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The year 2013 is also a landmark for many exciting and quirky new gadgets to be released. We list some of our favourites here

HIROKO FOLD

RELEASE DATE: Orders for production starting mid-2013
PRICE: Rs. 9.5 lakhs
DESCRIPTION: An electric car that can fold when parked to reduce its size

 

FEATURES:
1. Lithium-ion battery that runs up to 120 kilometres
2. Two seater
3. No doors, front windshield is entrance and exit
4. Folds from 100 inches to 60 inches when parked
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: This car will revolutionise travel in cities. Three Hirokos can be parked in the space of one normal car, so the Hiroko can potentially eradicate the struggle to find parking space.

SONY AND PANASONIC 4K OLED TV

RELEASE DATE: End of year
PRICE: TBA
DESCRIPTION: Sony and Panasonic have been developing a television set that will combine the two best technologies in the world in one set.

 

FEATURES:
1. The world’s first televisions that combine 4K and OLED technologies
2. 56-inch screen
3. 4K/Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: These will probably be the best televisions the world has ever seen in terms of display quality.

CUBEX

RELEASE DATE: India release TBA
PRICE: Rs. 1.4 lakhs (expected starting price)
DESCRIPTION: 3D printers have been around for a few years but the CubeX has now made it possible to pick up one for personal home use.
FEATURES:
1. Largest printable size at 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5” (1,070 cubic inches)
2. Can print in 3 colours
3. Prints can be made with compostable PLA and recyclable ABS plastics
4. Can print in resolution of up to 125 microns
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: The CubeX 3D printer is the best in its class which is set at a reasonable price for personal use. Using the additive printing method, this 3D printer will allow you to design and print out your own unique products on your table.

KINGSTON DATATRAVELER HYPERX PREDATOR 3.0

RELEASE DATE: Mid 2013
PRICE: Rs. 1,86,000 (expected)
DESCRIPTION: At one terabyte of storage space, this will be the world’s largest capacity pen drive

 

FEATURES:
1. USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 enabled
2. Read speed of 240Mb/s and write speed of 160Mb/s
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: This will be the largest capacity pen drive available in the world. There will be no more need to use cloud storage since you will carry all the data you need in your pocket.

LEAP MOTION CONTROLLER

RELEASE DATE: May
PRICE: Rs. 4,400
DESCRIPTION: A motion control device which connects to your computer via USB and uses cameras to detect motion by which you can control functions on your computer

 

FEATURES:
1. Equipped with two cameras and three infrared LEDs
2. Tracks fingers, or other items, in a 1 metre hemispherical distance
3. Enabled to perform functions like navigating a website, pinching to zoom in on maps, creating high precision drawings and manipulating complex 3D data visualisations.
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: This new technology will allow you to perform functions on your computer using just your hand gestures. The technology has been adapted to serve basic functioning on a computer thus making it highly practical.

STICKNFIND

RELEASE DATE: Mid 2013
PRICE: Rs. 1,300 (expected)
DESCRIPTION: A small sticker which is synced up with an app on your cell phone to help you find lost things
FEATURES:
1. 4 mm sticker
2. Bluetooth range till 150 feet
3. App with radar to locate area of sticker
4. Battery life up to 1 year on 30 minute usage a day. Replaceable watch battery
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: StickNFind will make it easy to find everything that you are prone to lose. The app will also have additional features such as a Virtual Leash which will tell you if your child has wandered more than an assigned distance from you while playing in a park.

HAPIFORK

RELEASE DATE: Mid 2013
PRICE: Rs. 5,000 (expected)
DESCRIPTION: An electronic eating utensil which monitors your eating habits to provide you health benefits
FEATURES:
1. Records speed of eating
2. Provides LED and gentle vibrations to make you aware if you are eating to swiftly
3. Updates information to cloud account to monitor health over time
HOW IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE: HAPIfork will be available in detachable fork and spoon variants which will monitor eating speed to reduce the likelihood of obesity and help with the digestion process.

 

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