions-deep color gamut—brings those nuances into the forefront. LG’s Signature OLED TVs render colors better than any other. The sets support both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR standards, so viewers can count on seeing the full rainbow, no matter their content source. From $7,999

Lytro Cinema Camera: Green Screen, Sans the Green

Light-field cameras, which allow users to tweak parts of an image into focus, are increasingly common among consumer cameras. The 755-megapixel Lytro Cinema Camera brings the tech to pro filmmakers, making post-production effects easier than ever. Among the editing tricks it opens up: shifting focus, adjusting film speed, and removing and replacing any part of the background—no green screen required. Prices vary

The Easiest-Flying Drone

Parrot Disco

The Sweet Sound of Virtual Reality

Ossic X

Read about the other Best of What’s New winners from the November/December 2016 issue of Popular Science.