he must-have techno gadgets everyone will want in 2011
ADVANCED OPTIONS: The new Google Nexus One mobile phone. Source: AP
SMARTPHONES that work as credit cards, 3D screens that work without glasses and an army of new tablet computers are poised to launch in 2011, in a year that could outshine the advances of the past 12 months.
Among the top advances coming soon is the ability to use mobile phones as credit cards, made possible with the addition of a computer chip and software using near-field communication technology.
While this technology, used in some store credit-card readers, has been available for some time, Google plans to launch it in a big way inside its upcoming Nexus S smartphone.
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said the phone’s Tap and Pay feature could be the first stage of a transition in which handsets “eventually replace credit cards”.
The Google Nexus S, made by Samsung, will be given to Australian Google employees early next year.
Another new gadget tipped to launch in March next year will free 3D gaming fans from 3D glasses.
The handheld Nintendo 3DS game console will offer an autostereoscopic screen that delivers a 3D effect to the naked eye, and one that can be controlled with a switch for comfortable viewing.
Tablets are also expected to play a big part in 2011 tech temptations, with the second Apple iPad tipped for release in the first half of the year and many more tablets of different sizes, software and designs due out early next year.
Tablet computers are due to be launched early next year from BlackBerry, Acer, Motorola, ASUS, MSI and Toshiba