Microsoft Xbox One
While some markets have already got their hands on the Xbox One for some time now,
Our top picks of gadgets and technology for the coming year...
Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. Promising gamers the ability to choose the hardware that makes sense for them, they are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS; the steam machine truly has potential to be a game changer (no pun intended). For those of you not familiar with Steam - Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer, and communications platform developed by
While the Occulus rift is aimed at
Ubuntu Touch Phones
Using all four edges of the screen for a more immersive experience, Ubuntu uniquely gives handset OEMs and mobile operators the ability to converge phone, PC and thin client into a single enterprise superphone. Focusing on both high-end and entry-level phones, Ubuntu is expected to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions. Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and Manageability. It also has great potential in basic smartphones that are used for the phone, SMS, web and email, where Ubuntu easily outperforms competing platforms thanks to its native core apps and stylish presentation.
Scanadu Scout is a vital sign monitor that analyses, tracks, and trends your vitals - temperature, respiratory rate, oximetry, ECG, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and stress - in 10 seconds. Sounds too good to be true? Well it is and it works. Founded by
OnBeat Solar Headphones
This could very well be the hidden gem of 2014. It is also one of those "hmm... wonder why no one came up with that idea before?" kind of items. Interestingly, these breakthrough headsets feature a custom-molded polycrystalline silicon photovoltaics on the headband and side hinges that harvest the sun's energy to charge up two powerful batteries within the housing. A charging cable connected to the USB port on the right cup can be plugged into your smartphone or digital music player, topping up your device while you listen to some music. The headphones have enough of an active PV area to juice up the two 1,000 mAh Li-ion batteries in a good 12 hours of bright sunlight. As such, the headphones will doubtless spend much of their charging time connected to a wall port, with solar energy playing a supporting role while you're out and about. It is nevertheless a great idea with tremendous potential.
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