At least a few “must-have” gadgets tend to hit the market every year – and so far, 2023 has been no exception. Thanks to miniaturization in areas like batteries, wireless antennas and integrated circuits, gadget makers have managed to turn even the tiniest electronic items into full-fledged computers. The end result is that it has become easier for all of us to be healthier and more productive. Nothing is better than maximizing your effectiveness and making the most of your time, and that’s exactly what the trendiest gadgets of 2023 will help you do. Here are just a few of the must-have products that are competing for your disposable income this year.
If you own a smart watch and enjoy the real-time health feedback that it provides, you’ll probably really love owning a smart ring. Smart rings aren’t actually new products; they’ve been around for a couple of years. However, people often complained that the early devices were too bulky, uncomfortable and expensive for the amount of information that they provided. With the latest generation of devices, though, it’s an entirely different story because today’s smart rings are really no bulkier than many wedding rings.
The greatest benefit that smart rings have over smart watches is that you probably remove your watch at the end of the day to charge it. A smart ring, on the other hand, is something that you can almost always leave on – and that means it can provide useful data about your sleep quality. In addition to tracking your sleep, a smart ring can also monitor your heart rate, your blood oxygen levels, your temperature and more. The connected app can alert you when you seem to be ill, and it can also make actionable suggestions to help you sleep better. The only drawback is the cost. You can expect to spend a few hundred dollars for a good smart ring, and unlocking the full features of most rings requires an additional monthly subscription fee.
If there’s one activity that’s definitely not trendy in 2023, it’s smoking. If you’re a smoker, though, the good news is that switching to a potentially less risky alternative is now easier than ever. Vaping isn’t new, so you’re almost certainly aware that it exists. If you haven’t made the switch yet, it’s most likely for one of two reasons. Either you looked at the pod-based systems in a convenience store and realized that they were just as expensive as cigarettes, or you looked at the refillable vapes in a local vape shop and decided that you didn’t want to go through the trouble of maintaining that kind of device.
Disposable vapes have become the most popular vaping devices in the world because they solve the problems inherent in other types of vapes. Because the latest devices come with enough e-liquid to supply thousands of puffs, they’re much more affordable than any other type of vape. A single device costs about the same as two packs of cigarettes but supplies as much nicotine as an entire carton. More importantly, a disposable vape is the only type of vaping device that’s as convenient as smoking – you can just puff on the device to use it. When the light blinks, you’ll charge the device for about an hour. With the convenience and low cost of today’s disposable vapes, there’s really no reason not to make the switch to vaping if you’re still a smoker.
Have you tried one of the trendy new Internet-connected exercise machines over the past couple of years, such as a bike or a rowing machine? If so, did you ultimately decide that it really wasn’t much better than the old-fashioned machine it replaced? If so, you’re not alone – there’s a reason why a certain trendy fitness company from a few years ago is now watching its stock price tumble. If you like the idea of an exercise accessory that’s able to provide real-time feedback and keep you engaged, a workout mirror could turn out to be the answer.
A workout mirror looks like any standard mirror when it’s turned off. When it’s on, though, an internal computer fires up, and the mirror becomes an interactive display. A workout mirror connects to the Internet and typically gives you the ability to join both live and pre-recorded classes. Some mirrors have thousands of classes that you can stream on demand and also offer 24-hour live programming. Since you can see your reflection in the mirror while watching the class, you can be certain that your form is correct. A workout mirror may also have built-in cameras and sensors to provide real-time feedback to you and your instructors. In a few cases, a workout mirror may even allow you to communicate directly with a remote personal trainer. If you love cardio, yoga or free weights, there’s a good chance that you’ll really enjoy using a workout mirror.
If you’re a fan of TV shows or movies, there’s a good chance that you’ve bought a new television at some point in the past few years. As affordable as big-screen TVs have become, the temptation to upgrade is hard to overcome. When you buy a smart TV, though, it’s hard not to notice one glaring flaw. Although a modern screen makes your living room look like a theater, a TV’s built-in speakers can’t help but sound a little tinny. When you see a giant explosion on the screen, you expect to hear some chest-rumbling bass. A thin flat-panel display can’t produce that kind of audio, though, because sound can’t develop if it doesn’t have space.
If you have a limited budget or a small living room, upgrading your TV’s built-in audio with a full-fledged surround sound system might not be practical – and that’s exactly why soundbars have become so popular in 2023. Soundbars have been around for a while, but they’ve been prohibitively expensive until fairly recently. The latest soundbars start at just a few hundred dollars, and even an inexpensive one will provide a major upgrade for your audio setup. A soundbar fits conveniently under or over your TV and typically has multiple speakers in various orientations to provide simulated surround sound. The fuller base and clearer midrange tones will instantly upgrade all of your favorite movies and games.