Cool Gadgets for 2011

With the New Year upon us, it’s about that time to anticipate the top gadgets for 2011. CES is in full swing and management teams of leading consumer product companies are taking the time to showcase their latest product strategy innovations. Below are some of the gadgets that are catching my interest for 2011:

Nintendo 3DS – Nintendo has taken handheld gaming to the next level with their upcoming 3D device. The 3DS will allow consumers to partake in 3D gaming without the use of those annoying glasses. Nintendo is again pushing the envelope in their product and development strategy with this mobile device. Is this type of experience what consumers are demanding? Only time will tell.

New Age Electric Scooter – Throw that ugly Vespa to the curb and jump on this new Uno electric scooter. With a top speed of 30 mph and a range of 30 miles, this new age vehicle is not only stylish but also versatile (it can transform into a unicycle that can be balanced like a segway and take you into tight spaces). With an asking price between $4-7K, not bad…

Android Powered Alpine Goggles
– These things are just cool…travel down the slopes with these new age goggles that include a nice heads up display showing you critical information such as a speedometer, odometer, buddy tracking, heart rate, GPS navigation, caller id, text message, music playlist and more. Buy these and you can call yourself the terminator of the slopes!

3D Televisions with no glasses – If you are like me, you hate wearing those uncomfortable plastic glasses when watching 3D content. Companies like Toshiba are now coming out with 3D televisions that eliminate the need. Exciting!

Ipad Controlled Yacht – Travel in style like Diddy and treat yourself to a one week voyage on a yacht fully controlled (aside from the navigation) by an iPad. For only $850K/week you have the ability to control just about everything on the boat (from the music, to the lighting, to when and where you want your martini).

It’s amazing what new gadgets are unveiled to consumers each year. If you are excited to see a fuller array of gadgets for 2011, check out the Consumer Electronics Show’s website.


Kobie Fuller
Kobie Fuller
General Partner

Kobie Fuller is a General Partner at Upfront Ventures. Previously he was the Principal at Accel Partners in San Francisco where he helped identify and work with entrepreneurs who were building category-defining companies. He has more than 10 years of experience in funding and building software companies.
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