In the constantly changing world we live in, manufacturers keep coming out with new tech products all the time. They don’t stop there, either. They’re regularly upgrading their devices. Here are four cool gadgets that have just gotten upgrades to fun, useful and crave worthy new features.
1. Apple AirPod Earbuds
Apple first introduced the AirPods back in 2016, and recently announced a second-generation product in March 2019. Like their predecessors, the new buds are made of shiny white plastic and are designed to fit snugly into a variety of ears.
Built on Apple’s H1 chip (instead of the previous W1), the AirPod 2 brings easy switching between paired-up devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. The H1 also supports Bluetooth 5.0, for greater range. Also new in AirPod 2 is hands-free Siri operation, meaning that you’ll no longer need to tap on a bud to get in touch with Apple’s voice assistant; just say “Hey Siri” instead. Talk time has been upped from two hours to three hours. If you want Qi-based wireless charging, you can get it from a new optional Wireless Charging Case.
2. Fitbit Smartwatches
Fitbit makes some of the most popular fitness smartwatches out there, and it’s just upgraded the Ionic and Versa models with the Fitbit OS 3.0 firmware update. Now you can get more fitness info at a glance, including sleep data and a detailed exercise view which displays hourly activity and heart rate. You’ll find it easy to log your weight and water intake, too. Goal-based exercise modes, first introduced for Fitbit Charger, are now available for the Ionic and Versa, too.
The company has also released new Exercise and Scientific programming kits that help software developers create their own apps for Fitbit watches. Apps already built with the kit include Fitbit editions of Couch to 5K, a fitness app for new runners and Achu Health, aimed at discovering patterns in your health metrics and calculating your probability of getting sick.
3. Sengled Snap Lightbulb/Security Cam
Lightbulbs have been exceeding traditional expectations for some time now. Sengled, one of the leading lights in the smart bulb arena, originally pioneered with bulbs that played music and extended Wi-Fi range. Then in 2016, the company announced Snap, a long-lasting LED bulb also containing a built-in security camera, motion sensors, mic and speakers.
Other swanky features include 1080p video resolution with live streaming, facial recognition, unlimited cloud storage, a two-way intercom, night vision, brightness control and an accompanying customizable smartphone app. Not content to rest on its laurels, Sengled has never stopped updating the app. In one new enhancement, Sengled has added the full screen button to the live streaming, playback and security video pages, for switching between full screen and normal screen when locking the screen rotation of the mobile gadget.
4. myblu Electronic Cigarette
Blu’s e-cigarettes are targeted at smokers who want to quit at their own pace and want to feel that accomplishment over time. The company’s new myblu model is another example of how tech products improve over time.
More lightweight and portable than earlier e-cigs, myblu offers a longer battery life and quick battery charge. More specifically, myblu’s 350 MaH battery lasts all day, and takes only 20 minutes to recharge via micro-USB cable. The easily refillable e-cig also comes with a built-in battery indicator and visible cartridge window. Users can choose liquipods in Fresh, Earthy, Savory and Fruity flavor collections and four different strengths: high, medium, low and nicotine-free.
Usually, the most popular and useful tech products just keep getting better over time. Who knows what these innovators will come up with next.