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20 Smart and Handy Tech Gadgets for an Easier 2022

smart and handy tech products for an easy 2022
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Loftie
Feb 3, 2022

Maybe it’s just us, but having a high-tech gadget in our hands makes us feel like we’re living in the movie “Smart House.” If you’re someone who loves to simplify your life with the help of electronics, listen up. We’ve rounded up devices to use around your home that make cooking easier, and improve your sleep hygiene. They’ll all help you to live a smarter 2022, and trust us — once you’ve tried these products, you’ll definitely want to brag about ’em to a friend.

An alarm clock that's also a Bluetooth speaker, night-light, and noise machine...

Loftie does it all. And with a two-phase alarm, you won't dread waking up in the morning. The first alarm gently stirs you, while the second is designed to get you out of bed. Plus the tones are meant to be soothing. You can schedule different alarms for separate days of the week. To explore what your clock can do, you can download the compatible phone app. ($149, Loftie)

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Or a sunrise alarm clock that makes waking up a little bit more bearable…

Because hitting snooze over and over is exhausting. And it cuts into your precious time. With seven colors to choose from, this sunrise alarm clock gradually brightens 30 minutes before your alarm. If you’re sharing with a partner or you’re just a heavy sleeper, you can set a second alarm. For all the bookworms out there, this also doubles as a reading light — perfect for winding down. ($45.98+, Amazon)

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A personal alarm and LED light in one…

We suggest attaching this mini alarm to your keys. When you’re standing outside your door at night, you’ll actually be able to see where the lock is. And just in case you ever find yourself in an unfriendly situation, one click will activate a loud siren that’ll immediately draw the attention of others. It’s also handy if you’re on a camping trip or hike. The goal: to stay as safe as possible. ($16.95, Grommet)

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A rechargeable lighter so you can kiss those matches goodbye… 

Lighters used to be butane or bust, but now there’s a tech-y, eco-friendly alternative. This one can be plugged into an outlet and will give you up to 300 uses on one charge alone. It’s slim enough to easily toss in a pocket, and it comes in four colors. Plus, it automatically turns off after 10 seconds of use. ($33.50+, Food52)

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A milk frother to give you that café feel from your own kitchen…

Your morning coffee just got a huge upgrade. Now you can make delicious foamy creamer for your latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate, and more. It features a stainless steel whisk and simple on/off button. It's so easy to use, you'll wonder why you didn't buy it sooner. ($10.99, Amazon)

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A power bank that’s as cute as it is functional…

This little power bank does more than just juice your device — it doubles as a hand warmer on days that are beyond freezing. No more frozen fingers that are struggling to text ‘omw.’ It’s got enough power to take you from 0% to full battery. And we adore that it’s shaped like a suitcase. ($45, Multitasky)

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A fertility tracker and kegel ball that monitors cervical fluid…

This tiny gadget can track when you’re most fertile, which is a huge benefit when you’re trying to conceive since sperm can’t survive in the vagina unless cervical fluid is present. You can start the tracking by picking a consistent two-hour time frame to take your reading each day. From there, you’ll insert the ball-shaped part inside your vagina for the process to start. With the gathered data, you’ll know when to expect your next period and when to take a pregnancy test. Overall, the test is only about two minutes long. The ball also doubles as an exercise ball for your pelvic floor muscles. ($239, Kegg)

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A coffee mug that lets you control temperature…

No more lukewarm coffee or tea. Now you can set your desired temperature from your phone. The mug will stay heated, and when you place it on the pad, it’ll charge. In one sitting, the mug can stay hot for up to one and a half hours. It’s safe to hand-wash and will look chic on any desk. ($129.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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An electric wine opener that can also vacuum-seal bottles…

Upgrade your happy hour with this opener that can uncork up to 80 bottles in a single charge. And no — it won’t break corks in the process. If you don’t finish your bottle, just use the vacuum-sealer option to preserve freshness and flavor. Cheers to that. ($39.95, Wayfair)

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A phone UV sanitizer and wireless charger…

When you place your phone inside, a UV light will run for three minutes to kill bacteria. Once the process is finished, you can rest your cell on top of the box’s surface for Qi-enabled charging. PS: It also works for your keys and wallet, so once you walk in the door, add a couple items to the box to get ’em clean. ($70, Uncommon Goods)

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A doorbell camera and chime so you can see who’s knocking…

When something is detected, motion photos will be sent to your phone so you can see who is visiting. When the doorbell is pressed, a chime will ring inside the house. No more peeking through the window upstairs. Now you’ll know when your package has (finally) arrived. Oh, and installation? It’s simple: The doorbell camera runs on your home’s WiFi system. ($24.88, Walmart)

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A smart meat thermometer that’ll do the hard work for you…

Set your desired end result and the thermometer will let you know when your food has finished cooking. From rare to well done — the app lets you browse different types of foods and levels of “doneness.” Just remember to leave the thermometer in; it’ll keep reading your food and sync with its phone app so you’ll be notified when something is ready. You can charge the thermometer via the dock and keep it covered while not in use. If you’re really into your meat, we get it. There are also reminders for when to flip your food or when to turn up/down the heat. Get ready for an upgrade. ($129.99, Target)

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A mini desktop vacuum cleaner for crumbs left on your table…

Stop wiping them onto the floor. Now with just a quick pass or two, you’ll have a clean kitchen table or desk. Pro tip: Keep one in your car to use on seats. Quick and easy. ($15.99, Amazon)

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A motor that’ll open and close your curtains for you…

It’s actually really simple: Place the device on your rod at the front of your curtains and sync it with the downable phone app. When you want your curtains closed, you can control ’em from your device instead of having to get up. No complicated installation or hardware needed. There’s also a useful schedule feature if you want the curtains to open and close at certain hours. ($89+, Amazon)

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A set of key finders so you can stop pulling apart the couch cushions once a week…

Add the trackers to your keys and keep the base in an obvious place in your home (we suggest the kitchen counter). When the time comes and you’ve lost your keys, press the corresponding button on the base. The tracker will emit a beeping sound to help you locate what you’ve lost. The trackers can be attached to phones, wallets, eyeglass cases, or even added to backpacks and purses. And everything is color-coded to make it easier on you. ($18.99, Amazon)

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A Bluetooth shower speaker so you can belt your heart out…

All while shampooing, of course. No more leaving your phone on the sink at max volume. This speaker is 100% waterproof and can suction to the shower wall. So you can adjust volume and skip songs with the touch of a button. ($29.99, Amazon)

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A multi-port wall plug if you’ve got a few devices…

Instead of having to constantly switch out wires, now you’ll be able to keep everything charged at once. This plug also has two USB ports and a built-in night-light and surge protector. Think of it like an outlet hub — a simple device that’ll optimize the power in your home. ($19.97, Amazon)

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A wireless transmitter and receiver that’ll allow you to connect via Bluetooth…

This can be used on things like plane televisions, treadmills, and gaming devices. Whenever you’ve needed a wire in the past, now you’ll be able to connect headphones via Bluetooth. No more fumbling with wires while you travel — your over-the-ear wireless headphones are now handy. ($44.99, Amazon)

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An automatic pet feeder that’s easy to set…

Have a cat that wakes you up at the crack of dawn for breakfast? Whether it be early morning or late at night, this feeder will get the job done and your pet will always be satisfied. You just need to set the feeding schedule and how much food needs to be dispensed. If your pet needs a little coaxing, you can record a message that’ll play at feeding time. If you lose power, the machine will keep running via three D-cell backup batteries. ($69.99, Petlibro)

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A smart plug that turns just about anything into an Alexa-enabled device… 

Bring voice control to any device: a coffee maker, fan, or lamp. When you need to turn something on, it’ll be as simple as calling Alexa’s name. You can even control devices while you’re away thanks to the downloadable Alexa app. ($24.99, Amazon)

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