It's that time of the year when everyone puts out those "Best of " lists on every topic under the sun.
It's no exception here as we have another installment of Rick's Picks to wrap up the year in gadgets. Over the course of a year, there are thousands and thousands of new gadgets released into the wild. Some better than others. I cover hundreds of them over the course of a year, and this column leading up to Christmas.
This particular column is where I list my seven favorite gadgets of the year. Call it the "top seven" the "lucky seven" or whatever you want- but these are my seven favorite gadgets of 2013.
Polaroid is going back to the future with a new 10MP digital camera that also prints 2" x 3" pictures in 35 seconds. The pictures also have a backing that can be peeled back and then you have a sticker. Kids and those that remember the old Polaroid cameras will love this model. It's the old Polaroid technology with a modern twist and it's cool. A pack of ten pictures that you load in the camera to print pictures on costs about $3.50.
Dyson fans feature their "air multiplier" technology that means you get a powerful fan with no blades. No blades mean a safe fan for families and kids. The Dyson fan will blow hot or cold and comes with a handy remote control to control the flow, osculation, and to turn it on or off. This is the future of fans.
My favorite smartphone of 2013 because it is customizable, easy to use and it's so fast.
You can design the phone when it comes to colors, it fits perfectly in your hand and features a long-lasting battery.
What more could you ask for?
How about a 4.7" AMOLED HD screen? It also allows you to launch the 10-megapixel camera by shaking or twisting it.
A great Android phone. There are deals where the $99 is reduced so your net cost is about zero.
"Selfie" was the word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary, and I'm sure that has drawn more attention to The Selfie.
The Selfie is a remote shutter trigger for your iPhone or iPad. It makes it so easy to take selfies or those group shots when everyone wants to be in the picture.
There is no setup involved, just plug it into the headphone jack of your iDevice and start snapping those selfies.
The Ninja Ultima is the ultimate blender. It's a dual stage professional blender that does it all. It can crush, puree, juice, and even blend.
It has 2.5 horsepower and a 72 oz. blending jar, so it holds a lot. It's dishwater safe and comes with a bunch of extras like serving cups and a recipe book.
If you are a serious user of blenders, this is one you need to have in your kitchen.
A mini beer keg that fits right in your fridge. Each keg holds a gallon of tasty beer.
All you have to do is charge the unit, pull firmly on the tap and watch your beer flowing into your cup or glass. It works because air is pushed into the uni- and it doesn't touch the beer at all. This product debuted over a year ago, but 2013 is its breakout year.
If you are a beer drinker or a beer lover, you need to have a Draftmark in your fridge.
Kyocera's "Kyoto Opal" material is now being used in protective film for screen covers for iPhone 5/5c/5s and this is revolutionary.
The covers are now available in the U.S. after only being available in Japan. The film is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin with thinly sliced Kyoto Opal put in to give it a unique look.
Your screen is protected and it shines brilliantly not only while on, but when it's off, the opal pieces gives off a different kind of shine that is unique and will attract attention.
I've never seen anything like this before in a screen shield.
One other byproduct is the Kyoto Opal makes it hard to see the screen from various angles, and this is great for those concerned with privacy.
A Bluetooth water-resistant speaker with tremendous range. Will fit over your showerhead or on any of the ledges in your shower.
Sounds great when listening to music, radio, or podcasts in the shower.
Hope these gadget ideas give you some possibilities if you have those tough people to buy for on your list. Any of the above gadgets are sure to put a smile on the recipient's face.