12 Incredibly useful gadgets you need in your life

We live in exciting times. Technology is progressing rapidly, and we get to reap the benefits of all of the advancements. Things we once only dreamed about are now a reality, and we can bring them into our homes. There is so much out there that we've never seen before, and 2019 definitely brought its A-game.

12 Incredibly useful gadgets you need in your life
Hydrow Connected Rowing Machine with a Connected Display

If you were that kid who spent time watching Star Trek when you were little, you were probably amazed by all of the technology they had. They had something for everything. And if you remember any of that tech, you’re probably even more amazed that we now have some of that tech. These incredibly useful gadgets are definitely making us feel those Star Trek vibes.

Remember universal translators? Yup, we have those now. Tablet computers? They’ve been around for a while. We’re still a long ways away from being able to teleport, but I’m a firm believer that if it was in Star Trek, it will exist, and you should plan accordingly. Sorry, airlines.

These incredibly useful gadgets will help to simplify your day, keep you healthier, and bring some much-needed convenience to your life.

LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone with Dual Screen

Do more on your phone and do it better with the LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone with Dual Screen. This phone offers multiple display options, thanks to the snap-on display. And for gamers, your mind will be blown. You can use one screen to view your game, and the other as a controller. If you’re on your phone a lot or are always multitasking, this dual-screen technology is a game-changer.

Square Off’s NEO and SWAP Automated AI Board Games

A chessboard that will move the pieces on its own. How. Cool. Is. That. NEO even offers personalize chess coaching. Or if chess isn’t your thing, Square Off also offers checkers, Connect 4, and Halma with the SWAP board game. These board games use adaptive AI, and you can play at 30 different skill levels.

Hövding 3 Urban Cyclist Airbag

This neckpiece might not look like much, but it could very well save your life. The Hövding 3 Urban Cyclist Airbag is a must-have for anyone who regularly cycles, and will do more than a standard bike helmet. It reads your movements 200 times per second, and when it senses a crash, it inflates to surround your neck and head in just 0.1 seconds. You can even connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and if it inflates in the event of a crash, the app will let your emergency contacts know.

PhoneSoap 3 UV Phone Sanitizer

People are dirty. We touch all sorts of things without washing our hands. And we touch our phones a lot. Have you ever really thought about how dirty your phone is? Because it’s pretty gross. Thankfully, the people with the PhoneSoap 3 have thought about it. This innovative gadget successfully kills 99.99% of the bacteria on your phone with its UV light. And the PhoneSoap 3 also doubles as a charger.

AfterShokz Aeropex Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones

Earbuds and over-the-ear headphones aren’t for everyone. We don’t all have the same shape of ears or the same size of ear canals, and most headphones and earbuds are one size fits all. Or maybe you have sensitive ears and don’t like your music blasting into them. Say hello to AfterShokz. These wireless headphones conduct sound through your cheekbones, so you don’t have to worry about anything covering or being inside of your ears. You’ll be able to hear everything around you, and they have an IP67 waterproof rating, so they’re perfect for sports.

Lisse Contactless Portable Wine Decanter

If you’re a red wine drinker, you know that it needs to breathe. But what if you don’t want to wait for it to breathe? Or what if you’re traveling and can’t bring a wine decanter with you? Never fear, there’s the Lisse Contactless Portable Wine Decanter. This 2019 gadget is the answer to your red-wine woes. All you have to do is set the Lisse about six inches away from your wine and wait for it for fifteen seconds. That’s right. Fifteen seconds.

Trefecta RDR ABS Off-Road eBike

Not everyone who is commuting to work on their bike has perfectly paved bike lines and streets to traverse.  Or maybe you’re looking to go off-roading and make it a little bit easier on yourself. Now, there’s the Trefecta RDR ABS Off-Road eBike. You’ll be able to conquer the trails, or you can install a road kit if you’re not looking to traverse rougher terrain.

GARDENA Smart SILENO City Robotic Lawnmower Set

Cross another chore off your list, because now you won’t have to mow the lawn. You have Roombas to take care of all of your floors, and now you have GARDENA to take care of your grass. This almost silent lawnmower can handle up to 500 m2 of yard, and it won’t wake the neighbors. It can also handle tight spaces and 25% inclines. This is one of the most innovative gadgets we’re pretty pumped about.

Kohler Konnect Sensate Smart Kitchen Sink Faucet

The next generation of faucets is here. The Kohler Konnect faucet has voice-activation technology and can connect with your Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. So if you’re a mess, you won’t need to worry about transferring that mess to your faucet. Another cool feature is that you can tell it to dispense a precise amount of water. Who wouldn’t use that all the time?

US:E Smart Camera Door Lock

The US:E door lock allows you to enter your house however you want to: smartphone, password, fingerprint scanning, physical key, key fob, or facial recognition scan. It also has a doorbell and an intruder alert, but are you really getting it for that? Nah, you’re getting it so that you can enter your home the same way they would on Star Trek, and let’s not pretend otherwise.

Hydrow Rower Connected Rowing Machine

Sure, everyone is on the Peloton bandwagon right now for at-home spin classes, but now there’s a rowing option with the Hydrow Rower. Rowing is a fantastic full-body workout, and now you can do it at home. And you’re probably thinking that you don’t have the room for a rower, but it folds up into a much smaller space than you would anticipate for a rower.

Ikea Smart Window Blinds

Toss those traditional blinds out the window. You know, the ones with the two strings that you can never make even. And then you’re stuck looking at lopsided miniblinds because you’re too frustrated to keep trying to fix them. The Ikea Smart Window Blinds come with remote and smartphone control, and they connect to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit. And they even have a battery pack, so you don’t have to worry about wires. Peace out, annoying old blinds.

You’re definitely going to want to put several of these incredibly useful gadgets on your shopping list. Sure, you’ll need to save up for a few of them, but it’ll be worth it. Because, Star Trek. And who knows what 2020 will bring to us. With CES coming up in January, we’re pumped to see what technological miracles await. What was your favorite useful gadget from 2019?

Tera has worked in the publishing industry since 2004 and considers the written word her first love. When she's not writing or editing, she's usually traveling, knitting, or binge-watching Netflix.
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