What were the greatest gadgets of 2008? This gallery represents Fast Company's top picks of the year. Did we get them right?

TomTom was one of the first GPS companies to use voice activation--you can tell it where you want to go. But most people don't know the sleek go 920 has an SD-card slot on its top edge, which lets you add SD-card-based maps of, say, Europe. Because while it's fun to ask the French for directions, the TomTom never shrugs and walks away.

Price: $449
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The ultimate wireless fix for the literati. a built-in cellular phone transceiver lets you download up to 200 titles (each takes about a minute) from a list of more than 185,000; The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and your other subscriptions are delivered automatically. All of it displayed on a so-called electronic-paper screen that looks and reads like the real thing. An SD slot lets you add your own content. Ten ounces.

Price: $359
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This state-of-the-art, ultra high-def video camera uses two removable solid-state p2 memory cards; each holds up to 64 GB (about two hours of the highest-quality video possible) and fits right into the PC/MCIA slot on your laptop. Best of all, P2 cards can function in temperatures between -4?f (North Pole) and 140?f (chimneys) and withstand shocks of up to 1,500 Gs (sleigh rides).

Price: $5,695
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Tech wonks heard about Taiwan-based ASUS long before 2007, when it rolled out its first EeePC subnotebook computer. They knew, for example, that the company used to make iPods for apple. But the new EeePC 1000 is a revelation: it's the first in the ASUS line with no moving parts. What it does have: a 40-GB, shockproof SSD drive; an onboard video camera; Bluetooth; and wireless connectivity--all packed into 2.93 pounds. Santa! Baby!

Price: $499
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Few gadgets turn heads the way Sony's latest flat-screen TV does. The small XEL-1 is kitchen-sized at 11 inches, but its svelte 3mm display boasts technology that is home theater-worthy. The XEL-1 is Sony's first OLED television in the US, and like the smaller OLEDs used in mobile phones, uses rows of glowing, organic semiconductors that reduce power usage and need for a traditional backlight. That allows the XEL-1 to be impossibly thin and still boast a crisp 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and snappy bright colors. It also features a glossy base and bezel, and a price-tag befitting any technological first.

Price: $2,500
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The first Flip camera democratized digital video like never before, and now its successor is getting personal. The diminutive, easy-to-use cam now packs 2GB of internal storage and can come in pretty much any look you want: choose a case design from Flip's extensive gallery, generate your own pattern on their site, or upload an image, and you can get it emblazoned on your Flip. The Mino (pronounced “minnow”) is 40% smaller than the original Flip at about the size of a typical mobile phone, and holds an hour of footage that is viewable on its 1.5-inch LCD screen. Touch-sensitive buttons, a TV-out jack, rechargeable battery and the eponymous flip-out USB connector make the Mino a cool buy.

Price: $180
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The Zoombak is your own personal homing device: a small, durable GPS locator that can be clipped on anything from your car to your golden retriever, making sure you never lose track of the things that matter. The device itself is about the size of a beeper (remember those?) and is water-resistant, lasting about five days on its rechargeable battery. The interface is completely Web-based, allowing any scheming Zoombak owner to use Microsoft Virtual Earth to track multiple locators and log their routes of travel. For errant teenager drivers and the like, Zoombak lets you set “safety zones” that will alert you via SMS or email when they are breached. Is that a privacy-can-of-worms or peace-of-mind?

Price: $200-$250, plus $10 per month subscription
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The Lenovo IdeaPad S10 may be the bestnetbook available. Like others in its class, the IdeaPad S10 has a sensible, low-cost spec: 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, a 10.2-inch display, 80GB hard drive, integrated web cam, and no optical drive. But it also has a solid build quality that other toy-like netbooks lack, with understated accents, a smudge-resistant glossy finish, and a decidedly grown-up enclosure. Add to that package a decent keyboard at 85% full size, a particularly fast and long-range wireless card, a choice of five appealing colored lids, and a whole package of 2.6lbs, and you have one appealing travel machine.

Price: $400
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When the weather's perfect, why drive when you can ride? The Enertia electric motorcycle boasts a stiff, strong carbon fiber frame and six lithium-phosphate batteries to power its high-torque acceleration and smooth ride. While you'll get green cred for riding on a zero-emissions machine, this isn't a roadtrip machine; it tops out at 50MPH, and goes about 40 miles per charge. But for about the same cost of other new motorcycles, $12,000, it beats driving to work on gas.

Brammo Entertia Electric Motorcycle

Ready to make the best use of the sun’s summer rays, well then, the SEV Solar Roof Module might be for you. This bed of solar cells installs seamlessly onto the roof of your Toyota Prius and connects to its propulsion system, giving you an increased fuel efficiency of up to 29% and extra range of up to 20 miles per tank of gas. SEV also makes roof modules for other hybrids like the RAV4 and Ford Escape.

SEV Solar Roof

The Greatest Gadgets Of 2008

What were the greatest gadgets of 2008? This gallery represents Fast Company's top picks of the year. Did we get them right?

What were the greatest gadgets of 2008? This gallery represents Fast Company's top picks of the year. Did we get them right?

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