If you’re in the market for gadgets designed to make your life easier like a compact space heater for winter to an iPad you can write on, it’s hard not to get excited about really cool gadgets. While there’s still no sign of a functioning hoverboard like Marty McFly’s, plenty of innovative new products have already hit the market and many more are on the way.
Whether you’re a fitness guru, looking for a gadget gift, want appliances that make cooking easy or simply love owning the latest tech, we’re sure you’ll find something on this list that’s perfect for you.
1. Amazon Echo
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Lucky owners receive immersive, 360 degree omni-directional audio and supports hands-free voice control with Spotify, iHeartRadio, Prime Music, Tuneln, Pandora, and other radio and music services. Far-field voice recognition technology also allows voice commands to be heard even when music is playing. It can also read news and audiobooks, report weather and traffic information, give sports scores, and more.
The Echo is also compatible with with lights, thermostats, switches, ecobee smart phone devices, and thermostats compatible with WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, Insteon, Philips Hue, Wink, and Nest. The Amazon Echo easily connects to any home Wi-Fi, and the Alexa App can be downloaded on any Fire OS, iOS, and Android device as well as your web browser.
How Amazon Echo makes your life easier
There’s no shortage of selection when looking for new wireless speakers to buy online, but having so many to choose from can present a new problem. If you want the one of the best and most affordable speakers and personal assistants, look no further than the Amazon Echo, a #1 Best Seller in Home Audio Speakers on Amazon.
You can see our incredible Amazon Echo review as well as an included Echo user manual for beginners.
2. Wocket Smart Wallet
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Whether you do a lot of business traveling or simply carry a lot of credit cards around for personal use, this handy gadget is a handy one. Simply program the Wocket Smart Wallet with all your credit card information so it can be used to perform any and all transactions for Amazon, Best Buy, Visa, Mastercard—you name it. Also included are categorization features, password and data encryption protection and more.
How the Wocket Smart Wallet makes your life easier
The Wocket Smart Wallet makes stuffing all your credit cards in your wallet and fumbling through them for every transaction a thing of the past. It’s also safe to use, thanks to the ability to use passwords, PIN, voicematch and other security measures that aren’t found with your typical credit card.
The Wocket Smart Wallet is already available and yours for $229.
Embedded with 21,000 piezoelectric sensors, the SmartMat is able to detect when you’re out of alignment in real-time to make sure you’re getting the best out of your yoga time. This is done by connecting the mat via Bluetooth with the free SmartMat App, which keeps track of your weight, height and length of your limbs. It can then monitor your progress, tell you when you’re in an incorrect pose and provide other useful information.
How the SmartMat makes your life easier
Even if you absolutely love your local yoga studio, sometimes it’s hard to make it to class. Whether this is the case or you simply prefer doing yoga in the privacy of your own home, the SmartMat is definitely worth considering. It can help you track your progress, avoid injury due to incorrect poses and do just about everything you’d be paying a real instructor for.
The SmartMat is now available for preorder.
4. Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with Touch Screen
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook details
Boasting 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256 GB solid state drive and an powerful Intel Core processor (4M Cache, 2.4 GHz), the Dell XPS 13 is one fine laptop. It also has a large 13.3 inch screen and very thin design, making it one of the easiest laptops to carry from place to place. But the one reason this computer is on this list is its battery life and price tag, both of which outshine competing devices.
How the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook makes your life easier
Speaking of battery life, how does more than a dozen hours of run time on a full charge sound to you? This alone makes it an amazing laptop to have if you do a lot of traveling or hate being stuck next to a wall outlet while working at home.
The virtually borderless touchscreen also serves to make navigating a breeze while also providing breathtaking visuals for movie watchers, gamers and more.
Anyone who has attended any of the most recent Consumer Electronics Shows can attest to the large number of wearables present. ThermaCell stands out in this crowd, as a battery-powered sole that slips right into your shoe and works with a companion app to adjust the perfect heat temperature for your feet.
How ThermaCell make your life easier
If you already have a pair of heated soles that constantly get too hot or feel like they’re not heating at all, this purchase is a no brainer. ThermaCell lets you easily control the temperature with a remote, guaranteeing maximum comfort for your feet all the time. They’re also perfect if you’re an athletic type and work well when ice skating, snowboarding and more.
ThermaCell can be found here.
6. Razer Turret
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The world leader in gaming products has lived up to their “For Gamers. By Gamers.” motto once again with this great accessory. The Razer Turret allows you to enjoy your favorite video games right in your living room by offering the perfect gaming peripheral. A very ergonomic and comfortable keyboard to use, the Turret comes with both a fine-crafted gaming keyboard and magnetic mouse mat, guaranteeing that you maintain the same level of precision as playing on a desktop.
How Razer Turret makes your life easier
If there’s one thing both pro-competitive players and casual gamers have in common, it’s the desire for the best control and comfort possible. Thus, those considering a Steam Machine or other living room PC device should definitely pick this keyboard up. Designed from the ground up for use in the living room, the Razer Turret offers comfort, control, 40 hours of battery life and even a foldable hinge for safe storage while not in use.
7. Iris Smart Home Management System
Iris Smart Home Management System details
This sophisticated home management system offers more features than just about any competitor today. An Iris Smart Home Management System is able to manage your locks, lights, room temperatures and more.
It also comes with a host of alerts that let you know if your home is on fire, at risk of flooding or being broken into. All of Iris’ features can easily be set up and controlled via the Iris Smart Hub app on your smartphone devices.
How Iris makes your life easier
Those of you looking for peace of mind while sleeping or away from your home need not look any further. Boasting motion sensors that track indoor activity and automated devices, Iris will let you know when there’s a possible security threat or other natural disaster in or around your home. These same sensors can be set up to turn lights on/off, change room temperatures and perform other features that serve to make your life easier.
8. Amazon Fire Stick
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This handy little gadget is essentially an Amazon Fire TV, but in a far more portable form. Captive portal support allows you to connect your Amazon Fire Stick to any Wi-Fi signal and watch your favorite shows with ease. It comes with the same interface that has received plenty of praise, and includes a remote so you can navigate between shows without having to get up.
Although it offers slightly less powerful specs than the regular Amazon Fire TV, it still does an excellent job of streaming shows with little to no buffering and slowdowns, depending on your Internet quality.
How Amazon Fire Stick makes your life easier
The Amazon Fire Stick is a must-have if you do a lot of traveling or like watching streamed content in different rooms and places. From hotel rooms to college dorms and other people’s houses, you can simply plug it into a TV set and connect the Stick to a Wi-Fi source to continue binge-watching a series you can’t get enough of. A library of casual games is also included.
You can see our complete coverage of the Amazon Fire Stick here.
Witricity is dedicated to making products that receive electricity through the air, eliminating the need for chords. With a Witricity transmitter plugged into your wall, you’ll be able to power lamps, chargers and other electrical devices without the need to attach them to a wall outlet.
The company has demonstrated the power of Witricity by charging up to ten battery-powered devices sitting a foot away from one of their transmitters.
How Witricity makes your life easier
For owners of countless gadgets and devices that require being plugged in to run or charge, the convenience of Witricity is obvious. No more tangled cords or limited wall outlet space; now you can charge several devices at once, in the most convenient way currently possible.
Just the thought of never having to untangle a mess of cords behind your entertainment center each time you buy a new device is enough for us to consider Witricity chargers once they finally become available.
A wearable smartphone notification tool, Ditto is designed to make sure you never miss an important phone call or alert due to misplacing your phone, having it on vibrate, etc. This small device clips onto any piece of clothing or is worn on a wristband and then vibrates whenever your phone is trying to get your attention.
You can customize the frequency and number of vibrations to know what kind of alert you’re receiving, and it also vibrates when you walk away from your phone.
How Ditto makes your life easier
This gadget is ideal for smartphone users who find themselves missing calls and texts often because they always keep their phone on silent, at the bottom of their purse, etc. Ditto can run for about half a year on a fresh coin cell battery, and the companion app lets you know when it’s time to replace the battery.
If you hate missing an alert but aren’t one to carry your smartphone everywhere you go, you should certainly consider picking up this inexpensive device.
11. Zuli SmartPlugs
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While plenty of companies have joined the Bluetooth Smart boom in recent years, Zuli Smartplugs might be one of the most useful applications of that technology. Just stick one of these into one of your power outlets and it will soon adapt to the presence of people.
For example, a lamp connected to a Zuli Smartplug will turn lights on and off as well as adjust brightness levels whenever you enter and exit a room. Zuli has joined forces with the Works with Nest program, meaning that these plugs can work to automatically adjust your thermostat preference as well.
How Zuli SmartPlugs make your life easier
Just like the Iris Smart Home Management System mentioned earlier on this list, Zuli Smartplugs are designed to make your home life more comfortable than ever. Even if turning lights on and manually adjusting your thermostat aren’t the most painstaking of tasks, there’s nothing quite like walking into your living room and having the lights go on and temperature cool down automatically.
The companion app also lets you easily manage different settings, and even collects data that may be beneficial to you.
12. Myfox Security System
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A lot of security systems are simply designed to alert you of a break-in, but they do nothing to prevent it. Myfox has taken home security a step further by providing a system that not only alerts police, but also uses stock sensors on windows and doors that scare burglars away. This is done by sounding a loud siren if the sensors detect someone prying open a door or window, hopefully scaring off the thief.
Depending on which package you get, also included is a plugin Wi-Fi hub, a key fob kit and a 720p HD Wi-Fi camera.
How the Myfox Security System makes your life easier
Whether you live in a bad neighborhood or simply want to be prepared, Myfox Security System is a good choice if you’ve got the cash to spend on it. The fact that there are no fees or contracts is a huge plus, as are the differently priced bundles that come with different accessories and devices.
Seeing as 8 out of 10 burglars gave up when the siren sounded during early tests in Europe, you can sleep without worries with this effective setup protecting your home.
Are you a golf enthusiast looking for a cool new way to make your way around the course? If so, Golfboard is the surf-meets-skateboard vehicle you’ve been waiting for. Able to travel up to 14 miles per hour and already available at more than 100 courses, golfers who are already using this motorcycle vehicle only have good things to say about it.
How the GolfBoard makes your life easier
Aside from being an attractive way of getting from hole to hole, the GolfBoard has actually been well-received for speeding up the game. It’s no secret that the game of golf has seen a sharp decline in players the last few years: nearly 35%, to be exact. This is assumed to be because playing a game of golf is not only expensive but very time-consuming.
With the the GolfBoard, getting to your destination is faster and easier, increasing the flow of the game and letting you get more out of your golf game.
14. Logitech UE Mega Boom
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It’s no surprise that one of the world’s largest providers of PC accessories and peripheral devices is also behind some of the best portable wireless speakers currently on the market. Weighing slightly less than 2 pounds and boasting powerful 360 degree sound with deep bass, it’s hard to beat the UE Mega Boom speakers if you’re all about taking your music to parties and on the go. They have a 100-foot wireless range, 20 hour battery life and come in several colors to choose from.
How Logitech UE Mega Boom makes your life easier
The fact that they’re so portable (around 8 inches tall) and still able to deliver rich, unmatched sound is what makes these worth every penny. The wireless range and battery life are also impressive, as are the four attractive color designs you can choose from. They may set you back a couple hundred dollars, but there’s no better choice if you’re all about providing the best quality sound at parties, social gatherings or just at home.
Marketed as the very first smart hand luggage, Bluesmart comes with plenty of helpful features to make traveling easier. This includes locking and unlocking Bluesmart with your phone, setting it to seal when you aren’t nearby and providing an integrated GPS so you always know its location. A built-in scale makes hassling with an airport employee over baggage weight regulations a thing of the past, while the integrated battery serves as your own personal (and portable) phone charger.
How Bluesmart makes your life easier
Currently available, we recommend Bluesmart to anyone who wants to eliminate the small but stressful aspects of traveling. No more worrying about baggage weight regulations, losing your luggage and having sensitive material stolen or waiting in line for an airport wall outlet. The companion app not only gives you control of the suitcase’s settings, but also tracks certain data so you can learn about your own travel habits.
16. Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flashlight
Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flashlight details
Don’t be fooled by the name; this handy gadget does far more than your average flashlight. Aside from boasting a super-bright LED light with 5 different modes, it also comes with a 2200mAh portable power bank that lets you charge your phone and other USB devices. It’s waterproof and durable enough to break glass and other hard materials if necessary.
How the Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flashlight makes your life easier
The gadget is ideal for campers and travelers who want a flashlight that does more than shine light. Since you never know when you’ll need to make a call, the portable power bank gives you ease of mind so you don’t have to worry about cell phones running out of juice at the worst possible moment.
The only situation I can imagine needing it is during a zombie apocalypse when you’re trying to break glass to grab an axe. At least, that’s the scenario I have worked out in my head. Still, the LightMate Emergency Flash Light makes a great gift for campers, travelers or anyone who frequently uses a flashlight.
17. Izon Wi-Fi Video Monitor
Izon Wi-Fi Video Monitor details
The Izon Stem White Wi-Fi Video Monitor Surveillance Cam is a must-have gadget if you’re all about home security and find yourself away from home often. All you have to do is plug the camera into a wall outlet and set it at the angle you’d like to keep track of. After connecting it to your home Wi-Fi, you can then see everything your camera can via a smartphone.
How the Izon Wi-Fi Video Monitor makes your life easier
With a higher quality camera than its competitors, Izon’s surveillance cam will certainly make your life easier if you travel a lot and want to keep an eye on your place. The fact that it can plug into a wall outlet means that it can keep running as long as you’re away, so there’s no worry of running out of batteries and such. The companion app is available for both iOS and Android.
18. Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker
Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker details
When it comes to having the best espresso makers, you get what you pay for. While some users are just fine owning a standard machine that offers decent cups of expresso, others want the best taste they can afford. Much like a Keurig coffee machine, the Nespresso uses espresso pods/capsules that somehow deliver incredible taste every time. Unlike many similar devices, this one is also very user friendly and easy to use, straight out of the box.
How the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker makes your life easier
Not only does this appliance look awesome on any kitchen counter, but it also does exactly what you’re paying it to do. Brewing is fully automatic, using convenient capsules to avoid a mess and heating up in less than half a minute, and it can be programmed to brew based on your preference. Those are just a few of the many awesome features offered by this high-end espresso maker.
19. Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan
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Anyone familiar with cooking knows how difficult it can sometimes be to know if the inside of a steak or salmon is ready, even if the outside looks good to eat. Offering innovative temperature controls, the Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan can tell you the exact temperature inside a piece of food and even notify you when it’s ready to hit the plate.
The pan works together with a companion app to monitor cooking, making sure you never serve another raw or burned dish again.
How the Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan makes your life easier
In this day and age, it’s hard to stand in front of your stove and just watch your food cook. We have kids to attend to, social media pages to check out and more, which means we often make the mistake of undercooking or overcooking our food. For those of you with busy lives who still have the responsibility of cooking for yourself and/or others, the Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan is certainly worth a try.
20. TrackR StickR
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These small but useful little gadgets were made specifically for people who have a habit of misplacing their keys, phone, wallet or other things. Avoid the frustration that comes with searching for a lost item by attaching these quarter-sized devices on them. The TrackR StickR communicates with a companion app to reveal the location of the sticker attached to the missing object.
How TrackR StickR makes your life easier
It’s easy to see how TrackR StickR can make your life a little or a lot less stressful, depending on what you tend to lose often. There’s nothing more alarming than losing your wallet in public, but with these small devices, you can figure out its location in no time. If you have kids or live with people who always move things and forget where they put them, TrackR StickR is for you.
From office environments and home entertainment centers to college dorms and computer setups, there’s always something that needs charging. Computers, smartphones, game controllers, tablets—you name it! Fortunately, the ChargeHub exists to make your life easier by offering seven ports that can be used to charge any USB device. It hardly takes up any space and comes with a few neat colors, which means it won’t look ugly or draw attention to itself—no matter where you put it.
How ChargeHub makes your life easier
Even if you don’t plan on using this device for any of the aforementioned settings, ChargeHub is the perfect gadget to have in your home. It allows you and your family or roommates to easily charge phones and other devices without having to unplug other things all the time. The $60 price tag is also not bad at all, considering how convenient this small but wonderful gadget is.
22. Primera Trio All-in-One Printer
Primera Trio All-in-One Printer details
This printer is essential for someone whose business takes them on a lot of trips, but they still like getting work done in airports, hotel rooms and anywhere else. Weighing a mere 3 pounds, this all-in-one-printer is capable of scanning, copying and printing documents while on the go. An optional battery is also available so you can print in places where no power outlet is available.
How the Primera Trio All-in-One Printer makes your life easier
Have you ever been on a multi-hour airplane ride, hoping you can get some work done instead of watching whatever movie they have on? If so, the Primera Trio printer is worth investing in if you think you’ll find yourself in the same situation again. Being able to scan and copy images at 600 dpi and print at 4800 x 1200 dpi while traveling is what constant business travelers have been asking for over the years.
23. QuitBit Smart Cigarette Lighter
QuitBit Smart Cigarette Lighter details
When it comes to quitting smoking, the phrase “easier said than done” couldn’t be more appropriate. Luckily, this handy gadget is here to help make your transition from smoker to non-smoker a bit more manageable. The lighter lets you set a date for when you want to completely stop. As the date gets closer and closer, the QuitBit Smart Cigarette Lighter lowers the number of cigarettes it recommends you should have that day.
How QuitBit Smart Cigarette Lighter makes your life easier
Simple but proven to be effective, this innovative gadget can be just the thing you need to finally give up smoking for good. Having a physical number showing you how many cigarettes you are allowed to have that day is far more effective than going by your gut feeling. Although the $100 price tag might feel like a lot, imagine the cash you’ll save if you do quit.
24. Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation
Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation details
The latest Nest Learning Thermostat not only makes your life, easier but it can also save you up to 20% on your cooling and heating bill. This is done by learning your preferred temperatures and allowing you to control it all from anywhere via Wi-Fi. This is done with an easy-to-use app that you can download onto your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Other features include an auto schedule for when you’re gone, energy history monitoring and a Nest Leaf icon that lets you know if the current temperature is saving you energy.
How the Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation makes your life easier
For people who worry a lot about their energy bill, a thermostat that can learn from you and program itself to both satisfy your needs and save energy is a must-have. According to independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved on average of 15% on cooling and 10-12% on heating, which means it can potentially pay for itself in about two years. If saving money doesn’t make your life easier, we don’t know what will.
25. Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 6
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Most people buy smartphone cases for protecting their device from physical harm. We all know one person who drops their iPhone at least once a week or has a ton of scratches on their screen. The Mophie Juice Pack Plus takes things a step further by actually holding enough power in it to charge your phone once past 20%. The hard exterior shell, of course, also absorbs even the heaviest of impacts so your device stays safe.
How Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 6 makes your life easier
The Mophie Juice Pack Plus certainly speaks for itself. What’s not to love about a case that not only prevents your phone from damage, but also gives you extra “juice” so you don’t run out of battery halfway through the day? It may be much more expensive than your average iPhone 6 case, but that $40 case you already have does nothing to keep your phone alive for a bit longer.
26. Zolt Laptop Charger
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Possibly the most portable laptop charger around, Zolt’s laptop chargers are thin enough to fit in in the back pocket of your jeans. A single charger can power a laptop plus two mobile devices at the same time, including other electronic devices such as cameras, speakers, etc. Not only does one Zolt replace three power adapters; it’s also able to rotate up to 90 degrees and has a 6-foot cord.
How the Zolt Laptop Charger makes your life easier
This is the perfect gift for any college student who owns a laptop and will soon find themselves in a dorm with one or more people. Instead of fighting over wall outlets and having to deal with heavy brick-like power adapters, this small but powerful device lets you keep your laptop and several other things running without a problem. The long cord and rotating charger also makes the charger great for fitting behind any desk or other appliances.
27. Phorce Freedom Laptop Bag
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There’s a reason why this product has the word “Freedom” included. Offering a bag that trades space for versatility, Phorce’s Freedom bag is the backpack that comes with a 15,000 mAh power cord with two USB ports. This means you can charge your camera, smartphone, laptop or other electronic device no matter where you find yourself. It’s also lightweight, has plenty of padded compartments and boasts a stylish look.
How Phorce Freedom Laptop Bag makes your life easier
The Phorce is a superb product for anyone who does a lot of traveling and needs to use their electronic gadgets while on the go. Instead of frantically searching for a power outlet at airports and other public places, you can just use the very container carrying your devices to charge them.
There are several versions currently available, ranging between $179 and $299.
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