Competition among some of the largest corporations in the world has transformed 2011 into a year of interesting gadgets and technology. Huge advances have happened across multiple industries that are changing how humans live, work, eat, play, and sleep. Here are ten of the most exciting gadgets of 2011 and what changes we might see in the next few years.
1. HTC Thunderbolt
$65 – $650
2011 has been the year of the smartphone, and there has been one that clearly stands out, the HTC Thunderbolt. Created in the wake of the iPhone craze, companies were looking for a flagship phone built on the Android platform. HTC’s Thunderbolt become popular due to its two powerful cameras, 1Ghz processor, and 4G wireless speeds.
2. Nintendo 3DS
$169 – $239
Nintendo may have been one of the original gaming companies, but has not quite kept up with its own fame until the release of this exciting gadget. This handheld gaming device is not only one of the first platforms to have ever gone 3D, it is doing it all without the use of 3D glasses.
3 Sony Handy Cam HDR-TD10
$1199 – $ 1499
The Sony Handy cam HDR-TD10 has two high-definition lenses and two powerful processors to record pristine 1080p 3D video. Sony also added a small 3D preview screen that gives the photographer a sense of depth and clarity while shooting video.
4. iPad 2
$450 – $550
The original iPad may have been revolutionary, but the iPad 2 became one of the most popular tablets ever created. This tablet PC now enjoys a faster internet connection, a huge app market, better processing speed, and upwards of 64GB of memory.
5. iPhone 5
In traditional Apple fashion, the world of the iPhone 5 has been riddled with rumors and hearsay. Luckily, this smartphone is set to be released and iPhone fanatics have already begun putting their deposits down for the late September release date. While very few specifics have been released, Apple has promised that this phone will be faster, lighter, and enjoy the benefits of the new iOS as well as the iCloud memory platform.
6. Panasonic VIERA TC-P54VT25
$1929 – $2199
Panasonic has always been a company known for producing quality televisions, and their Viera TC-P54VT25 is no exception to this rule. This high-definition 3D screen comes in at a price similar to 2D screens, but offers cutting edge technology. While there are a handful of televisions that produce 3D images without the glasses, the quality has not quite caught up to the level of this Panasonic.
7. Motorola Atrix 4G
$69 – $599
The Atrix 4G blends the worlds of mobile computing and the smartphones together. This powerful phone utilizes a lapdock connection that turns it into a fully-functional laptop including internet browsing, a full keyboard, and even a webcam.
8. Samsung 9 Laptop
$1499 – $1799
Just as with all technology, laptops are getting slimmer, lighter, and faster. The Samsung 9 is one of the smallest laptops in the world, as little as an inch thick at the keyboard. It also houses an impressive i5 processor, one of the most powerful processors on the market.
9. Garmin GTU 10 GPS Tracker
$99 – $199
Coming in around the size of a lighter, this GPS unit took GPS technology to a whole new level. The Garmin GTU can be tracked anywhere in the world, has a four week battery life, is water proof, and shock resistant. It can be given to a wayward child, stuffed into a glovebox for protection against theft, or attached to a pet’s collar.
10. Cobra Phone Tag
$25 – $53
The Cobra Phone Tag may not be as flashy and expensive as some of the other gadgets, but it is clearly one of the most useful. This simple Bluetooth device makes a connection to a cell phone and then is attached to a belt loop or key chain. It can be used to prevent theft with a small beep when the phone is out of range or it can cause both devices to chirp, allowing the owner to find their phone under a couch cushion.
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