Gear of the year

Forget boring tech: Here are some of the most innovative, interesting products we’ve seen (or are waiting to see) this year.

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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000

This ruggedized 12-megapixel camera takes a licking and keeps on clicking. Go ahead: Knock it off the table, or sit on it. The T-8000 can withstand 6-foot drops and 220 pounds of pressure. Accidentally drop it in the drink? No sweat. The T-8000's interior rubber gaskets seal out seawater down to 33 feet, while its water-repellent coating keeps droplets from forming on the lens. Take it snowboarding — the T-8000 operates at temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if your hands are shaking from the cold, your photos won't show it, thanks to the camera's dual image stabilization.

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