Year in review 2015

7 surprising tech gadgets of 2015

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There was certainly no shortage of new tech products in 2015. Many of them were predictable and/or long anticipated, like Google’s update of the Nexus phone line or the introduction of the long-rumored Apple Watch.

But there were still some surprises, and seven of them stood out. Our criteria wasn’t necessarily whether the gadget in question was a bestseller or innovative -- or even good. What mattered most is if it left an unexpected impression on the public and industry in 2015. The following are ordered by their release dates.

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