We cover a ton of tech news all year long but some stories stand out. We're taking a moment to reminisce about the most interesting gadgets, green tech innovations, apps, concept designs and more from this past year. In no particular order, enjoy these headlines again, or for the first time:
This is one very impressive display, and one we'd love to see in person!
A brilliant way to get closer to animals, and it seems to really work too -- check out the video to see it in action.
This case is one of the most interesting we've seen for off-grid charging for tablet devices.
We love this low-tech hack for high-tech devices, especially because the crafters use books destined to gather dust.
Again, super simple and low-tech. We love this balance to our gadget-centric lives.
© Samuel Wilkinson
A way to slow down technology, which may seem counterintuitive but makes a lot of spiritual sense.
Incredible progress out of MIT for putting solar cells everywhere.
These orb-shaped robots could be the future of safety for pipe infrastructure.
One of our favorite solar iPhone cases from this year.
The Nest is a revolutionary device for home energy efficiency, and we're guessing they'll be in homes all over the place in the very near future.
This is a great improvement for companies focused on flexible OLED devices, from cell phones to digital advertising displays.
These speakers are a fun way to reuse old items and design your own musical devices.
We love this amazing project and impressive design that brings light to distant places.
Talk about reusable printer paper! This is an interesting development for paper-conscious offices.
This smart design keeps the landlord off your back and eyesores away from your apartment.
This Kickstarter project took off like wildfire and it's no surprise why. The concept is brilliant.
Technology we can really get behind. Upgrading is far, far better than replacing!
An interesting solution for lighting in rural areas, and one that takes a very compact form.
A fascinating development as technology moves into classrooms.
One of our favorite gadget-y finds at Maker Faire this year.
It's an interesting design to make being in public even more social.
Not a year goes by without at least one design like this.
It's odd, but adorable. And we have to love a gadget that grows trees.
Might this mean cell phones that are less likely to break?
This might make public transportation even more appealing...if cities could find the funds to install them.
© James Dyson Award
This winning device design could mean big things for future crops in dry areas.
A really smart low-tech solution.
We're on our way to real life WALL-Es.
Can you guess what it is?
And this extraordinarily popular project is a gadget you can make yourself!