Tech Tools for the New Year
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JBL LINK VIEW SMART SPEAKER
Combining JBL’s stellar reputation for audio equipment with an 8-inch HD touchscreen makes this smart screen a hugely useful addition to any home. Apps run on the Android Things platform, and the speaker includes a built-in camera for Google Duo video calls as well as great connectivity with Google Assistant. There are similar products on the market, but the Link View stands out for its amazing audio performance and market-leading functionality. $250.
EMBR WAVE BRACELET
Whether you’re struggling to beat the heat during the summer or shivering due to aggressive air-conditioning, this high-tech bracelet will help you regulate your body temperature. The Wave Bracelet makes you feel five degrees cooler or warmer in just three minutes, keeping you comfortable whatever you do. With a metallic gray finish and an adjustable fit, the makers developed a useful product that looks great, too. $299.
OPTOMA NUFORCE BE SPORT4
After the indulgence of the holiday period, many people look to get fit in the New Year. These in-ear headphones offer noise isolation and great audio quality as well as ear hooks to keep them in place while you exercise. Top sweat- and water-resistance means they can handle even the hardest workouts, plus the battery will last for up to 10 hours. There’s even a fast-charging feature that gives two hours of playback on just 15 minutes’ charging. $79.
MUHDO FITNESS PLAN KIT
If you’re on a New Year’s health drive, you’ll make faster progress with a personalized program. Instead of hiring a trainer, try out the Muhdo genetic profiling kit. Simply send a saliva sample to the epigenetics firm, and you’ll receive a fitness and nutrition plan based on your unique genetic markers. Find out what kind of exercise suits your body best as well as the nutrients you need most, and you’ll make quick progress toward your fitness goals. $260.