We’re more than halfway through the year, which is a great time to look at the new technologies that have been improving and changing our lives in 2019. Before the holiday shopping rush, Stacey Franklin Jones highlights some of the tech gadgets that have won over consumers so far this year.
Anker USB-C Fast Wireless Charging Pad
This relatively inexpensive tool is a charging device that will help you keep your tech gadgets charged and ready to use — without the usual plug in and out. It has a slip-resistant charging surface and is compatible with both Apple and Android smart devices. Stacey Franklin Jones notes that the Anker device also comes with a quick charge wall adapter and a USB-C cable, providing a sleek way to charge all your devices in one place.
Fitbit Versa Lite
Wearable tech is on the rise and one of the major competitors in the marketplace is Fitbit, which continues to release smaller, lighter, and more tech-savvy devices to keep its health-conscious fans happy. The new Versa Lite model combines a relatively affordable price with a variety of high-tech health and data analytics tools. The technology has improved to the point that with the Versa Lite, you can differentiate between and track different fitness activities throughout your day, from swimming laps to climbing stairs, and walking to work to biking home. This new model also offers expanded capabilities in sleep tracking and a longer battery life.
August Smart Lock Pro
From a leader in home technology, August’s new Smart Lock Pro lets you leave your keys at home and access your home security system and door lock with a mobile app. The app can also be set up to provide notifications when someone opens your door. Stacey Franklin Jones notes that the useful product is compatible with Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making it a hands-free security option for your high-tech home.
Sleep trackers and mobile applications are improving at a rapid pace as well. One new tech tool, the Philips Somneo integrates with those technologies and adds a wake-up light that simulates a natural sunrise and sunset. Its touchscreen is easy to use, and the light has a built-in USB port, making it a useful mobile charging tool for your bedroom.
Apple iPad Mini
This well-known gadget got some big enhancements for the 2019-model release. First it’s up to 3 times faster than its predecessor, the iPad Mini 4, released back in 2015. The new version, still with a relatively mini price tag, comes with a bunch of new tech capabilities, including the Apple Pencil, allowing owners to use it like a notebook. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it runs on the same operating system as the latest iPhone model.
New to the virtual reality market, the Oculus Quest VR headset from Facebook offers a sleek, light design and its affordable price is making waves in the market. The Quest model is wireless and compatible with mobile, gaming, and computer devices. Stacey Franklin Jones explains that it’s touted as a high-powered upgrade to the past Oculus Go, and instead of running on tracking cameras, the monitor’s ‘inside-out’ tracking system is built right into the headset.
Gaming enthusiasts appear to be thoroughly enjoying Samsung’s new curved monitor with an ultra-wide screen measuring 49 inches, a dynamic aspect ratio of 32:9, and 5120 x 1440 Dual QHD resolution, that makes it feel like you are part of the action. The monitor’s price makes it quite an investment for some, but the tech enhancements might just be worth the cost if you’re using a less advanced gaming screen.
With all the new technology being released this year, Stacey Franklin Jones says that finding a gift for a tech lover has never been more exciting.