‘Tis the season for new toys! Most of us have outgrown Super Soakers and Army Men, which is why I’ve been looking forward to all the new gadgets for winter 2010. I’ve compiled the hottest of the bunch below, so read on for a preview of all the tech you’ve been waiting for.
We’re one step closer to dystopia with Microsoft’s new motion-control peripheral for the X-Box 360. Ever see Minority Report? Instead of waving a wireless controller around like a goofball, you’ll be waving around all your limbs – the Kinect tracks your body’s movement to control games. There aren’t any cords to get tangled up in, but just make sure you’ve got a lot of play room. Nobody wants to accidentally elbow Grandma in the eye while pretending to be a ninja.
We all want new tools and gadgets that break the mold, but sometimes it’s just more satisfying to have a gadget that improves upon what came before it. The Blackberry PlayBook may ape the iPad’s overall function, but you can’t deny its appealing design and sleek new operating system, the Blackberry Tablet OS. There is one defining feature the PlayBook has over the iPad – two HD cameras for interactive video. Steve Jobs would be wise to keep an eye on this one.
3. Nintendo 3DS
Seeing movies in 3D may be a chore, but Nintendo’s new handheld produces 3D effects without glasses. It comes with a sliding button that lets you adjust the depth of the 3D, and the device even retains the same touch screen capabilities as its predecessor, the Nintendo DS. With a solid line-up of games already in production (Mario Kart, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil and more), this is one gadget that’s going to fly off the shelves.
The hot new feature for this generation’s line-up of DSLR cameras seems to be full HD video recording abilities, and the 60D is no exception. Spontaneously recording the drunken antics of friends in full 1080p might be a bit too extravagant for the layman, but for the budding photographer, it’s a handy extra. Plus, it’s the first of Canon’s DSLRs to have an articulating preview screen (if you’re picky about pictures like I am, you’ll definitely need it.) Want to shell out the dough? This 18 megapixel powerhouse won’t disappoint.
The fusion of television and the internet has been long overdue. Sony’s upcoming HDTV features full internet capabilities and supports video services such as YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix. It even runs on an operating system based off the popular Android OS. Let’s face it, Google is slowly taking over the world. We might as well kick back and watch it from the comfort of our own living rooms.
Any new electronics & gadgets you can’t wait for? Are you going to check out the new Windows Phone 7 devices or stick with Android? Let us know!
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