We already discussed the differences between science and technology. If you read the article, you would’ve known that technology has a goal to create products and processes that improve our lives and/or solve certain problems. Some of the technological advancements are life-changing and improve the quality of life significantly, while others provide a source of entertainment. They should be equally welcomed and respected, and we’ll have our pick of both types in our list of the latest technology gadgets.
We always need more power, and even with power banks and backup batteries, you’ll inevitably find yourself in a precarious situation. That won’t be the case if you carry NowLight with you, though. This charger generates power by the user tugging on a chord back and forth. A minute of this physical effort generates about 10 to 15 minutes worth of battery juice for your phone. Furthermore, the charger can soak up solar power, and also has a built-in 160-lumen lamp, providing light when the charger isn’t in use. It’s portable and can be synced with up to 6 “satellite” lamps for additional lumination.
Although in-person meetings are almost non-existed in 2020, they’ll be back on the scene soon enough. And if countless Zoom and Skype calls taught people anything, it’s that their video and audio quality needs to be up to par. All of this is served with a Meeting Owl Pro conference camera. It can record 1080p video in 360 degrees, encompassing the whole meeting room. he camera will also autofocus and zoom to people it detects a sound from automatically, which is great. Finally, its built-in microphones pick up audio within 5.5 meters in all directions.
You’ve already heard of Fitbit, a wrist accessory that athletes use to keep track of time, pace, speed, heart rate, location, and many other things. The fourth version comes with all older features but with a new, razor-sharp touchscreen as well. We’re mentioning this tech gadget because of a unique feature – Fitbit Charge 4 is equipped with a pulse monitoring hardware. It can monitor the volume of oxygen in your blood, which is essential not only for athletes but also for those who suffer or suspect they suffer from sleep apnea.
Who doesn’t like a hot cup of tea, coffee, or another drink? This is solved by both Ember Mug and Travel Mug, which are only different in shape (and volume of liquid). Essentially, you fill in the liquid, pour the liquid of choice, and let it warm up. An app on your smartphone tracks the temperature and lets you know when it reached a number you chose. The insulation keeps the heat from escaping, and the heating element at the bottom of the mug can occasionally turn on to warm it back up. This ensures that your liquid is always at a perfect temperature for you, even if it stays there all day.
While we’re on a topic of mugs, here’s something that solves a problem we’re all plagued with. Although it’s always nice to have a water bottle with you, the biggest issue is cleaning it. If you like to share a bottle with others (yuck!) or skip a day or two, who knows what kind of microscopic organisms have thrived on it? We won’t even think about germaphobes and how strongly they feel about it. WAKEcup, a 550 ml water bottle, has an ultraviolet technology built into the lid. Within 3 minutes of working its magic, it promises to kill 99.99% of mold, virus, and bacteria.
Many people like to clean as it calms them down and gives them a chance to listen to music, audiobooks, and podcasts. But for those who don’t, there is an option of a robot vacuum cleaner doing the job for you – Dyson Heurist 360. In terms of hardware, it is equipped with a quad-core processor and 10GB of storage. This allows its SLAM technology to work, for the robot to avoid no-go and no-climb zones and areas, and follow a cleaning schedule you choose. You can also see where the robot has cleaned and change cleaning modes to Quiet, High, or Max, depending on the surface.
7. Foreo UFO 2
No one wants their face to be full of zits, red, dry, or oily. But, not everyone has enough money for professional beauty treatments or wants to put cucumbers and yogurt either. We’re here to tell you, there’s no need for any of that, thanks to Foreo UFO 2. It promises to provide a full facial treatment in only 90 seconds. It will scan a barcode on your face mask to its database, after which you place the mask onto the device. Controlled by the app, Foreo UFO 2 will start gliding over your face, vibrate, glow, and warm-up, all of which helps the ingredients be absorbed into the skin. It will let you know when the treatment is done, and even play soft music throughout.
8. Pocketalk S
Meeting strangers can lead to lifelong connections and friendships. But this is hard if the person doesn’t speak your language, and you are forced to struggle to communicate. Pocketalk S solves this with the technology of artificial intelligence. This handheld device listens in, processes, and translates the conversation into 74 (and rising) different languages on both sides. It also has a camera for translating signs and written word, and noise-canceling features for loud environments.
9. Cowboy 3
One of the best and cheapest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is by riding a bike, certainly. But, riding a bike can also be physically demanding. Cowboy 3 electric bike, with a single-gear automatic transmission, a built-in battery, and with a 16.9kg frame, solves those problems. Furthermore, its gear ratio was reduced, the transmission is oil-free, and the tires are puncture-resistant. And you also have a smartphone app that can lock and unlock the bike, prevent and report theft and crashes, and even monitor air quality!
10. Meural Canvas II
Adding pictures across your home is one of the best ways to show personality and decorate the space. And while you can purchase cheap art, it might be underwhelming and leave the wrong impression. Meural Canvas II, produced by Netgear, a digital canvas solves that problem with technology. Using an app on your phone or tablet, you can display more than 30,000 works of art from certain artists, art galleries, and museums across the globe. This allows for a much-needed versatility if you are keen on redesigning rooms every once in a while.