What Will the Top 5 Gadgets of 2012 Be?

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The former editor of Wired's Gadget Lab, Dylan Tweney, has some nice predictions for next year's best gadgets. Back in 2009, before the iPad came out, I remember him telling me that he thought Apple was going to come out with a tablet and it'd be a great product. Thinking about the history of abysmal failure of tablets, I kind of thought he was nuts. He was, obviously, right on that one, and I learned I should pay attention to what he thinks is going to happen.

Tweney is now the executive editor of Venture Beat and today, Bloomberg West put out a longish video segment with him in which he makes his predictions for next year's top five gadgets. If you can't watch the video above, here's his list:

1. An Apple TV
2. Nokia's new phones, the Lumia 800 and 710
3. Tesla Model S, the electric car company's family-friendly sedan
4. Kindle Fire 2, whenever that arrives: Amazon
5. Lytro, the focus-anywhere camera

The top two are particularly interesting to me. Tweney makes an interesting case for Apple releasing an actual television that would attempt to integrate your TV watching experience ('the second TV' though not the living room set) with your other interactions with Apple products. His other big prediction is that the Microsoft-Nokia tie-up will be a success. He thinks the Nokia Lumia 800 is going to be a very strong competitor to the iPhone and the best Android phones.

Last, I think we're all interested to see what happens with the next iteration of the Kindle Fire. This year's version felt rushed out for the holidays; perhaps version two will be the iPad competitor everyone has been waiting for.

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