4 Smart Devices To Check Out In 2017

Smart devices are transforming the way we live, the way we work, and the way we play. They’re entertaining us, connecting us to information and our social circle, and making our everyday tasks more efficient. Make sure you check out these sensational smart devices in 2017.

Amazon Echo: Smart Speaker Acts on Your Every Command

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The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker, but that descriptor doesn’t quite capture the functionality of this very useful device. It will play favorite tunes or genres beautifully from streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, but it can do much more than conventional speakers.

The Echo is always listening for your voice commands, ready and waiting to tell you the latest news headlines, set a timer when you’re fixing dinner, order you a pizza when you’re too lazy to cook, or turn out the lights when you’re ready for bed. Its seven noise-canceling microphones help it cut through household chatter and tune in to your voice, even if you’re not close by. With so many functions, think of the Echo as a personal assistant for your home.

Kuna Toucan: Outdoor Camera Boosts Home Security

Outdoor cameras can monitor your home’s exterior at all times, watching for any thieves and vandals that might trespass on your property. However, many require wiring, so they can be difficult to install. The Kuna Toucan is so much simpler. Just connect it to your existing outdoor wall lights via the USB cable, and it’s ready to spring into action.

The Kuna Toucan constantly records in high definition. Log in to the app, available for smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7, from anywhere you have a reliable internet connection to see what’s going on at home. You’ll get the smoothest streaming when connected to a provider like T-Mobile, which boasts the fastest 3G and 4G internet in the United States. The app also lets you operate the light, set a motion sensor, and establish rules to tell the system how to use the light, the 100-decibel siren, and pre-recorded messages to deter intruders. Motion-related push alerts make sure you never miss any activity at your home.

Fitbit Charge 2: Monitor Your Workouts

In 2014, the fitness band industry was worth $2 billion. By 2019, the market is expected to grow to $5.4 billion. It’s a crowded marketplace, but TechRadar insists that the Fitbit Charge 2 is the cream of the crop.

The Fitbit Charge 2 offers a large, clear OLED screen for displaying your heart rate, step count, calories burned, and other key data. Its comfortable strap comes in three sizes for the best fit. While the basic version feels better on the wrist than previous models, you can upgrade to a metal or leather band if you prefer. The free Fitbit app makes it easy to assess your workout habits over weeks and months. The latest Fitbit should hold its charge for four days and take less than two hours to recharge.

Runners would probably love a built-in GPS system, but since the Fitbit connects with the GPS on your phone, this isn’t a deal breaker. It isn’t waterproof like some other fitness bands on the market, but it is splash-proof, so you needn’t stress about getting caught in the rain or sweating excessively.

Drop Kitchen Non-Slip Silicone Connected Kitchen Scale: Smart Scale Helps You Cook

Everyone can be a gourmet chef with this smart scale. Load the app to your smartphone or tablet and you’re ready to start cooking. The Drop app offers step-by-step instructions for hundreds of recipes, from family favorites like hamburgers to sweet treats like blueberry tarts.

There’s no need to drag out your measuring cups or spoons, either. Simply set your mixing bowl onto the smart scale and it will tell you when you’ve added enough of each ingredient. If you’ve always struggled to cook, or you could simply use a little help in the kitchen, the Drop Kitchen Non-Slip Silicone Connected Kitchen Scale could be just what you’re looking for.

Check out these exceptional smart devices to enhance your life in 2017 and beyond.

Amol Wagh

Author of Game Marketing Book: Market Your Indie Game Like A Pro! 7 years of Tech Blogging & Digital Marketing. Co-founder at Dotline Inc & a Gamer. Follow me on Twitter @amolwagh, @amol.wagh