Use these indoor gadgets to create a positive vibe at home
The warmer weather and sunnier days improve everyone’s moods a little. But if you can’t get outside as much as you’d like, there are ways to bring positive vibes indoors. And smart tech gadgets that let you create or listen to music, play games, workout, or control your lighting can be just what you need.
Fun pastimes can make you feel good and help you to look on the bright side of life. And nowhere is positivity more critical than when it comes to your health. Studies consistently show that a positive outlook benefits the mind and body. It can strengthen your immune system, decrease depression, and extend your life. So what are you waiting for? Check out these smart indoor gadgets and amp up the good vibes in your home.
Sweat out negativity
Exercise is proven to increase serotonin, the brain’s feel-good chemicals, reduce stress, and decrease depression and anxiety. And it doesn’t take long for you to feel these effects. According to Business Insider, researchers at the University of Vermont found that just 20 minutes of exercise is enough to improve your mood for up to 12 hours afterward. That’s a benefit we’ll take. Furthermore, people who are active rate themselves as happy and satisfied. So what are some smart tech gadgets that can help you work out? Funny, you should ask.
NordicTrack X32i Smart HD Touchscreen Treadmill
Running outdoors is a great way to change the scenery and get some fresh air. But if you can’t leave the house, the NordicTrack X32i Smart HD Touchscreen Treadmill is the next best thing. Depending on the class you choose, your trainer might take you for a run on the beach or through a forest. And if there’s a specific route you want to train on, this interactive treadmill lets you follow it through Google Maps. And with a library of over 16,000 workouts, there’s no reason to get bored with your indoor workouts.
Echelon Row Smart Rowing Machine
Miss the great outdoors? The Echelon Row Smart Rower is a great way to experience rowing when you don’t live close to water. Available with its own tablet or customizable to yours, it lets you row down a river in Thailand or another preprogrammed rowing location. Subscribers can access Echelon’s floorwork classes. We can’t all live next to the water, but the Echelon Row could be the next best thing.
Peloton Indoor Exercise Bike
We’ve all seen the infamous commercial but, bad gender stereotypes aside, the Peloton Indoor Exercise Bike is a seriously good piece of smart fitness equipment. It gives you a way to get cardio exercise, even when you can’t leave the house. With the Peloton, you’ll have access to nearly a hundred live classes per week. So you’ll feel connected without ever having to leave your home. If you can’t make a live class, there’s a library of classes that range from 5 to 90 minutes in length. That’s right. You can get in a workout in 5 minutes.
Music-making devices can improve your mental health
It doesn’t take an Ivy League degree to tell you that listening and creating music can improve your mood. But here it is: Harvard Health Publishing writes that a review of research between 1994 and 1999 found that in four trials, music therapy reduced symptoms of depression. And according to the Music Industries Association, studies have shown that people who play instruments are “…are more focused and less prone to aggression, depression, and anger than non-musicians. In fact, creating music seems to prime their brains for heightened emotional control and concentration.” Here are some gadgets to help you get making music too.
Redison Official Senstroke Ultimate Box Portable Drum Kit
Drum out your stress with the Redison Official Senstroke Ultimate Box Portable Drum Kit. This smart indoor gadget records music while you play it. This way, you’ll be able to hear how you play so that you can find the areas where you need to improve. Sensors attach to your drumsticks and feet, communicating with your device over Bluetooth. The Senstroke drum set works with iOS 10 or later, Android 8 or later, and Windows 10. So you can use this setup with virtually any device.
GripBeats Wearable Music Creator
A more alternative way to make music is with the GripBeats Wearable Music Creator. With this device, you’ll use your hands’ movement and touch to create beats using any style, sound, or instrument. And if you want to use this wearable music device on a flat surface, it’ll act as a sort of portable, super-mini piano. Finally, this smart indoor gadget is compatible with hundreds of MIDI apps, such as GarageBand and Ableton. The app also gives you access to lessons and over a dozen preconfigured modes. You’ll be creating your own electronic beats in no time.
Artiphon Orba Handheld Musical Instrument
You’ll be able to create a masterpiece anywhere with the Artiphon Orba Handheld Musical Instrument. This portable controller fits in your hand and acts as a synth, loop, and controller. You can also layer lead, drum, chord, and bass parts to make songs instantly. And whether your MIDI controller connects over Bluetooth or USB-C, you’ll be able to use it with the Orba. Best of all, this smart indoor gadget lets you make music by touching, pressing, spinning, tilting, shaking, and more. There’s never been a more intuitive way to make music.
Listen and lower your blood pressure
Do you love music but just can’t create it? Luckily, listening to music has benefits too. Harvard Health Publishing also cites a study that suggests that hearing music could help the heart and circulation and give benefits to the brain and mental health. It’s thought that music can slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and reduce levels of stress hormones. So you can feel good about jamming to your favorite tunes any time you can. And to help you, might we suggest these smart speakers?
Marshall Uxbridge Voice Compact Alexa Speaker
The Marshall Uxbridge Voice Compact Alexa Speaker offers an easy way to listen to your music anytime you want. This smart indoor gadget works with Amazon Alexa so that you can control it with your voice, responding to your voice. And at just seven inches tall and five inches wide, this speaker gives you compact sound. Its stylish design will fit easily in your living room, kitchen, or study. Pair it with other AirPlay 2 or Amazon Alexa speakers to build a whole-home sound system.
Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker
The Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker is another speaker that can respond to Alexa commands. It also features a fast wireless charger on top. Music lovers will be impressed by its impressive acoustics, designed in collaboration with Devialet for a fantastic listening experience. With Speaker Active Matching technology and Push-Push woofers, this compact speaker delivers the beats you love.
Shine some intelligent lighting on your mood
Lighting can also have an impact on your feelings of positivity. And according to Mental Floss, the right lighting in your house can improve your focus, sleep, make you feel warmer, and help your home feel cozier. These smart lights are a great way to achieve all that.
zLight Smart Lighting Sleep System
The zLight Smart Lighting Sleep System can help you create the ideal atmosphere for sleep. And more sleep can improve those positive vibes in your house. Developed by Mark Zuckerberg, this smart light responds to your predetermined schedule to let you know when it’s time to get up. Rather than check your phone in the dark and blind yourself, zLight remains dark until it’s time to get up. Then, it emits a soft glow to alert and gradually wake you up. The zLight Plus can also wirelessly charge up to three devices at once. It can also track temperature, humidity, and CO2. There’s also an audio system for calming wake-up sounds.
LIFX Switch Smart Control
The LIFX Switch Smart Control is an easy way to control your LIFX smart lights and also makes your “dumb” lights work smart. This smart indoor gadget features a four-button in-wall switch, so you and your family will have easy access to all of your home’s lighting options. This means no more accidental “offs” that only one person can fix. The smart control is voice-controlled and integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana. It also features themes, complete with actions like dimming, and lets you control single or groups of lights. Finally, the beautiful design and haptic touch put style into this smart light control.
Game your way to happiness
If you’re a gamer, you know that playing video games can help with a more positive outlook. “There is also a large body of research utilizing gaming theory and structure to help improve willpower and decision-making in a range of mental health conditions,” says psychotherapist Noel McDermott. “Games are intrinsically motivating and piggybacking that for serious purposes often demonstrates great results.” So it’s in your best interest to play.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 All-Platform Gaming Headset
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 All-Platform Gaming Headset works with basically any platform, including PlayStation 4, PCs, Xbox, and Switch. So if you have multiple setups, these gaming headphones will fit pretty much all of them. Plus, this all-platform headset has a detachable microphone. So you can keep it on when you need to speak or remove it when you’re playing on your own. The steel-reinforced headband ensures that this smart gadget lasts you for many gaming sessions to come.
8Bitdo TG16 2.4G Wireless Gamepad
You can get positive results faster with the 8Bitdo TG16 2.4G Wireless Gamepad, a completely lag-free gamepad. This smart indoor gadget works with your PC Engine Mini, CoreGrafx, Nintendo Switch, and the upcoming Konami TurboGrafx-16 mini. In line with the brand’s style, the 8Bitdo has a retro feel but gives you modern abilities. It boasts 18 hours of battery life and only needs an hour or two to recharge.
There are many ways you can boost your mood if you’re spending a lot of time indoors these days. We hope these best smart indoor gadgets to help you create a positive vibe at home can help.