Some of the latest gadgets are ideas for completely new objects, performing new functions, and it is likely that we will see many in Milan during Design Week. Some of the latest concepts on the market seem outlandish and improbable, and some seem almost sadistic, such as the iQ alarm clock that, once it starts ringing, can only be stopped by solving a problem of logic. But there are some gadgets out there that don’t really do anything new: they just take an old function and do it differently, better, with more style. Here we look at the best high-tech products set for release in 2016.
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Richard Mille’s RMS05 fountain pen shows the same sort of approach. It took four years to develop, and it has a mechanism, displayed under the transparent sapphire top, that releases or retracts the white gold nib. You remove the cap, then press a button on the top, and the nib appears from the bottom, ready to write. The pen is made in NTPT Carbon, a high-tech material that is light and strong, and, when machined, takes on a distinctive pattern that makes every piece unique. The price of each pen is €112,000. www.richardmille.com