This is a guest post from Patrick who is a writer at Reevoo – a price comparison and reviews website based in the UK who love gadgets and tech products.
Some people say that you can tell a lot about a particular society based upon the kinds of gadgets that are popular. Since there are so many gadgets these days, it can be a bit tricky to narrow it down to the very best ones. After all, 10 great gadgets are probably invented (or at least made publicly available) every month. But this list is a group of powerful contenders.
10. Snapstick: Maybe you have always had something of a closet symphony conductor’s urge inside you. Maybe you just like to pretend you’re Mickey Mouse in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Isn’t there just something about a wand that you can point at the TV to make it show whatever is on your smart phone or computer, and transfer it there wirelessly? Absolutely! And by doing this, the Snapstick is truly one of the coolest gadgets around.
9. Smartstand: Have you ever conducted an orchestra? Have you ever felt the desire to pretend that you were doing so? If so, the Smartstand might be something that interests you. Essentially, it has been described as an iPad on a stand. All you have to do is tap the foot pedal and it turns a virtual page. So, you can read music or anything you want to put into it.
8. Taho: If you like to go out into the wilderness more than once a year, this is pretty much the only cell phone that will be able to keep up with you. Considering that its advertisements feature a Taho being dropped into water, this is a lot better than an iPhone when it comes to heeding the call of the wild.
7. Kinect: This would be higher on most people’s lists, because it has an excellent gaming gimmick: you move your body and the game knows what to do because of a computerized, body scanning camera. However, what a lot of people don’t remember is that Sega came out with essentially the same thing in a less refined form (the Activator) back in the 90’s. Overall, the effect loses some style points for being an imitator.
6. Ideapad U1: Lenovo is notorious for being at the top of the technology curve, and this is no exception. The Ideapad works as both a standard laptop and a tablet PC with its screen detached. So if you’re feeling like the convenience of a laptop or want to enjoy the features of a PC, you can switch it up as easily as changing shirts.
5. Shakeweight: This little exercise tool has been a satire on South Park–but isn’t that the true test of whether something is in the public consciousness? All you do is shake this thing, and its internal mechanisms adds resistance. Shaking hasn’t been as fun since the first time someone discovered that shaken drinks spew on unsuspecting friends, but this will also work your guns.
4. Hot Slippers in Lilac: Have you ever wanted to warm up your feet and have them smell nice at the same time? Well, you can do just that because of this little beauty. You just warm it up in the microwave and the tiny beads inside keep your toes toasty. This is a simple little product that adds some comfort to your life. Just be careful walking in them, as the beads are a bit like walking on the beach.
3. I Love Spreadsheets Mug: Spreadsheets are like ugly ducklings. In their early stages, they don’t look all that special. But when people start playing games based on them, or the information on a spreadsheet starts making tons of money, people change their tunes in a hurry. This mug celebrates that relationship in fine style.
2. Hot Boots in Pink: Rather like a “high top” version of the hot slippers, these are for keeping your whole foot and ankles warm. You microwave them in exactly the same way, and they work just as well.
1. AR Drone: This is a remote controlled helicopter. Not impressed yet? You can pilot it from an iPhone. Still not getting you all hot and bothered? Consider this: It has two on-board cameras, perfect for spying on your enemies and getting the perfect view when you make films about ancient battles (if you want to make films, that is).
Narrowing it down to 10 great gadgets is a real challenge. But these are arguably the best of the year. Try some of them out today!
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