Luddite Article - Technology 2012

Here Sam Richardson takes a look at the top gadgets and technology being released in 2012. From the iPad3 to the LG Smartscan Mouse it looks like a great year for technology.

 Amazon Kindle Fire
 Already making waves in the US. The Kindle Fire is sure to push the Amazon e-reader even further into all of our morning commutes. With an Android operating system this is going to change the whole tablet market. With a projected price of just £125 I for one will definitely be purchasing Amazon’s newest treat to the market!
 Price: Around £140-£160 tbc
 This device, roughly the same size and shape of the Italian biscuit it is named after, plugs straight into your HDTV by a HDMI cable and uses Wi-Fi to enable you to talk to friends using your TV. With a built in microphone you can lie on the sofa and talk to Nan in Luton. It integrates with Google Talk so those without Biscotti can still talk through their computers.
 Price: Around £165 tbc
 iPad 3 & iPhone 5
 The latest of Apple’s tablets and phones is expected in the first half of the year. With it being Apple they are shrouded in mystery and we will not know anything about either until a week or so before their release! Expect them to be better than their predecessors in every way.
 Price: TBC
 LG Smartscan Mouse
 LG’s mouse has a built in scanner. Users simply click the button on the left hand side of the mouse, then swipe over the material to be scanner and voila whatever scanned can be saved in any format necessary. Text can be scanned into a Word document and edited. The device can scan page sizes up to A3- larger than many home or office scanners.
 Price: £100
 Toshiba No-Glasses 3DTV.
 Toshiba’s new wave of 3D television will create the illusion of depth without the need to wear special headache inducing glasses. It will be done by sending images of different perspective to the right eye and others to the left eye.
 Price: TBC
 Sony Cyber-Shot TX55
 At just 12.2mm slim, this camera proclaims t be the worlds thinnest. It can capture 16.2 megapixel still images and full HD video. The back panel has an 8.3cm touch-screen for showing off photos and clips. It also features 3D shooting capability.
 Price: £279.99
 Nest learning thermostat
 The world’s first intelligent thermostat learns the owners preferences after just a week of use. It has built in motion sensors that can detect when residents are home, automatically adjusting the temperature to the perfect level. A free smartphone app also allows the user to adjust the level remotely. How about turning the heating on when you’re on the train so that when you walk in it is the perfect temperature?
 Price: TBC
 Nintendo Wii U
 The Nintendo Wii’s successor looks set to be a powerful HD console, offering 1080p output and 3D support. The Wii U comes with a sort of small tablet as a new interesting controller- with all the usual buttons of a games console controller but with a touchscreen in the middle as well. The touchscreen can be used to control games or any other media you wish to play on your TV or the screen can actually be used itself to play the game on! Truly innovative gaming for all the family!
 Price: TBC

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