Most Exciting Gadgets of 2013

January 2, 2014 in Gadgets by bbadmin

As we enter a new year now seems like a good time to look back at some of the best gadgets of 2013. Here are the 5 of our favourite tech releases of last year:

Five: Chromecast

chromecast

The Chromecast is a small device that plugs into the HDMI socket of your television set. IT allows you to effortlessly flick content from your laptop, tablet or smart phone on to your TV. There are no wires and no complex set up, just plug in and go. All for just $35! The Chromecast is not yet available in the UK, but should be here in 2014.

Four: Leap Motion Controller

leap motion

There has been little innovation in the way we control our computers. For the most part we still use basically the same mouse and keyboard controls that have been around for decades. However voice controls have been improving and touch screens are fast becoming the norm. Another device which could perhaps give us a glimpse into the future is the Leap Motion Controller. This tiny USB device sits on your desk and allows you to control your PC by waving your hands in the air. You can expect to see this technology to be built into laptops from next year, starting with HP’s Envy 17 Leap Motion SE.

Three: Pebble Smart Watch

smart watch

Google Glass was not the only wearable tech to be released. The Pebble smart watch was a huge hit in 2013, despite the poor reviews it was one of the year’s most desirable gadgets. It connects to your Android or IOS device, displaying notifications and exercise data on its e-Paper display. Crowd funded on Kickstarter the Pebble beat the big boys to the punch, but in 2014 it will face stiff competition from the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.

Two: Console Wars

xbox1 v ps4

For gamers 2013 will be remembered for the release of the next generation PS and Xbox consoles. The first major console release since 2006. Both consoles have had their teething problems and for the time being there aren’t too many games to get excited about, but the machines seem to have lived up to the hype. It’s too early to tell which system will win the console war, both will have their die-hard fans, but which console comes out on top will probably depend on their exclusive titles. One things for sure, 2014 will be an exciting year for gamers.

One: Google Glass

google glass

Google glass, the wearable computer is straight out of a sci-fi movie. The voice controlled miniature computer will eventually have similar features to your smart phone, but rather than walking around (and into things) looking at your phone you can look straight, with your updates and notifications popping up right before you. This is one of the most exciting pieces of tech to be released in a very long time, but it is also pretty scary. There is the potential for Google to spy on everything you see – what brands you’re looking at in the supermarket, whether you’ve been drinking… who you’ve been checking out! There are also some grey areas on the use of them for example, while driving, or for filming /taking photos.