En español | Sometimes you just want to push a button to make a problem go away. Increasingly, you can! Technology companies are moving past creating products that are smart and leading edge and focusing on what matters most: being useful. We set out to find tech products that do just that—solve real problems. Here’s a selection.
Get her a smart suitcase that will charge her phone for the next big trip you’re planning. The Away suitcase has a built-in battery to charge any phone and it will alert her to its location if it gets lost en route to your destination. We really love these suitcases, and they feature in multiple gift guides and reviews on Insider Picks.
The Bigwig: If you already have a Gmail account, a Pixel smartphone, and/or Chromecast, you’d benefit from picking up Google’s home device. Not only will you be able to tap into their absurdly vast network of information (everything from Play to Maps), but you can sync all your other Google stuff and access it from the device.
It used to be a dream that you can play your favorite music right in the bathroom while taking a warm shower. Now, you don’t have to keep on dreaming as the Gideon AquaAudio Cube is here to finally make everything real. The AquaAudio comes with powerful suction cups that can easily attach to the surfaces in your bathroom. It also comes with superior waterproof design so it should be no problem if it gets splashed with water from time to time. The AquaAudio is not just waterproof, however. It’s got great sound quality, too, transforming your bathroom into a mini concert hall.
The useless box arrived and within 10 minutes my 11yr old was excited to start putting it together. The directions for wiring the motor and switch were either backwards or I’m cross eyed, but once I figured out how to wire it everything else was easy as can be. I would guess even with the struggle wiring it (probably my fault) it still only took about 75 minutes to put together.
For years now, Logitech has gained a reputation for being the top peripheral and add-on designer and manufacturer for PCs everywhere. With this keyboard, it is easy to see why. One of the first things that you will see immediately is the fact that it has no cord or any connectivity options for that matter. Also, it does not have any batteries or battery compartments. This is because it is a fully solar-powered keyboard, feature a couple of solar panels at the top of it. It is able to draw power from the solar light that it receives, charge up its internal power storage cells, and then offer that power for use. It even comes with several some simple-to-read indicators on it so that you can be informed of its state constantly.
Did you really think Amazon was going to sit back and watch as Google Assistant and Apple Homepod take over? Alexa is back, bigger and better, housed inside the Amazon Echo Plus. Like the original Echo, it’s hands-free, recognises your voice and connects you to all your applications. The upgrade links you to your home via a smart home hub and understands you better due to increased wake word performance and an ever-expanding list of skills.
Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more and more electronics that can by synced to smart home devices, like the Amazon Echo. The fact is, it’s just easier to connect all your gear to a single hub. With the Echo, you can do everything from turning your lights on and off to ordering pizza or ride sharing services, like Uber. In fact, it can even report the news to you in real time.
Cook Your Food With The Power Of The Sun… A solar oven allows cooks to harness the natural energy of the sun to cook delicious meals almost anywhere. Users will find that the solar oven is a cooking appliance they will want to use at home and away. It is a great…
After our popular article Gadgets for men, we got a lot request for another article on what will be optimal choice of gifts for women other than Bangles, watches, chocolates. Turns out there are a lot of new gadgets are out there that will really surprise them.
Hard to believe that the last episode of HBO’s acclaimed crime drama The Wire aired more than a decade ago. All The Pieces Matter is a celebration of the groundbreaking, issue tackling, career launching hit series. Consider this the definitive oral history of the iconic show, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation.
It’s niche, but the Sprout G2, with its integrated 3D and 2D scanners, is perfect for product designers, CGI creators and other folks who can benefit from incorporating 3D models into their workflow. It’s also got a stylus-enabled touch mat that acts as a second screen.
A jump starter kit is basically a battery source that allows you to start your car when it dies by simply hooking the clamps on the kit to the car’s battery. But it can also be used as a back up power source.
This Is One Sneaky Flask This is the perfect accessory for any woman who wants to look great and keep a little liquid courage on hand. The original design was to accommodate women at concerts and outdoor venues, but let’s be honest, women got creative with where this…
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ZENTA is a wearable for your wrist that tracks a number of bodily diagnostics from stress, your heart rate and sleeping patterns but also looks very pretty on your arm. You can get it as a bracelet or a necklace for you or a friend in several colors and gems (the one shown in the picture is in the altruis, rose gold and white combo). The bracelet goes for $195 on Vinaya.
The makers claim that readings are accurate to within +/- 0.02 per cent of your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). Does it work? Well, I used it repeatedly during an afternoon session and the device returned steadily increased readings as I got more tired and emotional. A friend who works for Greater Manchester Police let me try it against a standard plod roadside breath tester and both devices returned pretty much the same readings. So I guess the answer is yes.
While it sounds like something Batman would be called upon to save the world from, Brunton’s Hydrogen Reactor is actually an innocuous, albeit robust, deliverer of power to portable devices. It’s a piece of scientific…
Diners can simply place a small amount of food into the sensor and close it. Within minutes, a picture of a peanut will appear on the side if traces of peanut protein are found. A smile will appear if it’s safe to eat.
In the 9th rank of best gadgets for cars is Spareone Plus. It is an ideal device for emergency situations because you can be able to call for help without worrying too much about battery. This gadget is the only one operating single AA battery in the world so, it is no need for charging with 10 hours of talk time and 15 year battery shelf life. Also, this phone has free communication backup plan when power is out.
There are tons of cool gadgets for men out there. Of course, with all of the new technology coming out nowadays — in a seemingly neverending flow of Kickstarters and IndieGoGo campaigns — it can be tough to sort out which gadgets are actually, in fact, cool. We’ve seen some crazy new tech come out recently, and some of these solve a common problem men might have. Of course, some of them are simply just great to look at, but we prefer cool products that actually show innovation and creativity.
What makes it cool: This Tier 2 supplier startup has spent years mapping America’s crumbling roads, and uses cloud technology and an electronically controlled device to mitigate vibration and jolts caused by uneven road surfaces.
Combining a hammer and tomahawk, the Hammer Hawk is a http://markets.financialcontent.com/startribune/news/read/35871325 camp/survival tool with a full-tang design, shaped from a 3/8” thick slab of 1075 steel. The tomahawk blade is 4.5” and the handles are made of durable and grippy Micarta canvas and go most of the way up the tang, giving you multiple grip options. Overall length: 14.5 inches.
In the past, we used to get around on our two legs most of the time, but when mobility devices such as the bicycle became commonplace, that was all the rage. Of course, over the years, there were skateboards and in-line skates that made it easier to cover the distance without breaking out too much of a sweat. WHILL decided to take a look at the personal mobility device category and introduce what it thinks could be a game-changer: the Model Ci. This is touted to be a life-changing assistive personal mobility device which empowers confidence, and it will also feature IoT integration in order to deliver premium customer care.
The Light: Everyone should carry a flashlight. And this one happens to be one of your best options for everyday carry. It charges by mini USB, has an output of up to 130 lumens, and is small enough that it can fit on your keychain without weighing you down unnecessarily.
Some car designer realized that they’d been woefully underutilizing spline surfaces in their CAD software and decided to use a year’s supply in one shot for this AI-powered car. Which, by the way, answers to Yui and knows what you want and what mood you’re in, and then reacts appropriately.
This is the standard memory card you use with your camera or phone. The the case of the much smaller Micro SD (also known as TF). If the product says SD card slot it will take any SD card you already own. Pay attention to max GB size compatibility if you are using very big storage SD cards.
There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a good book when it gets cold outside. Amazon’s entire lineup of e-readers is wonderful, but the Kindle Oasis is my favorite of all. This is the Rolls Royce of e-readers, and she’d never buy it for herself, so go on, splurge a little.
As with many wearable devices that focus on safety, Safelet was designed with speed and convenience in mind. The bracelet has two buttons on the side that users can press to send a message to contact within a Guardian Network. If the situation is one of high danger, friends and family members who see the alert can automatically call an emergency number like 911 from within the app. The smart bracelet also syncs with the user’s mobile phone to start recording audio.
Because your pets want in on the tech game too! This HD Wi-Fi cam has two-way audio so you can see and talk to your best pal and they can hear you too! Plus, load up their favorite treats and then use the app to dispense them even when you’re away. #Insanity
The Pocket-sized: While this offering from Anker will only give you about one full phone charge worth (3,350 mAh), the fact that it’s only a little bigger than a tube of chapstick more than makes up the difference. It can also auto-detect your device to offer the fastest charge speed possible up to 1 amp.
It uses disposable or microfiber cleaning cloths to pick up dirt, hair and dust from all your hardsurface floors including tile, vinyl, hardwood and laminate. Just attach a cloth, set Braava down, press a button and off it goes, using advanced robotic technology to track where it’s been and where it needs to go.
The first bit of hardware from Snap, Inc. is selling out fast in yellow pop-up vending machines around the Los Angeles area right now, but any gal into tech culture is sure to be excited for one of these coveted tech gadgets in her holiday stocking if you can get your hands on a pair for her.
A growing record collection requires a storage solution that’s as elegant as the machine the vinyl is played on. That’s why we turned to Symbol Audio for a limited run of their Dovetail Record Crate. Cut from American White Oak and fully ebonized, the 5/8th-inch thick crate has exposed English dovetail joinery for unsurpassed rigidity that will last for decades. The handles are lined with cuts of shrunken bison hide, attached with tonal hardware. The result is a handsome way to store up to 100 LPs that matches both the Symbol Audio x Uncrate Tabletop HiFi, our Grado headphones, our U-Turn turntable, and our Wesley & Kemp CS112 custom speakers.
The RIMA lamp is one like no other because of its interesting feature that allows you to control the light via four controller rings that you can slide. This beautiful lamp created by Matthias Pinkert has a processor which controls the heat, intensity, angle of the beam and color.