Top 10 Coolest Gadgets of 2010
A review of the best and most innovative electronic products.
When looking back on the past 12 months, I find it hard to believe how anything can top the amount of tech devices that were launched this year.
We've been presented with many new and innovative products that outnumber any previous year to date. So as 2010 winds down, I would like to present you in no particular order, with what I feel were the top 10 tech products, and explain a little about each one of them.
1. The iPad—It's not a laptop, it's not a desktop. So what is it? It's many things, but essentially the iPad is a tablet computer marketed by Apple that runs the same operating system as the iPhone and iPod Touch, though has a considerably larger screen. It utilizes full WiFi capabilities, and uses a multitouch display, unlike other tablet computers that utilized a pressure trigger. The iPad is still in huge demand and has sold approximately 8.25 million units worldwide.
2. Kindle 2 Wireless Reader—This one definitely deserves a spot on the top 10 gadgets of the year. Amazon's Kindle 2 is currently the top selling wireless reader available, and also the number one best selling electronic item on Amazon. It boasts a number of impressive features, such as a high-resolution screen that makes it easier to see in brightly lit environments, and the ability to purchase an e-book instantly with a storage capacity of 1,500 books.
3. Android Smart Phones and apps—It was just a matter of time before something came along to rival the iPhone and its application service. The Android service that is used on most smart phones offers thousands of apps for direct download, many of which are free or of little cost. With more apps added every day, the Android is here to stay.
4. Cio Mobile TV—This is nothing real new, but up until this point the television in most cars only allowed viewers to watch movies on DVD. However, the launch of a new product called the Cio Mobile TV is redefining the way television is watched in a car. Since many local stations are now broadcasting signals specific for car TVs, it is now possible to watch live local stations within the area you are driving, much like a radio.
5. HitMaster Gaming Audio System—This is a great item for anyone looking to enhance the usual poor audio on your favorite video game and gaming console. It plugs directly into any Wii, Playstation 3, or Xbox 360, and delivers clean, crisp, vibrant sound. For the best sound around, this system has truly been an innovative product this year.
6. 3D TVs—The first generation of 3D TVs are here, and they are impressive. I have personally tried out a few of these at a store and was blown away. Many channels are now offering 3D ready programming such as ESPN and Discovery Network, plus many more. Those numbers are expected to rapidly grow over the next 12 months. With TVs like the rear projected 82-inch Mitsubishi Readrt DLP that broadcasts in both 2D and 3D and a street price of $4,999, the new technology is still a bit pricey, but as with all electronic items, the prices are expected to drop rapidly.
7. The Skiff Reader—It's similar to a Kindle and Nook, but this new device has a larger screen that's optimized specifically for news articles. This electronic newspaper allows the reader to download and view news articles from various news sources and magazines on a much larger screen than traditional eReaders. This innovative product is the brainchild of Sprint and Skiff LLC, which runs off Sprint's 3G fast data network.
8. E-Book and Netbook combo—This is an amazing concept. An eReader and Netbook all in one convenient device called the Edge. It combines two of the fastest growing electronic products in one unique package, and features full Internet access, downloadable ebooks, and all the functions of a traditional Netbook.
9. Panasonic 3D Camcorder—Have you ever aspired to be the next James Cameron? Shooting your movie and video productions in full 3D, such as films like Avatar? Well, now you can. The Panasonic 3D Camcorder is the first consumer based camera filming in three dimensions, which allows for a more affordable alternative to expensive 3D cameras that can cost up to a million dollars. The camera isn't cheap with a list price of $21,000, but that price is expected to drop as the technology becomes more mainstream.
10. Dyson Air Multiplier—When we think of cool gadgets, a fan is usually last on the list, unless it's the Dyson Air Multiplier. This amazing gadget has no blades or grille. Its shape is circular, and uses the new technology to draw in air and amplify it up to 18 times, that emits a pleasant steady stream of air.