The Top 10 Biggest Tech Releases of 2013
Keeping track of all the new tech gadgets that spring forth every year (or for that matter, every month) can be dizzying to keep up with. Some gadgets only show small improvements, and others step up to the plate. Here is a look back at the 10 biggest tech releases of 2013.
1. Xbox One
The new platform features gesture recognition, which is talking with your hands. Internet Explorer does this through Kinect. It also includes web navigation using Xbox One’s voice recognition. You can also use your standard Xbox controller and what’s more, you can connect a tablet or smartphone via Microsoft’s SmartGlass and use it as a full-keyboard controller.
2. Samsung Galaxy Gear
The South Korean tech giant introduced the new Galaxy Gear, a watch with a small, square touch screen that is capable of running apps, handling voice calls, sending text messages, taking pictures and shooting video. Since it is first generation, there were bound to be flaws. It only has support through the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and is not app friendly.
3. Sony PlayStation 4
Hard to believe it’s been 18 years since PlayStation started and yet it’s only in its fourth incarnation. The PS4 is considerably lighter than the PS3 (by 5 lbs) and smaller. Sony’s DualShock 4 Controller is considered by many to be the best the company has ever invented as it is more ergonomic and more comfortable. The touchpad is considered the best new addition, it’s intuitive, responsive and the gameplay potential is huge.
4. Google Glass
This product has yet to be released to the public, but it has created one of the biggest stirs in the tech world. At $1,500, it’s one of the most expensive gadgets, and was only sold to a select number of users. It connects to user’s smartphones and allows you to send messages, play music, shoot video, take pictures and make phone calls.
This service allows your messages to disappear in up to 10 seconds after being viewed. Although text messages can be sent, photos are the main thing made to vanish.
6. Apple TV
Apple is planning to add gaming content which would add backward compatible game support to its current generation TV. It will tap into the giant selection of game apps in the Apple store.
7. Chromecast TV
If you thought the puck-sized Apple TV device was small, the Chromecast device is about the size of a USB memory stick. This tiny device plugs into the spare HDMI socket. A display screen comes onto your TV screen and opens up its own Wi-Fi network. Connect that to your computer, phone or tablet and you’re ready to view YouTube, Netflix or other streaming services.
This is considered the best mobile operating system available. It has great improvements in security and a share sheet that is much more intuitive with the buttons everyone has come to know well.
9. iPhone 5
It’s smaller, thinner and faster with a higher resolution screen. Higher resolution means you can see more when you type and the colors are more vibrant.
10. Grand Theft Auto V
One of the biggest improvements over GTA IV is mission design. There’s no drive character X from A to B filler here. Each one feels unique. And each character has their own set of personal stats. This is the most personable GTA with a strong emphasis on the lead character’s psyches.
What was your favorite tech release of 2013?
– By Tim Alan