In a world where technology is at its peak, it’s hard to impress someone with a gift. Almost everyone has iPhones or VR headsets. In fact, within a few years, VR will be a thing of the past and we will be watching movies and our favorite shows in hologram. Believe it or not, the hologram technology actually exists today and so do other technologies, some of which are only seen in Hollywood Sci-Fi movies. Staying current with technology is not an easy feat since new and advanced machines are built every single day. We however, have gathered a list of some of the coolest gadgets that you can actually buy today.
1. A wristband that turns your fingers into a phone.
In 2016, Innomdle Lab, a startup that’s been spun out of Samsung, came up with a unique device that turns your finger into a phone. The device, which is embedded into a watch strap, connects to your smartphone. When you receive a call, the strap converts the signals into vibrations, which are transmitted through your body, into your wrist and up to the fingers touching your ear. A built-in microphone on the strap records your voice while your finger is your earbud. The sound is clear enough to keep conversations intelligible and the system is theoretically only built for calls, not for listening to playlists. (source)
Another revolutionary alternative to the handsfree device was the Nokia FIT Handsfree; a device which is still in its concept stages.
According to its designer, users can avoid having bluetooth devices attached to their ears and instead, can use the Nokia FIT to place calls. While it’s also waterproof and has some amazing functions, it’s another project that is yet to take off.
2. A cup that changes the temperature of a drink and keeps it warm for as long as 8 hours.
According to experts, the temperature at which we consume our drinks can affect its taste. For instance, the brewing temperature of coffee should be 195 F (91 C) and 205 F (96 C), which affects the smoothness of the coffee we are making. Most home coffee makers are not capable of achieving these temperatures, which is why our drinks often taste horrible. Ember is a ceramic cup that not only allows you to consume your drink, but also maintains the temperature until the last drop. The device also allows users to customize their cups, so that the drinking temperature is pleasant for each user. (source)
3. Holographic technology instead of conventional LED or LCD screens.
We all remember the scene where Marty McFly and Doc Brown left 1985 to travel to 2015, and a gigantic holographic shark appeared. Although scientists have been able to create holographic images, it wasn’t until 2018 that scientists were truly able to create 3D holographic images. By trapping particles, researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) have created a 3D hologram or “volumetric image” that uses laser technology to deflect light off particles and move them as needed. The system is also the first to create floating, animated images that you can actually interact with. Today, many manufacturers are looking into removing LCD or LED screens from their products and utilizing the hologram technology. There are a few companies who have successfully managed to utilize the technology to create virtual keyboards. (source)
4. A smart alarm clock that uses wake-up light therapy by mimicking the sunrise.
It’s not uncommon for us to snooze at least three times every morning before finally getting up. If you’re the kind of person who needs at least 10 alarms in the morning, then the Philips wake-up light is built just for you. When you set an alarm, suppose for 7:30 a.m., your room will be filled with about 10,000 lux of light; which is approximately 20 times the strength of your standard indoor lighting. The Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp gradually increases the light in the room to give a natural feeling. It is also equipped with seven different sounds to either help you sleep or wake you up. According to Philips, 92% of users feel the device helps them fall asleep and wake up more easily after four weeks of use. (source)
5. A lamp for long-distance relationships. When you turn one on with a simple touch of your hand, its mate emits the same ambient glow, no matter where it is and who is on the other end.
Long distance relationships can be hard, which is why John Harrison and Vanessa Whalen came up with a unique idea to ease the pain. The long-distance relationship lamps can be synced in pairs, and once they are synced and you turn one on with a simple touch of your hand, its mate emits the same ambient glow, no matter where it is and who is on the other end. The lamps utilize Wi-Fi to connect with each other and allows users to assign colors to loved ones. So, when they tap their lamp, yours lights up with their special hue. (source)
6. A cuddle robot that improves the quality of sleep.
For those who have trouble sleeping or waking up feeling exhausted, the Somnox could be helpful. The robot, which is basically shaped like an oversized butternut squash and covered with soft fabric, is a bedtime companion that uses a motorized breathing mechanism to expand and contract like a lung. When a user holds it against their chest, their breathing begins to synchronize with it, reducing their heart rate and making them relaxed and fall asleep faster. The cuddle bot was designed by four engineering students from the Netherlands who found themselves at a state of sleep deprivation when going through college. (source)
7. A transparent toaster that lets you see how toasted the slice of bread is in real-time.
For millions, toast is part of an everyday morning routine. It takes time to perfect toast according to our desire and changing a toaster can make it difficult to figure out the exact time once again. A company known as Magimix has come up with the world’s first transparent toaster that lets you see how well your toast is coming together in real-time. Depending on the amount of cook time, the user can turn it off before the toast becomes burnt or crispier than it should. The transparent glass is also built to withstand heat. (source)
8. A laser keyboard that projects the keys.
Virtual laser keyboards do exist today and they are extremely portable. Unlike big conventional keyboards, the laser keyboards are small and easily fit in pockets. The devices project an array of keys onto the table, which the user can use to make selections or type a message. Not only can they be used with computers, but in order to encourage freelancers, the devices allow communication between smartphones, making them extremely usable.
When a user presses a key, the device uses infrared (IR) laser diode to understand the position of the finger and the area of the keyboard. This information is analyzed by the Virtual Interface Processing Core, that converts the key strokes into desired signals and sends the information to the computer or smartphone. One of the biggest downsides however, is that it has to be used in a dark room since the keys are difficult to see in a well-lit room. (source)
9. A smart scale that provides users with precise calorie values to keep an eye on their diets.
For those who keep a close eye on their calorie intake, this digital food scale can be extremely helpful. Not only does it weigh the meals, but also provides users with its nutritional value. If a person is hoping to keep their diet under a certain amount of calories per day, this digital food scale can be extremely beneficial in determining an accurate rate. (source)
10. A pen that allows you to draw on your coffee.
If you have ever wanted to be like those fancy baristas who are capable of making those magical designs on top of your lattes, then the Cinnibird Spice Pen can do the trick for you. The little pen utilizes spices such as cinnamon, paprika, sugar and more so you can draw your very own designs on top of your coffees and lattes. The device is also safe for all ages so anyone can make coffee or latte art together. (source)