Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards awards in what the publication called The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here's the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.
1. Microsoft Phyotosynth
If you haven't heard about "synthing," you haven't been following what's happening in photographic software. This free downloadable product from Microsoft actually rummages through your still photos, finds the ones you took at the same locale or of the same person, and arranges your shots for you. Wait... The Photosynth software arranges the shots in a browsable 3-D format, so you can see and share photos in 3D! Visit Photosynth for more information.
The much anticipated Sport video game did not disappoint. Actually, Spore has grown and before you know it, Spore will have more episodes than Seinfeld. Available in PC, Mac, Nintendo and mobile applications, Spore players get to populate and take over new universes with each game. Popular Mechanic says the attraction to Spore is that players get to create their own characters to interact with each other, rather than relying on stock characters stored in an animation library. Sound like fun! For more information visit Spore or Amazon .
3. Amazon Kindle
You can read almost any popular book, newspapers from all over the world, or Internet blogs from Amazon's Kindle reader. You can read the Kindle anywhere; it's wireless, but there are no wireless fees. Instead of WiFi, Kindle uses EDVO like the advanced cell phones, so you don't have to search for a hot spot. Carry this 10.3 ounce gadget with you and you'll always have something to read. You can even purchase more reading material directly from the Kindle. Catch more than 5,000 customer reviews on the Amazon Kindle.