Deck the halls with boughs of holly—and brand-new tech that makes you jolly
It’s begun. Every commercial break includes at least one family decked out in head-to-toe tartan, the grocery aisles have been overtaken by snowmen and the red coffee cups have arrived—the holiday season is upon us. Cue the holiday shopping. But like most aspects of life this year, many people will turn to a “cyber” alternative.
With retailers vying for shoppers, and well aware of their need for an online presence, the deals are about to start flooding your inbox. As those enticing emails emerge, it’s best to be prepared. And while we’re all spending more time at home these days, adding some high-tech updates to your living space could be just what you need. So here are some items to consider adding to your shopping cart this Cyber Monday to turn your home into a tech paradise.
Up your home’s IQ with smart appliances
From security systems you can control with your phone to Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators, you can have your home running in tip-top shape at all times. Look for investments that can protect your home—gadgets equipped with top-of-the-line safety features, such as smoke detectors that alert you where the smoke is coming from, motion detectors with night vision, auto-locks, etc. Or if you’re just looking to make your life a little easier, look at the latest refrigerators that remind you when you’re low on milk before you’re stuck eating dry cereal one morning.
Behold the power of faster cooking
If you’re looking to speed up and simplify your cooking, you might want to invest in one of several smart and fast multicookers that have become popular over the past couple years. These new breed of kitchen appliances combine the convection-style heating of an oven with the speed associated with a microwave.
The counter-top devices often have the ability to pressure-cook, steam, slow cook or even air-fry (think deep frying without all the grease) and have a digital interface chock-full of recipes and specialty functions, like ‘defrost,’ ‘dehydrate,’ ‘yogurt making’ and the always popular ‘pressure cook’—aka, ‘help, I wasn’t expecting house guests.’
Try smarter wearables for a healthier body
Wearable technologies promise to offer new insights into our health and well-being and let you leverage that data for your own benefit. With the latest generation of activity monitors and smart watches you can track your steps to ensure you’re getting them in despite your commute-less workday, gauge your oxygen levels while you sleep, and receive detailed reports on your workouts. The gadgets can pair with your phone, and record their insights into graphs, charts and other visualization tools.
Consider cordless and care-free listening
Free yourself from tangling cords with one of the many cordless earphones on the market. Blue-tooth technology lets headphones sync to your computer or mobile device, so they’re always connected and ready to go.
Active athletes can enjoy wrap-around styles that are sweat- and water-resistant, or you can opt for many of the sleek and simple earbuds for hands-free calling. And wrap-around headphones can also be paired with your smart TV, so you can watch the game late into the night at full volume without disrupting your partner/neighbor/dog.
Give your home entertainment options a boost
With many in-person events cancelled this year, gaming has become increasingly popular, and new gaming consoles are expected to hit the market just in time for holiday shopping.
Also becoming increasingly popular: home theater devices. You’ll find numerous options for projectors that have the ability to transform the size of your screen. With many opting to forgo movie theaters for the time being, people are having outdoor movie nights or cuddling up at home on the couch to view the latest flicks.
Look for discounts on portable and/or smart speakers
Cooking in the kitchen, sitting out on your back porch or lounging in the living room? Bring the tunes everywhere. Look for models with voice command features. You can be mid-marinade with your hands dripping in sauce and keep DJ’ing your favorite tunes. Just want to turn up the volume on your TV, but you're too tired to find the remote? Your wish is your smart speaker’s command.