It was a busy week in the gadget world, and I’ve boiled it all down into the top 10 most unusual, groundbreaking, futuristic and just-plain-weird gadgets I could find for you, all wrapped up right here in a easily digested package. Pick your favorite, and let us know what you think in the comments.
1. Xbox 720 in 2013?
Insiders are saying they’re working on Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console, and it’s said to be called the Xbox 720, perhaps unveiling at E3 in 2013. Although the box’s processors and graphics chips are allegedly well underway and in the hands of multiple developers, the outside of the Xbox 720 is not quite so well-defined. Take a look at this design concept of the industrial design of the box — we’re wondering if it wasn’t left on our planet by visiting aliens.
2. Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.0 is now official. Affectionately known as Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s revamped its entire smartphone operating system, making it more customizable, its widgets resizable, improved its texting error correction and finally given it the ability to easily grab a screenshot by holding down the power and volume buttons. The first device to have the new operating system loaded will be the gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Nexus (pictured here), available in November.
3. Canon EOS 1D X
Look out, pro photographers, here comes the Canon 1D X, a digital SLR that points to the future of photography. Besides its $6,800 price tag, it brings along astonishing numbers, such as its ability to take 18-megapixel pics at 14 frames per second, and its mind-boggling low-light shooting capability (for you photography experts, its standard ISO range is 100 – 51,200, expanded to 204,800). It ships in March. [via Gizmodo]
4. DeLorean Returning in 2013 as an Electric Car
The gull-winged DeLorean is on its way back to the future — 2013, that is. That’s when you’ll be able to buy one of the newest versions of DMC’s gleaming classic conveyance, and this time it’ll be all-electric. Details are scant so far, but it’ll certainly travel faster than 88 miles an hour, with its 260hp electro-power plant blasting it to a top speed of 125mph. Its price will hover around $100,000, Mr. Fusion not included.
5. Motorola Droid Razr
Could smartphones get any thinner? That’s going to be a challenge for competitors, because this Motorola Droid Razr is just 7.1mm thick. The $299.99 handset has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a sharp 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen. Too bad it won’t be sporting the new Ice Cream Sandwich operating system until “early 2012.”
6. XtremeMac InCharge USB Wall Charger
If you’re fed up with those clunky chargers Apple provides for iPhones, iPods and iPads, the XtremeMac InCharge USB Wall Charger is about as thin as an iPhone 4S, and its retractable plug makes it perfect for heavily-laden travelers. As you might’ve expected, design like this doesn’t come cheap — it’s overpriced at an Apple-esque $29.99.
7. Aeroshots for a Caffeine Fix
Okay coffee lovers, if you’re hoping to buy some of these shotgun-shell-like Aeroshots, that might be the first step to admitting you have a problem. These new caffeine delivery devices are not as serious as they look, though — each cartridge delivers 100mg of caffeine in the form of 6 to 8 puffs of a fine powder. That’s not that much, considering that a 16-ounce cup of Starbucks Pike Place coffee contains 330mg of caffeine. Weird.
8. Lytro Light Field Camera
We put this remarkable Lytro camera through its paces this week, and found it to be well-designed and fully capable of capturing pictures that let you shoot first and ask questions about focusing later. That viewscreen opposite its f/2 lens is tiny — a mere 1.46 inches — but imagine how small it would be if the camera itself were smaller? Now available for pre-order, Lytro hits the streets in early 2012 at prices starting at $399.
9. Pioneer Dance Crew Boom Boxes
This is not your daddy’s boombox. These are aimed at dancers, but those hoofers had better be well-heeled because it’ll cost them $229 for the Solo, $349 for the Duo and $499 for the Crew, with each containing progressively higher quality and bigger speakers. These fancy boomboxes let you adjust the tempo of a song without affecting its pitch, and they’re smart enough to cue up similar songs to the one you’re currently playing by analyzing your playlist.
10. Motorola MotoACTV
Motorola latest entry in the fitness game is the MotoACTV, an Android-based fitness device it calls “the ultimate fusion of fitness and music.” It’ll track your running with GPS, account for your time, distance, speed and calories burned and play your favorite songs all the while. It can even answer your phone and receive text messages. Rolling out Nov. 6, it’ll sell for $249 for an 8GB model and $299 for 16GB.
- Motorola Droid RAZR hands-on (video) (engadget.com)
- Motorola Droid RAZR photo, specs leak ahead of tomorrow’s event (venturebeat.com)
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid RAZR (techie-buzz.com)