By Alex Fitzpatrick, Lisa Eadicicco, John Patrick Pullen, and Matt Peckham
Updated: June 2, 2017 11:31 AM ET | Originally published: May 31, 2017

There’s a growing consensus among the technological cognoscenti that we’re in a “boring” period for gadgets. Some have long argued that “software is eating the world,” a.k.a. there’s no interesting hardware because iteration has trumped innovation.

But, nah, not so much. Yes, our smartphones are replacing lots of standalone gadgets we used to carry around. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of interesting new hardware out there. Granted, that depends on expanding your definition of gadget to include, say, a reusable rocket or a robotic bicycle wheel. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting of 2017 so far compiled by TIME’s technology reporters and editors.

What did we miss?

Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex.fitzpatrick@time.com and Matt Peckham at matt.peckham@time.com.

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