Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Top 10 Gadget Innovations of 2012

Top 10 Gadget Innovations of 2012


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The end of 2012, and maybe the end of life as we know it, is coming up in less than a month; so this is the perfect time to look back at the year and reflect on the best it had to offer. Now we give thought to what the best gadget innovations of the year, with products from companies like Samsung, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and some new companies, and in various shapes and sizes. After reviewing the list, let us know in the comments if you agree with us or if you have found even more innovative gadgets from this past year.
10. AR.Drone 2.0
The first AR.Drone was an incredibly fun toy for all ages that could be controlled by your favorite iDevice and stream video to it as well. Now Parrot is back with their update to this innovative flying device. The AR.Drone 2.0 is tougher, faster, and more high-tech than its predecessor, with 720p HD video recording/live streaming, a faster processor, and carbon fiber body structure. Go as high as 165 feet with your new drone for a personal eye in the sky.
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Availability:
Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 site, also available from Apple and Amazon (Link)
Price:
$299.95
9. Google Glass
While it is still just a device in development, Google’s Project Glass is making strides toward being a legitimate product in the coming years. This gadget had a high-flying and fast-paced unveiling/demo during Google I/O 2012 when the audience got a first-person point of view skydiving from a plane over the convention center and a BMX biker jumping across the roof and riding through the lobby and finally onto the stage. Attendees at the conference got the privilege to purchase one of these developer devices, shipping next year, and see what they can some up with.
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Availability:
The Project Glass Google+ Page (Link)
Price:
$1500 for Google I/O attendees
8. Microsoft Surface RT
Although the Surface hasn’t been selling as much as Microsoft would prefer, there is no doubting that the Redmond company definitely took a chance changing the mold for the traditional tablet device (even when they insist on still calling it a PC). The Surface running Windows RT is an incredible step forward in the mobile computing industry with it’s great build quality, a fresh new OS, and the very innovative Touch Cover, albeit it could be better without the desktop option. The Surface Pro should be what everyone is really waiting for but we’ll see how that turns out in 2013.
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Availability:
The Microsoft Surface RT site (Link)
Price:
$499, $599 w/ the Touch Cover
7. Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite
It might not be the first handy, little light-up e-reader on the market but Amazon has certainly made it worth the wait for their version. The extensive battery life of up to 8 weeks, all touch interface with the appropriately-bright light guide, and super light weight of 7.5 oz, make this e-reader the perfect travel library for all anytime reading pleasures. The low-cost and 4G option is the push over the edge that make this the more innovative product.
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Availability:
Obviously on Amazon (Link)
Price:
$119 w/special offers, $139 w/o special offers, and $179 4G option
6. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II
Like the AR.Drone, Samsung first Galaxy Note brought a new type of product to the mobile market – the phablet. With a minor screen size upgrade from 5.3 to 5.5-inches, Samsung still has packed quite a bit of tech into their gigantic smartphone. The 1280×720 resolution, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, new S-Pen, and innovative multi-tasking performance has certainly made the Note II the king of the phablet monarchy. There has even been a demonstration of how to use it as your all-in-one productivity device with a keyboard, mouse, and external display.
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Availability:
Samsung’s Galaxy Note II site (Link)
Price:
$299.99 w/Verizon contract, $655.00 from Amazon unlocked
Lytro is a brand new company and product that is turning the digital photography business upside-down. It does not measure in megapixels, rather in light-rays to take in all the light in a photo for an unique effect later on. Besides the incredibly unique shape/design, the ability to focus on any item in a picture after taking said picture is extremely awesome. With their latest update, you can add various live effects as well, and you can even post interactive pictures to your various social media sites that allow your friends/followers/subscribers to focus on various objects and change filters too.
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Availability:
Lytro’s Online Store (Link)
Price:
$399 for 8GB, $499 for 16GB
Nest is a spin-off company started by a variety Apple employees to create more innovative products for your home. Their remarkable thermostat doesn’t just control your home’s temperatures but it also learns your habits as you use it. It will lower your energy use automatically when you are away, and you can control all your settings from their web or mobile app while you’re on the go. With a nice starting product, it should be interesting to see what they can come up with next.
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Availability:
Nest’s Home site (Link)
Price:
$249 per unit, $119 for the first installation.
3. Karma Mobile Hotspot
This is not only an innovative product but innovative idea and service. This a mobile hotspot made for sharing and is very flexible since you can pay as you use it. The more you share your hotspot, the more free data you receive for your kindness; you usually get 100mb per extra user on your network. Use this lightweight data device for up to 8 hours and connect up to 8 devices at a time, and coverage is pretty nice for such a new product.
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Availability:
Get Your Karma Now (Link)
Price:
$79 for the device, $14 per GB per month
2. Pebble E-Paper Smartwatch
As the reigning king of Kickstarter, the Canadian company behind Pebble started out with a smartwatch for your Blackberry devices and has moved on to a new device supporting iOS and Android devices. They raised over $10 million in funding from the now popular crowdfunding site, and are now set to manufacture 85,000 watches for their backers and normal consumer pre-orders start in January. This water-resistant, Bluetooth 4.0 enabled intelligent time device makes receiving all your notifications and using your smartphone apps so much easier. The e-paper, much like the e-ink seen on Kindle and Nook devices, display allows you to see your Pebble while out in the sun, which is a downside to all other smartwatches.
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Availability:
Pre-Order Open Now (Link)
Price:
$150.00
1. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina & 27-inch iMac
It wouldn’t be an innovative year without an Apple device appearing on the “Best of” list, but this year it’s a definite tie between the resolutionary 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the incredibly thin 27-inch iMac. The RMBP is less than an inch thick, weight of 3.5 lbs, resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, and loads of other amazing features, this is the ultimate portable productivity device for those looking a little more power than the 13-inch MacBook Air can offer. Fully stocked you can get up to 8GB of RAM, an Intel i7 dual-core chip for 2.9 GHz standard, and 768GB flash storage, you can do a lot with incredible new machine.
The iMac is another story completely; it looks like it went on Atkins or had a tummy tuck, cause that is one skinny all-in-one desktop. It has a 5mm edge now that it took out the Super Drive and weighs only 21 pounds. It keeps its 2560-by-1440 resolution and even increased the backlighting a bit for greater color reproduction. They have also introduced a new type of storage format knowns as the Fusion Drive, which fluidly combines the mass of the standard hard-drive with the speed of flash storage for amazing CPU performance. If you want to stock this all the way, you can get: 32GB of RAM, 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel i7, 3TB Fusion Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5; all of this upgrading along with the size can make the iMac a great competitor for the outdated Mac Pro.
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Availability:
Apple Store (Link)
Price:
Base Price for each: $1,699.00, $1,799.00
Fully Stocked: $3,199.00, $3,349.00


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