Innovative Tech Devices
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Tile is one of the most successful Kickstarter items to go into production, thanks to its simple design and easy-to-use app. The device is a Bluetooth location beacon to help you find your keys, wallet, bag or anything you find yourself losing nearby. Tile 2.0 was released earlier this year, but more exciting is the new Tile Slim, much thinner to conveniently place on your phone. $30.
HP SPECTRE X360
Considering Apple’s controversial product line, the new Macbook’s touch bar is turning many people back to Windows for their laptop. One of the main competitors is HP, with its new Spectre x360, a 13-inch convertible laptop that packs some serious hardware into a compact and luxurious case. The most exciting thing about this computer is the flappable touchscreen, allowing you to use it as a tablet. If that’s not enough, the device is less than 15mm thick and weighs less than 3 pounds, and you can even make it stand on its side to use as a media center. $749.99.
WAHOO FITNESS ELEMNT GPS BIKE COMPUTER
You might wonder why a bike computer is necessary in the age of smartphones — until you try navigating the touchscreen while avoiding traffic on a curve. While plenty of smartphone mounts are available, Wahoo Fitness introduces a device made specifically for riders, with all the innovative data of your favorite biking app. By simply linking them through Bluetooth, WiFi or ANT+, the ELEMNT can provide you information on speed, time, distance, GPS directions and health stats. The device also includes built-in GPS if you don’t want to use your smartphone’s navigation. $329.99.
JABRA ELITE SPORT
If you’re not satisfied with the iPhone 7’s AirPods, take a look at Jabra’s new Elite Sport earphones. Unlike Apple’s one-size-fits-all design, the Elite Sport comes in three sizes with the choice of foam or silicon finish, as well as three different fins to ensure a secure fit. Designed with the workout enthusiast in mind, these earphones manage to hold on tight, thanks to the sweat-proof construction. Such devices prioritize durability over audio quality, but the Elite Sport provides a deep, bass-heavy response that will satisfy most listeners. $249.99.