Our favourite Gadgets Of 2012

Nintendo Wii U Demo

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Electronics and other gadgets permeate my life.Whether they came out this year or made themselves especially useful this year, here’s a list of my 12 favourites.

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title=”The iPad Mini”
content=”It’s smaller and just as functional as my stolen iPad 2, so I was happy to have it as my replacement tablet. It’s been a more than capable replacement and I look forward to hanging on to it for some years to come.”
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content=”I don’t have to worry about subway delays or getting my bike stolen anymore. I ride to work, fold my bike up, and take it right inside with me.”
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content=”Google’s making hardware, and the Nexus 4 proves itself to be a sturdy smartphone. We think it’s one of the best Android phones you can buy.”
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title=”PrintrBot Jr.”
content=”At $400, the PrintrBot Jr. is just about the most affordable 3D printer money can buy. We love what it means for educational institutions and tinkerers around the world.”
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content=”It’s not out yet, but the Pebble watch showed so much promise that is smashed Kickstarter records by raising over $10 million. People are putting their money where their mouths are, clamoring for a smart watch to pair with their smartphones.”
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title=”The updated Apple TV”
content=”I ditched cable years ago and I’m looking forward to double down on that move with an Apple TV. Give me Netflix and Hulu+. Give me the ability to wirelessly mirror my Macbook Air and iPad. I want it all.”
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title=”Raspberry Pi”
content=”It’s a $25 computer! It runs Linux and it’s perfect for hackers and kids who want to learn how to program. If you want one with improved components, it’ll cost you a whopping $35 instead.”
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title=”The Kindle Fire HD”
content=”Amazon’s updated tablet brings a host of new features to the table, not the least of which being that you can get 2 GB of LTE data per month for a year for only $50. We really like the sound of that.”
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title=”The Wii U”
content=”I got to spend some hands-on time with the Wii U earlier this year and loved it. It’s just plain unadulterated fun. And what else could you want out of a video game system?”
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title=”The Wicked Lasers lightsaber”
content=”Look at this thing. Look at it. Who wouldn’t want a lightsaber?”
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title=”Google’s self-driving cars”
content=”Currently legal in California and Nevada, Google’s self-driving cars have really captured my imagination. Imagine how much extra time you could have in a day if your car was driving for you. Catch up on work, study for a test. Hell, take a nap.

I look forward to the day that these become the norm.”
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title=”Roomba 790″
content=”I reviewed the Roomba earlier this year and loved it. I don’t want to clean my own house. I want a robot slave to do it for me, and I want it to do it several times a week at a preprogrammed time.”
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title=”Do you dig social gaming?”
content=”Click here to check out the highest-rated Facebook games of 2012 >
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