10 useful smart devices that will change your life for the better

Smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, robot vacuum cleaners, and finally, electric cars with autopilot - the number of different gadgets is growing every year. But few people know that in addition to the popular technology on sale you can find very unusual devices that are not inferior to their famous counterparts. We have compiled a selection of non-standard devices for different occasions.

Smart scales

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You can monitor your health not only with fitness bracelets and smartwatches. Smart scales with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support are the best option for weight control, diet, and strength training. The received information is analyzed and transferred to a special smartphone application.

Almost all smart weights are equipped with a sensor for bioimpedance analysis, which sends a weak electric current through the feet, and the resistance of tissues calculates the proportion of fat, muscle, bone, and water in the body. The gadget also determines the indices of body weight and internal fat, protein content. Separately notes the mass of skeletal muscle, metabolic rate, body type, and biological age. Data is analyzed and structured in a mobile application. Based on these data, further recommendations for nutrition and exercise are selected. Some developers have guest access to mobile applications.

Among the most popular and reliable models of smart scales is Huawei Scale 3 Pro and Scale 3, Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale 2 and Mi Body Composition Scale 2, Medisana Target Scale 3, devices from Picooc, and more.

Smart umbrella

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Not only household appliances but also umbrellas become smart. Unlike standard models, designed exclusively for protection against precipitation, smart versions are equipped with an indicator of the rapid onset of rain, as well as an alarm that will not forget the umbrella in transport or at work. 

The gadget is made of durable fabric that dries quickly. It opens easily, and its rubber handle fits well in the palm of your hand. An LED indicator can be found on the handle. If it is red, then rain is expected, and if it is green, it will be clear. The power source is four AAA batteries. This energy supply will last for about six months.

You can sync your smart umbrella with your Android or iOS smartphone using wireless. Once connected, it will notify you of new calls and SMS with a slight vibration. In addition, it will send a message to the smartphone if the owner is more than 10 meters away from it. The umbrella is harder to lose, hence the benefits.

Smart labels


Another useful but not very common smart gadget is smart labels. These are miniature radio chips that can be used to find an object. For example, users who attach such a beacon to a bundle of keys, wallet, or bag will be able to find their location through the program or receive a message about a forgotten thing when leaving home.

Smart labels can be connected to smartphones via Bluetooth LE with low power consumption or Ultra-Wideband radio technology, which allows you to determine the coordinates of the object to the nearest meter. When the smart tracker is out of range, it notifies other trusted devices nearby. All transmitted data is encrypted and inaccessible to third parties.

Smart labels are produced by Samsung and Apple, as well as a dozen Chinese companies of various kinds. In the case of Samsung SmartTag, you can track the location of a forgotten or stolen item in SmartThings. You can beep on the Galaxy SmartTag to make it easy to find. Samsung tracker can only be connected to Galaxy devices with Android 8.0 and higher. They are incompatible with other Android smartphones or iPhones. Apple AirTag has similar functionality. The smart tag is easily combined with iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and lost items can be found through the "Locator Network" feature.

In addition to keys, wallets, and household items, trackers can be used to track luggage during flights, as well as attached to the collar of pets. By the way, animal tags support GPS and GLONASS geolocation. With their help, you can determine the location of cats, dogs, and other animals with an accuracy of meters. Microphones and speakers are built into the body of some models. In this case, the owner can call a cat or dog through a mobile device without raising his voice and hear what is happening next to him.

Smartpen and notebook

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Designers, artists, engineers, and programmers can enjoy smartpens and notebooks, with which written notes, drawings, algorithms, and flowcharts can be instantly translated into electronic form without any scanning and photography.

The Neo SmartPen N2 pen and the Neo N Plain Notebook can be the optimal pair. First, you make a handwritten note in a notebook, and it is immediately digitized. After that, the text (picture) can be transferred and edited on mobile devices or computers. Bluetooth is used for synchronization.

The body of the handle is made of light and durable metal. It is difficult to scratch or crumbles. The device is equipped with a built-in battery, which is enough for about 10 hours of use with simultaneous digitization.

Portable coffee maker

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Not only laptops or smartphones but also coffee can be mobile. And all thanks to smart portable coffee machines. Such devices are compact in size, easily fit in a backpack, and work without an outlet from the built-in battery. All you need to make a fragrant and fresh espresso is boiling water and ground coffee (there is an option to use capsules).

With this gadget, you can make coffee anywhere - at home, at work, on a hike, or on a walk. The device creates a pressure of up to 15 bars for making espresso. One run is enough for two cups of espresso of 30 ml. The minimum amount of water to run - 50 ml. The freshly brewed coffee container is located directly under the lid of the coffee machine. The thermal ring on the lid will allow you to comfortably and safely enjoy a fresh drink.

Headphones with a smart translator

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If you often have to communicate with foreigners whose languages ​​you do not know perfectly, a useful gadget can be wireless headphones with real-time translation function Timekettle M2. This gadget understands 40 languages ​​and 93 dialects. Algorithms based on artificial intelligence provide synchronous voice translation with a high degree of accuracy.

The headset consists of two anatomically shaped headphones that hold well in the ears. It connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth. The weight of the kit with a charging case is 65 grams, and the energy reserve is enough for 30 hours. Before using Timekettle M2, you should download the library of required languages ​​from the developer's server and have a quality Internet channel for automatic translation.

Smart glasses


Smart glasses are becoming more and more popular among smart gadgets. In addition to improving the quality of vision and protection from the sun, they combine the functions of a wireless headset, and some, and the design of information like augmented reality.

Smart glasses have an intelligent gesture control system. Wireless is used to connect to the smartphone. The intelligent algorithm automatically determines the position of the device using sensor data. If you take off the glasses for a while and then put them on again, a window appears on the smartphone screen to check the battery level. Eyewear II has a powerful battery that allows you to continuously play music for five hours without charging. Fast wireless charging technology allows you to charge the gadget at any convenient time.

The Bose Frames Rondo model belongs to the class of sunscreens. Glasses with fashionable round lenses will be a great addition to your everyday look or a luxurious evening dress. The special coating of the lenses protects the eyes from ultraviolet rays, and built-in speakers provide rich music. The device can receive phone calls when connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, as well as contact Siri voice assistants and Google Assistant. The sound of the speakers is directed inwards, so the music will not disturb others. At the same time, the user will hear ambient sounds: conversations, important announcements at the airport, and car signals.

Smart chess

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Fans of board games can enjoy a set of smart chess. One of the most popular and widespread of them is the Square Off Grand Kingdom Set.

A gadget is a chessboard on which the pieces move on their own. In the body of the wooden board is hidden a special two-axis mechanical mechanism with a magnetic head, which moves the figures one by one. The figures have built-in magnets, so the mechanism simply activates them at the right time.

To play, you need to download the Square Off program and connect the board to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Through the program, you can play online with other players, watch someone else's game, or fight against artificial intelligence.

The device itself is quite large and heavy: dimensions - 603x484x49 mm, weight - 5.4 kg. About 50 games lasting 1-1.5 hours can be played on one charge of the Square Off Grand Kingdom Set. The board has a built-in battery. The set includes a charger for mains operation.

Smart video projector


Another interesting smart gadget for entertainment is a smart video projector. Unlike stationary models, the device combines the functions of a projector, set-top box, and game console. A special graphics chip, 2 GB of RAM, and a built-in drive are responsible for the image. The connection is via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Prominent representatives of this class are the projectors Mi Smart Projector 2 and Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro from Xiaomi. The devices allow you to broadcast images with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. High brightness of up to 1300 ANSI lumens and HDR10 support for improved color contrast. The older model is equipped with two built-in 10 W speakers with DTS-HD and Dolby Audio support, and the younger model has two 5 W speakers. The devices support omnidirectional correction of keystone distortion, saving the user from careful work on the placement of the screen.

Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 and 2 Pro run Android TV, supports Chromecast and Google Assistant. Remote control is included. Settings and navigation are also possible with the help of a mobile application from a smartphone. Projectors can be connected to a smart home system.

Smart feeder for animals

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If you have a pet, you should consider buying a smart food dispenser. One of the best ways to improve your pet's health is to make him drink more. As an example, we can recommend the automatic drinker Xiaomi Petoneer Smart Pet Water Dispenser for cats and dogs. Running water attracts the attention of the pet and encourages him to drink more.

The device has a four-level filter: keeps drinking water fresh, removes dirt and bacteria. The 5 W pump consumes little electricity and the pump sound is only 40 dB. The volume of liquid - 2 liters.

If you are often away from home, then buying a Geozon PF-01 automatic feeder can be a great solution. Using a special application Geozon Home for Android or iOS, you can remotely configure scheduled feeding or give a one-time command. The food will automatically fall into the bowl. The volume of the tank is 2.4 liters. Sync via Wi-Fi. The device works from a standard electric network, switching on occurs automatically.

Madhuranjan Kumar

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