Gizmodo Awards 2012: Gadget Of The Year

This is the big one. We're here to announce the best tech of 2012. Here we go!

Editor's Choice

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover

As a species, humanity is divided. Divided by geography, by conflict, by race, by religion and by money. For as long as man has lived on this planet, there has always been one driving force that can unite fundamentally divided individuals under a common goal: space.

The fundamental desire to better our species through science and exploration has stopped the world more than once, and on August 6, 2012, the world stopped again to wait through seven minutes of sheer terror as the Curiosity Rover attempted a baffling landing on the surface of the Red Planet.

Against all the odds, a team of scientists in the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, armed with numbers, laptops and a pocket protector full of dreams managed to land a nuclear-powered people mover onto an unknown world millions of miles from Earth.

Curiosity has only been on its mission for a few months, but already it is uncovering secrets about the universe we have only dreamed of in the past.

The Curiosity Rover represents a triumph of human ingenuity to reach out beyond our planet and touch others so that one day we might expand our civilisation into the stars.

Honourable Mention:Samsung Galaxy S III

Readers' Choice:

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover

Congratulations to NASA on the win!

Honourable Mentions:Google Nexus 7 — 17 per cent • Samsung Galaxy S III — 13 per cent • Bad Piggies — 13 per cent

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