2012 has brought us some wild designs from both big-name brands and niche corners of the gadget and appliance market. Here are the six sleekest, most well-designed new pieces of tech we've seen this year, so get ready to drool, and keep your wallet handy!
1. Samsung T27B750 HD Monitor
High-definition displays have come a long way in the relatively short time since they gained widespread appeal. Still, most HD displays look remarkably similar, and there is very little variety in terms of design, aside from varying screen sizes. Samsung is looking to shake things up a bit with the T27B750, a 27-inch display — which can be used as a computer monitor, HDTV, or both — with a design you've likely never seen before.
By placing the main support arm on the side of the unit, the weight of the display can be spread beneath the screen itself, rather than requiring a bulky stand that dominates your TV stand or desk. It also supports wireless display technology, as well as a host of built-in media functionality putting it on-par with the best Smart TVs on the market.
2. Nike+ Training TR1+ Lunar Footwear
Price: $220 to $235
Fitness gadgets aren't exactly hard to find these days — ranging from heart rate monitors that keep you in tune with your biology to bracelets like the Nike+ Fuelband that track every move you make, 24 hours a day. Nike is one of the leaders in this space, and the company's new Lunar TR1+ footwear may be the smartest, most workout-friendly shoes on the planet.
The TR1+'s come equipped with sensors and bluetooth functionality that speaks directly with your iPhone, and the free companion app provides realtime feedback and helps you tune your workout to get the most out of your training. The built-in sensors track how far you run, how high you jump, and a plethora of other metrics so you can tweak your performance accordingly.
3. Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse
When it comes to PC gaming accessories, no piece of equipment is more important than the mouse. Because of this, there are dozens of options for those looking to find the perfect fit. Razer's new Ouroboros mouse may essentially render those options obsolete, as you can tweak just about every aspect of the unit to fit your exact specifications.
With adjustable length, width, and back arch options, the mouse can be formed to match anyone's hand. The Ouroboros can even be converted from left-handed to right-handed mode, making it a truly universal piece of hardware. It also happens to look extremely cool, so that's a plus.
4. A2B Velociti Electric Bike
E-bikes lie somewhere between traditional city bikes and electric mopeds. With battery-assisted pedaling systems, they allow for speedy jaunts about town, but many e-bikes are bulky, unattractive behemoths that simply make their riders look silly as they cruise about. The A2B Velociti manages to include all the benefits of power-assisted biking while remaining sleek and tasteful.
With a range of 20 miles, a maximum speed of 20mph, and a relatively short 3.5-hour recharge time, the A2B is the perfect marriage of classic two-wheel transportation and the power-assisted future we're all headed towards.
5. Philips Fidelio SoundSphere Mini Wireless Speaker System
If you're looking for a pair of powerful, stylish speakers for your home or office, you can't go wrong with the sleek, futuristic look of the Fidelio SoundSphere duo from Philips. Designed to provide big sound in a small space, the SoundSphere's tubular design hides all the hardware while projecting your music or other audio out towards the ceiling. A separate tweeter on each speaker hangs over the main tube, providing crisp sound with a minimum of distortion. Best of all, the SoundSphere system features a built-in iPhone dock, and can also be used with your PC via USB cable.
6. LG LFX31945ST Door-in-Door Refrigerator
French door refrigerators are great, but do you ever get the feeling like they could use yet another door? LG feels that way, which is why the company introduced new door-in-door fridge technology. Featured on the LFX31945ST model, the added outer door lets you peruse the drinks and condiments you normally store in such places without opening the main fridge compartment and letting out all the cool air built up within. The design effectively turns the door into its own separate refrigeration compartment, while still giving you plenty of interior space once both main doors are open.
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