There’s no doubt that a game console, a laptop, a media player, a tablet or a mobile phone can inspire a serious case of tech lust. So what did the coolest gadgets of 2009 look like? Here’s a list of the 10 coolest and sexiest gadgets that hit the world this year– and in no particular order.
Open Air Home Screen
Here’s a blow-up toy that you won’t mind leaving out for all to see. Open Air’s inflatable theater screen measures a hearty 16×9 feet. If that doesn’t leave room for lounging, 12-foot and 9-foot sizes are also available. Don’t worry about damaging those atrophied lungs trying to inflate it either; this unit includes a blower fan for fast setup. Better still, once the weather gets warm enough, you can drag the thing out to the yard to establish an instant home base free of screaming babies or testy girlfriends wherever you need it. Price starts at $449. [via OpenAirCinema]
HP Envy Luxury Laptop
If 2008 was the year of the netbooks, 2009 was the year of the luxury laptops. After a flurry of tiny, basic notebooks rushed out the year before, manufacturers like Dell, HP and others kicked out sexy, top-of-the-line computing powerhouses. The HP Envy Luxury Laptop is a prime example, featuring an Intel Core i-7 processor, a Blu Ray player, 1080p playback and a premium ATI Radeon graphics processor.
Dell Adamo XPS
Dell made waves this year by introducing one of the first luxury PC laptops in the Adamo by Dell. The second iteration, the Dell Adamo XPS hit later this year and has driven new demand in luxury mobile computing. The Dell Adamo XPS slides onto your desk at under an inch thick, weighing only 3.2 pounds with the standard battery. The design of the Adamo XPS continues the cool aluminum style of the original Adamo, but adds a gravity-defying fold-out form factor.
Dell Adamo XPS is powered by a 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor with 4GB of RAM and a 128 solid state storage drive. For $1,799, you’re getting a lot more luxury than you are performance, as an equivalent processor and RAM combo can be had in the $500 range.
Amazon Kindle DX
In 2009, Amazon released the king of all e-book readers, the Amazon Kindle DX. While it may not bring new, functionality to the format, it does have one leg up over the competition – size. Compared to the standard Kindle 2’s 6″ screen, the Amazon Kindle DX measures a 9.7″ screen. The Kindle DX can store 3,500 books, periodicals and documents, boast sixteen shades of gray for clear text and sharp images, allows instant downloads of new books on a free 3G network and a long, multi-day battery life.
The Zune HD Portable Media Player
The MS’s Zune HD Portable Media Player was a huge upgrade over its prior model and a genuine challenge to the iPod Touch. It’s not the tech specs that had us salivating, it was the design. This brushed-steel beauty is downright sexy, a sleekly-styled PMP with a flashy OS to boot. Sadly, the Zune HD is likely doomed to failure, as the lack of a serious app market and third party developer support will have buyers thinking iPod instead.
The JooJoo Tablet
The JooJoo Tablet is a light-weight tablet with a 12.1-inch touchscreen and a total weight of only 2.4 pounds. This tablet was designed as a bridge product between the smartphone and the netbook, a visual/tactile interface with the wireless world. The JooJoo features a 12.1-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, 4GB SSD, USB 2.0, audio/headphone jacks and Bluetooth. JooJoo’s operating system is a custom build by Fusion Garage, capable of web browsing, web services and apps that add functionality to JooJoo’s core offering. In spite of its legal baggage, JooJoo is currently pre-selling, planning to ship its first units in early 2010 and will be priced at $500 per unit.
The Motorola Droid
2010 will be the Year of the Android. Just take a look at what Google’s mobile OS accomplished in the last year. What started with the T-Mobile G1 evolved into the Motorola Droid by year’s end. The Motorola Droid is one of the best iterations of Android yet, a truly complete device paired with the latest and most powerful version of the OS. It features a Cortex A8 processor that maxes at 600 MHz, a 3.7-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, a microSD slot with a 16 GB card, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 and etc. But you can only get this one from its contractually-tied carrier (Verizon, in this case). However, all will be changed when Google releases the Nexus One.
Apple Magic Mouse
Apple is well-known for extensive functionality in its mouses. No second button, no scroll wheel – no more. The Apple Magic Mouse brings multi-touch tactile control to the virtual desktop, allowing easy operation of applications. This mouse allows its users the typical functionality of a third party mouse, like scrolling and right clicking, but adds gesture sensitivity that allows for side scrolling, page turning and more. Beyond the cool case, the Apple Magic Mouse catches up with and surpasses the PC world, giving Mac users yet another reason to rejoice.
Hasselblad H4D Digital Camera
Hasselblad have launched the new H4D medium format camera series, featuring revolutionary True Focus technology. The Hasselblad H4D Digital Camera boasts 60MP capable of capturing more photographic detail than you could imagine. If that numeric spec didn’t impress you, the price probably will. If you want to get yourself a Hasselblad H4D digital camera, that’ll run you $42,500. For that kind of money, you could alternatively buy a brand new 2011 Mustang V8 500hp (or maybe must add some thousands dollars.)
Nintendo Wii Supreme
And last but not the least. Goldstriker International have turned their gold dipping attentions to Nintendo’s Wii to produce the world’s most expensive gaming console: Nintendo Wii Supreme. The extravagant creation is once again the work of Stuart Hughes. While his latest work – the iPhone 3GS Supreme – was ten months in the making, he has managed to dunk a Wii in gold and slap on a few diamonds for buttons in just six months.
That’s easy to say, but we can see how it might be time consuming to coat the console in over 2,500 grams of 22ct gold and affix 78 x 0.25ct diamonds, which total 19.5ct, to the front buttons. It doesn’t appear that the gold plating extends to the Wii-mote – which is probably just as well since a flying Wii-mote is bad enough, let alone one with the extra weight of gold plating.
Stuart Hughes will only be producing a limited edition of three gold plated Wii Supreme consoles, each at the impossible to pass up price of GBP 299,995 (approx. $482.000 USD).
So, what is your favourite the coolest gadget of 2009? We fully understand that this list is incomplete, and if you know a product that has been hitting this year and could replace one of these gadgets, so let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear your opinion!