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Top 100 Tech Trends in 2013

From Self-Charging Lamps to Mood-Monitoring Watches

— February 2, 2014 — Tech
At the foundation of technology is a desire to solve problems, and as the problems consumers face on a day-to-day basis become more niche, so to do tech trends. This ironically does not mean gadgets have become more complex; in fact, this past year saw more tech with simple purpose, executed in a user-friendly way. Thus, 2013 was the year of the 'I-should-have-thought-of-that' product, such as the smartphone watch or malleable tablet.

Tech also became much more about customization and expression, with frugal consumers more eager to partake in the DIY pattern that took design by storm in 2012, except this time, with their gadgets. Tutorials such as the floral pressed phone cases or dapper smartphone wallets brought personality and aesthetics to the forefront of tech trends in 2013.

Uncover more insight into the vast world of technology with our Tech Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Bike Anti-Theft Devices
Bike Anti-Theft Devices
The Sphyke Combination Skewers Locks Down the Front Wheel
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98
Simplistically Charming Snapshots
Simplistically Charming Snapshots
Douglas Lyle Thompson Captures Darling Scenes of Life and Love
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97
Temper Tantrum Kid Captures
Temper Tantrum Kid Captures
Photographer Jill Greenberg's Series Involves Taking Candy from a Baby
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96
Bizarrely Childlike Adult Photography
Bizarrely Childlike Adult Photography
Cristian Girotto's L'Enfat Exterieur Turns Adults into Kids
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95
Phone Theft Fail Blogs
Phone Theft Fail Blogs
'Life of a Stranger Who Stole My Phone' Features a Thief's Mobile Uploads
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94
Duct Tape iPad Covers
Duct Tape iPad Covers
These DIY iPad Cases are Durable and Functional
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93
Expressive Tattoo Editorials
Expressive Tattoo Editorials
The Editorial 'Expressionism' Reveals AmazingTattoo Art
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92
Insanely Accurate Gamer Costumes
Insanely Accurate Gamer Costumes
Dead Space Fans Recreate Character Costumes
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91
Daydreaming Damsel Photography
Daydreaming Damsel Photography
Chiara Fersini Creates Imaginative Digitally Manipulated Images
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90
Highly Anticipated Watch Patents
Highly Anticipated Watch Patents
The Apple iWatch Device Follows Up on Wide Scale Hype
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89
Personal Pod Studios
Personal Pod Studios
This Backyard Pod by Sett Studio Provides People with a Private Escape
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88
DIY Floral Smartphone Cases
DIY Floral Smartphone Cases
This DIY Smartphone Cover is Made From Pressed Wild Flowers
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87
Clip-On Cord Coils
Clip-On Cord Coils
The Quirky Cling Sound Case Keeps Your Headphones Handy and Detangled
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86
Deceptive Tech-Enhanced Bikes
Deceptive Tech-Enhanced Bikes
The VANMOOF ‘10 Electrified’ Makes Commuting Painless
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85
3D Printed Sneakers
3D Printed Sneakers
The Nike Football 3D Printed Shoes are Unbelievable
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84
Chunky Mobile Protectors
Chunky Mobile Protectors
The Mango iPhone Case Gives the Slim Gadget Some Bulk for Easy Handling
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83
Flat-Designed Object Parodies
Flat-Designed Object Parodies
Justin Wagoner Imagines Everyday Objects as Apple iOS7 Products
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82
Fantasy Game Costume Competitions
Fantasy Game Costume Competitions
This Skyrim Cosplay Brings the Elder Scrolls World to Life
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81
Brooding Forest Photography
Brooding Forest Photography
Vogue Korea's 'Forest of Flounce' Spread Combines Nature and the City
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80
Gadget-Inspired Travel Goods
Gadget-Inspired Travel Goods
The Octovo Collection by Ammunition is Made for the Attention Economy
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79
Food Mash-Up Photography
Food Mash-Up Photography
These Neat Food Photos Combine Snacks in an Unusual Way
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78
Bogus Romance Photography
Bogus Romance Photography
Keisuke Jinushi Transforms His Hand into a Fake Girlfriend Prop
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77
Film-Inspired Concept Cars
Film-Inspired Concept Cars
The Audi 'Fleet Shuttle Quattro' is Inspired by the 'Ender's Game' Film
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76
Animal Hybrid Photography
Animal Hybrid Photography
Arne Olav's Chimeras are Fantastical Mash-Ups of Two Ordinary Pets
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75
Abandoned Animal Photography
Abandoned Animal Photography
Kai Fagerstrom Photographs Abandoned Animals in Decrepit Houses
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74
All-Weather Eco Cycles
All-Weather Eco Cycles
The Defiant Big Easy Electric Bike is Ready for Rugged Terrain
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73
Malleable Wrist-Worn Mobiles
Malleable Wrist-Worn Mobiles
The Limbo Transformable Smartphone Switches from Handset to Timepiece
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72
Futuristic Amphibious Autos
Futuristic Amphibious Autos
The Urban Pod is Evolved For Modern Metropolitan Transportation
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71
Digital Age Dinner Makers
Digital Age Dinner Makers
The F3D Food Printer Instantly Prepares Meals to Improve Eating Habits
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70
Tech-Surrounded Chairs
Tech-Surrounded Chairs
The Emperor 1510 LX Workstation is a Techie’s Dream
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69
Outdoor Productivity Pods
Outdoor Productivity Pods
The WorkaWay Desk is Your Fresh-Air Office Away from the Office
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68
Functional Crisscross Phone Cases
Functional Crisscross Phone Cases
The Crossover iPhone 5 Case Has Straps That Can Hold Your Cash
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67
Futuristic DIY Fantasy Armor
Futuristic DIY Fantasy Armor
Cosplayer Creates Convincing Skyrim Armor to Strike Fear into Evil
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66
Superhero Suit Phone Cases
Superhero Suit Phone Cases
This Iron Man Case Features Tony Stark's Iconic Arc Reactor
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65
Realistic Fantasy Game Costumes
Realistic Fantasy Game Costumes
This Final Fantasy Cosplay by Miss-Alice-Monster is Stunning
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64
Miniature Car Captures
Miniature Car Captures
This Series Features Toy Cars Photographed Off the Beaten Path
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63
Geeky Game Tree Decorations
Geeky Game Tree Decorations
These Nerdy Christmas Ornaments Add Nerdy Flair to Holiday Festivities
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62
Nimble Capsular Concept Cars
Nimble Capsular Concept Cars
Two Gyro Electric Vehicle Can Weave About Urban and Rural Obstacles
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61
Superhero Laptop Stickers
Superhero Laptop Stickers
'Killer Duck Decals' Makes a Powerful Cartoon MacBook Keyboard Skin
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60
Bearded Character Portraits
Bearded Character Portraits
Photographer Brock Elbank Demonstrates that Any Trait Can be Beautiful
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59
Surreal Gravity-Defying Images
Surreal Gravity-Defying Images
These Stunning Pictures by Hossein Zare Bend the Rules of Gravity
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58
House-Powering Bicycles
House-Powering Bicycles
Levitation by Dezien Charges Things on a Large Scale
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57
Comic Hero Lamps
Comic Hero Lamps
These Avengers Comic Book Lamps Will Please Comic Book Fans
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56
Geoform Phone Protectors
Geoform Phone Protectors
The Stealth iPhone Case is a Sheath of Multifaceted Armor for Smartphones
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55
Sleek Smart Flip Phones
Sleek Smart Flip Phones
The Plumage Smartphone Combines the Best of Old and New Mobile Designs
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54
Deep Sea Livestream Feeds
Deep Sea Livestream Feeds
The Okeanos's Underwater Robots Make Ocean Exploration Accessible
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53
Unusable Everyday Item Photography
Unusable Everyday Item Photography
These Shots Make Everyday Objects Useless by Changing Designs
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52
Window-Brightening Devices
Window-Brightening Devices
The Rail Robot and Plan't Clean and Decorate Your View to the Outdoors
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51
Charger-Integrated Cell Protectors
Charger-Integrated Cell Protectors
The PowerLoop iPhone Case Keeps Your USB Connector Attached
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50
Paper-Thin Pen Drives
Paper-Thin Pen Drives
DataSTICKIES Replace USB Sticks as Inexpensive and Compact Alternatives
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49
Banana Phone Covers
Banana Phone Covers
This Banana Phone Case is as Realistic as a Fruit-Mimicking Case Can Get
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48
Cuff-Style Smart Watches
Cuff-Style Smart Watches
Esben Oxholm's iWatch Concept Anticipates an Inevitably Streamlined Look
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47
Wrappable All-in-One Wallets
Wrappable All-in-One Wallets
A Mini Wrap Wallet Holds Your Phone, Cards and Cash Without Fuss
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46
DIY Aztec iPhone Cases
DIY Aztec iPhone Cases
Denise Heredia Tell You How to Jazz Up Your iPhone
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45
Sleek Titanium Carabiners
Sleek Titanium Carabiners
This Innovative Industrial Design Revamps the Traditional Key Holder
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44
Reality-Defying Photography
Reality-Defying Photography
Erik Johansson Returns with More Mind-Bending Photos
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43
Identical Twin Aging Comparisons
Identical Twin Aging Comparisons
Facial Changes Caused by Smoking Studies Identical Twins
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42
Photoshopped Computer Parodies
Photoshopped Computer Parodies
The New Mac Pro Tower is Inspiring Spoofs on its Design
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41
Strikingly Surreal Landscapes
Strikingly Surreal Landscapes
These Photos Contain Mysterious Figures and Unusual Surroundings
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40
Tactile Pastime Phone Protectors
Tactile Pastime Phone Protectors
PureGear Retro Game Cases Entertain Without Depleting Power
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39
Secret Agent Accessories
Secret Agent Accessories
The Credit Card Lockpick Set Can Be Discretely Stored in Your Wallet
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38
DIY Phosphorescent Light Bulbs
DIY Phosphorescent Light Bulbs
This Silicone Glow-in-the-Dark Light Bulb Needs No Electricity
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37
Wallet-Replacing Phone Cases
Wallet-Replacing Phone Cases
The Leverage iPhone Case Also Works as a Wallet
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36
Superhero Gauntlet USBs
Superhero Gauntlet USBs
This Iron Man Flash Drive is Extremely Detailed and Has Moveable Fingers
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35
Living Self-Powered Lamps
Living Self-Powered Lamps
The 'LivingLight' Grows Herbs While Generating Its Own Power
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34
USB-Embedded Bracelets
USB-Embedded Bracelets
Vilnvixn Intelligent Accessories Ensure That Data Storage is Always Handy
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33
Plant-Incorporated Lighting
Plant-Incorporated Lighting
The Fresh Lamp by Chun Jiang Yao Brings Nature Indoors
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32
Self-Assembling Automobiles
Self-Assembling Automobiles
Audi Has Come Up with the Futuristic Concept for a 3D-Printed Car
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31
Handyman Handset Protectors
Handyman Handset Protectors
The Heavy-Duty DeWalt iPhone 5 Case Doubles as a Tape Measure
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30
Stunning Surreal World Art
Stunning Surreal World Art
These Surreal Captures Blend Real World Beauty with Elements of Fantasy
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29
3D-Printed Pumps
3D-Printed Pumps
The Instant Shoe Concept Proposes Perfectly Tailored Footwear
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28
Whimsical Fairy Tale Photography
Whimsical Fairy Tale Photography
These Photos by Katerina Plotnikova Reference Iconic Folklore
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27
Surreal Skyline Photography
Surreal Skyline Photography
Joel Robinson’s Latest Surreal Photographs Create a Dream-Like W
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26
Luxury Designer Laptop Backpacks
Luxury Designer Laptop Backpacks
This Designer Backpack Has a Laptop Compartment
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25
Futuristic Furling Tablets
Futuristic Furling Tablets
The Future of Mobile Technology Imagines an Infinitely Adaptable Device
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24
Stunning Sci-Fi Fantasy Costumes
Stunning Sci-Fi Fantasy Costumes
This Korean Starcraft Cosplay is a Video Game Costume Marvel
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23
Mood-Monitoring Smartphone Bracelets
Mood-Monitoring Smartphone Bracelets
The Smile from EmoPulse is Both a Smartphone and a Bracelet
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22
Flexible Urban Bicycles
Flexible Urban Bicycles
The Whale-Inspired Orcinus E-Bike Offers a Sea of Convenient Features
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21
Iconic Fantasy Cartoon Depictions
Iconic Fantasy Cartoon Depictions
These Realistic Disney Designs Feature a Dark Story
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20
Attachable Bicycle Motors
Attachable Bicycle Motors
The Rubbee Electric Drive Turns Any Bike into an Electric Bike
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19
Surreal Dream-Like Photography
Surreal Dream-Like Photography
Taylor Marie McCormick Showcases Beautifully Surreal Photos
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18
No-Drill Door Locks
No-Drill Door Locks
The Add-A-Lock Easily Modifies a Door to Be More Secure
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17
Extraordinary Electric Bicycles
Extraordinary Electric Bicycles
The nCycle E-Bike Integrates a Lock and a Holographic Display
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16
Pantyhose Pooch Portraits
Pantyhose Pooch Portraits
Stockings on Pets Make for Some Seriously Funny Dog Pictures
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15
Multi-Purpose Manly Wallets
Multi-Purpose Manly Wallets
The Multi Tool Wallet is a Must Have for Manly Men
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14
90s Gadget Phone Covers
90s Gadget Phone Covers
This Old-School iPhone 5 Case Will Get You Feeling Nostalgic
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13
Ghetto Blaster Backpacks
Ghetto Blaster Backpacks
The Boompack is a Wearable Multimedia Entertainment Unit for the Streets
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12
Window Pane Plugs
Window Pane Plugs
The Window Socket Harnesses Energy from Sunlight for an Eco Electrical Source
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11
DIY Tablet Holders
DIY Tablet Holders
Save Some Funds With This 'Mamie Janes' Craft Instead of Going to the Store
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10
Ingredient-Examining Blades
Ingredient-Examining Blades
The Smart Knife Analyzes and Calculates the Freshness of Your Food
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9
Ballpoint Pen Printers
Ballpoint Pen Printers
The Pen Printer Makes Use of Discarded Writing Implements for Ink
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8
Touch-Connecting Bracelets
Touch-Connecting Bracelets
The Tactilu Helps Long Distance Couples Touch Each Other
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7
Dapper Smartphone Wallets
Dapper Smartphone Wallets
The Wally Case Adds a Discreet iPhone Wallet to Your Device Like a Sir
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6
Digital Drafting Tables
Digital Drafting Tables
The iSpace Workstation Replaces Physical Drawing Tools with Virtual Ones
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5
Table Top Tablets
Table Top Tablets
This Coffee Table Touchscreen is a Durable Surface and Giant Computer in One
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4
Wooden DIY Bicycles
Wooden DIY Bicycles
Jurgen Kuipers' Sawyer Bike Design is a Fly Way to Plough Through Your City
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3
Superhero-Inspired Night Lights
Superhero-Inspired Night Lights
These Marvel Avengers Night Lights Literally Punch Through Walls
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2
DIY Cement Sound Docks
DIY Cement Sound Docks
This DIY Sound Dock Adds Ambiance to Your Music with No External Speakers
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1
Hot Heroine Photo Shoots
Hot Heroine Photo Shoots
Ian Reyes Captures Lusty Models Dressed as Female Superheroes
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