The New Year is a great time to look forward to all the technology that will be introduced in the coming year (as previewed by our team's recent 2013 CES coverage). We can always count on the big players to reveal something new along with more independent product designers. Here are the three new concepts that I'm most excited about for this year ahead. Polaroid Fotobar(shown above): I've always been a lover of Polaroid. There's something charming about the nostalgia around the brand. They're modernizing things a bit this year by creating retail shops they are calling Fotobars. The basic concept of the stores is to allow people to come in and print out digital photos that are on their phone.
The idea is to have people walk in and select photos from their phone whether they are on Instagram, the cameral roll, Facebook or other platforms. You then wirelessly send the photos to the printer and choose if you want to print photos out on paper or other materials including acrylic, wood or bamboo. Sounds like a perfect way to create some sentimental gifts.
Leap Motion: By now most of you have probably been one of the 7 million who have watched the Leap Motion video. Leap Motion is a controller that fits into the palm of your hand that allows you to control your computer by gesturing. It's similar to the Kinect but is supposed to be a lot more responsive.
Leap Motion can be connected to your laptop or computer and is compatible with both PCs and Macs. The first version will be shipping early this year. I'd love to try one out.
Dash7: Foxl is releasing a new portable speaker that is slim enough to fit in your pocket but packs the power of very high quality, Bluetooth speakers. The Dash7 comes with a case that allows you to angle it as needed; the sound isn't muffled if it's turned upright or sideways. At .75 inches tall, the Dash7 can be put under a tablet, which is great for people who love watching movies and shows on one but struggle with the quality of the speakers.
The Dash7 has extended-range wireless Bluetooth stereo and Aux-in, making it although a somewhat pricey but very high quality soundbar - can't wait to see how it performs.