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Gadgets to look forward to in 2015

by Megan Iemma on March 9, 2015

It is always exciting to see what new gadgets and technology come out of CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, each year. CES is held in America and introduces new gadgets, updates to sound, television and anything that will be sold to the consumer in terms of electronic gadgets.

Some of these gadgets are extremely practical while others push the boundaries. Whether you are an early adopter or just wait until all the bugs are ironed out, there are new gadgets that can benefit everyone.

 The year of the wearables

Paxie Kids Wearable

paxie-band

Both my husband and I wear a FitBit (I wear a FitBit Flex and he wears the FitBit Charge). There are now products being produced and marketed to the younger age bracket. This particular product, Paxie Kids Wearable, is designed purely for the kids market. Often with adult wrist wearables, not all of them are fashion friendly. These designs (and there are a few different options) are quite funky and can be interchangeable.

The main difference between this product and the adult wearable devices is using the tracking data (GPS).   Parents can track their children via the smartphone app.  This device has been designed so that it can’t be taken off unless you use two hands  and if the device is removed an alert is sent via the smartphone app.

Here are some of the features it offers: accurate GPS location, ambient temperature, location, tagging, boundary settings, daily activity, heart rate and removal alert.

 

Your luggage, safe and sound

Trakdot Luggage Tracker

trakdot

How many times have you gone travelling either interstate or overseas and your luggage has been misplaced or not arrived on the same flight? This small device snaps onto your luggage and employs newly patented micro-electronics and ground-based cellular telephone technologies to track and report your luggage. When you land you will receive a text message to say your luggage has landed with you, or the location of that luggage. If it is somewhere else, you will be able to assist the airline to get it back as soon as possible.

 

Wake up when you should

Sense

sense

Unless you have an amazing body clock that wakes you up at the same time every morning (I used to have one of these before I had kids), then sometimes an alarm in whatever form that takes is an inconvenience. More often than not, it gets turned to ‘snooze’ mode.

The Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep, monitors the surroundings in your bedroom and reinvents the alarm, so you can sleep better.

This device sits on your bedside table and collects the data of the environment in your bedroom, including noise, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air.

The Sense’s Smart Alarm will wake you at the right time in your sleep cycle to avoid that shock of being woken up by a noisy alarm.

 

Indoor plant tech monitor

Parrot Flower Power

flower-power-garden

If you like having indoor plants, but really would love to know whether you are overwatering or not, or giving enough fertiliser, well there is a product to help you have the best looking indoor plants in the neighbourhood. This product is placed into the soil and will measure sunlight, temperature, moisture and fertiliser. This then connects to a smartphone app (iOS and Android) and you will be sent alerts when any of these four are not at their optimum level.

 

08Featured image: SamsungTomorrow

It will be interesting to see the progress of these products; will they be still around this time next year? How many gadgets can a girl have? What gadget are you looking forward to in 2015? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

Megan Iemma
Megan Iemma is passionate about adult learning and translating complex technology to real world situations for education, corporate and community groups. As an experienced consultant and trainer she has worked in technology consulting and training in addition to being a fully qualified primary/secondary music teacher. Megan set up “Tech Coach HQ” to fulfill her passion for technology and learning. She is a co-founder of the Slide2Learn Conferences (http://slide2learn.net/) which started in 2010. This is a world class Australian conference model with overseas attendees and presenters in the area of Mobile Learning in Education.
 
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