Top 10 Gadgets for 2010

6. Zyxio Sensawaft

Zyxio Sensawaft
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Have you ever wanted to control the cursor on your computer using only your breath? No? That’s a shame, because that’s exactly what the Sensawaft does. By blowing in to a special ‘microphone’, you can control the speed and direction of the cursor across your computer screen. Zyxio, the company behind the technology, says it could be very useful for disabled computer users, and also envisage it being applied to other scenarios, such as controlling a mobile phone, being used as a “third hand” when playing an action-packed video game, or even operating in-car sat-nav. We’ll see the first Sensawaft devices go on sale later this year, costing around £60.


7. 4g iPhone

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KT, a company partnered with Apple to sell iPhones in South Korea, revealed its plans to begin selling the 4G iPhone as early as April. We can obviously expect the phone to include new radio hardware for connecting to 4G networks, and KT’s reports indicate the phone will feature a new dual-core CPU for a speed boost. The screen is to be switched from a standard LCD to an OLED model, which could mean a brighter picture and reduced power consumption. There could also be a front-mounted camera for video chat and a battery that’s finally removable by the end-user.


8. Lenovo IdeaPad U1

Lenovo IdeaPad U1
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Hybrid technology has come to computers but it doesn’t mean your laptop will now run on hydrogen.

Lenovo’s innovative ‘hybrid’ device is actually two gadgets in one — a notebook that looks much like a conventional laptop computer, except that it has a detachable screen, which doubles as its own separate tablet computer. Each part has its own processor and operating system, giving the one computer multi-functionality. They also synchronize to work as one machine with the base a hub and docking station and the tablet the mobile device. 3G wireless is built in. The U1 components each support more than five hours of 3G web browsing, 60 hours of 3G standby. It also has a video camera. The IdeaPad U1’s laptop and tablet modes each support more than five hours of 3G Web browsing and 60 hours of 3G standby. In addition, the U1 comes with integrated video camera and two stereo speakers with integrated microphone with echo cancellation make this the ideal PC for users who need flexibility but do not want to compromise features or functionality. The entire duo-purpose machine weighs in a 3.8 pounds and in the traditional notebook form  it has a 11.6 inch HD LED screen, with Windows 7.


9. Optimus Tactus Keyboard

Optimus Tactus Keyboard
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This is not your ordinary keyboard. The difference of the Optimus Tactus includes: no physical keys, has programmable keyboard surface, and can be switched from typing mode to video mode. Amazing, isn’t it?


10. Parrot AR Drone

Parrot AR Drone
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Augmented reality — in which real-world images are overlaid with useful data, information or rich content — is set to be one of the big success stories of 2010. Some experts even expect the technology to filter down to the world of video games, and that’s what Parrot’s drone was designed to showcase. The helicopter-style drone, powered by four small blades, floats lazily through the air. On board are two mini video cameras, which send images back to an iPhone, which is running a special app that transforms the device in to a remote control for the chopper, as well as a video game. By tilting the iPhone, players can change the direction of the quadricopter, while images beamed back from the chopper are overlaid with virtual pictures of monsters or aircraft zooming across the screen.

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