The world of technology is always evolving and the brains behind the best inventions never seem to rest. 2015 is only half over and there is already an amazing array of fantastic gizmos for those who love tech and for those who just want to get things done faster than they could before. Going to Best Buy or searching Amazon can be overwhelming, so here are five of the most interesting gadgets you can get right now to make your life easier and just plain more fun.
Bluesmart Carry-on Bag – I know what you’re thinking! How can a carry-on bag be interesting tech? It’s a valid question. Luckily it has a valid answer: it’s more than just a carry-on! First off, as the “blue” in Bluesmart may lead you to assume, it’s a connected device, meaning it works in tandem with an app on your Android or iOS-powered smartphone. Among its wide array of features are a digital scale (handy if you are sensitive to weight limits) and the ability, through the app, to track your Bluesmart (if you’ve lost it) & the distance you have traveled with its GPS module. Add to this the fact that the luggage has a built in battery with USB ports for charging your phone, tablet or e-reader, or the ability to lock and unlock the carry-on using the app; you can see why this product made the list! At $349 the price is somewhat steep but for the amount of features you get the price can be easily justified for even the most casual of travelers.
Moto Hint – Bluetooth headsets for phones have been around for years, so why did this one make the list? It’s size. You should expect a small stature from something called Hint, after all. The device fits snugly into most any ear and all but disappears. The sound quality of the speaker and the sensitivity of the microphone rival headsets that can cost hundreds more. They also feature great noise-cancellation technology so the background noise is filtered out. You can even customize it with a wide array of colors and wood tones. The best part is that it works with most any smartphone, Android or iOS. So call your family or listen to your favorite podcast or songs in high fidelity with the $129.99 Moto Hint.
August Smart Lock – The “connected home” is coming faster than most people realize. Before long most everything in our lives – from lights to washing machines – will be connected to the Internet. Enter the August Smart Lock. You can toss away your physical keys and simply hold your cell phone to your front door to unlock it. It’s that simple. And it works from virtually any phone, iOS or Android. It even gives you the ability to unlock the door for guests if they happen to arrive before you do thanks to the standard Wi-Fi connection. This also means you never have to worry about forgetting to lock the door – you can simply use the phone app and lock it from anywhere you have an Internet connection. The lock will cost you $249.99 but the ability to secure one’s home from anywhere is worth the price alone.
Panono (Panoramic Ball Camera)- Can you throw a ball? Then you can Panono. With this gadget you can take breathtaking videos in 360 degrees. It’s a small ball that contains a wealth of cameras. You simply toss it up or attach it to a stick and it records everything you do and everything around you. Great for capturing the views on nature hikes or just playing catch with the young ones. There are so many uses for the product you’ll probably think of few the first time you hold it in your hands. Currently it sells for better than $1,000 but the price is said to be coming down in the near future.
Logitech Bluetooth Multi Device Keyboard (K480) – This is the least expensive item on the list ($49.99) but arguably the most useful. Everyone seems to have several electronic devices today and those onscreen keyboards can be a pain to deal with. With the K480 from Logitech you can connect up to three Bluetooth devices to the one keyboard! Phones (any OS), computers, tablets – anything with a Bluetooth connection and need for a keyboard can be used with the K480. It even has a built-in stand for your phone and tablet. One charge will give you weeks of use and the small size means great portability! (Note: Logitech recently changed its moniker to “Logi”, so you may see this item advertised as such. The product name of K480 has stayed the same.)
Of course we couldn’t fit every new gadget in this article so what do you think we left out? What are some gizmos you have found to be incredibly useful or just fun to play with? Let us know by leaving a reply below!
Written By: Bob Skrezyna