For those tired of looking at a phone for information, or seeing a lack of depth in a printer, there is help on the way. A list of the year’s releases include several revolutionary gadgets that could change the way people interact with one another. Here are four that are sure to turn heads and prompt questions.
1. LG Flexible Display Phone
A phone screen that bends to the touch would be noteworthy for a number of reasons. Besides saving power, it would enable users to look at sections of a screen and process necessary information. The screen would also be more durable than most on the market today. Checking messages while the phone is still in a user’s pocket (by bending the screen out) would be a logical progression. LG Electronics, with the help of LG Display (NYSE:LPL), has confirmed that it will have these phones on the market before the end of the year. There were rumors Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) might be involved, but LG hasn’t confirmed any clients.
2. Smart Glasses
The eye-level product from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) — Google Glass — has put the company on the defensive at times, but it’s surely to sell at a high level. The only problem is whether it will be widely available by the end of the year. If total tech shades fit the consumer’s bill, Recon’s (NASDAQ:RCON) Android-powered Jet glasses will be on shelves before the end of 2013. Notably, the Jet will cost around $500 and include an HD camera, microphone, and magnetometer.
3. Smart Watches
The third-generation Android watch by Sony (NYSE:SNE) is already out and being described as a companion to a handset, yet it would take bulky devices out of users’ hands and be directed via voice commands. The elegant design and lightweight features make it a major upgrade over traditional smartphone activities. The much-rumored “iWatch” by Apple is still nowhere to be found, but Samsung has an entry on the way this year as well.
4. 3D Printers
Printing solid objects is certainly a revolutionary concept, but stores are already selling models for around $1,300. The acquisition of MarkerBot by Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) signaled that the charge to mainstream 3D printing was already underway. Frightening stories of guns being made by 3D printers have been offset by more palatable creations, like toys and guitar bodies. Once they get below $1,000, they will be among the most coveted devices available. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is already offering support to developers in the industry, giving rise to the belief 3D printers will be more accessible soon.
Printing guitars and bending a phone’s screen in half without repercussions were unthinkable actions just a few years ago. But, if all goes according to these companies’ plans, those actions will be household activities before the end of 2013.
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