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Travel Gadgets for the New Year

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The end of 2012 ushers in a collection of innovative high-tech toys.

As the end of 2012 approaches—with its colder weather, gift receipts and holiday visitors—a bunch of new gadgets is surfacing just as the shopping season shifts into high gear. These last few months of the year can’t be beat when it comes to technology display, trumping even the venerable Consumer Electronics Show (January 8 to 11, 2013) in Las Vegas. As debuts abound, it is the perfect time to indulge.

If you are looking for something to make travel easier, try the TripIt Pro app, a convenient itinerary creator and organizer that, though already in existence for a couple of years, is only just now gaining the wide-spread recognition it deserves. Or maybe you want a travel alarm clock that doubles as a speaker for your phone, like the Geneva XS. Or it could be something as simple as a set of wireless foot warmers, such as ThermaCell heated insoles, which slip into a ski boot to allow for a few more black-diamond runs.

The photographers and videographers out there might be more interested in the Sony HDR-PJ260V camcorder, which projects footage onto any flat surface, turning an apartment wall into an instant movie screen. There is also the 16.3-megapixel Samsung MV900F multi-view smart camera, an innovative new point-and-shoot that lets you zoom in or out simply by moving a hand in front of the camera. Consider it—and all of the high-tech treasures on this list—some end-of-the-year magic.