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The 12 gadgets that will shape the year – the very best of CES 2013

By Stefano on January 14th, 2013

So CES, the world’s biggest consumer electronics show, has been and gone for another year. And what a blast it was too. In some respects it was the most interesting show in a while, largely because it saw a lot of new emerging technologies from smart watches through to high-end 4k TV sets.

Along with our pals at Tech Digest we have gone through the hundreds, make that thousands, of products and picked 12 that we think will be then ones that will shape 2013.

I don’t think any will have the impact of say the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle or even Samsung’s early 3D TV sets, but they provide a template which a number of makers will take and refine to deliver the iconic gadgets of the future.

Without further ado then – here is our top twelve.

1 Pebble Smartwatches

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So are Apple about to launch an iWatch that connects to a phone and lets you know when you get new messages etc? Well maybe, but some critics are suggesting that Pebble might have already stolen their thunder. The talk of CES, even though the brand wasn't officially at the show, this watch is all about the apps. It connects via Bluetooth to iPhone OS or Android devices and offers Facebook/Twitter updates etc. But the watches real strength is in the growing number of apps for its owners to download. Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data, while runners get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. It goes on sale soon and can be shipped to the UK. Expect tp pay around £130-150 top own one.




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