Les meilleurs gadgets de 2013 !

The Best Gadgets of 2013 !

L'ANNÉE 2013 pourraient ne pas avoir vu de nombreuses percées ou innovations remarquables en termes de smartphones ou tablettes, à l'année défaut de livrer quoi que ce soit, mais les modèles mis à jour et des conceptions rafraîchies. Mais cela ne signifie pas l'année n'a pas apporté sa juste part des excentriques, moins gadgets classiques et des dispositifs inhabituels dignes d'une mention.

De Bluetooth activé smartpens App-contrôlés lumière bulbes, voici certains de nos favoris, dans aucun ordre particulier.

Le Livescribe 3 stylo pad et ipad

Le Livescribe 3 Smartpen est sans conteste l'un des plus cool gadgets à venir sur 2013, offrant des caractéristiques uniques et innovantes qui signifient les preneurs de notes aura jamais à manquer une citation importante.

Le troisième itération a été lancé à l'automne, vantant des changements majeurs. Le smartpen, qui est connu pour sa capacité à prendre note de tout ce que son utilisateur est griffonnait et le copier à la volée, fait cela en utilisant désormais la technologie Bluetooth intelligente LE, tout transport de ce qui est écrit sur spécialLivescribe dot papier à un appareil iOS via une application Livescribe +.

Livescribe 3 est disponible en deux versions, un pour £ 129.99, qui comprend les smartpen le long d'un démarreur de 50 feuilles carnet, ainsi qu'un câble de charge microUSB et un moyen-tip cartouche d'encre noire de carbure de tungstène. Au prix de 169,99 £, Livescribe Smartpen 3 Pro Edition comprend un portefeuille en cuir Smartpen avec un journal hardbound 100 feuilles, un abonnement d'un an à Evernote premium, un câble de charge et d'une cartouche d'encre supplémentaire.

LIGHTSTRIPS Philips Hue et mise à jour de la floraison

Néerlandais électronique raffermir Philips a lancé son système d'éclairage LED numérique Hue retour à la fin 2012, mais il n'a pas été jusqu'à la mi 2013 que le gadget est venu vraiment dans son propre.

Contrôlé par les appareils mobiles via un pont WiFi qui se connecte à un routeur Internet, les ampoules LED permettent aux utilisateurs de contrôler la couleur de éclairage dans des environnements pour des ambiances différentes via une application sur iOS ou Androïde appareils mobiles.

Cette année, Philips a ajouté des options d'éclairage supplémentaires pour le système de téléphone intelligent contrôlé et une fonction baptisée “Amis de Hue”. Les ajouts sontLivingcolours Bloom lumières et Livingcolours LIGHTSTRIPS, qui existe différentes variantes et formes d'ampoules qui sont contrôlées par le Teinte app pour offrir différents, systèmes d'éclairage les plus dynamiques dans la maison.

La chose intéressante à propos des ampoules est que Philips a quitté le développement de logiciels trousse (SDK) ouvrir pour les développeurs afin de l'éclairage peut être contrôlé dans les applications futures, l'ouverture de la technologie pour une foule d'innovations possibles.

Gmax 3D aperçu de l'imprimante 3D imprimée

imprimante 3D Gmax
3imprimantes D ne sont nullement une nouvelle invention - les premières versions remontent aux années 1980. Mais il est pas tous les jours que vous rencontrez quelqu'un qui a construit une imprimante 3D pour concevoir et imprimer ensuite leur propre imprimante 3D beaucoup plus, qui est ensuite utilisée pour imprimer les imprimantes encore plus 3D qui sont ensuite expédiés hors de flat-pack build-it-yourself dispositifs additifs de fabrication capables d'un volume de construction plus grand que la moyenne de 41x41x23cm.

Vu d'abord ici à The INQUIRER lorsque nous avons rencontré le concepteur de l'imprimante Gordon LaPlante, qui nous a montré le Gmax pendant sa phase de prototype plus tôt cette année, dans sa chambre studio de design vivant à Brooklyn, le kit imprimante 3D flat-pack est maintenant disponible pour acheter sur le site de crowdfunding Kickstarter de $1,095.

LaPlante insiste le Gmax est très facile à assembler, que les acheteurs doivent seulement “glisser et visser” les pièces ensemble. Il pourrait ne pas être disponible dans votre magasin de Maplin locale pour l'instant, mais il est certainement l'un de nos gadgets préférés et les plus innovants de 2013.

intel-nuc-kit-bas

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, mais 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.

FAM Sports Check fitness gadget KEEP GOING

Check fitness training gadget
We can’t say health and fitness gadgets usually gain much attention here atThe INQUIRER. But when we heard about the Check training gadget plus tôt cette année, we made an exception.

What’s good about FAM SportsCheck 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 Androïde device and when you hit thenew assessmenticon 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 Sportsonline store for £225, along with various bundles of disposable and non-disposable electrodes, which are sold separately.

Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base in a room

Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base
Not only an innovative product but an innovation in technology, trop, laOrbitsound SB60 Airsound Base is an all-in-one subwoofer and soundbar system built on the company’s patentedAirsound” technologie.

Updating the M series of wireless soundbars launched in February, Orbitsound’s SB60Airsound Base is what the firm callsa 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 asspatial soundin its previous lineup of products. It takes advantage ofsum and differenceaudio 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.

Grifin powerdock 5

Sometimes it only takes the simplest of devices to have the biggest effect on your life, 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 Puissance la source. 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 ofAndroïde, Fenêtres or iOS device users.

Griffin’s Powerdock 5 is available now for £80.

 

The Smart Key fob

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, puis, n'est-ce pas.

The Smart Key is essentially a Bluetooth-enabled fob that, unlike rival devices, uses Bluetooth Smart technologie 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, comme son nom l'indique. It can be synced via the app under a name corresponding to whatever it is attached to: “handbag”, “suitcase”, “clés”, etc. If you leave something behind, the app will notify you accordingly, seeing that you never leave your valuable possessions behind again.

Le Smart Key fob is available now for £40.

Drawing a house with Adobe’s Mighty and Napoleon

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 conception industry who are looking for tablet and Smartphone accessories – offer an enhanced alternative to pencil and paper drawing.

The Google Glass display box sits on the top right hand side on the eyewear

2013 marked the first year that Google Verre 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.

LG pocket photo

Korean hardware firm LG is perhaps best known for its substantial line-up of smart TVs, monitors and smartphones. 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 on the market.

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.

Close up of the 3in Leap Motion USB device

The idea of augmented reality et gesture control proved ever-more popular in 2013, with more manufacturers integrating it into their products.

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. Son Leap Motion Controllerturns any PC with a USB port into a 3D motion-activated computer for just £70.

Le device allows people to control their computers with hand and finger movements, claiming to sense gestures made by your handsthe 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 technologie. A welcome addition to the year’s line-up of quirky and unique gadgets. m

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