Do you love the gadgets you own? Sorry, all of them will be obsolete in a few months as companies churn out their latest devices towards the end of the year. Here are a few that you should keep an eye on.
Canon EOS-1D C
Shooting in 1080p will be a thing of the past by the end of this year as more 4k cameras launch in the market. Cameras with 4k resolution will shoot videos at 4096 x 3072, four times more than the current HD resolution. The pricing of these cameras are however unaffordable for the common man, with Canon’s upcoming EOS-1D C priced at an exorbitant $15,000! Though it might be a lot now, the prices are expected to drop to levels that will be affordable for the common man by early 2014. If you’re an early adopter and work on videos, this is a camera you shouldn’t miss. The high resolution means that it can be used to shoot full-fledged movies which can be shown even in the biggest of screens. YouTube already supports this resolution, provided you have a computer that can output such a high-resolution video without screeching to a halt. Canon will be competing against the US-based Red Digital Cinema’s RED One and Scarlet X cameras, which already shoot at 4K and even 5K resolutions. RED has been the leader when it comes to digital video recording in the industry and Canon seems to be the only company that stands a chance of rivalling them as of now.
Release date: Late 2012
Nintendo will be the first one to launch a next-generation console this year when they release Wii U. With Wii U, Nintendo is trying to get hardcore gamers interested in the console again, as it promises better graphics and a controller which is not entirely reliant on motion-based controls. The new controller has traditional dual-analogue sticks and buttons on the side of a touch-screen controller which will serve as a secondary screen. Gamers can also use this screen to control action and also to play the game in case the TV is being used for something else. In short, you don’t need to fight for control of the TV. They have also demoed an alternative gamepad that looks similar to the Xbox 360 controller. The biggest worry, however, is the pricing, with rumours that the touchscreen controller will cost around $100. To make things worse, Nintendo hasn’t announced if the touch-screen controller will bundle with the game or not.
Release date: November
Google Glasses – Explorer Edition
Google has been taking more risks in the past year than they did in the last decade. Following the success of Nexus line of phones, Google released Nexus 7 tablet, which has been declared a hit, with stocks running out in days. Their most innovative project is Google Glasses, which aims to bring wearable computing out of science fiction. Glasses is a small heads-up display which can be fixed to regular glasses and will provide real-time information. You can interact with the elements on the small screen by looking at the items or with voice. At recent Google I/O, Sergey Brin wooed the audience by letting a group of sky-divers wear Glasses as they jumped down to the venue. A few other companies such as Sony announced their plans to work on wearable computing. A prototype version of the device can be pre-ordered and will be available in early 2013.
iPhone 5 /iPad mini
The most popular phone and tablet and expected to get a new look. Apple is rumoured to be working on a smaller iPad to counter the success of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. The 7.8-inch tablet will pack a punch in terms of processing power and battery life, but may not have retina display found in the newer line of iPads. iPhone 5 is expected to be a faster phone with a major design overhaul.
Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market will be a hit going by the initial coverage they received. Rumours that the tablet will be priced at $1,000 have dampened the spirit of even hardcore Microsoft fanbois. The tablet will launch at the same time as Windows 8 OS and will be available in two variants — one running a full-blown Windows 8 OS and the other running only the metro portion. The device has got rave reviews for build quality and attention to detail. Factors such as battery life are still unknown. The tablets will ship with a cover which will not only protect from scratches, but also double as a keyboard.
Release date: October