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There certainly hasn’t been a shortage of incredible yet-to-debut technology this year, and while we’ve already seen some great new gadgets, from the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the Galaxy S4 and much, much more, there’s even more to get excited about. That’s right; all of your favorite tech manufacturers are busy working to bring you the latest and greatest technology available. If you’re anxiously awaiting technology that will be available for Black Friday sales, or are waiting to see what hits the shelves in 2014, here are just some of the tech gadgets I’m excited to get my hands on.
The PS4 has just been announced as being made available two weeks before Black Friday sales, with a release date of November 15. While Sony has worked hard to improve the capabilities of its world-renowned console, there’s yet another great addition to the PS4 that won’t become available until early 2014. After the New Year, Sony will be announcing its cloud-based service, Gaikai, which will enable you and all of your PS4-sporting friends the ability to stream older games to your consoles and play until your thumbs fall off or you run out of Mountain Dew.
This is one of the most talked-about smartphone announcements, and Apple is swinging for the fences. While we haven’t been given the official names of the new devices, Apple is straying away from what Steve Jobs referred to as the perfect screen size, and transitioning into the realm of larger smartphones to combat the Samsung and HTC models that sport significantly larger screens than the traditional 3.5-inch iPhone 4S and 5 screens. This has yet to be verified by the smartphone manufacturer, but early announcements are saying Apple will launch two iPhones at the same time, offering a 4.7-inch display and an absolutely massive 5.7-inch display. Keep your eyes out for these; Apple may just make itself ultra-relevant again.
If you’re a diehard Microsoft fan, you’re probably well aware of the Xbox One’s debut. Scheduled to become available in retail stores in the US in November, our overseas friends will have to wait a bit longer, as Microsoft isn’t planning on releasing its newest console until the New Year in Asian markets. Luckily, if you are overseas, you’ll have plenty to read and catch up on so you’ll know the best games to get with the One. One of the coolest features of the One is its inclusion of Microsoft IllumiRoom, which takes your screenplay and expands it to your entire wall. Rather than seeing just what is on your screen, you’ll be able to see all of your surrounding areas, thanks to Microsoft’s screen-extending technology.
If you’ve kept up on tech news, you’re probably seen, or at the very least, heard of Google Glass. While it may seem like a piece of technology you can’t afford with its expected $1,500 price tag, don’t be surprised to see sales spike once Glass is made available to the public. From medical companies to the NFL, plenty of different industries are splurging to get their hands on Google Glass before you can buy it in stores. Now, if you aren’t too sure what Google Glass is, consider this. You put on your favorite pair of shades, and attach your smartphone at the hinge. By pressing a single button on your phone, you initiate voice commands that allow you to record videos, take pictures, share media on social media, search the web, and a bunch of other really tool technological things. Now, imagine your shades being able to do all of these things, only without your smartphone glued to your face. That is Google Glass.
Even a company with over $176 billion in assets can still surprise us, and that’s exactly what Apple is doing as it brings technology to us in a brand new fashion. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has said that the new fad in technology will be devices that we can wear, and he wasn’t kidding, as Apple is working around the clock to launch its iWatch in 2014. The wristwatch-esque device will perform some of the tasks we’re accustomed to on our iPads and iPhones, but we’ll see some new things like sleep analysis, possible fingerprint scanners, and other health-specific sensors. Nonetheless, the iWatch is going to blow our minds away, and I for one, cannot wait to strap on one my wrist and test it out.