Top 7 Gadgets for the Modern Consumer


Do you remember the days we’d wonder when technology would get to the point that we could casually track anything? Or where we could personalize the items we already have or make bigger pieces of technology much smaller and individualized? That day has arrived. Technology has made many of the items we only dreamed of possible, and the modern consumer is leveraging the benefits of a myriad of forward-thinking products. Here are a few of them. 

1. Personal Air Cooler

Although the summer season is behind us, the fact remains that evaporative coolers may provide a safer cooling alternative and various studies point to efficient air exchange systems as a crucial part of improving indoor air quality and reducing the risk of virus transmission in enclosed spaces. Studies have also shown that many people, regardless of the season, prefer to sleep in cooler rooms; this is because, from a physiological standpoint, as the body cools down, it prepares the internal systems for sleep. 

A mini personal air cooler is affordable, portable, and good for the environment. This nifty addition to your home will allow you to carry your own bubble of cool with you wherever you go. While there are many desktop-sized swamp coolers to choose from, the Honeywell ZETA personal air cooler is small in size and big on cool (up to 10 feet). Bonus: it also has a built in humidifier and USB charging outlet – the perfect addition to your home office or bedroom!

2. Anti-Theft Tiny Tracker

The Tile Pro is a durable little device that will save you massive headaches. It’s essentially just a one-and-a-half-inch fob with a GPS. Weighing in at less than an ounce, you simply attach the fob to your keychain or slide it in your wallet and it will keep you from wondering where you left your elusive keys again. The Tile Pro can also be used as an anti-theft device.

3. Sleep and Wake-up Light

Waking up to a blaring alarm can be an annoying way to start the day. The Philips Somneo helps users sleep and wake up more easily. It’s basically a light with a range of colors that imitates the sun. At night it simulates a natural sunset and in the day it gently wakes you up with a simulated sunrise. It has been clinically shown to improve quality of sleep.

4. Portable Speaker

There’s always that one guy who brings his speaker to the party. That can be you. Having a good speaker system can level up your get-togethers.The Sonos Move has been reported to be “the world’s best portable speaker,” according to Jay Z. The Sonos Move is IP56 weatherproof so it can be used at outdoor get togethers. The only downside is that it’s a bit on the heavier side, at five pounds. 

5. Wireless Home Speakers

While it’s nice to have speakers on the go, a home sound system is indispensable. The Bose Home Speaker System features Alexa voice control. One incredible thing about this product is that even while loudly playing a movie or song, it can hear your commands and respond to them.

6. Pocket Printer

These awesome gadgets connect to an app on your phone that convert photos you have taken into tiny stickers! The HP Sprocket uses 2.3 x 3.4 in slips of paper with sticky backs. The quality of the photos varies by brand, but can reach excellent resolutions. Polaroid has its own version of this printer. What they all share is the size and fit snugly in your pocket.

7. Cool Gaming Console

For some people, a high speed computer and graphics card is enough to serve as a gaming console. But many non-gamers don’t realize that video games actually consume more internet bandwidth than video streaming, personal computer use, and music combined!

Today’s mobile consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch are extremely powerful and portable. Nintendo’s aim with this console, which comes in yellow, turquoise, and gray, was to create a handheld console that makes you feel as if the world is your living room. What better home tech gadget is there than that?