USA TODAY featured a snapshot of our Most Memorable New Product Launch (MMNPL) survey on the front page of the Money section in yesterday’s edition.
SA tech expert Curtis Silver shared the gadgets and gizmos he thinks will be the Most Memorable New Product Launches of 2013. Silver is a contributor to GeekDad and Medium.com, brand ambassador for Gunnar Optiks and writer of a delusional travel blog, Heathens of the Plains. He can be found at pixelhub.me/cebsilver.
1. Xbox One
In an effort to revolutionize the gaming experience, Microsoft is banking on their next generation gaming system to bleed together all aspects of gaming, television, music and movies for one massive entertainment machine.
Learn more: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/meet-xbox-one
2. PlayStation 4
Like Microsoft, Sony is hoping their system will be the next generation entertainment system. Unlike Microsoft, Sony has benefited from not being completely creepy with how they plan on not watching you. Time will tell which system will win this battle, but it should be entertaining to watch.
Learn more: http://us.playstation.com/ps4/index.htm
3. Google Glass
While poised to become the next Segway, in the sense of revolutionary technology limited to tech nerds and tech tourists, Glass has the potential to be something more. Yet, every time Robert Scoble tweets a picture of himself in the shower, the product takes a hit. Do we want that kind of accessibility on our faces? Only time will tell.
Learn more: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
Neither launched in the last year nor an actual piece of traditional technology, Netflix shouldn’t be on this list. But in February 2013, Netflix changed the landscape of television when it released original content, House of Cards. Through integration with the next generation of gaming consoles, Netflix’s business model will revolutionize how we digest made-for-TV entertainment.
Learn more: https://signup.netflix.com/
5. 3Doodler Pen
After pulling in $2.3M following a $30K Kickstarter goal, the 3Doodler Pen by WobbleWorks LLC is now shipping to backers. Just as 3D printing opened up the creative industrial market, this pen has the ability to do the same with consumers. It is cheap and can change how we doodle. For artists, it has the potential to be an invaluable resource for modeling and creation.
Learn more: http://www.the3doodler.com/
6. Galaxy Gear SmartWatch
Like it or not, calculator watches are making a comeback. Do people really want another piece of wearable technology when they are already carrying cell phones? Will the smart watch trend take off? If it does, at least Samsung can say they drew first blood.
Learn more: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3-gear/
While Sony and Microsoft are busy building massive entertainment systems, Ouya is under the radar, seeking to bring gaming to the masses- but just gaming. With a $99 price point, an Android operating system and a game library that is free to try, it is only a matter of time before millions of burnt out gamers migrate to the simplicity of this system. While many are writing it off as dead, it’s better to consider Ouya the Linux of the gaming consoles.
Learn more: https://www.ouya.tv/?gclid=CInhx4mc9rkCFUWd4Aod6R8AIQ
No one knows more about new food and beverage products than our expert Domenick Celentano. Celantano has spent his entire life in Retail Consumer Foods holding key positions in his family business, Celentano Bros., Inc. the well-known Italian frozen foods brand in the North East. Domenick is the Food & Beverage guide at About.com and writes articles and blogs on topics focused on food entrepreneurs starting or running a specialty food business, such as trends and new product launch. The FoodPreneur provides consulting and educational seminars to help food entrepreneurs create successful new product launches. As always, Celantano told us which eats and drinks made the biggest impression on him this year. His picks for the Most Memorable New Product Launches are:
1. KFC Go Cups
A new KFC on-the-go snack. Customers have five different options to choose from: Chicken Littles, Original Recipe Bites, Hot Wings, Original Recipe Boneless, or Extra Crispy Tenders. Each cup also comes with seasoned potato wedges. The meal is packaged to easily fit inside your car cup holder, which makes it easy to eat on the go.
Learn more: http://www.kfc.com/food/chicken/gocups.asp
2. McDonald’s McWrap
A 10-inch warm tortilla wrapped around chicken and vegetables. Customers can choose grilled or crispy chicken from three different flavors: Chicken and Bacon, Chicken and Ranch, or Sweet Chili Chicken. Designed to give people a new, healthier option that’s easy to eat.
3. Chobani Bite
Blended 100 calorie Greek Yogurt that is available in six different flavors: Caramel with Pineapple Chunks, Coffee with Dark Chocolate Chips, Fig with Orange Zest, Honey Ginger, Mint with Dark Chocolate Chips, and Raspberry with Dark Chocolate Chips. A great source of protein made from all natural ingredients.
Learn more: http://chobani.com/products/
4. Barilla Microwavable Meals
Designed around busy professionals, Brilla Microwavable Meals can easily be made anywhere, at any time. These meals feature six different meal choices: Marinara Penne, Meat Sauce Gemelli, Spicy Marina Penne, Tomato and Basil Penne, Tomato and Whole Grain Penne, and Vegetable Marinara Whole Grain Fusilli. A chef-quality meal that’s ready in just one minute. Barilla Microwavable Meals are made with 100% natural ingredients, 10-11 grams of protein, and no preservatives.
Learn more: http://www.barilla.com/aggregator/product/1304
5. Ensure Clear
Ensure’s first non-shake product, designed to give customer’s more options. Ensure Clear is a refreshing fat-free drink filled with 21 essential vitamins and minerals. Ensure Clear is offered in two flavors: Blueberry Pomegranate and Peach Mixed Fruit, both holding 9 grams of protein and only 180 calories.
Learn more: http://ensure.com/products/ensure-clear
6. Dunkin Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich
“Going where no breakfast has gone.” A glazed donut holding together a peppered fried egg topped with bacon slices. This new product launch may follow in the footsteps of other “big indulgence” items like the KFC Double Down and make the MMNPL top 10!
7. Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Re-Branding – “Happier Spoons”
Talenti Gelato and Sorbetto has a new look and feel. Along with modernizing its packaging, the company has created a new label – happy spoons, which are displayed on every container. The new design shows the company’s simplicity and satisfaction that comes with every spoonful. They’ve also added four new flavors: Alphonso Mango, Argentine Caramel, Southern Butter Pecan, and German Chocolate Cake.
Learn more: https://talentigelato.com/
Anyone experienced enough with Xbox Kinect knows the fun of virtual motion control. Whether it’s a round of the latest dance craze or a game of virtual football, the technology has undoubtedly broken new ground when it comes to interacting with your favorite gadgets.
Enter Leap Motion’s Controller. Controlling your computer is as easy as waving your hands. This new product makes it easy to ditch that old mouse and keyboard in exchange for hands-free control of your favorite apps and games, all without ever touching a screen.
In a press release, Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald describes his vision for the product: “Leap Motion enhances the computing experience to allow people to do things in new and better ways, and we’re committed to breaking down the barriers between people and technology to make the future more easily accessible.”
Read more at the Schneider Associates blog.
Our home products expert, Tom Kraeutler, is the Host, Founder and Chief Home Improvement Evangelist of The Money Pit. He is a hands-on home improvement broadcast journalist and the kind of guy homeowners want to call at midnight when their basement floods. He first earned his home improvement stripes as a professional home inspector, amassing over 20 years experience learning how houses are put together, and how they fall apart!
Here are his selections for the Most Memorable New Home Product Launches of 2012:
These windows are an excellent choice to replace old, drafty windows that are hard to open or require frequent scraping and painting. Andersen has made it so that installing these windows couldn’t be easier. The 400 Series Tilt-Wash Double-Hung Insert Window is custom sized to fit inside an existing window frame. Just remove the top and bottom sash and insert the new window. It’s a great DIY project that requires only basic skills and no special tools. Plus, you can install the window from inside your home, making it easy to replace even second-floor windows. The tilt function makes it easy to clean them, and the low-maintenance exterior eliminates the need for paint. Plus, the high-performance Low-E4 glass provides superior energy-efficiency.
Every once in a while a company comes out with a truly unique innovation that completely takes me by surprise. Gyro is one of those products — the world’s first motion activated power screwdriver. It’s really cool and fun to use. Here’s how it works: the trigger is on the back of it, so when you squeeze the Gyro you engage the power switch. To turn it on, you rotate it to the right. It starts very slowly, and the more you turn, it goes full throttle. To slow it down you simply turn it back towards neutral or center, wherever you started with it. And then to reverse the direction, you simply turn it to the left. Gyro was developed by Black & Decker to give users more control over the application, both in speed and direction. And at a suggested retail price of $39.99, it’s both innovative and inexpensive!
The age-old problem of leaving lights on in empty rooms is solved with the Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch from Lutron. It can detect motion so that it turns lights on when you enter a room and off when a room is empty. This hands-free technology makes life easier when you’ve got an armful of laundry or groceries, and it’s great for a household with kids who might not always remember to turn off the lights when they leave a room. It’s also convertible to manual on/off vacancy sensors for use in bedrooms and homes with pets. You can install it in 15 minutes or less, and it works with all types of light bulbs, including LED, CFL, tube fluorescent, halogen and incandescent. And by replacing just one standard light switch with a Maestro Occupancy Sensing Switch, you can save up to $25 in energy costs.
This $10 million prize-winning light bulb is an answer to our energy future that’s here today – selected by the U.S. Department of energy as the most energy efficient-alternative to the standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. Philips 10-watt LED bulb lasts 30 times longer – up to 27 years!! – and can save you up to $165 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Wave goodbye to the hassle of changing bulbs frequently and pat yourself on the back for choosing a bulb that’s smart for the planet AND your wallet. Philips 10-watt LED bulb is fully dimmable and provides soft white light with virtually no UV in the beam, so it won’t fade fabrics. And it’s designed in a traditional bulb shape that will fit right into your existing fixtures.
As a nation, we flush away billions of gallons of water every day. You can be part of the solution by improving a water-wasting toilet in your own home. Fluidmaster’s Duo Flush is an innovative system that converts any toilet into a high-efficiency, water-saving dual flush toilet that saves you money to boot. It provides up to 50% water savings with every flush, and can knock your water bill down by more than $120 a year per toilet. It’s easy to install – takes just 20 minutes – and easy to use: Just lift the handle up for a half flush and push it down for a full flush. You’ll be reducing your annual water usage by more than 15,000 gallons, and the planet will thank you.
It’s been a big year for toys with re-imagined classics and tablet technology trickling down to the playroom. We turned to toy reviewer Dan Nessel of DadDoes.com for his picks for the Most Memorable New Product Launches in the toy category this year.
Nintendo is looking to shake up the video game industry with the Nintendo Wii U. Rather than compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360 on purely power and graphics, the Wii U introduces a whole new way to play. Every Wii U will come with a GamePad controller, basically a tablet that works with the Wii U. The GamePad introduces a second screen and changes the way video games are played.
Nintendo has held a number of Wii U Experience events for the press and video game lovers to create a buzz around the system and it looks to be working. Within days of the announcement that the Wii would be available on November 18th, stores such as Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us had stopped taking pre-orders due to high demand.
Furby is back! While it is unlikely the new Furby will match the craziness that surrounded the original Furby in 1998, Furby is still looking to be a hot toy for the 2012 holiday season. The new Furby has new features to make him/her more interactive and you can now use an iPhone/iPad App to play with Furby.
Hasbro has done a big social media push for Furby and retailers are expecting high demand. Furby has already been named to the Toys R Us, Walmart and Kmart Top Toy lists.
Razor puts a spin on the classic 3 wheel trike…literally. The Flash Rider 360 turns and drifts on dual inclined caster wheels, so kids can easily do full 360 spins. In addition to the spinning fun, The Flash Rider 360 has a Spark Bar, so now kids can spin and spark.
The Razor Flash Rider 360 was a hit at the 2012 International Toy Fair in NYC and was featured on ABC’s The View. In addition, The Flash Rider 360 was named a Most Wanted Toy by Time To Play.
The original LeapPad was a hit and all indications are that the LeapPad 2 will be even more popular with technology loving kids. At its June 2012 release, the LeapPad 2 sold more units in two days than the LeapPad 1 did in a week.
The LeapPad 2, is the next generation of the #1 kid’s learning tablet (LeapPad1), bringing higher performance, new features and an extensive library filled with learning and creative content.
A hot trend this year is remote control (R/C) toys that do more than just drive or fly. Air Hogs has created the ultimate R/C toy for boys – the Air Hogs Hover Assault. The Hover Assault is a car that you can drive, but with the press of a button the car takes off and becomes a flying car. It gets even better, press another button on the remote and fire missiles from your flying car.
Air Hogs has created buzz for the Hover Assault with a number of commercial spots, online videos and via social media. Air Hogs Hover Assault was named to both the Walmart Top 20 Holiday Toy List and the Kmart Fab 15 Holiday Toy list.
What do you think of Dan’s picks? Check back for more expert product selections, and for the results of the Most Memorable New Product Launch survey coming later this year.
Our Beauty Expert Kelly Logan Gould, is best known as the editor of Gouldylox Reviews, which was ranked one of this year’s Top 50 Best Beauty Blogs by iFabbo. Kelly also contributes to Lock & Mane and She Said Beauty. Here are her picks for the five most memorable beauty products of the year!
Sarah Potempa Beachwaver — The Beachwaver will save you time and leave you looking like you just left the red carpet! Sarah and her sister Erin worked on developing this innovative rotating curling iron for over two years. The technology is unsurpassed (with customized extra-long barrel, digital temperature control, and Left/Right control buttons), the idea is simple, and your hair will look fabulous. Guaranteed! – This is the best iron I’ve tried this year. It takes the guess work out of the perfect beach waves, EVERY TIME.
Garnier BB Cream — Skin concerns, such as discoloration, dullness, blotchiness and dryness can come from a number of different sources. It’s hard to find just one product that addresses them all. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream immediately and effectively fullfills your skincare expectations with just one multi-benefit product that combines intense moisturizing skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage for skin that looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.
Sally Hansen Real Polish Strips — It wears like nail polish because it IS nail polish. No dry time, so you’re ready to go. This is so easy to apply, it wears for more than a week when topped with clear polish and looks fantastic with no nail damage.
Knockout Nails — This revolutionary new system will take your nails from short and brittle—to strong and beautiful. By strengthening the nails with its unique hardening ingredients, cured in the UV light, KNOCKOUTnails prevents the nails from chipping and breaking. Your nails are completely dry in 2 minutes, so you can go right back to your daily routine, no matter how strenuous. Knockout Nails protects and strengthens your natural nails so they become longer, stronger, and more beautiful. You can use any of your favorite polishes on top of KNOCKOUTnails. This is like a gel manicure that allows you to change your polish color whenever you want. Your nails are always clear, strong and lovely!
Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool — A triple-tip lash-emphasizing tool that fills in spaces between lashes, giving the natural impression of thicker, more luscious lashes. This innovative 3-in-1 design makes lash emphasizing dots, tight-lining and traditional lash-lining easy. Great for cat eyes! This looks incredibly gimmicky, BUT WORKS and makes everything so easy!
What beauty products did you find most memorable this year? Are there any you’re eager to try? Let us know and keep checking back as we count down to the results of our annual Most Memorable New Product Launch survey!
MMNPL’s Technology Expert Curtis Silver has more than experience when it comes to technology. Silver has written and worked for Wired.com, Gunnar Optiks, Technorati.com, and Digital Dads (writer of the 2nd best NFL column on the internet). Check out what our expert expects to be the most memorable tech products this year!
1. WiiU – What needs to be said about the first next generation system to be released by the big three? While Playstation and Xbox are still refining their next devices, Nintendo is first to the game – just in time for Christmas. With a handheld and portable controller, updating to HD and integrating more social factors, the WiiU is sure to be a huge hit.
2. Nokia Lumia 920 – This is the last chance for a Windows phone to grab enough market share to keep making Windows phones. The Lumia 920 is probably the sleekest, fastest mobile device that carries the Windows operating system. This is a nice phone. Easy to use, intuitive and streamlined. But is a multitude of colors enough to compete with Android and iOS? You are going to see more of these on the street in the coming months, as people realize that the fair market of operating systems makes for a stronger little guy.
3. iPhone 5 – I’m not a fan of the iPhone, but certainly of what it represents. While the iPhone is no more spectacular than the Samsung Galaxy III or the Motorola Razr, Apple still is able to not only innovate in their design and operating system, but easily profit while doing so. Love or hate Apple, their contribution to the hipster lifestyle can’t be ignored.
4. Origin PC Eon Laptops – Origin, a company made up of the former brains behind Alienware, is quickly becoming one of the elite manufacturers of high end gaming computers. Their EON line of gaming laptops include 3D options and amazing graphics and sound. Next time you go to PAX, E3 or CES check out how many gaming rigs are Origin PC’s. The Origin EON is going to bring Origin into the arena dominated by companies like Dell, and eventually push them out. Bottom line: if you are a gamer, you want an Origin.
5. Makerbot Replicator – An open source 3D printer? Yes please. This represents the future of so many independent industries, from animation to architecture and beyond. While the process still needs some refinement, this printer is the first step in a fairly new technology that is going to redefine how we mold and view the world.
Which do you think will be the most memorable? Let us know you expert opinion!
Amanda Shih, our pet expert and dog trainer, walker, groomer and boarder created her blog, Doggie Product Review, to provide other dog owners with helpful, easy to understand product reviews. Based in Chicago, she reviews toys, treats, food and general tools. Here is her list of the top Five Most Memorable 2012 Pet Products.
Absolutely New’s Treat Launcher™ eliminates getting doggie drool on your hands and makes feeding time fun! Simply pull the trigger and a single piece of food is launched into the air. Not only is this a great way to give your dog exercise, it also feeds your dog at the same time.
The DogGone Smart Pet Bed is the latest high tech product to hit the market for dog beds. The truly amazing water-resistant Dog Gone Smart Pet Bed leaves your dog’s bed clean without compromising on fabric feel or comfort.
Bionic Toss N Tug Toyfloats, flies, and is guaranteed to be chewed and not break or Bionic will give you a new one for free! The demo video for this cool toy shows how it can survive a blender and still look like new.They also have models that can be filled with treats to provide hours of safe fun for your pooch.
Frosty Bowlz has a freezable insert that will keep your pet’s water ice cold for up to 18 hours! A must for hot summer days.
Pet Paint is just that: safe, non-toxic, and veterinarian approved paint for your dog. The first-of-its-kind, this product is sure to leave a lasting memory when you paint on your team’s colors. Imagine the looks your dog will draw at parades, social events, and parties all painted up and ready to show!
The year 2012 has introduced us to many new pet products. What do you think is the best new product? Which would you be most likely to try? Make sure to check back toward the end of the year, when we will be revealing our Most Memorable New Product Launch survey final results.