When it comes to tech gadgets, the coolest ones will always stop you in your tracks. You find yourself wanting them even if you suspect you don’t need them. But even if you don’t need them, it is nice to treat yourself from time to time and the best gadgets will still be handy and make your life easier.
So, if you are looking for ideas on cool tech gadgets to splurge on, keep scrolling to see our picks:
- Amazon Smart Plug
This little wall wart might seem underwhelming compared to many other cool tech gadgets, but you might be impressed with how much you like this $24 innovative home accessory once you start using it.
Head out on vacation and can’t remember if you left a fan running? If it is plugged into this, you can open up your Alexa app and cut the power. Have a lamp that you love but doesn’t work with a smart bulb? Use one of these to make a dumb lamp very smart. On top of all that, Alexa has some impressive power monitoring tools, so that if you have more than one of these around your home, you can figure out which appliances and electronics around your house cost you the most and you can adjust your usage behavior accordingly.
- Anker Nebula Solar Portable Projector
Typically, when you think of home theater projectors, you assume they require an overly involved installation process and a PhD-level knowledge of gear to set it all up. But we are in an era where you can pull out the Anker Nebula Solar. Barely bigger than a book, you can point it at a wall and have it projecting a 120-inch, 1080p version of your favorite Netflix movie without needing to configure the picture settings or find a power outlet.
Will this replace your fancy 65-inch 4K HDR TV? Absolutely not but for those moments when you are really craving that movie theater experience at home (and really, who hasn’t over the last year?), you will understand why this made our list of cool tech gadgets.
- Apple Watch Series 6
With each passing year since its 2014 launch, the Apple Watch has continued to become more and more useful in the lives of the average person. Whether it’s conveniently providing phone notifications, tracking workouts, monitoring vital signs or making calls without having a phone nearby, there is so much that this tiny wearable can do. The latest iteration, the Apple Watch Series 6, even comes with a very convenient feature that will let you monitor your blood oxygen levels. If you are suffering from COVID-19, monitoring SpO2 can be a key in determining when you should visit a doctor or hospital to be treated. If the last seven years have been any indication, the Apple Watch will only grow to be more useful in the future.
Bluetooth trackers have been an exciting concept for the last decade but it’s only recently that the technology has indeed caught up with the idea. In their infancy, Tile Trackers could give you a general sense of where you left your keys or purse or phone. But as Bluetooth continues to evolve, you can now track a lost item with an unnerving level of accuracy and even call upon others to help you find a lost item.
The best tile trackers can give you live updates on the location of an object you are looking for, as long as you are within 400 feet. And if you are no longer within range, it will tell you the last known location of the object and notify any other tile users who come within range of it to contact you. Best of all, these trackers even have ringers on them so you can remotely trigger them to help you find that phone buried under a blanket.
One or two extra hours asleep doesn’t sound like much. When you are logging three per night at best because your screaming child does not understand the difference between day and night, it can be a lot. The Snoo achieves its magic by emulating the womb (which is a noisier, more violent place than you might think), playing white noise and rocking your baby all night. It also responds to their nocturnal shouts by ramping up the movement to lull them back to sleep. Yes, it is parenting-by-robot, but it is parenting-by-robot that works.
There are thousands of new gadgets coming out every year and these are our top five. Let us know in the comment section below if we missed some blindingly obvious devices.