Every year brings a new round of gadgets, from video consoles through to smartphones and flat screen televisions. Some of the best gadgets of 2012 included the Roku data streaming stick, as well as a new generation of ultra thin televisions, and the iPad Mini. 2013 is set to be just as exciting, with new gadgets expected to include the long rumoured release of the XBox 720, the Samsung Galaxy SIV, and HD Media Routers for ultra fast Internet, itself boosted by the spread of 4G.
These gadgets, and more, are listed below:
#1. XBox 720
While this one has been on the cards for several years, 2013 should be the year that we finally get our hands on the Microsoft XBox 720 – the console is believed to have an optical drive for superfast streaming from the cloud, as well as graphic levels that will put games onto the high resolution level of CGI films.
#2. Infra Red Keyboards
Already a reality, infra red keyboards combine holographic and infra red technology – mini projectors create a flexible display that can be typed onto, and can provide a virtual keyboard for different devices.
#3. Nintendo Wii U
OK, so this one came out at the end of November, but should be one of the most popular gadgets of 2013. The Wii U includes a more portable console, as well as a touch screen controller and enhanced HD graphics.
#4. iPad 3 Mini Retina
Another version of the iPad Mini, this one will include the same liquid crystal display that Apple currently uses with the iPhone. The main benefit to this switch will be a sharper resolution, which will make it easier to read content and eBooks on the device.
#5. Samsung Galaxy SIV
The fourth generation of the Samsung Galaxy is expected to arrive in February 2013. The South Korean developed smartphone will have a 5 inch OLED display, up to 128 GB of storage, 3 GB of RAM, and an ARM Cortex A15 quad core.
#6. Better 4G
Not so much a gadget as a potential network for accelerating the use of various gadgets, 4G is growing in scale across the UK with the launch of the first network by Everything Everywhere in October 2012. Applications include faster cloud computing and gaming on the go.
#7. Neural Impulse Actuator
This NIA works as a way to enhance gaming – effectively, the NIA allows gamers to respond much quicker in gameplay, giving them an advantage in terms of transmitting their reflexes for situations.
#8. HD Media Router
Wireless connections can benefit from new HD Media Routers, which will be designed to handle much faster speeds, and expanded bandwidth.
#9. Wristband Chargers
Users that are frustrated by the low battery lives on their smartphones and other devices will be able to use wristband chargers. These chargers will come with stored energy, which can be used to top up devices if you can’t get to a power supply.
#10. Wearable Video Cameras
Brands like LX2 are offering hands free cameras that can be comfortably worn, and can be connected to wireless networks in order to capture and stream videos in real time to the Internet.