Technology is constantly evolving and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the latest technology innovations. The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just finished for 2018. With it comes a whole new slate of gadgets and technology to purchase. Here are some of the most interesting to check out.
Knowing how to code is rapidly becoming an essential skill in today’s world. Despite being so essential, learning code isn’t easy. Root is a coding robot that is set to change all of that. It teaches people how to code regardless of whether they are a beginner or a professional in an interactive way. Root costs $199.
Jlab Epic Sport wireless fitness earbuds
Wireless earbuds are becoming more common with the standard headphone jack slowly disappearing. But finding a reasonably-priced version that stands up to the rigors of exercise leaves many options up for grabs. Jlab’s wireless fitness earbuds feature a 12 hour battery, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX, and device controls. The earbuds have an IP66 rating for protection from sweat, dust, and the weather. They’re $100.
Olens LampChamp – USB Light Socket Charger
Lamps are becoming smarter all the time. Olens mixes smart with practical with their USB light socket charger. The device is a lightbulb with a built-in USB port. It’s as easy to install as screwing in a normal lightbulb. Once the lightbulb is in, it charges all manner of devices including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. This charger is available now for $18.
Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation
Nest was at the forefront of the modern smart home upon introduction of its learning thermostat. In its third iteration, the smart device not only learns when you go to bed at night,it also offers energy reports for your home. Over the course of a few years, it lowers your energy consumption by 10 to 15 percent, thereby paying for itself. Nest also integrates with the Amazon Echo. It’s available for $200
Echo Show – Black
When Amazon announced the release of the Echo Show last year, the company raised the level of the digital assistant market yet again. Just like the regular Echo, you can ask it just about anything. With its visual component, the Echo Show actually shows you flash news briefing, YouTube videos, security footage, and more. Echo show is available for $200
olloclip CORE LENS SET
Finding a lens kit for your smartphone isn’t difficult these days. But finding one that satisfies that particular needs of photographers is a whole other issue. Olliclip introduces a 3 lens set that includes a 180-degree field-of-view fisheye lens, a 15x zoom lens, and a wide-angle 120-degrees view lens. It fits the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 and their plus versions for $100.
Sarki 10-inch LCD Writing Tablet
As the world around us embraces the digital world, leaving notes for family and friends is still very much a paper-based affair. But this is starting to change thanks to the Sarki writing tablet. With it, you can write digital notes to family and friends and after the note has been seen, you can reuse it. It has over 100,000 uses in it and comes with a dedicated stylus. It’s available for $27.
Technology might be ubiquitous but there’s no denying that some tech and devices make life easier. The devices reviewed here change the way we shop, consume energy, and write notes just to name a few. Some are fancy while others are simple. But there’s no denying that they’re worth picking up.
Ian Andrews is a photography and technology enthusiast. You can find his latest posts at IanAndrewsReviews.com