Remember when you’d watch sci-fi films as a kid, there would be so many incredibly cool and nifty gadgets that all the characters would use (e.g. laser guns, teleportation devices, and lightsabers of course!), yet we knew full well nothing like that could ever exist in the real world. But now I’m not so sure! Every time I click-through tech sites, I see some of the most far-out and futuristic products come to life and be available for purchase.
There are a lot of undeniably cool, but ultimately useless gadgets and gizmos being produced, but there’s also several very beneficial and entertaining tech items available to pick up now, or at least very soon. Here are some of my favourites.
Apple Watch 2
Since early last year, the Apple Watch and competing smartwatch brands have slowly been taking over the classic wristwatch market. Because one can’t play games, customise the face, receive notifications, or monitor your fitness on a Rolex, Apple Watches are rapidly becoming a must-have for any gadget lover.
Every Apple product seems to have a successor looming around the corner, and rumours that the Apple Watch 2 will be released in September this year are getting more concrete by the day. With that in mind, now’s the time to keep an eye on current Apple Watch prices, as it’s possible they could fall slightly surrounding the release of its sequel. Have a look at sites such as this, and see if there is a second-hand Apple Watch available, as people start to clamour for the latest version upon release.
Virtual Reality Headset
The Oculus Rift is probably the VR headset most people have heard of, expected to be around August this year, according to the official Oculus Rift website. However, it also costs a pretty penny, likely to be close to £500 after shipping. I’m not sure how much use I’d get out of such a big and expensive gadget, but I do like the idea of giving VR a whirl. That’s why I like the look of this Pocket-VR from Speck. It’s a VR headset that can attach to an iPhone 6S/6 or Samsung Galaxy S7, and the great thing is that the cost is around £50, so it could also make a nice gift for Christmas time!
I like silly and fun gadgets as much as the next person, but I really love tech items that are genuinely helpful in everyday life. I’ve spoken about how fantastic these smart baby products are, but this next product is something I really like the sound of. Most of us are guilty of either not bringing an umbrella when it rains, or forgetting it somewhere when the rain has stopped! Luckily, the Oombrella solves both dilemmas.
For close to £50, one can pick up an Oombrella from here, which isn’t in full production yet, but will start shipping in October this year. The smart Oombrella will send notifications to your phone for when it will soon rain, and will likewise provide an alert if you’ve left it behind.
Even if you aren’t, you may know someone who is either sensitive or allergic to gluten. It’s not merely a question of being picky, but rather some people can become very sick after ingesting food containing gluten. Thankfully, the Nima from 6SensorLabs is a neat little product (one with a smiley face is always appreciated) that can swiftly and easily test if a food item has gluten inside. The Nima is close to production, but should hopefully be available to purchase within the year.
*This is a collaborative post*