ALEXA – You’ve probably already seen her in action in television shows! Alexa is the intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon Lab126, made popular by Amazon Echo.
Alexa answers your questions, takes music requests, makes to-do-lists, sets alarms, streams podcasts, plays audio books, even gives you the weather and traffic. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.
Currently, Alexa only communicates in English and German!
Tile – Never loose those keys, wallet or phone, again. Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items in seconds. Just ring a lost item from the app and find it in sounds (the noise is loud, apparently). Or find where you last had the item by checking the map for the last known location and time. Tile also can make your phone ring – even if it’s on silent.
Trash Buster “Eugene” – This new gadget from Uzer tells users how to sort recycling and trash items. It does so by scanning the items’ barcodes, assuming the product packaging is still in good enough shape to do so. Each time an item is scanned, the app stores it so that it can easily be reordered. It means you’ll think twice before throwing something in the garbage that might end up in a landfill site!
Wireless Glass Keyboard – A super cool looking bluetooth-enabled, glass keyboard – what’s not to love except when you need to clean off those sticky finger prints. The keyboard comes with touch-sensitive glass designed with a full QWERTY layout. The keyboard is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS X devices.
RippleBuds – These are the world’s smartest Bluetooth earbuds, equipped with an in-ear microphone system. So sensitive, the earbuds capture the human voice from within the ear, reducing ambient noise by about 30 decibels. This means that even in the noisiest places, you can hear and be heard. You can also listen to music from your Bluetooth devices.
Smart Brush – A new smart device with a microphone that actually “listens” to the sound of hair brushing. It has other sensors that feed data to a mobile app so that you don’t over brush, or brush in a way that damages your hair. Watch for the launch in mid 2017 and save up. Price is estimated to be almost $200!
Vacuum Shoes – Coming soon, a vacuum-cleaning shoe, created by the Japanese firm Denso. The pair actually suck up dirt as you walk. The heel includes a pedal, which activates the motor, prompting the shoe to inhale nearby debris and store it in a tiny box in the shoe’s sole.