Tech buzz was at a level red this week: J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter series arrived as eBooks, you can now tap phones together to pay thanks to a nifty new app called BumpPay, and Foxconn and the Fair Labor Association promised sweeping changes at Apple's factories. But in addition to all that progress, the gadget world saw some fun and interesting new arrivals.
This week, we have a unique new way to learn to play guitar, an oddly shaped new webcam from Logitech, and the first OLED TV to hit the market. Whether you're at work, looking to pick up a new hobby, or just relaxing at home and watching the game, we have it all this week. Click through to get the skinny on our top gadget picks this week.
These retro speakers may look a little clunky, but they sound as smooth as the mahogany finish. Featuring vacuum tube technology, 2.1 channel speakers, and a built-in subwoofer, they pump out top quality sound. Most high-quality audio products are only for the tried and true audiophiles, but Samsung's newest speakers are for anyone willing to pay the $800 price tag. The best part? The docking system works with Apple products and the Samsung Galaxy II, and it can wirelessly sync with any Bluetooth device. (Samsung)
This webcam from Logitech looks like something out of Star Wars with its strange, eye-stalk design, but it's meant for use in a galaxy much closer to home. The BCC950 features a Carl Zeiss lens and autofocus for a crystal clear picture anywhere in the room. It's great for corporate meetings, too with its motorized zoom, tilt, and 180 degree pan, which can be controlled with the included remote. Unfortunately, all these features come at a steep price of $250, meaning corporate meetings are likely the only place you'll ever see one. (Logitech)
|LG 55-Inch OLED TV|
At long last! It's the moment we've all been waiting for with bated breath: the first OLED TV will be hitting the market soon; hopefully in time to watch the Super Bowl! OLED, which stands for organic light emitting diod, allows screens to be extremely thin without compromising the quality of high-def images. We covered Samsung's version at CES this year, but it looks like LG's 55-inch OLED TV is going to be the first out of the gate. But just how deep will you have to dig to pay for it? At this point the price is hovering around a staggering $8,000, but we can only hope that the price will drop as the market opens up for the next generation of television. (LG)
|Tabber LED Guitar Light Sleeve|
Ever thought of learning guitar? With this Kickstarter project, anyone with a guitar can pick it up and learn to play! At least, that's the idea anyway. Simply slip the Tabber LED Light Sleeve over the guitar, boot up the app on your smartphone, and follow the lights. The app comes with a variety of songs, chords, and scales, but because the program is Open Source, you can program and share your own songs, lessons, and light patterns, as well as ones made by hundreds of other users. This project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. (Tabber)
|Nokia Lumia 900|
This is one snazzy phone for a ridiculously good price. Just announced, the Nokia Lumia 900 will be available on AT&T for just $100, and it is more than worth the coinage. This smartphone is jam-packed with an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, and a 1.4 GHz single-core processor for running its Windows Phone operating system. Oh and did we mention its polycarbonate back (available in blue, white and black) and 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED touchscreen? It will be available on April 8th for $99.99. (AT&T)