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Top 100 Best Tech Trends in 2012

From Underwater Dog Photography to Cellphone Plug Charms

— January 18, 2013 — Tech
The best tech trends of the year include everything from iPhone cases to the new iPhone itself. This year saw an improvement to the popular Apple phone, as well as fierce competition from Android.

Many products were also launched to support popular tech devices, including stands for tablets and cases for phones. The number of accessories for these tech gadgets increased greatly over the last year.

For those in the technology industry looking to delve deeper into demographics, Trend Hunter's Technology Trend Report is a great tool. Providing an in-depth analysis within this field, it'll answer your questions about what's coming up in the tech sector for 2013.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Corporate Phone Cases (SPONSORED)
Corporate Phone Cases (SPONSORED)
The Bondi Holder Promotes Your Brand Through Personalized Design
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99
Monstrous Storm Photography
Monstrous Storm Photography
'The Big Cloud: The Lovely Monster' Photo Series is Breathtaking
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98
Android-Operated Cycles (UPDATE)
Android-Operated Cycles (UPDATE)
The Shadow eBike 2.0 Contributes Thrust and Records Your Rides
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97
Sweet-Smelling Headphones
Sweet-Smelling Headphones
The 'Sound Like Chocolate' Headphones from Fu-Bi are a Treat
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96
Slick Sixth-Gen Smartphones
Slick Sixth-Gen Smartphones
This iPhone 6 Concept Features a Clean Button-Free Face
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95
Frosted Phone Covers
Frosted Phone Covers
Mr. Kate Shows How to Make Delicious-Looking Protectors
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94
Fake Hurricane Features
Fake Hurricane Features
The Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos are Trolling the Internet
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93
Vintage Oriental Artwork
Vintage Oriental Artwork
Don Hong-Oai Echoes the Traditional Asian Art
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92
Camera Selection Infographics
Camera Selection Infographics
The 'What Type of Camera Should I Get' Chart is Realistic
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91
Color-Changing Concert Boats
Color-Changing Concert Boats
The 'Allochroous' Yacht is Built for High-End Extravaganzas
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90
High-Endurance Tablet Protectors
High-Endurance Tablet Protectors
Griffin Technology Introduces a New Line of Hip iPad Cases
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89
Accordion-Like Smartphone Cases
Accordion-Like Smartphone Cases
The TidyTilt iPhone Protector is Packed with Functional Features
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88
Unreadable Luxury Watches
Unreadable Luxury Watches
Tag Heuer Mikrogirder Measures Time to the 1/2,000th of a Second
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87
Retro Canvas Cases
Retro Canvas Cases
The Love Energizer iPhone Cover is Old-School
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86
Canine Smartphone Covers
Canine Smartphone Covers
The iPUP Case & Card Holder is Cute and Convenient
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85
Dual-Firing Guns
Dual-Firing Guns
The AF2011-A1 Double Barrel Pistol by Arsenal Firearms is a One-Shot Kill
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84
Robotic Street Artistry
Robotic Street Artistry
Aditya Permadi Illustrates Androids with an Urban Stylistic Edge
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83
Storm-Locating Maps
Storm-Locating Maps
The Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map Helps to Prepare for This Natural Disaster
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82
Realistic Game Character Renderings
Realistic Game Character Renderings
Lili Ibrahim Gives Cartoony Figures Correct Anatomy
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81
Sparkling Gilded Headgear
Sparkling Gilded Headgear
Beats by Dre Swarovski Glamour Series Headphones is Not for the Subtle
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80
Reflective Eyeball Sculptures
Reflective Eyeball Sculptures
The Architect's Eye Installation Mirrors its Stunning Surroundings
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79
Slim Solar-Powered Smartphone Sleeves
Slim Solar-Powered Smartphone Sleeves
Keep Eco-Friendly With the EnerPlex iPhone Case
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78
Dream-Inspired Captures (UPDATE)
Dream-Inspired Captures (UPDATE)
The Martin Stranka Captures Blend Fantasy and Reality
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77
Latched Smartphone Covers
Latched Smartphone Covers
The Grat Leverage iPhone Case is Designed for Elegance and Protection
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76
Notification Phone Covers
Notification Phone Covers
The FLASHr iPhone Case Ensures You'll Never Miss a Call
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75
Repurposed Fridge Furnishings
Repurposed Fridge Furnishings
Van der Kooij Endless Collection is Robot-Made from Old Appliances
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74
Deep Sea Sand Sculptures
Deep Sea Sand Sculptures
Yoji Ookata Discovers Giant Underwater Crop Circles
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73
Pop Culture Mobile Icons
Pop Culture Mobile Icons
iOS Icons by Konstantin Datz Would Bring a Playful Punch to Computers
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72
Open Gadget Bands
Open Gadget Bands
The Nanolet by Curve Creative Holds its Form to Hug Your Wrist
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71
Hilarious Instagram Parodies
Hilarious Instagram Parodies
These Facebook x Instagram Filters Will Enhance Your Social Profile
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70
Solar System Chocolates
Solar System Chocolates
Japanese Chocolate Makers 'L'eclat' Create Out-of-This-World Treats
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69
Solar-Charging Cases
Solar-Charging Cases
Stay Eco-Friendly with the Monster Watts Hybrid Solar Case
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68
Pocket Monster Phone Protectors
Pocket Monster Phone Protectors
These Pokeball iPhone Cases Let You Show Your Nintendo Love
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67
Photoshopped Athletic Attacks
Photoshopped Athletic Attacks
The Shark Olympics Series is Dangerously Competitive
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66
Aluminum-Framed Phone Cases
Aluminum-Framed Phone Cases
The Esterism Embrace 4 Bumper Case Floats in its Shell
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65
Virtually Magnified Photos
Virtually Magnified Photos
The David Copithorne ‘3D Geometric Photography' Set Distort
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64
Menacing Mech Designs
Menacing Mech Designs
Markus Vogt Renders Badass Looking Robots & Machines
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63
Smartphone-Oriented Jewelry
Smartphone-Oriented Jewelry
The 'iPhone Wallet Necklace' Holds Cell Phones
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62
QR Coded Pavilions
QR Coded Pavilions
The Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibits Technology
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61
Social Media Sleepers
Social Media Sleepers
The FBed Concept is Inspired by the Facebook Logo
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60
Edible App Icons
Edible App Icons
Julian Burford Renders Food Favorites to Denote New Cuisine-Related Program
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59
H2O-Transporting Two-Wheelers
H2O-Transporting Two-Wheelers
Water on Wheels Brings the Life Liquid to Thirsty Towns
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58
Sky-Surfing Blimp Abodes
Sky-Surfing Blimp Abodes
The 'Wolke 7' Flying Home Sets Eyes High for Future Housing
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57
Instagram Storm Blogs
Instagram Storm Blogs
The Hurricane Sandy Instacane Website Posts As-It-Happens Photos
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56
Cinematic Video Game Posters
Cinematic Video Game Posters
Ron Guyatt Re-Imagines Xbox, PS3 & Nintendo Titles as Movies
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55
3D-Printed Wedges
3D-Printed Wedges
Hoon Chung Footwear Collection Offers Curvy & Cute Styles
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54
Eco Smartphone Protectors
Eco Smartphone Protectors
The Nite Ize BioCase Boasts an Environmentally-Friendly Chemical Makeup
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53
Floating Refuelling Rafts
Floating Refuelling Rafts
The S2S Project Makes it Possible to Live Light on the Earth's Oceans
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52
Storm Destruction Photography
Storm Destruction Photography
These Beginner Hurricane Sandy Photos Are Devastating
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51
Aerial Volcanic River Photography
Aerial Volcanic River Photography
The Andre Ermolaev Icelandic Volcano Pictures are Stunning
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50
Ductile Donut Docks
Ductile Donut Docks
The iLoop Smartphone Stand Surrounds Your Cell as a Secure Prop
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49
LED Safety Straps
LED Safety Straps
The Halo Belt Provides Fashionable Visibility in the Dark
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48
Pricey Superhero Graphics
Pricey Superhero Graphics
The 'Cost of Being Batman' Infographic Totals the Astronomical Number
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47
Vintage Gangster Lookbooks
Vintage Gangster Lookbooks
Mashkulture.net Collects Sharp and Classy Historical Mugshots
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46
Segway-Riding Sculptures
Segway-Riding Sculptures
Alexey Morosov Crafts Statues of Women Using the Odd Personal Transport
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45
Sinister Smartphone Shells
Sinister Smartphone Shells
The iPhone Skull Case is a Ghoulishly Great Halloween iPhone Case
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44
Mountain-Sized Monster Depictions
Mountain-Sized Monster Depictions
Nicolas Ferrand Renders Gigantic Creatures Terrorizing Citizens
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43
Painfully Pierced Watches
Painfully Pierced Watches
'iDermal' by Dave Hurban Uses a Lot of Bloody Effort to Strap on a Watch
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42
Textured Underwater Portraits
Textured Underwater Portraits
Fish Heads by Tim Tadder Captures Submerged Individuals
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41
Skater Smartphone Covers
Skater Smartphone Covers
The Skate Deck iPhone Case is Perfect for Tech-Savvy Boarders
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40
Luminescent Life-Replicating Prisms
Luminescent Life-Replicating Prisms
The 'rAndom International Future Self' Exhibit is Beautiful
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39
Comedic Canine Telecommunications
Comedic Canine Telecommunications
The 'Text From Dog' Tumblr Features Messages from Humorous Pet
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38
Retro Game Controller Cushions
Retro Game Controller Cushions
Felt Sew Good Churns Out Geeky Pillows for Nintendo Fans
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37
Cutting-Edge Compact Ovens
Cutting-Edge Compact Ovens
The Electrolux Cooik Practically Prepares Supper for You
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36
Sleek Smartphone Charger Cases
Sleek Smartphone Charger Cases
The JuiceTank Allows One to Plug Their Phone in Anywhere
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35
Segmented Cyborg Faces
Segmented Cyborg Faces
Billy Nunez Illustrates Stunning Androids with Detachable Visages
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34
Remixed Corporate Logos (UPDATE)
Remixed Corporate Logos (UPDATE)
Viktor Hertz Transforms Apple Inc.'s Emblem in Dozens of Ways
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33
Mathematics-Based Fashion
Mathematics-Based Fashion
Arena Page's Collection is Made Using 3D Modeling
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32
Personified Japanese Cartoons
Personified Japanese Cartoons
Anastasiya Shpagina Becomes a Real-Life Anime Doll in This Series
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31
Helicopter Bicycles
Helicopter Bicycles
The FBike Concept Allows Long Leaps to Avoid Traffic Congestions
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30
Controversially Untouched Olympic Photography
Controversially Untouched Olympic Photography
The Joe Klamar Olympic Photographs Cause Outrage
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29
Seriously Studded iPhone Covers
Seriously Studded iPhone Covers
The Felony Case Gives Your Phone a Sharp Look
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28
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Photographer Dennis Maitland Isn't Afraid of Heights
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27
Soapless Eco Clothes Cleaners
Soapless Eco Clothes Cleaners
The Orbit Washing Machine Lets You Do Laundry Anywhere
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26
Graphic Headphone Decals
Graphic Headphone Decals
The Beats by Dr. Dre Gelaskins Add Personality to Your Gear
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25
8-Bit Movie Cast Caricatures
8-Bit Movie Cast Caricatures
Ty Lettau Renders Star Wars Characters in Mega Man-Like Style
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24
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
The Instagram Socialmatic Camera is a Must-See Gadget
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23
Flying Baby Photography
Flying Baby Photography
Rachel Hulin Mysteriously Captures Little Henry in Mid-Air
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22
Modern Mechanized Furniture
Modern Mechanized Furniture
The Astrolab Dining Table Extends Via Remote Control
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21
Cellphone Plug Charms
Cellphone Plug Charms
The 'JasminTcreations' iPhone Earphone Plug Accessories are Adorable
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20
Wall-Mounted Slice Slots
Wall-Mounted Slice Slots
The Slim Toaster is a Space Age Solution to Reducing Countertop Clutter
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19
Concealed Compartment Phone Covers
Concealed Compartment Phone Covers
The iLID MK-1 iPhone Wallet Declutters Your Pants Pockets
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18
Touchscreen Bracelets
Touchscreen Bracelets
F. Bertrand's Watch the Future is Like a Wearable Smartphone
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17
Backwards Movie Ads
Backwards Movie Ads
The LG Home Theater 3D Sound Campaign Shows Every Side of Sound
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16
Storm Preparation Photography
Storm Preparation Photography
Prepare for Hurricane Sandy with New York Precautionary Measures
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15
Instagram Throw Pillows
Instagram Throw Pillows
'Stitchtagram' Creates Handmade Memories
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14
Accessorized Kitty Captures
Accessorized Kitty Captures
Snoopy the Cat Photos are Adorable and Addictive
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13
Interior Greenery Technology
Interior Greenery Technology
The E Home Concept Connects People with Nature Using Digital Tech
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12
Cartoon-Inspired Smartphone Covers
Cartoon-Inspired Smartphone Covers
The Koneko Store Etsy iPhone Cases are Adorable and Colorful
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11
Portable Solar Abodes
Portable Solar Abodes
This Design by Mehdi Hidari Badie is Well-Traveled
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10
Underwater Dog Photography
Underwater Dog Photography
Seth Casteel Captures Adorable and Frightening Pets Swimming
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9
Personalized Pop-Up Phone Protectors
Personalized Pop-Up Phone Protectors
The ‘Polchemy 3D Printed iPhone Case’ Stands Out
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8
Creativity-Charged Cafes
Creativity-Charged Cafes
BASE camp by Nest One is a Cutting-Edge Workspace
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7
Complete Camera Smartphone Concepts
Complete Camera Smartphone Concepts
The 'iPhone Pro' Turns Apple to High Quality Captures
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6
Glowing Sci-Fi Bicycles
Glowing Sci-Fi Bicycles
The WinCycle 001 Was Designed as Muscle-Powered Tron Transport
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5
Badass Scorpion Workstations
Badass Scorpion Workstations
The MWE Emperor 200 is Geeky with Attitude
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4
Transparent Digital Timepieces
Transparent Digital Timepieces
Tokyoflash Aeon LCD Watch Integrates a Fascinating Futuristic Face
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3
Rebellious Party Photography
Rebellious Party Photography
Daniel Schreiber Snaps Documentary-Like Photos of Rebellious Partying
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2
Colorblocked Assassin Attire
Colorblocked Assassin Attire
The Kenway Jacket Will Give You a Totally Lethal Look
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1
DIY Paper Speakers
DIY Paper Speakers
The Plywood iVictrola Design for iPhones is a Fun Project
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