Are you one of those die-hard gadget geeks that are always on the lookout for ‘the next big thing’ in electronics? Do you read industry magazines and attend trade shows with bated breath in anticipation of taking a peek at what’s yet to come in the tech world? Then this is definitely the article for you. We’re going to show you twelve of THE MOST amazing gadgets that will totally change your life – if not the world. Remember – you saw them here first.
MakerBot Replicator 2
The MakerBot Replicator 2 from MakerBot Industries introduced the world to 3D printers in 2009. Instead of copying something in flat 2D like traditional paper printers, the MakerBot Replicator 2 allows you to re-create small things (any small thing!) out of plastic in full 3D form. Super cool.
Scientists at Princeton and Tufts are developing a small sensor that can be placed on your tooth to detect harmful bacteria. The sensor alters you and your dentist to your lackluster oral hygiene habits so that you can correct them before any lasting damage is done.
Philips, a major light bulb manufacturer, has come up with the very first web-enabled LED home lighting system in the world. Bulbs in the HUE system have 11 LED lights in three colors that can be programmed from your smartphone or tablet to change their color, intensity and more. Philips is also working with programmers to adds a feature that incorporates music into the lighting so that the bulbs are able to change in tandem with the music.
The Myo is super cool, yet really weird at the same time. It’s an armband made of muscle and motion sensors that will work via Bluetooth to send signals to your electronic devices to control them. Wirelessly. Through your hand. So very Star Trek. The Myo will be compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android as well.
The 3Doodler is part pen/part sculpting tool. It functions and handles like a pen for making your doodles, but instead of ink, it dispenses a string of hot plastic that solidifies and hardens as it cools – which brings your doodles to life. What can you make with it? Pretty much anything you can think of – even jewelry.
Jet from Recon
The Jet is a pair of super high-tech glasses that are made for the sporty outdoors type. They have an HD display in the bottom corner and the HD camera is on top. Plus, they come with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, ANT+ and just about every other imaginable feature you could think of. Jet is slated for release in the latter part of 2013.
Pets Eye View Camera from NatGeo
National Geographic has come up with a gadget that lets you spy on your pet to find out what he does when you aren’t looking. It’s a small camera that fits around their neck and attaches to a normal pet collar. It’s water-resistant, holds up to 40 pictures and comes with a timer that can be set to snap a pic at various intervals.
To the untrained eye, the U-Socket looks like a normal electrical outlet in your home. However, the U-Sockets have two extra slots in them that you won’t find in traditional wall outlets. These are USB ports that you can use to charge your electronic devices via their USB chargers. Neat!
Google Glass is another wearable computer in eyeglass form that has some amazing capabilities. It can be a microphone, a camera and a speaker. It can record video, give directions, let you text people and use social media as well. Google Glass release for public consumption is slated to happen some time in 2014. It won’t be cheap. Developer versions will be released first and those are anticipated to come with a $1,500 price tag.
FitBit Flex is a personal monitoring device that comes in the form of a rubber bracelet. It record lots of information about you – like how much you slept, how far you walked and how many calories you have burned. It has lots of other functions as well and you can pre-order one before its released for about $125.
StickNFind is a cool tracker system about the size of a quarter that works off Bluetooth. You just stick the trackers to items that you commonly misplace – your keys, your purse, your briefcase, your girlfriend – whatever – and the included app pulls up a radar on your smartphone screen showing you how far you are from the item. For $50 you get a set of two trackers and they come in several colors.
Toshiba Quad Full 84in TV
The next generation of televisions are on their way – and they come with a stunning 3840 x 2160 resolution. Known as the “4K” generation of TVs, expect all 84 of those living color inches (That’s seven full feet of TV screen, by the way) to come with a hefty price tag between $15K-$20K.