This week the tech news did not want to slow down: we saw innovations ranging from flashy to downright practical at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Anonymous targeted China's government, and Instagram for Android finally arrived. But the gadget world also saw some exciting new announcements and arrivals.
Google officially announced Project Glass, the company's newest leap into the realm of augmented reality, and Motrr, best known for the Gorillapod flexible camera tripod funded the Galileo, a truly unique new way to mount cameras. But there's even more -- click through to check out ABC News' top gadget picks of the week.
|Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE|
The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. It's a bit more of a mouthful than the original Sprint EVO, but Sprint is holding out hope that it makes just as much of a splash. While the EVO 4G LTE keeps the unique kickstand, Sprint's newest has been updated with more red accents, a dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD display, an 8-megapixel camera, and an NFC (Near Field Communications) chip for tapping to pay. It's also one of the first Sprint LTE phones. It will be available for pre-order on May 7th for $199.99. (Sprint)
|Galileo by Motrr|
The founders of Joby, who invented the popular Gorillapod, are back with a new project on Kickstarter, the Galileo. Just connect your iPhone 4, 4S, or 4th generation iPod Touch to the device, and rotate it infinitely in any direction remotely using an iPhone, iPad, or web browser. The Galileo is great for professional and amateur cinematographers, and everyday consumers looking for a better way to video chat or a more flexible baby monitor. The project is currently being funded on Kickstarter, and will be available in black and white for $129.95 starting in June. (Motrr)
|Panasonic Lumix GF5|
This week Panasonic announced the latest in their line of Lumix cameras. The Lumix GF5 is supposed to help bridge the gap between consumers and professional photographers by offering a step up from point-and-shoot while remaining accessible to user of any skill level. The new model is a bit larger, but looks nearly identical to the previous GF3. Inside, the GF5 has a 12.2-megapixel sensor, an ISO of 12,800, and 1080p HD video recording. With a touchscreen interface and extremely accurate auto-focus, it makes the professional-grade hardware consumer-friendly. The Lumix GF5 will be available in black, white, and red later this year for $599. (Panasonic)
|Dropcam HD Wi-Fi Video Monitoring Camera|
Want to keep a closer eye on the babysitter or your home while you're away? Dropcam HD could be an inexpensive way to do it. The USB- or outlet-powered camera is simple to set up, has night-vision, two-way audio, and optional DVR recording for $9.95 per month. You can access live streams from anywhere, via web browser, iPhone, or Android phone, and all streams are encrypted for privacy. If it senses movement or a loud noise, it will send an email and a mobile notification, so you don't have to waste time monitoring an empty room. Available now for $149. (Dropcam)
|Google Project Glass|
With all the "spec"-ulation around Google's Project Glass, we can say one thing for sure: it's definitely the coolest gadget news this week. Google has announced that it is currently working to create a glasses-like augmented reality device that could make checking the weather forecast as simple as looking up at the sky, and it is currently testing the device and looking for input from the public. While the design pictured here is currently one of several, and parts of the technology are still concept based, we definitely have a lot to look forward to in streamlining the clunky devices we carry around with us everyday. (Google)