THE YEAR 2013 might not have seen many noteworthy breakthroughs or innovations in terms of smartphones or tablets, with the year failing to deliver anything but updated models and refreshed designs. But that doesn’t mean the year didn’t bring its fair share of quirky, less conventional gadgets and unusual devices worthy of a mention.
From Bluetooth-enabled smartpens to app-controlled 빛 bulbs, here are some of our favourites, in no particular order.
Livescribe 3 두 가지 버전에서 사용할 수 있습니다, £ 129.99 하나, 50 매 스타터와 함께 스마트 펜을 포함하는 노트북, 뿐만 microUSB 충전 케이블과 검은 텅스텐 카바이드 팁 중간 잉크 카트리지로서. £ 169.99의 가격, LIVESCRIBE 스마트 펜 3 Pro Edition includes a leather Smartpen portfolio with a 100-sheet hardbound journal, a one-year subscription to Evernote Premium, a charging cable and an additional ink cartridge.
Controlled by mobile devices via a WiFi bridge that hooks up to an internet router, the LED lightbulbs allow users to control the colour of lighting in environments for different moods via an app on iOS or 기계적 인조 인간 mobile devices.
금년에, Philips added additional lighting options to the smartphone-controlled system and a feature dubbed “Friends of Hue”. The additions areLivingcolours Bloom lights and Livingcolours Lightstrips, 에 의해 제어되는 전구의 다른 유사과 모양이있는 색조 응용 프로그램을 다른 제공하는, 가정에서보다 동적 조명 시스템.
전구에 대한 흥미로운 점은 필립스가 남아있다이다 소프트웨어 개발 전부 (SDK) 조명이 미래 앱으로 제어 될 수 있도록 열 개발자, 가능한 혁신의 호스트에 대한 기술을 개방.
GMAX 3D 프린터
3초기 버전은 1980 년대로 거슬러 올라갈 수 있습니다 - D 프린터는 어떤 새로운 발명을 꼭 없습니다. 그러나 다음 설계하고 자신의 훨씬 더 큰 3D 프린터를 인쇄하는 3D 프린터를 구축하고 당신이 누군가를 만나는 일이 아니다, which is then used to print even more 3D printers that are then shipped off as flat-pack build-it-yourself additive manufacturing devices capable of a larger-than-average build volume of 41x41x23cm.
Seen here first at The INQUIRER when we met with the printer’s designer Gordon LaPlante, who showed us the Gmax during its prototype phase earlier this year, in his living room design studio in Brooklyn, the flat-pack 3D printer kit is now available to buy on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website from $1,095.
LaPlante insists the Gmax is very easy to assemble, as buyers need only to “slide in and screw” the pieces together. It might not be available in your local Maplin store just yet, 그러나 그것은 확실히 우리가 제일 좋아하는 가장 혁신적인 가제트 중 하나입니다 2013.
좋은 일들이 작은 패키지로 누구든지 와서 상기는 지금까지 컴퓨팅의 인텔의 다음 단위로 더 자리 적이있다 (NUC) 우려. 그것은 우리의 최고 가젯 중 하나 2013 우리는 여전히 작은 상자에서 사용할 수있는 컴퓨팅 파워의 투명한 양에 의해 깜짝 놀라게하고 주로하기 때문에.
더 새로운 브랜드에 의해 NUC 자체가 없다, 하지만 무엇 올해는 우리를 데리고 것은 인텔의 4 세대 하 스웰 프로세서를 추가했다 같은 소형 폼 팩터에서, 단지 작은 다용도로하지만 더 많은 힘과 더 낮은 에너지 소비와 NUC을. DDR3 메모리의 대규모 최대 16GB의 지원을위한 두 개의 SO-DIMM 슬롯도 있습니다.
Intel’s Haswell-powered NUC is available now from around £250, depending on configuration.
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, 검사는 팔뚝에 배치 일회용 전극까지 후크 센서 시스템을 사용하여. 전극은 손목을 고수하고 장치 본체에 부착되고, 또한 엄지 손가락의 끝 부분에 앉아 센서를 가지고있는.
아이폰 OS에 블루투스 LE를 통해 통신을 확인하거나 기계적 인조 인간 장치와 당신이 명중 할 때 “새로운 평가” 응용 프로그램의 아이콘은 신경 근육 연결을 자극하고 몸을 훈련 또는하지의 날에 대한 준비가되어 있는지를 알려하기 위해 당신의 몸을 통해 낮은 전압 전류를 보내드립니다.
점검 피트니스 광신자 및 프로 운동 선수 목표로하고 FAM 스포츠에서 사용할 수 있습니다’ £ 225의 온라인 상점, 일회용 및 일회용이 아닌 전극들과 함께 다양한 번들, 이는 별도 판매.
Orbitsound SB60 Airsound Base
Not only an innovative product but an innovation in technology, 너무, theOrbitsound SB60 Airsound Base is an all-in-one subwoofer and soundbar system built on the company’s patented “Airsound” 기술.
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.
우리는 몇 주 동안 SB60을 테스트 할 수있는 기회를 가졌과 동급에서 가장 좋은 소리 중 하나 확인할 수 있습니다, 모든 대부분의 TV 세트 아래에 snuggly 맞는 하나의 깔끔한 패키지로 압착. 그것은 £ 299 사용할 수있어.
때때로 그것은 단지 당신의 인생에 가장 큰 영향을 미칠 장치의 간단한 소요, 머지 않아 당신이 그들없이 무슨 짓을했는지 볼 어렵다. 이것은 확실히 그리핀의 Powerdock의 경우 5, 이는 우리가 매일 사용으로 지금 우리가 익숙해 져 한없이 사는 상상할 수 없다.
하나의 아이 패드는 평면 배치와 같은 주위 측정, Powerdock 5 모든 장치에 대한 I-다중 전하 요점은, 당신에게 장소를 제공하는 저장하고 한 번에 다섯 가제트를 충전, 하나의 권력 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 of기계적 인조 인간, 윈도우 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 간단한 기계 장치 for this predicament, 다음, 그것을하지 않습니다.
The Smart Key is essentially a Bluetooth-enabled fob that, unlike rival devices, uses Bluetooth Smart 기술 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, 이름에서 알 수 있듯이. It can be synced via the app under a name corresponding to whatever it is attached to: “handbag”, “suitcase”, “keys”, 기타. If you leave something behind, the app will notify you accordingly, seeing that you never leave your valuable possessions behind again.
The Smart Key fob is available now for £40.
Adobe Project Mighty and Napoleon
어도비 벽돌 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 디자인 industry who are looking for tablet and 스마트 폰 accessories – offer an enhanced alternative to pencil and paper drawing.
2013 marked the first year that Google 유리 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 전자 is perhaps best known for its substantial line-up of smart TVs, monitors and 스마트 폰. 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 시장에서.
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. 그 립 모션 컨트롤러turns any PC with a USB port into a 3D motion-activated computer for just £70.
The 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 with맥 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 기술. A welcome addition to the year’s line-up of quirky and unique gadgets. M