Griffin Powerdock 5
Sometimes it only takes the simplest of devices to have the biggest effect on your life, and before long it's hard to see what you did without them. This is certainly the case with Griffin's Powerdock 5, which we can't imagine living without now we've become accustomed to using it every day.
Measuring around the same as a single iPad laid flat, the Powerdock 5 is a multi-charge point for all your i-devices, giving you a place to store and charge five gadgets at one time, from a single power source. As long as there's a USB cable to charge it, the Powerdock will handle it. It's the perfect charging solution for small offices or work groups, or a family full of Android, Windows or iOS device users.
Elgato Smart Key
Another one of life annoyances: even in a modern age of 3D printers and wearable devices, remembering where you put your keys can sometimes prove a challenge. It's a good job that this year Elgato devised a gadget for this predicament, then, isn't it.
The Smart Key is essentially a Bluetooth-enabled fob that, unlike rival devices, uses Bluetooth Smart technology in conjunction with recent software upgrades in iOS 7, to promise a reliable, consistent and versatile gadget-finder.
Working alongside an iOS app that acts as a command centre, the fob can be attached to anything you like – not just keys, as the name suggests. It can be synced via the app under a name corresponding to whatever it is attached to: "handbag", "suitcase", "keys", etc. If you leave something behind, the app will notify you accordingly, seeing that you never leave your valuable possessions behind again.
The Smart Key fob is available now for £40.
Adobe Project Mighty and Napoleon
Adobe announced in September that it would take a serious step into hardware for the first time, and bring the internet-connected stylus experiment Project Mighty to production, along with a accompanying digital ruler called Project Napoleon.
The digital drawing tools deserve a place in our top gadgets roundup for 2013 because once we got our hands on them, we knew instantly they were one of a kind.
With a three-sided twist for better ergonomics during use, the stylus has a notification LED built into the end that emits a range of colours to signify information such as battery status and data transfer. The stylus is encircled with sensors so it can be charged in a USB charging dock.
They might not have become a purchasable reality yet, but the drawing tools – which are aimed at those in the design industry who are looking for tablet and smartphone accessories – offer an enhanced alternative to pencil and paper drawing.
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score