This was the year of the iPad, the electric car and controller-free gaming. While those technologies may not take us to Mars, they will make our lives more fulfilling and fun. thecoolist.com make the list of top gadgets of this year. Here are the top 10 gadgets of 2010.
- Harmon Kardon Soundsticks III
Were there any speaker systems sexier than theHarmon Kardon Soundsticks III this year? Hey, we don’t know of any other series of speakers that has been honored by New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The new Harmon Kardon Soundsticks continue the brand’s focus on fusing fine sound reproduction with devastating design sensibilities. On a sonic level, the six-inch down-firing subwoofer and the eight one-inch tweeters push out a crystal clear response to your favorite music, movies, video games and more.
- Google TV with Logitech Revue
Many of us still watch our favorite shows on our televisions. Google TV with Logitech Revue is a step forward, in that it removes the barrier between content we watch on our televisions and content we watch on our computers. Sure, the technology may not be new, but Google’s way of doing it makes it easy, makes it better. When it comes to new home media center gadgets of 2010, Google TV and Logitech Revue take the cake.
- The Apple iPad
Well, it’s not like you didn’t expect it. Even though the Apple iPad was first revealed last January, it remains the most storied tech release of the year. In fact, its sheer existence has led to countless innovations in software with iPad-focused apps and the adoption of media brands and magazines.
- Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera
Nikon’s new entry-level DSLR is a huge step up from the D60/40 cameras that preceded it. The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera features a 14.2 MP sensor, a deeper ISO range for low light photography and full 1080p HD video recording. What makes that video feature so intriguing is that this is the first Nikon to feature full-time autofocus and audio while shooting video.
- Kinect for Xbox 360
Before Playstation Move fans get their blue balls in a bunch, the Kinect for Xbox 360 makes this list because it is a revolutionary device in the world of gaming. The Kinect has a way to go, but the introduction of the device alone has only scratched the surface for just how revolutionary this system could become. Everyone from the top video game publishing conglomerates to the mom-and-pop app developers are salivating.
- New MacBook Air
The svelte and sexy MacBook Air saw a refresh this year– adding some nice new features and size options to boot. Unlike the old model, the new MacBook Air features flash-only storage, a large, multi-touch trackpad, extended battery life and a high resolution display. It’s also available in 11-inch and 13-inch options, giving a bit more choice to prospective MacBook Air travelers. Those looking to “switch” will find the new MacBook Air a bit more accessible, starting at $999.
- Google Nexus S Android Phone
Android version 2.3, named Gingerbread, is available this month starting with the latest Google phone, the Google Nexus S Android Phone. The Nexus S carries a feature set that matches the iPhone 4 (1GHz processor, 16GB flash storage and front- and rear-facing digital cameras), but adds a new wireless protocol called NFC– a secure system which has the potential to finally replace that out-dated plastic credit card in your wallet. The Google Nexus S is dropping at T-Mobile on December 16th for $199 with contract.
- Blackberry Playbook Tablet
RIM released their own tablet to the market, the Blackberry Playbook Tablet. This 7-inch productivity monster is designed for both business and pleasure, a machine designed for face-to-face conferencing and video gaming alike. It’s powered by a twin set of 1-GHz processors and 1GB of RAM, it plays back 1080p HD video (via the web, its storage or its HDMI connection) and it features a front-facing camera for FaceTime-style video conferencing.
- iPhone 4
The iPhone 4 was released this year with five new core additions that once again revolutionized the mobile device market. FaceTime is a face-to-face video chat system that uses a front-facing camera to capture your half of the conversation live. iPhone 4′s display also saw an upgrade to “retina display”, featuring an increase pixel count making individual pixels invisible to the human eye. iPhone 4 can multi-task, it can record HD video and take photos with a 5 MP resolution with an LED flash.
- 2011 Chevy Volt
The 2011 Chevy Volt is a lust-worthy piece of new technology that was built for early adopters like you, the person reading this article. It may not fit in your pocket, but it could serve to revolutionize the way you interact with the world. For us, we use our car for shorter trips, and rarely ever drive for more than 40 miles a day. With a fully-charged Chevy Volt, we could drive with our habit and barely burn an ounce or two of fuel each week. Our nightly charge would cost us roughly $1.50, costing us even less than public transportation to and from the office.