New gadgets, gadgets and devices are constantly hitting the market, all promising to make our lives easier, more fun or just simpler. Increasingly, manufacturers are taking advantage of cutting-edge technology trends such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to create smarter gadgets that are more easily integrated into our lives.
While many of them could simply serve as diversions that will quickly end up hidden in a drawer or closet and rarely see the light of day, sometimes there comes one that really has the potential to positively impact our lives. .
So I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the more useful or intriguing devices that have appeared on my radar lately, including a few upcoming gadgets that should make their mark over the coming year. Some of them might be fun toys, some will be really useful and some might even save your life!
MetaQuest 3 and MetaQuest Pro
Meta has made a splash with its Quest 2 virtual reality (VR) headset, allowing it to introduce nearly 15 million of us to its version of the metaverse. Of course, we always knew that was just the beginning, and we’ll soon see the introduction of two new headsets that will enable even more immersive and interactive virtual experiences.
The Meta Quest 3 will be the next iteration of the current line of consumer-focused headsets, likely sold at a subsidized price to bring more users into the ecosystem. The headset is expected to be an evolution, rather than a revolution, of the current Quest, which lacks technology such as eye tracking, which is expected to be present in the next generation of high-end headsets. The Quest Pro, on the other hand, is intended for productive use by professionals who want to get involved in building the virtual worlds that will make up the metaverse.
Apple Watch Ultra
Apple has been making consumer smartwatches for a few years now, but late 2022 saw the introduction of a new model designed to compete with high-end sports and luxury models recently introduced by rivals such as Garmin and Tag Heuer. Apple Watch Ultra is encased in a titanium shell, making it tougher and more durable than any previous Apple Watch. It also has a brighter, scratch-resistant screen, a powerful proprietary S8 processor, and a battery that lasts almost twice as long between charges. The new sensors include a depth gauge and water temperature sensors, both aimed at divers.
Withings U Scan
Did you know that your urine contains over 3,000 metabolites, which can be used to create a detailed snapshot of our health, providing early warnings of a number of medical conditions as well as recommendations for diet and exercise ? Smart device maker Withings does, which is why it created the U-Scan. The device is billed as the “first hands-free connected home urine lab” and sits in a toilet bowl, ready to take samples whenever it’s used. An optional “For Professionals” cartridge enables advanced data collection and analysis that can be used by physicians for long-term monitoring of daily changes in patient health, as well as to collect data for clinical trials.
Lifeaz home defibrillator
While it’s nice that devices like Apple Watches and Pixel Watches are starting to include sensors for conditions like arterial fibrillation, which can be a predictor of heart problems, there’s not much they can do about it yet. So it’s good to see other manufacturers working on devices that can be used to respond directly to medical emergencies. The Lifeaz Home defibrillator is the very first defibrillator designed to be kept in private homes and was unveiled at CES this year. Essentially, it empowers us to pull someone out of what would otherwise be fatal cardiac arrest in our own homes. Although it is still awaiting FDA approval in the United States, it has already been installed in more than 100,000 European homes, where it has been used to save 17 lives.
Ring Always-At-Home Drone Camera
The latest addition to Ring’s suite of smart home security devices is an autonomous drone designed to patrol your property, letting you have eyes on places static security cameras simply won’t reach. First shown in 2020, the Always Home drone camera was finally shown in prototype form at this year’s CES. While there are still no concrete details on when it will be available, reports suggest it will retail for around $250, which seems quite affordable for such a high-tech home security gadget. As well as potentially alerting you to intruders, it could also be useful for forgetful homeowners who want to check they haven’t left the stove on or the windows open.
It’s a “smart mask” that was first unveiled a few years ago in a tech-driven innovation rush aimed at solving problems caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic. 19. Several iterations later, the Airxom mask is now touted as protection against viruses, bacteria and airborne pollutants, thanks to its polyethylene terephthalate filters that trap particles inside mesh textile fabrics while deactivating and rendering them inert by exposure to antiseptic and antibiotic copper, as well as ultraviolet light rays projected onto a photocatalytic silver surface. This process neutralizes the threats posed by organic and inorganic pollutants as they pass through the mask.
Everyone knows we’re supposed to spend two minutes brushing our teeth, right? Well, not anymore! The SonicBrush is marketed as the world’s first fully automated toothbrush, which means you don’t even have to move it around your mouth to get a perfect clean. Because it brushes all the teeth in your mouth simultaneously, the makers claim it can reduce the time we have to spend brushing our teeth from two minutes to just 30 seconds! This means that we can enjoy a precious 1 minute and 30 second nap in bed, morning and night. The SonicBrush was another innovative gadget first unveiled at this year’s CES.
Many of us have discovered the fun as well as the opportunities to capture great photography and video footage offered by drones in recent years. The latest offering from the leaders in consumer drone technology, DJI, is for those who want to experience the thrill of first-person flight. The DJI Avata is designed to deliver a fully immersive flight experience via a wide-field-of-view headset that truly gives the feeling of high-speed flight from the airborne drone to the user on the ground. The motion controller mimics the feel of a joystick for intuitive manual control, while the rugged design helps minimize damage if you accidentally crash the drone.
E-bikes offer a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around town, but until now they often suffered from a lack of portability. GoCycle’s G4, however, is among the first in a new wave of fully foldable e-bikes that can be converted into a more maneuverable shape that’s easy to take on public transport or even store in a car for a vacation or longer journeys. The G4 isn’t cheap, but since it has the power, portability and performance to become your primary mode of transportation (especially for those living in urban areas) it might just be a justifiable investment.
Timekettle translation headphones
Timekettle has created what it says is the most powerful and sophisticated line of AI-powered real-time translation headphones in the world. Available in a range of models aimed at business, casual and travel users, the WT2, M3 and WT2 Plus headphones enable translation in a variety of situations, from business meetings, short conversations while traveling and phone calls. This means it’s possible to speak naturally and the headphones simply translate for you as you speak. High-end models allow up to six people to converse simultaneously, in 40 different languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese.
GE Profile Smart Blender
A high-tech kitchen aid, the GE Smart Mixer automatically weighs the right amounts of ingredients with its built-in scale and guides users through recipes with step-by-step instructions. Sensors detect the texture and consistency of mixtures to allow the device to offer real-time suggestions when preparing snacks and meals. It also integrates with Google and Amazon Echo devices, which means it can be fully voice controlled.
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