The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year
- Olympus EVOLT E-330 Digital SLR Camera $890.00 (Check Prices) via Amazon Marketplace
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB $95.00 (When Rated) via ALLHDD
- Pioneer Inno XM2go
- Shure Sound Isolating Earphones
- Parallels Desktop for Mac
- Sony BWU-100A Blu-Ray Disc Writer (2x/2x/2x BD, 8x/8x/8x DVD+RW, 8x/6x/8x DVD-RW, 4x DVD?RW DL, 32x/16x/24x CD-RW)
- BlackBerry Pearl $90.00 (Check Prices) via Amazon Marketplace
- Rhapsody 4.0
- T-Mobile Dash
- Nintendo Wii $216.00 (When Rated) via Amazon Marketplace
- Microsoft Office Standard 2007
- Logitech NuLooq navigator & tooldial $26.00 (Check Prices) via Amazon Marketplace
- T-Mobile Dash (Windows Mobile 6)
Innovative Products, #14-#16
14. Olympus EVolt E-330
The $950 Olympus EVolt E-330 digital SLR introduces a unique feature to this class of camera: an LCD that can provide a live preview of your shot. In particular macro shooters and users with glasses should appreciate this, as it will save them some struggle with the viewfinder. To use the LCD this way, simply press the Live View button. You can see the scene at 92 percent (and have it autofocus), or at 100 percent (focusing manually) with accurate depth of field and the ability to magnify details to ensure that your shot is sharp. Image quality was good in our tests, and the camera includes Olympus's top-notch cleaning mechanism to keep dust from marring your photographs.
15. Google SketchUp
This drawing program makes creating 3D structures supereasy. You can have a model done in minutes, then save, print, or add it to Google Earth to share it with other users. You also have access to a plethora of ready-made structures via Google's 3D Warehouse, and Google SketchUp's thorough online documentation can help you past any rough patches as you build. The program works with both Windows and the Mac OS--and best of all, it's free.
16. Sony PlayStation 3
A multicore cell processor. Blu-ray. Wi-Fi. A custom-designed nVidia graphics chip. A motion-sensing, wireless controller. We've seen many of these technologies before, but Sony gets major points for managing to pack all of them into one machine. And while $599 sounds like a lot for a game console, the 60GB Sony PlayStation 3 probably has more power than your average budget PC (a slightly less powerful version is available for $499). The PS3 is truly focused on high definition, and our first tests showed that it's arguably a better Blu-ray Disc player than Samsung's first $1000 effort.