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Top 100 Gadget Trends of 2012

From Projected Keyboards to Pricey Apocalypse Kits

— January 17, 2013 — Tech
The creative gadget trends seen on Trend Hunter during 2012 were unlike anything we'd seen before. In the past, the majority of gadgets released were made to enhance existing ones, such as phone or tablet attachments. In 2012, however, gadgets were entirely unique and stood on their own.

The 'Halo' digital business card, soapless Orbit Washing Machine and transportable toaster are among the most imaginative gadgets of 2012. Other pieces, like the social snapshot sunglasses or phone-charging purses, took mundane, everyday objects and instilled them with gadgetry to add a twist to everyday life.

The demand for specific types of gadgets is a great monitor for consumer behavior. Check out our Gadget Trend Report if you're looking to make more connections between our micro trends and greater patterns.
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Activity
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Electronic Callout Alerts
Electronic Callout Alerts
The Feedair Notifier is Your Source for Staying in the Loop
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99
Smartphone Comparison Infographics
Smartphone Comparison Infographics
The New iPhone 5 Doesn't Seem to Offer Any Big Changes
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98
Pepper Spray Phones
Pepper Spray Phones
The SmartGuard Defense Mechanism Keep You and Your Phone Safe
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97
Fortune 500 Infographics
Fortune 500 Infographics
The Sortable Apple by the Numbers Chart Shows Exponential Growth
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96
Intoxicating Smartphone Sleeves
Intoxicating Smartphone Sleeves
The Intoxicase iPhone Case is Durable and Convenient
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95
Digital Drawing Apps
Digital Drawing Apps
Paper by Fiftythree is Available on iPad with Endless School Supplies to Draw
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94
Dog-Sucking Vacuum Ads
Dog-Sucking Vacuum Ads
The A&A Furnishers Campaign Exaggerates Bosch Product Capabilities
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93
Pocket-Peeping Handsets
Pocket-Peeping Handsets
The Glance Smartphone Enables Hands-Free Notification Monitoring
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92
iPod-Converting Applicators
iPod-Converting Applicators
The Freedom Pop Sleeve Turns Your iPod into an iPhone
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91
Pressure-Sensitive Tablet Pens
Pressure-Sensitive Tablet Pens
Jaja is an Entire Electronic Pencil Case in One Cord-Free Implement
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90
Mobile Usage Stats
Mobile Usage Stats
The 'How Do People Use Their Phones' Infographic is Informative
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89
Mobile Heath Monitor Add-Ons
Mobile Heath Monitor Add-Ons
The Tinke by Zensorium Tracks and Records Your Vital Signs
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88
Gadget-Adorned Gamer Shoes
Gadget-Adorned Gamer Shoes
The Fallout Vault Dweller Dunks are Epic and Apocalyptic
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87
High-Tech Serenity Gardens
High-Tech Serenity Gardens
The 3G Zen Coffee Table is Mesmerizing to Watch
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86
Projector-Equipped Smartphones
Projector-Equipped Smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a Step Ahead with Hologram Capabilities
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85
Damage-Resistant Mobile Devices
Damage-Resistant Mobile Devices
The Lumion T2 Smartphone Will Give Apple Some Competition
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84
Photo-Sharing Service Graphs
Photo-Sharing Service Graphs
The Instagram Infographic Charts the Success of the iPhone App
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83
Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
The Impossible Instant Lab Turns iPhone Images into Real Photos
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82
Corporate Giant Charts
Corporate Giant Charts
The 'Just How Big Is Apple?' Infographic Shows the Extent of Influence
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81
Do-It-All Timepieces
Do-It-All Timepieces
The Bluetooth 'Meta Watch' is Stylish and Crazy Functional
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80
Contemporary Cable Workstations
Contemporary Cable Workstations
The Tambour Table Helps Organize Your Geek Gadgets
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79
Transparent Time Keepers
Transparent Time Keepers
The 'Chameleon Clock' for iPhone or iPad Blends In
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78
Mobile Backup Batteries
Mobile Backup Batteries
The Innergie PocketCell Supplies Emergency Smartphone Power On the Go
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77
Mobile Device Laptop Docks
Mobile Device Laptop Docks
The Lifebook Concept Sources Processing Power from Mobile Gadgets
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76
Artistically Interactive Apps
Artistically Interactive Apps
The Wondereur Ipad App Brings Art to Your Fingertips
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75
High-Tech Hands-Free Harnesses
High-Tech Hands-Free Harnesses
The Sonic Walk Igniter is a Water-Resistant Music Player
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74
Bulletproof Smartphone Covers
Bulletproof Smartphone Covers
The 'Armored Case' by Marudai Should Be Kept in One's Breast Pocket
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73
Gangster Smartphone Protectors
Gangster Smartphone Protectors
The Knuckle Case Provides Protection for Your iPhone Via Your Fist
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72
Sun Dial QR Codes
Sun Dial QR Codes
E-mart Sunny Sale Campaign Uses Fun Ways to Boost Sales
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71
Smartphone-Controlled Timepieces
Smartphone-Controlled Timepieces
Receive Mobile Notifications On-the-Go with the Pebble Watch
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70
Marvelous Mulitasking Illuminators
Marvelous Mulitasking Illuminators
The Bosavi Multipurpose Light Brightens Up the Dark
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69
Quilted Tablet Covers
Quilted Tablet Covers
The Dixie Burt iPad Case is Technologically Cozy
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68
Wireless Bicycle Speakers
Wireless Bicycle Speakers
SleekSpeak Lets You Listen Without Earbuds as You Ride
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67
Smart Phone Projectors
Smart Phone Projectors
The 'PRJ016 iPhone Micro Projector' Displays Your Work on the Big Screen
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66
DIY Sci-Fi Drink Coolers
DIY Sci-Fi Drink Coolers
The R2D2 Beverage Dispenser Quenches Your Star Wars Thirst
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65
Rugged Smartphone Protectors
Rugged Smartphone Protectors
The 'SYSTM' Collection by Incase Offer Cases Made to Withstand it All
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64
Projected Key Ring Keyboards
Projected Key Ring Keyboards
Pocket-Sized Brookstone Virtual Keyboard is Ideal for On-the-Go Use
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63
Diverted Attention Infographs
Diverted Attention Infographs
The Perils of Multitasking Chart Explains Why Focusing is Key
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62
Android-Operated Cycles (UPDATE)
Android-Operated Cycles (UPDATE)
The Shadow eBike 2.0 Contributes Thrust and Records Your Rides
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61
Sweet-Smelling Headphones
Sweet-Smelling Headphones
The 'Sound Like Chocolate' Headphones from Fu-Bi are a Treat
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60
Coffee Cup-Inspired Smartphone Covers
Coffee Cup-Inspired Smartphone Covers
Connect Design Releases the ‘Taylor Mug' iPhone
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59
Slick Sixth-Gen Smartphones
Slick Sixth-Gen Smartphones
This iPhone 6 Concept Features a Clean Button-Free Face
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58
Reggae Boombox Packs
Reggae Boombox Packs
Groove to the Music with the Bag of Rhythm Portable Audio System
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57
Transportable Techie Toasters
Transportable Techie Toasters
The Torradeira de Bolso is a Countertop Appliance for Your Desktop
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56
Game Boy Robots
Game Boy Robots
The Game Boy LEGO Transformer is Any Geek's Triple Threat Combo
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55
Graphic Wooden iPhone Decals
Graphic Wooden iPhone Decals
The Field Trip iPhone Skins are Funky and Waterproof
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54
Camera Selection Infographics
Camera Selection Infographics
The 'What Type of Camera Should I Get' Chart is Realistic
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53
Techy Two-Wheelers
Techy Two-Wheelers
The Peugeot DL122 Bicycle Features a Handy Laptop Carrier
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52
High-Endurance Tablet Protectors
High-Endurance Tablet Protectors
Griffin Technology Introduces a New Line of Hip iPad Cases
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51
Accordion-Like Smartphone Cases
Accordion-Like Smartphone Cases
The TidyTilt iPhone Protector is Packed with Functional Features
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50
Vintage Video Game Blankets
Vintage Video Game Blankets
Nintendo-Inspired Quilts Conjure 8-Bit Memories
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49
Unreadable Luxury Watches
Unreadable Luxury Watches
Tag Heuer Mikrogirder Measures Time to the 1/2,000th of a Second
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48
Rainbow Smartphone Camera Cases
Rainbow Smartphone Camera Cases
The Holga iPhone Lens Spins The Rainbow Into Your Pictures
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47
Indoor Firework Lamps
Indoor Firework Lamps
The Laserpod Shoots Colorful LED Lazers at The Ceiling
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46
Digital Business Card Devices
Digital Business Card Devices
'Halo' by Fitorio Leksono Says Goodbye to Paper
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45
Phone-Charging Purses
Phone-Charging Purses
Everpurse iPhone Charger Allows You to Power Up On the Go
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44
Compact Accessible Cooktops
Compact Accessible Cooktops
The Prometheus Stove Promotes Ease of Use and Culinary Independence
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43
Notification Phone Covers
Notification Phone Covers
The FLASHr iPhone Case Ensures You'll Never Miss a Call
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42
Slim Sleeve Ovens
Slim Sleeve Ovens
The Electrolux Angoria Cooker Looks Better Fit as a Desktop Device
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41
Snooze-Discouraging Apps
Snooze-Discouraging Apps
Starbucks Early Bird Offers Discounted Coffee for the Dedicated
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40
Musical Meal Warmers
Musical Meal Warmers
The C-Orby Composer Cooker Stimulates Another Human Sense at Supper
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39
Retro Digital Workstations
Retro Digital Workstations
Old Time Computer Releases Vintage-Themed Apple Product Attachments
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38
Word-Reading Wrist Watches
Word-Reading Wrist Watches
The 'Qlocktwo' Watch Now Brings Tablet Time Pieces to the Arm
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37
Powerless Phone Chargers
Powerless Phone Chargers
Crank the Eton Boost Turbine 2000 to Charge Phones without Electricity
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36
Open Gadget Bands
Open Gadget Bands
The Nanolet by Curve Creative Holds its Form to Hug Your Wrist
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35
Chiseled Bamboo iPhone Casings
Chiseled Bamboo iPhone Casings
The Glorat Wooden Engraved iPhone Cases are Elegant
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34
Futuristic Fungi Espresso Machines
Futuristic Fungi Espresso Machines
The Mushroomy Electrolux Memory Scans Hands for Personal Brews
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33
Eco Ocular Washing Machines
Eco Ocular Washing Machines
The Swish Sustainable Diaper Cleaner Encourages Cloth Nappy Use
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32
Aluminum-Framed Phone Cases
Aluminum-Framed Phone Cases
The Esterism Embrace 4 Bumper Case Floats in its Shell
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31
Sports Extremist Action Shots
Sports Extremist Action Shots
The Go Pro Hd Hero 3 Captures the Impossible Photos and Videos
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30
iPod-Like Electronic Cigarettes
iPod-Like Electronic Cigarettes
The Pax by Ploom is a Stylish and Health Conscious Alternative
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29
X-Ray Vision Headgear
X-Ray Vision Headgear
The C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet Helps Firemen Navigate Burning Buildings
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28
Luggage Sound Systems
Luggage Sound Systems
Case of Bass Upcycles Vintage Suitcases
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27
To-Do List Timepieces
To-Do List Timepieces
The Remind Daily Planner is a Wristwatch that Organizes Your Routine
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26
Sky-Surfing Blimp Abodes
Sky-Surfing Blimp Abodes
The 'Wolke 7' Flying Home Sets Eyes High for Future Housing
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25
Portable Diagnostic Imaging
Portable Diagnostic Imaging
The Radio Fast Radiology System Would Reduce Waiting Times in the ER
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24
Bedside Tablet Holders
Bedside Tablet Holders
The Manitee iPad Holder Lets You Play in Bed
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23
Ductile Donut Docks
Ductile Donut Docks
The iLoop Smartphone Stand Surrounds Your Cell as a Secure Prop
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22
LED Safety Straps
LED Safety Straps
The Halo Belt Provides Fashionable Visibility in the Dark
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21
Pricey Superhero Graphics
Pricey Superhero Graphics
The 'Cost of Being Batman' Infographic Totals the Astronomical Number
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20
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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19
Pricey Apocalypse Kits
Pricey Apocalypse Kits
The ‘Z.E.R.O’ Zombie Kit Will Save You For The Price of $24,00
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18
Social Snapshot Sunglasses
Social Snapshot Sunglasses
You'll Never Miss a Moment With the Instaglasses
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17
Sci-Fi Device Protectors
Sci-Fi Device Protectors
The Star Wars Phone Cozy by Life Geekery is Nerdy
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16
Cutting-Edge Compact Ovens
Cutting-Edge Compact Ovens
The Electrolux Cooik Practically Prepares Supper for You
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15
Sleek Smartphone Charger Cases
Sleek Smartphone Charger Cases
The JuiceTank Allows One to Plug Their Phone in Anywhere
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14
MacBook Cord Minders
MacBook Cord Minders
The W1PPS Computer Hub Organizes Accessory Cables
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13
Seriously Studded iPhone Covers
Seriously Studded iPhone Covers
The Felony Case Gives Your Phone a Sharp Look
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12
Soapless Eco Clothes Cleaners
Soapless Eco Clothes Cleaners
The Orbit Washing Machine Lets You Do Laundry Anywhere
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11
Timber Tablet Stands
Timber Tablet Stands
These Wooden iPad Stands are Multi Functional
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10
Hi-Tech Emergency Kits
Hi-Tech Emergency Kits
First Aid 2.0 Guides the Lifesaver Through a Rescue with its Digital Screen
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9
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
The Instagram Socialmatic Camera is a Must-See Gadget
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8
Modern Mechanized Furniture
Modern Mechanized Furniture
The Astrolab Dining Table Extends Via Remote Control
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7
Wall-Mounted Slice Slots
Wall-Mounted Slice Slots
The Slim Toaster is a Space Age Solution to Reducing Countertop Clutter
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6
Powerful Plug-In Bicycles
Powerful Plug-In Bicycles
The Tribey ‘Electric Trike’ Follows is Eco-Friendly
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5
Interior Greenery Technology
Interior Greenery Technology
The E Home Concept Connects People with Nature Using Digital Tech
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4
Innovative Luminous Gloves
Innovative Luminous Gloves
The H9 Portable Lighting Tool Can Be Worn Conveniently on the Palm
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3
Compact Computing Timepieces
Compact Computing Timepieces
NEXD Android Watches are Multifunctional and Sleek
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2
Stationary Tablet Stands
Stationary Tablet Stands
The Bamboo iPad Station Props Your Tablet for an Easy Study Session
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1
Transparent Digital Timepieces
Transparent Digital Timepieces
Tokyoflash Aeon LCD Watch Integrates a Fascinating Futuristic Face
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