As the year comes to a close, it's time to reflect on how I spent 2012—with my face buried in technology. This year introduced a brand new screen to my life, and as a new tablet bridged the gap between my nomadic smartphone and my powerhouse laptop, I dove headfirst into some new apps, subscriptions, services and games.
This was my first full year at Apartment Therapy and it went by in a flash. Literally. From photographing home tours, to writing about the latest in tech, and even writing posts over at the The Kitchn. It's no easy task, but an experience I've enjoyed immensely. And as an engineer, I often turn to technology to get me through the day. Here's My Tech Top 10 — a list of the essentials that got me through 2012.
Another year is coming to a close, and that means the Tech team here at Apartment Therapy will be sharing our ten favorite tech devices, services, apps, and accessories we use and love from the year 2012 once a day, for the next two weeks.
Just in case you're curious, here are my past picks from 2011 and 2010, with my current favorites below...
Hi, my name is Chris Gardner, and I'm a full-time blogger and editor in the areas of art, design, crafting, and home decor. I'm the editor-in-chief of Curbly.com, a DIY home decor website, and also run ManMade, a craft and design website from a man's perspective. I love toys as much as any guy, but I don't know a lot about tech and electronics. I like finding reliable, versatile digital tools that I can use to help design and build things in the physical world.
I was delighted to be asked by my favourite blog, Apartment Therapy Tech, to list my top ten gadgets I use and love. I've written about interiors and technology for a range of publications (including Grand Designs, Stuff, Wired UK, Woman & Home, Ideal Home, for Channel4 and the BBC, and on my blog, ACHICA Living), so I know how important it is for interior design and technology to complement each other. You can't create a comfortable and impressively functional home without good technology, right?
When it comes to power tools, new ones are released each year and the product cycle of power tools is very similar to tech and rightly so. Improved technology contributes to major changes in tool design. The number one consideration in a power tool (cordless) is the battery. Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized power tools and as they continue to get smaller and lighter the tools begin to evolve into extensions of your hand instead of brutish instruments.
Eric Nakamura wears many hats: publisher and co-founder of Giant Robot, longtime arbiter of art and culture, gallery/store/restaurant owner, and popular blogger reporting about the unique and unusual from Asia and America. Regularly on the forefront of art, design and pop culture, Eric's Tech Top 10 may surprise you with its mix of new and old...and nary a mention of any robotic companions.
Happy New Year! It was a notable year: I emerged from cell phone hibernation earlier in 2011 and started using a Windows Phone 7 device after 5+ years living without a cell. 2011 was also the year I jumped onto the blazing fast solid state drive bandwagon, cut our landline completely, got rid of cable TV, and made our home Airplay enabled in every room.
And what does 2012 have in store for me in the tech department? I'm finally upgrading from a 1st generation 720p HDTV to a beautifully razor thin 1080p model, hopefully switching to whatever Apple has in store for us with their upcoming MacBook Pro refresh (Retina display, Air-form factor?), and just maybe adding a few more camera lenses to my collection if budget allows...
Hello readers of Unplggd, my name is Eric Chen and I am a nomadic tech enthusiast, foodie and social media addict. I am current based in Chicago and will be going through my first midwest winter after coming from the mild climate of Southern California. Being on the road so often requires a good range of mobile gadget that is reliable and relevant. My tech top ten are all about being on the go and portability
Hi, I'm Jason Rodway. You might remember me from such posts as Long Distance Relationships: Version 2.0 and My Geek Chiq Wedding. Classic TV references aside, I'm fairly new to the Unplggd team and love all things mobile tech and enjoy nothing more than a long bus ride alone with my arsenal of gadgets. To say that one day I'd write about my biggest passion is literally a dream come true.