Years ago, talking robots and computers astounded the imaginations of our grandparents and parents. Jump ahead into the 21st Century where technology is advancing so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with all the new must-have gadgets. What can techno geeks and consumers expect to see in the near future? Here, we look at 10 devices to wow you.
1. Google Glass
Right now Google Glass is in the beta stage, but these slim “glasses” have a tiny prism display that’s set right above your eye, not over it. There’s a camera, GPS and a microphone, not to mention it’s voice activated. Take pictures, videos and connect to Google Maps, or instantly stream what you “see.”
2. Xbox 720
A lot is still unknown about the new Xbox, but expect it to be here for Christmas 2013. To compete with the Sony PS4, the Xbox 720 is expected to possess an AMD Jaguar-based CPU (1.6GHz) and 12 processing clusters, which some say means manufacturer Microsoft may be using the AMD Radeon 7790 chip. Expect a split memory chip — one for the system itself of about 8GB and one for the graphics.
3. Lenovo IdeaPads
A trio of IdeaPads is out there for users to choose from, the Lynx, S Series and A Series and these multimedia android tablets are featured-packed. Depending on the IdeaPad model, get Windows 8, the Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Intel Atom™ as your core technology. With 7-inch to 11.6-inch touchscreens, based on the model, you also get front and rear cameras, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity and long battery life.
4. Apple TV 3rd Generation
The 3rd Generation of Apple TV is here, and it offers 1080p streaming for movies, music and videos. Connect with iTunes, Hulu, Netflix and TV shows from your laptop or PC, and you don’t need a compatible Apple device. What’s nice is new releases for all mediums are often available on Apple TV before they hit the stores.
5. Oculus Rift Headset
Your 3D reality is here with the Oculus Rift wrap-around headset. This new technology gadget tracks head movement and is what virtual reality gamers desperately desire for optimal gaming experiences.
6. Blackberry 10
If RIM (Research In Motion Ltd) has a chance to compete with iOS, Android and Windows phones, it’s with the new Blackberry 10. The operating system is totally revamped and is touted as “the next big thing” in smartphones but will this prove to be true? Only time will tell.
7. Sony Xperia Z / Yuga Tablet-Phones
These tablet/phones from Sony have a 5-inch screen and are super thin. At their core is a Qualcomm APQ8064 chipset and Adreno 320 graphics; powerful, smart and small.
8. Pebble Watches
An e-paper watch for the iOS and the Android? Yes, it’s true and Pebble watches come with an MP3 player. Stay connected to Twitter, Facebook and Instragram on the go.
A nifty little gadget that will take the worry about whether you locked your front door or not! Set to work with iOS and Android smartphones via a downloadable app and if you have kids, you can get texts at the office once they’re safely home.
10. Looxcie LX2 Video Cam
Can’t wait for Google Glass? The Looxcie wearable video cam might not have as many features, but you can take videos and share on social media, upload them to the cloud or save them on the headset—it has five hours of video storage.
Over to You
New technology is always fascinating and these top 10 are sure to please both gadget heads and non-techies alike. What are your thoughts with all of the new gadgets on the market? What, if any of these, have you used? What are you looking forward to trying?