The past 12 months has seen an abundance of revolutionary new gadgets hit the markets; in 2012 we have seen the advent of the Raspberry Pi, a £30 programmable computer; the home 3D printer; and the Surface, Microsoft's first foray into the already saturated tablet market.
The future of gadgets looks even more promising in 2013; so we have picked the gadgets that we are most looking forward to getting our hands on in 2013.
GOOGLE PROJECT GLASS
Google’s Project Glass is the brainchild of co-founder Sergey Brin; he has devised a way for us to use the internet all the time using these innovative ‘glasses’. Project Glass takes augmented reality to the next level by displaying a myriad of information from the internet, such as messages, directions, and nearby attractions, on top of the real world through one Project Glass’ discreet lenses. This could turn out to be a game-changer for the internet and smartphones; we are excited to find out when it is released some time in 2013.
In the same way that a taxi-driver is always ‘just coming around the corner’, Virtual Reality (VR) and the flying car are always touted as being within our reach. VR has been a pipe dream for most gamers since it was brought to our attention in the 1992 film, The Lawnmower Man; 20 years later, and VR still hasn’t come to fruition. However, all that looks set to change with the release of the Oculus Rift, which was funded by funding platform, Kickstarter. The USP of the Oculus Prime is the head-mounted display; offering peerless levels of gaming immersion and a 110O field of view, which tracks your head movements. The Oculus Rift is set to launch sometime in 2013, which could mean the gaming industry will never be the same again.
Code-named ‘Durango’, the successor to the Xbox 360 is set to be unveiled this summer. The rumour mill is currently in overdrive regarding the latest incarnation of the Xbox console, but industry insiders indicate that the console will feature 3D gaming, Blu-ray compatibility, live TV recording, and an updated Kinect that is purported to be compatible with augmented reality glasses. Under the hood, it is expected that the Xbox 720 will have a quad-core processor and 8GB RAM, which leaves it light years ahead of the incumbent consoles.
There are a multitude of health monitors currently available on the market, but most of them rely on a pedometer in order to monitor how active you are being. However, these can be incredibly unreliable on a bike or rowing machine; that’s where The Basis Band steps up to the plate. The Basis Band is reported to give you the most precise reading of your health than any other consumer gadget that is available on the market. The device features a heart-rate monitor that is able to function without a cumbersome chest strap, meaning you can wear around the clock. There are also other features such as a galvanic skin response sensor; these sensors monitor your sweat levels, whilst an accelerometer helps you to monitor the correlation between exercise habits and heart rate changes.
VEHO USB MICROSCOPE CAMERA
Most laptops and PCs now come equipped with a web-cam as standard, but I guarantee that none of them will come with a web-cam that allows you to see everything at 200x magnification. The Veho USB Microscope Camera is the ideal gadget for budding scientists, as it possesses the ability to record videos and photos of your specimen in stunning detail. What’s more, this unusual gadget is already available to buy now, either direct from the Veho website or from the purveyor of dazzling gadgets, Gizoo.