Joining just about every other publication on the planet, Time Magazine has announced its top gadgets of 2013 as part of its “Top 10 Everything” list.
Time’s lists rank everything from news stories and scientific discoveries to gadgets, entertainment, and tweets.
Two tablet makers, two smartphones, and one video game console made Time’s list, with the other half of the top 10 made up by an array of gadgetry from a watch to a smoke detector.
The top 10 gadgets according to Time Magazine for 2013 were as follows:
Launched during July 2013, the Google Chromecast offers wireless streaming of media content over a Wi-Fi network to any TV with an HDMI port.
2. iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina
The fifth generation iPad, dubbed “iPad Air” by Apple and its smaller sibling, the iPad Mini (now with a Retina display) played second fiddle to the Chromecast on Time’s ranking.
3. Oculus Rift
Just like the tablet PC, virtual reality is coming back in a big way. If the reports are to believed, the Oculus Rift is spearheading the resurgence with a $300 development kit aimed at game developers.
4. Pebble Smartwatch
Similar to Oculus Rift, the Pebble smartwatch is a 2012 Kickstarter success story that started shipping in 2013. In addition to telling time, Pebble connects to your smartphone and delivers notifications and other information to its e-paper face.
5. Apple iPhone 5s
The first smartphone on Time’s list, the latest iteration of Apple’s iPhone, comes in halfway down the chart.
6. Microsoft Xbox One
According to Time, the “next generation” video game console of 2013 is Microsoft’s Xbox One, which it says is “really a living-room PC.”
7. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire tablets are the last tablets to make it into Time’s charts. While they run a modified version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, the tablets are a portal to Amazon’s content and eschews Google’s ecosystem.
8. Nest Protect
Makers of the web-enabled touch-screen thermostat, Nest Labs, developed a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that doesn’t raise a high-pitched alarm. Instead, Nest Protect uses a female voice to announce the type of alarm and the location it was raised in.
9. Leap Motion Controller
Conjuring images of films such as Minority Report, the Leap Motion controller promises to bring gesture-based control for Mac and Windows PCs by connecting to a standard USB port.
10. Nokia Lumia 1020
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a Windows Phone device which the Finnish phone maker has equipped with its 41 Megapixel “PureView” camera.