With 2016 just around the corner, so is the buzz on new technologies. Every year it feels as though we’re inching closer to the world of The Jetsons - where our childhood was bombarded with awesome technologies such as flying spacecraft’s that turned into briefcases, robot maids (anyone own a Roomba?), holograms and other whimsical inventions. But until we reach this futuristic utopia in the year 2062 (46 more years!) we will have to make do with what we have today.
Here is my list of my favorite top 8 technologies every techie at heart needs to survive in 2016:
1) Amazon Echo ($180) is your personal assistant for anything you need. You can ask for the weather, set reminders and play music, naturally.
2) Chromecast Audio ($35) will turn any speaker into a party necessity. Plug in the Chromecast Audio and your speaker will work over WiFi and all smart devices. No need for the hassle of Bluetooth pairing!
3) Here’s a smart watch that won’t make your wallet cry. Pebble Time Round ($250) has the face of a normal watch but will still give you access to apps such as Uber, ESPN, Misfit and more through the Pebble appstore, as well as send notifications from your phone. This watch is compatible with iPhone 4S and above running iOS8 and above, as well as Android devices running 4.3 and above.
4) We all love to travel – well, we love to visit new places. The traveling part maybe not so much, especially with luggage hassles. Well no more! CalypsoTag ($169) will become your must-need travel accessory. It’s a smart travel tag that will alert you about the whereabouts of your luggage.
5) This one is great for the ladies! Especially those who have events and parties to go to where you can only bring a small wristlet but want to bring your iPhone charger along. Now ladies can just wear the Q Smart Bracelet (pre-order for $88). It’s literally a bracelet that will charge your phone, while also not ruining your outfit.
6) Say hello to Microsoft’s first laptop, the Surface Book ($1,499). It comes with Windows 10 and can easily detach from the keyboard to become a tablet.
7) The Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 ($49.99) is designed for use up to three devices. The Easy-Switch dial allows you to switch off devices so that you may write a report on your computer, respond to a message on your smartphone or post to social media on your tablet.
8) The Livescribe Echo Smartpen ($119.95) allows you to record audio while you’re taking notes, and then play them back later. The pen is equipped with a micro-USB connector that allows you to charge your phone as well as save and share interactive notes to your computer, iPad or iPhone. The memory storage holds up to 400 or 800 hours of recorded audio, depending on the model.
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