Popular Gadgets and Gizmos for 2010

Over the next year a whole host of brand new gadgets and exciting gizmos will arrive. Some will attempt to enhance our lives, whilst others will just want to keep us entertained, but all will interest and stimulate those who are interested in the latest technology. With that in mind, read on if you want to find out what is going to be big in the gadget world during 2010.

Power Mats
Most people will now be familiar with wireless internet connectivity and wireless peripheral tethering with Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth coming integrated into many mobile phones and laptops. But wireless electricity transfer is a very different advance altogether. Power Mats are just one of the several new branded devices that are offering people the ability to recharge their battery-powered devices without the need for tons of different plugs and physical connection. At the moment devices like the iPhone, Nintendo DS and BlackBerry smartphones are supported, though you will need to equip them with a dedicated Power Mat receiver sleeve. You will also need the Power Mat itself, which can sit on any flat surface and charges devices fitted with compatible receivers whenever they are placed onto it. This uses inductive charging, which makes the system completely safe to touch and place non-electronic items on without fear of shock.

Pico Projectors
A decade ago it would have been incredible to display a mobile phone with a built-in digital camera, but now even the cheapest phones have them. In 2020 it is likely that most mobiles will also feature a built-in projector, capable of displaying video in a large format. Various companies are working on pico projector technology and some claim that the first mobile phones featuring integrated projection will appear in 2010. The portable entertainment and presentation possibilities this will create are impressive.

iPhone 4G
Expected to be released at some point in June 2010, the next generation of the iPhone will introduce even more power and versatility than its forebears. Rumours suggest that it will have an OLED screen, a 5 megapixel camera and even a touch sensitive case similar to Apple`s Magic Mouse technology for gesture inputs. Whatever happens, the whole of the mobile manufacturing industry will be looking to the iPhone 4G to see which trends it will create next.

Project Natal
Microsoft`s Xbox 360 is getting a brand new hybrid motion and video capture accessory this year, which has been undergoing development with the Project Natal moniker. It will allow for unprecedented immersion in rich gaming worlds and should rival the Wii in terms of how much physical energy you will need to expend when playing a game.

2010 should also be a good year for accessories, which piggyback on existing gadgets to make their mark. Expect the availability of the next generation in mobile networking technology, referred to as both 4G and LTE, to result in many mobile internet dongles with high speed connectivity to hit the market. Choosing between these and other accessories and gadgets can be difficult and to get the best deal price comparison is always advisable.

Choosing Wireless Computer Speakers

Fundamentally, wireless computer speakers operate in the same way as all loudspeakers; an electronic audio signal is translated, by a process involving magnetism and electromagnetism, into the physical vibration of the loudspeaker cone, reproducing audible sound. The difference between wireless and wired speakers, of course, is that wireless speakers are not constrained by any form of physical connection to the source of the sound. Instead, a transmitter connected to your computer – often, nowadays, by USB (“Universal Serial Bus”) – provides a wireless link to the speakers, which can, therefore, be positioned to your liking around your listening space.

Wireless Computer Speaker Features, Benefits & Considerations
One of the great advantages of wireless computer speakers is that they can be truly “wireless” – unlike wireless home cinema speakers, which typically require mains power – operating on standard, alkaline AA, or AA, disposable batteries, or rechargeable batteries. This means that they can be positioned around your desktop, or throughout your home office, and beyond, without the need to be near a mains power outlet, and without trailing wires.

Wireless computer speakers are also available in a number of different configurations to suit specific applications. A so-called 2.1 channel wireless speaker system is capable of reproducing two main sound channels, plus an LFE (“Low Frequency Effects”) sub-channel, and therefore comprises two loudspeakers, plus a specialised loudspeaker, known as a subwoofer. Cables Unlimited Wireless Speakers, for example, are “two way” speakers, capable of operation on disposable or rechargeable batteries, and offering arrange of up to 150`. A 2.1 channel configuration is fine for everyday music, video clips, gaming, etc., but for a lifelike, immersive, listening experience, you may also like to consider a 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 channel configuration. These configurations – provided, of course, that they are supported by the sound card in your computer – add extra satellite speakers, which can be positioned to the rear, and sides, of the listening position, so that sound emanates from a full 360┬░. Creative GigaWorks G550W Speakers, for example, offer 36 Watts RMS per channel, on each of 5 main sound channels, and a 130 Watts RMS subwoofer.

Wireless speakers are available in a number of slightly different forms, utilising RF (“Radio Frequency”), WiFi, or Bluetooth┬« technologies for “through the air” transmissions. These transmissions are typically in the 900MHz, or 2.4GHz, frequency bands of the radio spectrum, and may therefore be susceptible to other domestic devices, such as microwave ovens, cordless telephones, etc.. You may therefore need to give due consideration to any of these devices – and, indeed, any other 802.11 wireless devices – that you may already have in your home.