It was a busy week in tech, with our exclusive look inside Foxconn and Apple's iPad and iPhone production line and Twitter and Facebook invading some unlikely places. But amid all that, some very interesting gadgets arrived in the world.
From a smartphone that can survive being in water for 30 minutes to a sneaker with a sensor that talks to your iPhone, there was no lack of shiny new products being born. Not all of them are hitting the market this week, but that doesn't mean you won't want to click through and get all the details on ABC News' top gadget picks of the week.
|Samsung Rugby Smart (AT&T)|
Samsung Android phones are a dime a dozen, but a phone that can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and withstand extreme temperatures? That's a role reserved for AT&T's forthcoming Samsung Rugby Smart. The phone doesn't have AT&T LTE, but it does have its fast HSPA+ data speeds, Android 2.3, a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, and a 5-megapixel camera. Oh, and did we mention it has an integrated flashlight? It will be available for $99.99 on March 4. (AT&T)
Ultrabooks (what the tech industry is calling very thin and light laptops) are all the rage now, but the Razer Blade is the exact opposite. This 17.3-inch laptop is a gamer's paradise, with a secondary screen to the right of the keyboard, which can display in-game information or function as a trackpad. And because it's meant for gaming, it is packed with top-shelf performance parts, including Nvidia graphics and a fast Core i7 processor. But it doesn't come cheap: it will hit at $2,799 when there are more in stock in a couple of weeks. (Razer)
|Nike+ Basketball and Nike+ Training|
Calling all Jeremy Lin wannabes! Nike's stepping up its tech game with a pair of Nike+ Basketball shoes, which have pressure sensors in the sole to measure how fast you're moving and how high you're jumping. And, of course, there's an app for that: The sensors transmit the information to your iPhone via Bluetooth, so you can track your stats and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter. For those who aren't great on the court, Nike has similar Nike+ Training sneakers. No word on the price on the kicks, but they will be out later this year. (Nike)
|Epson's GPS-enabled watch|
GPS-equipped watches are nothing new, but Epson announced this week that it is making the world's lightest one, which can make a huge difference when you're just nearing the end of that 25th mile. Tipping the scales at 50 grams, the watch is water resistant and has an "accurate built-in GPS module" for tracking distance, pace, and other crucial data. The watch will go head to head with other versions from Garmin, but we'll just have to see which one is the lightest and most affordable when it hits the market later this year. (Epson)
|Altec Lansing inAir 5000|
Altec Lansing's new $499.95 inAir 5000 speaker dock is expensive, but it's got some groundbreaking audio technology crammed inside. An Airplay supported speaker, the inAir 5000 includes Apple's wireless streaming capabilities, so you can stream music from iTunes on your computer, your Apple TV, or your iPhone or iPad without any extra hardware. In addition, the unit has two 3-inch midrange drivers and a 4-inch subwoofer. It should make your music collection sound damn good. (Altec Lansing)