DIE JAAR 2013 dalk nie baie opmerklik deurbrake of innovasies gesien in terme van slimfone of tablette, met die jaar versuim om enigiets anders as opgedateer modelle en verfris ontwerpe te lewer. Maar dit beteken nie dat die jaar het sy regmatige deel van prettige nie bring, minder konvensionele gadgets en ongewone toestelle waardig van 'n melding.
Van Bluetooth-enabled smartpens na-program beheer lig gloeilampe, hier is 'n paar van ons gunstelinge, in geen spesifieke volgorde.
Die Livescribe 3 Smartpen is onteenseglik een van die coolste gadgets uit te kom 2013, spog paar unieke en innoverende eienskappe wat beteken wel-nemers sal nooit weer hoef te 'n belangrike aanhaling weer mis.
Die derde iterasie van stapel gestuur in die herfs, lok 'n paar groot veranderinge. die smartpen, wat bekend is vir sy vermoë om 'n aantekening van watter sy gebruiker krap neem en kopieer dit op die vlieg, doen dit nou met behulp van Bluetooth Smart LE tegnologie, vervoer alles wat op spesiale geskryweLivescribe dot papier 'n IOS toestel via 'n Livescribe + jeug.
Livescribe 3 is beskikbaar in twee weergawes, een vir £ 129,99, wat die smartpen saam met 'n 50-blad voorgereg sluit notebook, sowel as 'n microUSB laai kabel en 'n swart wolfram-metaal medium-punt ink cartridge. Geprys teen £ 169,99, die Livescribe Smartpen 3 Pro Edition sluit in 'n leer Smartpen portefeulje met 'n 100-blad hardeband joernaal, 'n een-jaar inskrywing te Ever Note Premium, 'n laai kabel en 'n bykomende ink cartridge.
Beheer word deur mobiele toestelle via 'n WiFi brug wat tot haak om 'n internet router, die LED gloeilampe gebruikers in staat stel om die kleur van beheer beligting in 'n omgewing vir verskillende buie via 'n program op iOS of Android mobiele toestelle.
Vanjaar, Philips addisionele beligting opsies by die-smartphone beheer stelsel en 'n funksie genoem “Vriende van Hue”. Die toevoegings isLivingcolours Bloom ligte en Livingcolours Lightstrips, wat verskillende variasies en vorms van bolle wat beheer word deur die is Hue app verskillende te lewer, meer dinamiese beligting stelsels in die huis.
Die interessante ding oor die gloeilampe is dat Philips die verlaat sagteware ontwikkeling kit (SDK) oop vir ontwikkelaars sodat die verligting beheer kan word in die toekoms programme, die opening van die tegnologie vir 'n leër van moontlike innovasies.
Gmax 3D drukker
3D drukkers is geensins 'n nuwe uitvinding - vroeë weergawes kan teruggevoer word na die 1980's. Maar dis nie elke dag wat jy iemand ontmoet wat 'n 3D drukker het 'n ingeboude om dan te ontwerp en hul eie veel groter 3D drukker, wat dan gebruik word om nog meer 3D drukkers druk wat dan as plat-pack verskeep af bou-dit-self toevoeging vervaardiging toestelle in staat 'n groter-as-gemiddelde bou volume van 41x41x23cm.
hier eers by Die Inquirer gesien toe ons ontmoeting met die ontwerper die drukker se Gordon LaPlante, wat het ons die Gmax tydens sy prototipe fase vroeër vanjaar, in sy woonkamer ontwerp ateljee in Brooklyn, die plat-pack 3D drukker kit is nou beskikbaar om te koop op die Kickstarter crowdfunding webwerf van $1,095.
LaPlante dring daarop aan die Gmax is baie maklik om te vergader, as kopers moet net “gly in en skroef” die stukke saam. Dit mag dalk nog net beskikbaar is in jou plaaslike Maplin winkel, maar dit is beslis een van ons gunsteling en mees innoverende gadgets van 2013.
Whoever said good things come in small packages has never been more spot on as far as Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is concerned. It’s one of our top gadgets of 2013 chiefly because we’re still flabbergasted by the sheer amount of computing power available in such a tiny box.
The NUC itself is by no means brand new, maar what this year brought us was the addition of Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processor in the same compact form factor, making the NUC just as tiny and versatile but with more power and even lower energy consumption. There are also two SO-DIMM slots for support of up to a massive 16GB of DDR3 memory.
Intel’s Haswell-powered NUC is available now from around £250, depending on configuration.
Check fitness training gadget
We can’t say health and fitness gadgets usually gain much attention here atdie Inquirer. But when we heard about the Check training gadget vroeër vanjaar, we made an exception.
What’s good about FAM Sports’ Check gadget is that it is the first portable device to use electromyography technology, a technique for recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. Based on the phenomena of peripheral muscle reflex caused by electric stimulation, Check uses a sensor system that hooks up to a disposable electrode that is placed on your forearm. The electrode sticks to the wrist and is attached to the main device, which also has a sensor that sits on the tip of your thumb.
Check communicates over Bluetooth LE to an iOS or Android device and when you hit the “new assessment” icon in the app it will send a low-voltage current through your body in order to stimulate the nerve-muscle connection and tell you if your body is ready for a day of training or not.
Check is aimed at fitness fanatics and professional athletes and is available from FAM Sports’ online store for £225, along with various bundles of disposable and non-disposable electrodes, which are sold separately.
Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base
Not only an innovative product but an innovation in technology, te, dieOrbitsound SB60 Airsound Base is an all-in-one subwoofer and soundbar system built on the company’s patented “Airsound” tegnologie.
Updating the M series of wireless soundbars launched in February, Orbitsound’s SB60Airsound Base is what the firm calls “a one-box TV sound solution with an integrated subwoofer without the need for additional speakers”.
The Airsound Base is powered by the firm’s Airsound technology, which was known as “spatial sound” in its previous lineup of products. It takes advantage of “sum and difference” audio signals, as opposed to left and right channels, to create what Orbitsound terms a more solid image.
We had the chance to test the SB60 for several weeks and can confirm it’s one of the best sounding in its class, all squeezed into one neat package that fits snuggly under most TV sets. It’s available now for £299.
Soms neem dit net die eenvoudigste van toestelle om die grootste invloed op jou lewe het, and before long it’s hard to see what you did without them. This is certainly the case with Griffin’s Powerdock 5, which we can’t imagine living without now we’ve become accustomed to using it every day.
Measuring around the same as a single iPad laid flat, the Powerdock 5 is a multi-charge point for all your i-devices, giving you a place to store and charge five gadgets at one time, from a single krag bron. As long as there’s a USB cable to charge it, the Powerdock will handle it. It’s the perfect charging solution for small offices or work groups, or a family full ofAndroid, Windows or iOS device users.
Elgato Smart Key
Another one of life annoyances: even in a modern age of 3D printers and wearable devices, remembering where you put your keys can sometimes prove a challenge. It’s a good job that this year Elgato devised a gadget for this predicament, dan, is dit nie.
The Smart Key is essentially a Bluetooth-enabled fob that, unlike rival devices, uses Bluetooth Smart tegnologie in conjunction with recent software upgrades in iOS 7, to promise a reliable, consistent and versatile gadget-finder.
Working alongside an iOS app that acts as a command centre, the fob can be attached to anything you like – not just keys, soos die naam aandui. It can be synced via the app under a name corresponding to whatever it is attached to: “handbag”, “suitcase”, “keys”, ens. If you leave something behind, the app will notify you accordingly, seeing that you never leave your valuable possessions behind again.
Die Smart Key fob is available now for £40.
Adobe Project Mighty and Napoleon
Adobe announced in September that it would take a serious step into hardware for the first time, and bring the internet-connected stylus experiment Project Mighty to production, along with a accompanying digital ruler called Project Napoleon.
The digital drawingtools deserve a place in our top gadgets roundup for 2013 because once we got our hands on them, we knew instantly they were one of a kind.
With a three-sided twist for better ergonomicsduring use, the stylus has a notification LED built into the end that emits a range of colours to signify information such as battery status and data transfer. The stylus is encircled with sensors so it can be charged in a USB charging dock.
They might not have become a purchasable reality yet, but the drawing tools – which are aimed at those in the ontwerp industry who are looking for tablet and smartphone accessories – offer an enhanced alternative to pencil and paper drawing.
2013 marked the first year that Google Glass became a tangible product; from mere prototype hype and mock videos in 2012, to something we could test out and use, albeit in an environment controlled by Google. But that didn’t mean we weren’t eager to get our mitts on the highly anticipated spectacles when we were invited to try them out back in summer.
From our demo, it was clear that Glass is more about the tech concepts it introduces, as opposed to a concrete device planned to make it big with consumers. Google isn’t promoting Glass as the next big thing in technology, but more as a proof of concept that it wants to receive feedback on and improve upon and just see where it goes.
Lightweight and futuristic looking, the eyewear is perhaps more an indicator of the kind of technology we are likely to see in years to come, and in that respect, we applaud Google for trying something new and giving people the chance to try an alternative to a smartphone. We think it’d be impossible to argue that it’s not a one-of-a-kind device, whether it becomes available to buy or not.
Korean hardware firm LG is perhaps best known for its substantial line-up of smart TVs, monitors and slimfone. But that all changed earlier this year when the company unveiled a rather unusual device, claiming to be the smallest and lightest mobile photo printer op die mark.
Working with any smartphone or tablet, the LG Pocket Photo printerproduces roughly business card-sized colour prints via ZINK inkless printing technology, which LG says eliminates the need for expensive ink cartridges.
When we reviewed the nifty gadget, we found it extremely fun to use, working with a smartphone app that allows you to add filters and photo effects before printing out and covering everything you own with them.
The LG Pocket Photo printer is available now for £130.
Love it or hate it, Leap Motion was the first to give those who don’t already own gesture-controlled devices the option of such a technology. sy Leap Motion Controllerturns any PC with a USB port into a 3D motion-activated computer for just £70.
Die device allows people to control their computers with hand and finger movements, claiming to sense gestures made by your hands “the way you move them naturally”. Working withMac computers and PCs, the 3in device is powered by USB and downloadable software.
It also tracks all 10 fingers up to 1/100th of a millimetre with zero visible latency, leaving your hands free to move in eight cubic feet of interactive, 3D space. It’s a neat and unique little gadget, which also comes with Airspace, the Leap Motion app store that is said to contain more than 75 applications such as paint programs and games built by developers and designed specifically forLeap Motion tegnologie. A welcome addition to the year’s line-up of quirky and unique gadgets. m