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Geared Up

Presenting our annual Tech Special, starring smart TVs, cutting-edge audio and robots, robots, robots!

Author Adam K. Raymond


At this point in the evolution of the smartphone, it’s hard to get too excited about upgraded technical specs. More giga-thises? Amplified pixel-thats? It’s meaningless to the average consumer. That’s why Sony deserves credit for giving the Xperia Z one design feature that makes its powerful innards easy to overlook: water resistance. Forget the quad-core processor, 5-inch 1080p display and 13-megapixel camera—this phone can be dropped into the toilet, drenched in coffee or taken into the shower without missing a beat. Now that’s technological advancement. Not yet priced / www.sonymobile.com



Despite the technological leaps of the past century, many folks still find occasion to use pen and paper. Some even prefer it. For those straddling the divide between early adopter and Luddite, there’s the Boogie Board, a tablet that functions like an electronic notebook. The LCD display permits seamless note-taking or sketching, and is much more tree-friendly than legal pads. When the 9.7-inch screen is full, you can save the content locally or transfer it to a computer for safekeeping. Then you start over with a blank slate. Try doing that with a Post-it. Not yet priced / www.improvelectronics.com

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