Some of the best gadget ideas these days are coming out of Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website that lets anyone buy products before they are made. And for the second week in a row, our gadgets of the week column features two Kickstarter-backed products -- the Faraday concept e-bike and the POP multi-charger. But if you're looking for some more traditional gadgets made by the big guys, we've got you covered there too with Sony modernizing a classic and Samsung's launch of one giant TV.
Click through for a recap of this week's coolest gadgets.
|Farady Concept E-Bike|
The Faraday Porteur concept e-bike is every hipster's dream machine. Using state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries hidden in the bike's frame, cyclists can get ten to fifteen miles out of a single charge. Built-in sensors measure the speed you're pedaling and the electric motor's output will match you. If you feel like you want to save some battery life, simply hit the off button and the futuristic Faraday e-bike turns into a regular old human powered bicycle. "Boost" mode gives peddlers a little extra power to help them up steep hills or to zip past pesky city cabs. Complete with high-powered LED lamps for headlights and a stylish old school design, any avid city cyclist will want one of these to tool around on. If the Kickstarter campaign is a success, you can have your very own Faraday Porteur e-bike for $3,500 by April 2013. (Farady)
|Samsung 75" 3DTV|
Be honest, every time you play Angry Birds on your phone, you're thinking about how awesome it would be if you could play this on a 75" motion sensor enabled screen. Well, dreams come true with Samsung's new 75" 3D LCD TV. Samsung's largest TV to date comes with Smart Interaction, a voice and motion control system. With a pop-up webcam for Skype calls and Bluetooth connectivity, this is one 3DTV that will keep you thoroughly entertained and glued to your seat. Then again, at $10,000 your dream may change. (Samsung)
The POP (Portable Power) multi-device charging station is a mobile device hound's best friend. The POP is compatible with the iPad, iPod, Kindle Fire, and other Android devices with micro-USB ports. Although the POP isn't the first multi-device charging station, it's certainly the most powerful. Containing an impressive 25,000 mAh battery, it can charge up to 10 iPhones. Yep, it's powerful while also looking cool. With a retail price of $199, the POP charger will be available to technophiles everywhere this December. (POP)
|Sony Walkman F800|
Remember Walkmans? You know, those devices that played those things called audio-cassette tapes. Well, if you can remember those, you know that Sony's Walkman F800 is nothing like those old Walkmans. The Walkman F800 is Sony's newest competitor to the iPod Touch. It runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), has a 1GHz dual-core processor, and can come with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of storage space. Offering 20 hours of music playback and 4.5 for video, the Walkman F800 might make a dent in Apple's portable music grip--then again, when priced at $279, that might be a bit of a stretch. (Sony)
|Samsung MV900 Flip-Screen Wi-Fi Compact Camera|
The Samsung MV900 flip-screen Wi-Fi compact camera is great for the shooter on-the-go. Sporting a 16.3-megapixel lens and a 5x 25-125 mm zoom, the MV900 can take crisp photos. However, it's standout feature is its 3.3-inch OLED screen which can tilt up to 180 degrees, allowing you to take lovely self-portraits. The best part is that budding photojournalists everywhere can easily share their work on everything from Facebook to YouTube with the camera's built in Wi-Fi connectivity. For those who prefer a camera to their smartphones, this is certainly a gadget to check out. The Samsung MV900 will be available this August for a retail price of $349. (Samsung)