I hate to say it, but there were no real “wow” things this year. What gear and gadgets caught my eye? These items:
• Lytro, a light-field camera. It takes every possible light angle, meaning that focus happens after the picture is taken. You’ll never have a blurry picture ever again, as everyone will always be in focus.
• Numerous services and apps vying to manage your media accounts — too numerous to mention all the names here, really. Pretty much everyone was talking about the cloud and trying to figure out the best way to use it.
• Swiss Army’s 2TB thumbnail drive (that’s a ton of space!) is super fast. And, of course, it has scissors and a little knife.
• The Origami folding stroller, complete with running lights, LEDs, and a charger for your phone. Push a button to open and close it automatically. It was actually very cool.
• Sphero, a motorized ball that you control with your phone. (I bet it’s great for making your pets crazy.)
• Safe Key lets you track your kids while they drive and see if/when they speed. It has a place to blow into to check your blood-alcohol level. If you fail, you can’t start the car.
• Autom, a robotic weight-loss coach that you can speak to/ with. It tells you what to eat and how much to exercise.
• AGloves, gloves that work well with touchscreens. They’re laced with silver particles, which are excellent conductants. I bought a pair, and they work great!
• The Power Bag, a backpack that can charge your phone.
• Biscotti, a videoconferencing camera that attaches to your TV. Very affordable at around $200. Great for talking to your kids at college — if they answer, that is....
More goodies, plus my thoughts on OLED TVs and the scores of headphones I saw, can be found in the iPad edition of this issue. Hmm, what should I review next...
Gary Dell'Abate is the executive producer of The Howard Stern Show. His best-selling autobiography, They Call Me Baba Booey, is out now in paperback. Further details at bababooey.com.
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