As 2013 has come to an end, it’s a great opportunity to take a look at some of the top tech innovations from the past year—and there were plenty. Developed by Google, the Chromecast is a form of magic employed by the lazy. It’s a tiny dongle that sells for $ 35 that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and wirelessly connects to most devices. Chromecast is compatible with most mobile devices, so you never have to look for the remote again. The nifty device allows you to become one with your couch while you stream the Internet, browse media and control playback.
Apple’s iPad mini is a $ 399 illegitimate lovechild of the iPhone and iPad. This tablet sends stuff to Chromecast, lets users play games and plays and records videos. One of the most intriguing and pricy innovations of 2013 was Google Glass, a $ 1500 Android computer attached to your head. Of course, if this doesn’t get you laid—nothing will. Google Glass takes discrete pictures, gives directions, translates languages and further isolates you from others.
2013 also saw the launch of next generation console gaming with the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PS4 is a gaming console produced by Sony that focuses primarily on gamer experience. Not only are HiFi graphics the new standard, but it allows games to be pushed to PS Vita. The Xbox One is Microsoft’s entertainment system and gaming console—and it really listens…like all of the time.
Men and women see video gaming consoles quite differently for the most part. Women generally tend to see gaming consoles as never-ending threats to their relationships. What’s worse for women is that unlike men, consoles actually learn users’ likes and dislikes. Men, on the other hand, believe consoles actually care about their needs. It also doesn’t hurt that consoles are always turned on and ready to go. Video games also provide men something to do on their long, boring dates with their girlfriends.
The PaperTab was another very cool 2013 tech innovation. It’s a flexible e-ink touch tablet that responds and feels like paper, and it allows users to interact with multiple flexible “Tabs” like they would with stacks of papers. The HAPIfork is a vibrating electronic fork that vibrates if you eat too quickly. Why have self-control when your fork can take over it for you?
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