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Top 100 Computer Trends of 2012

From Universal Power Stations to Pop Culture Mobile Icons

— January 17, 2013 — Tech
In this age, a computer is not just a tool for work or fun, it's pretty much an extra limb -- this is truly reflected in the computer trends of 2012.

This past year was the year of digital dedication, as people pledged allegiance to the Internet by treating their computers like pets. Examples of this are seen in pieces such as the Optimus Popularis, which is an extremely customizable keyboard that lets you create your own button symbols and arrange them as you please. Even fashion blogs got in on the techadence, as seen in the DIY laptop case by blogger iSpyDIY.

The tech industry also saw tons of computers created with smartphone use in mind, such as the self-explanitory All-in-One power station allowing you to charge multiple phones, tablets and your laptop at once.

To find out what these microtrends mean for your business, check out our Computer Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Web Service Comeback Charts
Web Service Comeback Charts
'The Browser You Loved to Hate' Shows Internet Explorer's Revival
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99
Voice Command Time Pieces
Voice Command Time Pieces
The Martian Watch Connects Your Smartphones with Your Voice
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98
Multi-Platform Transfer Rods
Multi-Platform Transfer Rods
Wormhole Station Can Share Files Between Different Tech Devices
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97
Tablet Mockery Apps
Tablet Mockery Apps
The Primary Coffee Company HotPad App Disses iPad Overheating Issue
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96
USB Super Computers
USB Super Computers
FXI 'Cotton Candy' is the Smallest Ever PC Device
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95
Memory Capsules
Memory Capsules
Milestones: Memory Capsules Makes Uploading Photos Emotional
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94
Low-Tech Tablet Holders
Low-Tech Tablet Holders
The Smarter Stand Props Up the iPad Using Two Clips
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93
Tech Travel Graphs
Tech Travel Graphs
The 'How Technology is Changing World Travel' Infograph is Surprising
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92
Virtual Display Headsets
Virtual Display Headsets
The 'Golden-i Headset' is Unveiled at CES 2012
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91
Landscape-Inspired DJ Boxes
Landscape-Inspired DJ Boxes
Soundscape is an Interactive Surface That Lets Users 'Touch' the Music
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90
Boomer Social Media Infographics
Boomer Social Media Infographics
The 'Parental Discretion Advised' Infographic is Surprising
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89
Multi-Screen Tablets
Multi-Screen Tablets
The Claudia Copersito Wallet is an All-in-One Device
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88
Online Interaction Stats
Online Interaction Stats
The 'Awkward Social Media' Infographic is Alarming
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87
Classy Convertible Laptops
Classy Convertible Laptops
Lenovo's 'IdeaPad Yoga' Tablet is Unveiled at CES 2012
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86
Comic Creature Tech Accessories
Comic Creature Tech Accessories
'iSkin' Happy Friends Collection Displays Whimsical Monsters
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85
Vintage Gaming Adapters
Vintage Gaming Adapters
The Retrode Lets You Play SNES and Sega Genesis Games on Your Computer
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84
Compact Mobile Computers
Compact Mobile Computers
The TPM VIPNI Smartphone Offers PC Capabilities in the Palm of Your Hand
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83
Abstract Barcode Paintings
Abstract Barcode Paintings
The Kyle Trowbrdige Politics of Time Exhibit is Inspired by QR Patterns
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82
Colorful Data Card Mugs
Colorful Data Card Mugs
The Coffee Cup Card Reader is Designed for Kitchen Computers
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81
Gaming Animation Comparisons
Gaming Animation Comparisons
HTML5 vs Flash Games Breaks Down The Two Formats
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80
Country Club Tablet Covers
Country Club Tablet Covers
‘Computerwear' Turns an iPad into a Gentleman
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79
Anticipated Phone Graphics
Anticipated Phone Graphics
The 'New iPhone 5 Final Rumours Roundup' Infographic is Discerning
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78
Hilarious Internet Username Blogs
Hilarious Internet Username Blogs
The 'Yr Wifi Tumblr' Features Creative Wireless Networks
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77
Hybrid Computer Gamepads
Hybrid Computer Gamepads
Chameleon X-1 Assassin's Creed Mouse Has a Slick New Look
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76
Atomic Bomb Mapping Apps
Atomic Bomb Mapping Apps
Nukemap Displays the Potential Damage of Nuclear Weapons on Major Cities
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75
Cubed Computer Chargers
Cubed Computer Chargers
OneLessDrop Power Cord Anchor Holds Apple Chargers with Ease
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74
Social Media Comparison Charts
Social Media Comparison Charts
The 'Facebook IPO: Can it Beat Google?' Infographic is Informative
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73
Personal Privacy USBs
Personal Privacy USBs
The SurfEasy USB Key Offers Ultimate Privacy While Surfing Online
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72
Extremely Customizable Peripherals
Extremely Customizable Peripherals
Optimus Popularis Keyboard is Like a Million Keyboards in One
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71
Creativity-Enhancing iPad Apps
Creativity-Enhancing iPad Apps
MoMA Art Lab is Designed to Help Children Be More Imaginative
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70
Robust Drawing Tablets
Robust Drawing Tablets
The Modbook Pro is a True All-In-One Device
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69
Tablet Projector Stands
Tablet Projector Stands
iDelighted by Chen Nanyu is Compact and Convenient
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68
Doomed Social Media Stats
Doomed Social Media Stats
The 'Google+ Failure' Infographic is Not Encouraging
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67
Sleeping Bag-Like Tablet Totes
Sleeping Bag-Like Tablet Totes
The CampFire Case is Fashionable Warm and Approachable
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66
Blossoming Dainty Laptops
Blossoming Dainty Laptops
The Fujitsu Floral Kiss Collection Offers Extremely Elegant Electronics
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65
Patriotic Metropolitan Decals
Patriotic Metropolitan Decals
Rock Your City's Skyline on Your Mac with BengalWorks
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64
Pinterest Facebook Apps
Pinterest Facebook Apps
'PinView' Makes FB Visually Stunning
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63
Generational Difference Charts
Generational Difference Charts
The 'Culture of the Class of 2016' Infographic Shows Changes
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62
Successful Internet Presence Graphics
Successful Internet Presence Graphics
The Brain of the Beginning Blogger Infographic Offers Advice
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61
Social Media-Savvy Guides
Social Media-Savvy Guides
The 'Maximize Your Tweets' Infographic is a Huge Helper
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60
Practically Professional Cameras
Practically Professional Cameras
The New Canon Powershot G1 X Has Arrived at CES 2012
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59
Luxuriously Soft Tech Accessories
Luxuriously Soft Tech Accessories
Protect Your Apple Products with Gamuza Microsuede Protection
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58
Folksy Geometric Cases
Folksy Geometric Cases
The Clare Rojas Incase Collection Embraces Technology and Art
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57
Transparent Touchpad Laptops
Transparent Touchpad Laptops
CES 2012: Intel's 'Nikiski' Notebook Will Keep You Constantly Update
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56
Turbocharged Tech Transportation
Turbocharged Tech Transportation
The West Coast Customs/ Microsoft 'Microstang' is a Sweet Ride
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55
Electronic Origami Machines
Electronic Origami Machines
Mac Funamizu's Dream Printer Creates Fully Folded 3D Models
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54
Flippable Computer Holders
Flippable Computer Holders
Relax and Surf Comfortably with the Lying Down Laptop Stand
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53
Fortune 500 Infographics
Fortune 500 Infographics
The Sortable Apple by the Numbers Chart Shows Exponential Growth
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52
Vintage Camera Gadget Covers
Vintage Camera Gadget Covers
The Stickit Skins Collection of Retro Casings Go On in a Snap
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51
Convertible Computer Peripherals
Convertible Computer Peripherals
The AVES Inkjet Printer Transforms to Carry Out its Task
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50
Heavy-Duty Tablet Holders
Heavy-Duty Tablet Holders
The Rokform Rokstand is Rugged and Masculine
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49
Tubular Tablet Audio
Tubular Tablet Audio
The Zooka Wireless Speaker Bar Also Provides a Durable Grip
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48
Thin Transforming Tablets
Thin Transforming Tablets
The ARCHOS 101 XS is Stylish and Ultra Utilitarian
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47
Universal Power Stations
Universal Power Stations
The All In One Power Station for Tablets/Cell/iPhone/iPad Covers Bases
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46
Woody Tablet Protectors
Woody Tablet Protectors
The Woodero iPad Case is Sturdy and Practical
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45
Corporate Giant Charts
Corporate Giant Charts
The 'Just How Big Is Apple?' Infographic Shows the Extent of Influence
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44
Staggering Internet Flashback Charts
Staggering Internet Flashback Charts
'A Decade Later' Reflects on What the Web Looked Like Before
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43
Tablet-Transforming Add-Ons
Tablet-Transforming Add-Ons
Brydge Keyboards Turn iPads Into Touchscreen Laptops
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42
Disc-Disguised Mice
Disc-Disguised Mice
The Flat CD Mouse Unfolds for Compact Storage in Your Laptop Optical Drive
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41
Psychological Social Media Infographics
Psychological Social Media Infographics
Is Our Addiction to Facebook Effecting Our Psychology?
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40
Cardboard Laptop Protectors
Cardboard Laptop Protectors
GreenCase by Mika Becktor is Practical and Eco-Friendly
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39
Mobile Backup Batteries
Mobile Backup Batteries
The Innergie PocketCell Supplies Emergency Smartphone Power On the Go
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38
Mobile Device Laptop Docks
Mobile Device Laptop Docks
The Lifebook Concept Sources Processing Power from Mobile Gadgets
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37
Antique Digitized Keyboards
Antique Digitized Keyboards
The USB Typewriter Turns Your iPad Into Something Ancient
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36
Slick Convertible Computers
Slick Convertible Computers
The Fujitsu Lifebook txiii Flips and Folds for Diverse Functions
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35
Pop Culture Faith Posters
Pop Culture Faith Posters
Studio Soleil Noir Promotes Personal Interests with 'Believe In' Series
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34
Desktop Storage Stands
Desktop Storage Stands
The HiRise Computer Desk Storage Hides the Clutter Below Your iMac
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33
Artistically Interactive Apps
Artistically Interactive Apps
The Wondereur Ipad App Brings Art to Your Fingertips
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32
Mini Mobile Phone Keyboards
Mini Mobile Phone Keyboards
The iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard is as Small as a Credit Card
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31
Connectable Usb Sticks
Connectable Usb Sticks
The Uniting U Disk Can Link Up with Others to Increase Your Storage Space
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30
Wooden Keyboard Skins
Wooden Keyboard Skins
The Lazerwood Keys for MacBook Pro Brings a Bit of Nature to Computers
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29
Miniature Night Vision Cameras
Miniature Night Vision Cameras
The Chobi Cam Pro 2 is the World's Smallest HD Video Camera
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28
Comparative Media Graphics
Comparative Media Graphics
The Social Media vs. Traditional Media Infographic is Future Focused
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27
Perfectly Preppy Laptop Covers
Perfectly Preppy Laptop Covers
The Sal Phan Macbook Pro Case is Leather-Bound Beautiful
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26
Diverted Attention Infographs
Diverted Attention Infographs
The Perils of Multitasking Chart Explains Why Focusing is Key
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25
Mossy Computer Peripherals
Mossy Computer Peripherals
The Natural Keyboard by Robbie Tilton Reconnects People to Nature
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24
Origami Tablet Cases
Origami Tablet Cases
The Moshi iGlaze With VersaCover Unfolds to Prop Up the iPad
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23
DIY Computer Casings
DIY Computer Casings
The Envelope Laptop Case is Simple and Sew-Free
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22
Techy Two-Wheelers
Techy Two-Wheelers
The Peugeot DL122 Bicycle Features a Handy Laptop Carrier
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21
Repurposed Tech Purses
Repurposed Tech Purses
The Recycled Floppy Disk Bag is Retro-Fab
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20
Retro Arboreal Laptops
Retro Arboreal Laptops
The Jeffrey Stephensen Wood PC Case is Amazing
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19
DIY Keyboard Designs
DIY Keyboard Designs
The 'Making It Lovely' Blog Shows How to Enhance the Computer
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18
Gatling Gun Custom PCs
Gatling Gun Custom PCs
The Battlefield Case Mod is an Epic Computer Fit for Hardcore Gamers
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17
Pop Culture Mobile Icons
Pop Culture Mobile Icons
iOS Icons by Konstantin Datz Would Bring a Playful Punch to Computers
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16
Clear Collapsible Computers
Clear Collapsible Computers
The Thomas Laenner Transparent Tablet Concept is Stunning
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15
Flatpack Computer Pedestals
Flatpack Computer Pedestals
Itamar Neiger's Laptop Stand Promises Portability
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14
Edible App Icons
Edible App Icons
Julian Burford Renders Food Favorites to Denote New Cuisine-Related Program
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13
Upcycled Computer Coffee Tables
Upcycled Computer Coffee Tables
The Crunching Numbers G4 Turns Old Macintoshes into New Furniture
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12
Tactical Touchscreen Workspaces
Tactical Touchscreen Workspaces
The Adam Benton iDesk Concept is One Advanced Office Surface
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11
Sci-Fi Device Protectors
Sci-Fi Device Protectors
The Star Wars Phone Cozy by Life Geekery is Nerdy
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10
High-Tech Horticultural Exhibits
High-Tech Horticultural Exhibits
The Plant-In City Project Gives Nature a Voice
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9
Computer Box Bureaus
Computer Box Bureaus
The HP Z1 Workstation Accommodates Your Desktop and Your Desktop Computer
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8
Remixed Corporate Logos (UPDATE)
Remixed Corporate Logos (UPDATE)
Viktor Hertz Transforms Apple Inc.'s Emblem in Dozens of Ways
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7
MacBook Cord Minders
MacBook Cord Minders
The W1PPS Computer Hub Organizes Accessory Cables
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6
Timber Tablet Stands
Timber Tablet Stands
These Wooden iPad Stands are Multi Functional
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5
Gamer Blade Desktop Backgrounds
Gamer Blade Desktop Backgrounds
The Zelda Weapon Wallpaper Displays All of Link’s Swords
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4
Compact Computing Timepieces
Compact Computing Timepieces
NEXD Android Watches are Multifunctional and Sleek
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3
DIY Minimalist Wooden Computer
DIY Minimalist Wooden Computer
This Powerful Processor is Tech-Savvy and Stylish
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2
Emergency Disaster Pods
Emergency Disaster Pods
Life Armor Can Help You Survive Another Hurricane Sandy
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1
DIY Computer Docks
DIY Computer Docks
The Pizza Box Laptop Stand by Ilya Andreev is Fast Food for Technology
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