Consumer technology is advancing at what some would call an alarming rate. The rest of us geeks, on the other hand, would view this rate of production and innovation as an incredibly awesome thing.

It’s often very difficult to keep track of what’s hot and what’s new, so we’ve compiled a list of what we feel are the most ground-breaking computer accessories available today. Warning: you might start Googling ‘sell stuff for cash’ after you’re through reading this list; some of these gadgets are very tempting indeed.

The Minoru 3D webcam

This is easily one of the coolest inventions out of the past few years. The world’s first ever 3D consumer webcam, it comes equipped with two high quality wide-angled lenses, a built-in USB mic, all housed in what appears to be a little robot resembling Wall-E.

3DConnexion SpacePilot Pro

For all 3D software navigational needs, one doesn’t need to look further than 3DConnexion’s SpacePilot Pro mouse. Control over 3D surfaces is made easy and manageable with this versatile accessory.

MakerBot Replicator 2

This ingenious but costly device lets you print in two colours, in 3D, in plastic. Yeah, that’s right – plastic!

The second iteration of the Replicator now boasts 100 micron resolution, and is catering to an ever-expanding group of users.

Solar-powered keyboard

If you’re concerned about going green, you might want to invest in Logitech’s solar-powered keyboard, powered by a battery which is then powered by the sun, with the aid of solar panels on the top.

Saitek J11 R100 racing wheel

This one’s for all the gaming aficionados out there. The action is very, very smooth, with a very comfortable grip. Installation is easy, and it’s well worth the money spent.

Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speaker

You can turn your iPad into a party soundsystem with this nifty little box. Its uses are versatile in that apart from music, it acts as a bluetooth speakerphone for Skype calls, or enhance your movie-watching experience.

TP-LINK Wireless N Nano Router

If dongles aren’t your thing, the TP-LINK travel router probably is. Small, compact and versatile, it is highly popular among those who need fast internet access when travelling.

Lacie RuggedKey

Famed for their range of external hard drives, Lacie continues to push the boundary with their ‘rugged’ USB mini-hard disk, modelled after the original Rugged range. Portable, sizeable and durable.

3M Streaming Projector

This projector a stroke of genius. It has built-in WiFi, and is equipped with streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Although the battery doesn’t last long, it’s great for what it is, a portable projector.

Brother MFC-J4510DW Printer

This printer has very versatile web-connectivity features that allows for cloud printing, as well as hosting a touch-screen interface.

It will Copy, Scan and Fax at up to A3 paper size and has on-device photo editing on its 8.3cm TFT LCD screen.

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