5 Gadgets You Need to Know
What if I told you that in the not-so-distant future, your cell phone will have faster internet than an average computer? That it would download the latest version of your favorite video game in less than 20 seconds? This isn’t some futuristic technology—it’s 5G network, and it’s coming to America soon! If you want to be prepared when 5G network launches, you need to start paying attention to these five gadgets right now! They will definitely change the way you communicate and consume entertainment!
A VR headset
Virtually any smartphone can be transformed into a VR headset with nothing more than a simple headband. Smartphone VR headsets are relatively inexpensive, starting at about $20 for Google Cardboard and progressing up to around $200 for high-end options like Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View. Although they’re intended primarily for viewing immersive 3D environments, smartphones are capable of displaying computer vision applications as well; there are dozens of apps that use computer vision in some way on Android smartphones today. In fact, some of our own examples (including ThorScope) use computer vision algorithms running directly on a smartphone’s CPU. Just imagine what will be possible when these pocket computers finally have a direct link to your eyes.
With all that pollution in our air, everyone’s heard about how important it is to have a high-quality air purifier at home. This can improve respiratory and cardiovascular health by filtering out allergens, as well as reduce exposure to airborne pathogens and indoor mold. The last thing you want is a new gadget that doesn’t work—that could be life threatening! That’s why you should only choose air purifiers from certified brands like Coway or IQAir. Each brand has specific models geared toward different types of environments.
AI personal assistants
The AI systems that power Google Home and Amazon Echo are nothing short of astonishing. Ask either device a question, and it will almost always respond in a useful way—and with an accurate response. After all, why would you want an assistant if it didn’t know how to answer basic questions? But as impressive as these systems are now, they’re just an early indication of what’s possible when AI meets digital assistants. In fact, many experts predict that we’ll see huge improvements in AI personal assistants over the next few years. And while Siri, Alexa, and Cortana may be some of today’s most popular personal assistants, don’t expect them to be around forever. In fact, IBM’s Watson is already making headway into new markets like healthcare and finance. As for which company will come out on top…well…that’s anyone’s guess!
Digital photo frames
A few years ago, digital photo frames were a big thing. Everyone was buying them, and they quickly became obsolete as tablets came out. So why did they become so popular? Well, you can use them to display pictures in your home when you aren’t looking at them on your phone or computer screen. And while they don’t do much (beyond displaying pictures), their low price tag and ease of use made them an instant hit. As we enter into a new wave of connectivity with 5G technology, similar displays will once again be in high demand. But what will make these updated digital photo frames better than those from just a few years ago? How about…full access to holographic messaging applications like Apple’s FaceTime!
Smart kitchen scales
Scales have changed a lot in recent years. Gone are analog versions; now, you can pick up a scale that wirelessly transmits your weight and body fat percentage to an app on your phone or computer. The Withings Smart Body Analyzer is one of many examples available in 2017, and it comes at an attractive price. It also offers more information than just your weight – measures heart rate and pulse wave velocity too – but only if you set it up with third-party devices such as blood pressure monitors or smart scales (which aren’t included). Otherwise, it connects directly to Apple HealthKit and Fitbit devices so they can display all those health stats on their apps.