2013 has so far been an incredible year for tech and for tech gadgets. With so much technology hitting shelves, there will likely be a glut of even more coming to markets in the latter half of the year in time for the holiday season.
10 – BlackBerry 10
There was a time, about five to six years ago, when RIM was the undisputed head of the smartphone world. They quickly fell to the side in favor of iOS and Android and have struggled to recover since. The new and updated BlackBerry 10 has high hopes in bringing RIM back into the smartphone race, but only time will tell its effectiveness. As for now, it is holding its own, but Microsoft is in the market now in addition to the established smartphone companies.
9 – Microsoft Surface Pro
As a first foray into the tablet world, the Surface is still up in the air in terms of effectiveness as is the new Windows 8 OS. Microsoft Surface Pro will really let users see how powerful the new device and platform can be. Removing itself from the App market and allowing the Surface to stand on its own could really help it to shine.
8 – Ouya
Kickstarter campaign helped get this development kit/console/media center off the ground and there is a real chance for this device to change gaming as much as the Wii and Kinect have changed the console market. This could be the new life in the ever evolving, yet staying the same, gaming market.
7 – Xbox Loop
The newest Microsoft console is like many Microsoft goods, held tightly under wraps. The only thing known for sure is the constant connection and webcam that has many privacy and security theorists up in arms, but the development kit and chipset is already on the market. The Loop may be ready for markets in time for Christmas. Some are expecting an introductory price lower than the standard 360 – meaning a definite seat atop the console boards of today and tomorrow.
6 – Fujitsu Lifebook
It is astounding what comes from open contests for anyone to submit information. This hybrid mobile device is part tablet, smartphone and net book in a single, unified device that has the gadget fan drooling at the mouth to see what it can do and what else it will come with. Again, late this year it could happen, only time will tell from this point forward.
5 – Vuzix M100 Glasses
A full GHz processor, 3GB of storage and full video and image, this sounds like a smartphone. Nope; it is a pair of glasses that have the folks at Google a tad nervous. The release is scheduled later this year. Those who want augmented reality and mobile computing may have found what they are looking for. Privacy pundits will want to stay at home for the rest of their lives with these hitting the market.
4 – Samsung Galaxy Skin
The smartphone continues to do three things: get faster, slimmer and lighter. One thing that is continually lacking in the phones is durability. As great as a smartphone is, they are still capable of breaking, cracking and getting smashed. The Galaxy Skin is completely flexible OLED. This may be the phone of the future to supplant the current smartphone.
3 – Playstation 4
Sony is as quiet about their next generation console as Microsoft. But the PS4 is likely to match the next-gen Microsoft console just like the last two have run neck in neck for customers and fans. Expect a new style and digital distributions available from the Japanese company.
2 – Amazon’s Smartphone
Google turned out a phone, and Amazon already has a tablet. The Nexus 7 really hit the tablet market with a force, in particular because of the inexpensive cost. A phone with similar features, styling and reasonable cost could be next – it would be great for the budget minded set.
1 – Samsung’s Secret TV
Nothing like a viral campaign to get the world abuzz over a product. The single press release, teasing image, odd shape and limited details have the Secret TV on the tips of tongues of gadget fans. Expect it to be released at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, U.S. later this year.
There is the list. While some of these may come to be, it is likely some or all of them may wait until 2014 for most of them to show. Until then, all the world can do is wait and see what will happen in the meanwhile.