The digital gods have taken over and it’s the baby boom of technological prowess and human ease (and laziness, sigh). There are gadgets in the market for next to everything — a lighter that never runs out of fluid, a travel accessory that serves multiple purposes, and a wall that can come alive at a touch. Those who thought that we would have flying cars by 2020 need not be disappointed because we’ve come close. Below is a list of gadgets that are stylish, utilitarian, and handy.
- Tesla Coil USB rechargeable lighter
The Tesla Coil doesn’t need any lighter fluid and hence, it can’t run out of it. The device consists of an arc lighter that uses an internal rechargeable battery to project a windproof electric arc, instead of a flame. The design is environmentally friendly and delivers up to 300 lights on a single charge. When the lighter runs out of charge, simply plug it into a power source with the included USB charging cable. Swap your normal lighter for the gift of the Gods, the immortal Tesla Coil for $16 on Amazon.
- Tile Mate Item Finder
Gadgets are getting smaller and smaller these days, and one major drawback is that we keep misplacing them. The Tile Mate Item Finder is a lifesaver if you’re forgetful. The device is a tiny 1.3 inch chip that can be attached to objects like a keychain. Simply attach the tracker to an object; you can now make the Tile vibrate, ring, or flash remotely through the companion app when missing. Get these helpful cuties for $24 a tracker, or a pack of 4 trackers for $59 on Amazon.
- Moment Camera Lenses
Not satisfied with the quality of your phone camera? Too lazy to carry around a DSLR? A new company on the market, Moment has come to your rescue. Their lenses are intricately engineered with state of the art material. The set includes Superfish (fisheye), wide, tele-portrait, and macro zoom lenses. It comes with an accompanying phone case for most devices. Get your mobile photography career started with these lenses — prices range from $89.99 with an additional $29.99 for the phone case.
- Bellabeat Leaf Health Tracker
The Bellabeat Leaf Health Tracker is the perfect gift for her. This luxury gadget is leaf-shaped with a jewel detail and can be worn as a necklace or bracelet without looking bulky. It can be mistaken for jewellery — jewellery with a purpose. It syncs with both iOS and Android devices via the companion app to record activity metrics like steps taken, calories burned, sleep quality, and more. At a price of $93, this is a smart investment that would make any woman happy.
- Leatherman Squirt PS4
The simplest machines are sometimes the most useful. The Leatherman Squirt PS4 is an addition you can make to your keychain. It serves as a knife, scissors, screwdriver, pliers, wire cutter, bottle opener, and even a wood and metal file in a scant 2.25-inch body (when closed). This is the most useful gadget on this list, and a handy tool for everyone, especially the traveller. It can be purchased with Leatherman’s free 25-year warranty at $50 from Amazon.
- Bull3t Micro Flashlight
Claiming to be the world’s most powerful micro flashlight, the Bull3t model went from being the World’s Smallest in 2015, to World’s Smallest, Even Smaller in 2017. A Kickstarter success story, this power-packed tiny torch lives up to its hype and has been bought by more than 100,000 people worldwide. It is available in two variants — Aluminium Bullet, and Titanium Bullet. This travel must-have is a sure winner in our books.
- Cabin X One
The Cabin X One is a hybrid travel bag, which means it converts into a backpack or a trolley bag depending on your travel needs. Two Scots Abroad claim that the manufacturers know exactly what a traveller wants, delivering a product suited to the traveller’s needs. The minimalist, waterproof build of the product is sturdy and suitable for easy airport check-in and also getting through crowded surroundings. Get this travel essential for $99.99. Go minimal, go Cabin.
- Samsung TV: The Wall, The Frame
Heralder of innovations, Samsung never stops at amazing with newer and quirkier gadgets every year. Last year, Samsung launched The Frame — an LED screen which is ‘a TV when it’s on, art when it’s off’. (Essentially a painting that changes or a television according to your needs). The Frame’s superior technology makes for sharp-detailed and ultra-rich images. This year, Samsung unveiled its massive 219 inch TV, an extension of its predecessor — simply dubbed The Wall. Both these premium television screens are customizable to match the ambient lighting and mimic the texture of the wall it’s mounted on, so you can scare the living lights out of someone by suddenly bringing a wall to life.
Prank factor aside, The Wall is priced $100,000 upwards and The Frame is at $1,299 and above. That’s the price to be on top of the tech game.
The gadgets listed here are innovations combined with the customer’s ease at mind — human creativity birthing human efficiency. So, are you ready to bring innovation home?
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