Tech gadgets are everywhere, from the smartphone we pick up in the morning to the new technology that helps us operate our car. But not all technology is equally useful. People spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on technology they hope will solve a problem – until the solution requires more attention and maintenance than the problem itself. The best tech products are the ones that clearly make your life easier, reduced your stress levels, and increased the amount of your available free time. Here are five such technologies you may have already gotten your hands on or forgot to write down on your must have list.
1. Amazon Echo
There was a time when wires and computing were found together so often it sometimes was impossible to find what was connected to what. Now with the Amazon Echo connected to cloud-based service Alexa, wires are nowhere to be found and yet you still get all the services you need. Best of all, keyboards are largely eliminated from the living environment. It has Dolby quality music coming out of its cylinder, and you can get all the news you need just by asking. It is worth considering dumping your TV remote since Echo takes care of that as well. This deserves the number ranking of tech products that make life easier because of everything it can do – and more functionality can be expected with the upgrades.
It’s about time a company came up with an affordable piece of technology for the average person that protects all the other technology you have invested in your home. That company, Ring, has a name that is as simple as the technology they sell. Ring is a security system for your home that allows you to see who is at the front door – or in your back yard – using your smartphone. Nobody likes to be bothered in the middle of a football game or in the middle of doing anything else. You don’t have to move to see who’s trying to bother you. Just see who it is on your smartphone. If you are traveling, the technology works the same way and you can talk to the person on your property.
3. Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger
Whether you have a cell phone, a smartphone, or a tablet, the battery life on many models is simply atrocious. The more you use it, the more disappointed you are in the piece of technology you have spent hundreds of dollars for and is useless because it has run out of power. Portable chargers have finally made it down to a reasonable size and can inject life into your worn down mobile device batteries. The top model has three USB ports, so all you have to do is connect your device cable to the charger. Anything that makes a necessary task easy will reduce your stress level and make your whole life better. You need technology, technology needs power, so you need a portable battery charger.
4. A smart thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat to heat and cool your home, you have made a wise decision. You can move up on the Wisdom Scale if you invested in a smart thermostat. The difference is that you are able to control the thermostat from your smartphone wherever you may go. The idea of a programmable thermostat is to save you money and have greater control over your living environment. The smart thermostat adds flexibility to these advantages, with some models allowing you to control your hot water heater as well. Instead of setting the programmable thermostat to turn the heat on at quitting time, you can work late (or escape early) and have the house warm when you walk in the door no matter what changes are in your schedule.
5. An Awesome Inventions bag sealer
This is the only item on this list that does not require batteries or some form of electrical power to use. Some people do not even consider this to be a tech product. But it is. A bag sealer is what virtually everybody needs to make their life easier because just about everybody has a snack bag of chips that needs to be resealed. That is exactly what this simple gadget does. It eliminates hair clips, paper clips, and clips designed to keep those chip bags shut. It does it better by creating an airtight seal. This is one of those pieces of technology that actually pays for itself because as long as you don’t lose it, you will eliminate throwing away soggy chips and have to go out and buy a new bag.
We are sure that you have your own lists, but these cover a wide range of prices and a wide range of purposes. A smartphone and a tablet definitely make your life easier, but without power they really are useless. Security of all types is constantly on everyone’s mind these days, and there is always room for convenience. Share the products that have made your life easier this year and help others prepare their Christmas shopping lists early this year.