Popular Mechanic takes a look at the ten most brilliant gadgets of the year. Normally you expect these kind of lists in December or January but they're a bit early. Pop Mec's list includes stuff like Microsoft Photosynth, Spore and Intel Atom processor:
In addition to being a marvel of miniaturization (47 million transistors on a single 26 x 26 mm chip), the Atom processor is brilliantly efficient, with a power specification ranging from below 1 watt to 2.5 watts. Chips such as the Atom, made possible by a new Intel manufacturing process, can bring computer-level power to highly portable devices—further blurring the distinction between cellphones and computers.