Our world is changing faster than most of us can keep up. The idea of learning, unlearning and then learning something new seems like such a daunting proposition, but it doesn’t have to be. The beauty of technology is that a lot of it exists to make the normal easier, freeing up more time to become better, smarter, faster and stronger. You don’t need to want those things, as it is not a prerequisite for life, but if you do want those things, tech seems like a total lifeline.
And there are things in our lives that are so totally normal, that we simply do them without question or hesitation. We sleep, we eat, we shower (hopefully), we drive, we play, we get sick and we age. And while some smart technology seems silly and novel (and we agree, a lot of it is nonsense), there are some amazing gadgets that came out of CES this year that actually do help with your day-to-day in truly inventive ways. So, here are the top 10 coolest and most useful pieces of technology available to you now (or very soon):
The future is here: The coolest gadgets from CES 2016
A Smart ShowerChange your water consumption habits and get eco-friendly. This shower connects to your phone, so you can set benchmarks for usage. And the colours let you know when you're using too much.
Pre-order at HydraoHydrao
A Smellarm ClockPresenting the world's first olfactory alarm clock. Plug in a cartridge and wake up to the smell of freshly baked croissants. Mm, buttery.
$125 at SensorWakeSensorWake
A Perfect SleepThe Variowell bed says it improves sleep quality by automatically adjusting its firmness to the individual stages of sleep. Good news for people who wake up a million times a night.
Keep looking for drop dates at VariowellVariowell
A Portable LaboratoryIt's the world's first molecular sensor, and it's kind of awesome. Click to scan, say, a food item, and it will deliver the lab results (calories, etc.) to your phone.
$351.50 at ScioScio
An Exceptional ThermometerThis thermometer, while made for kids, works for adults, too. Just hover over your skin, and let it read your temperature without being super-invasive.
$153 at WithingsWithings
A Superior LaptopSeems like just a laptop, but you're wrong. It's fast for gaming, and super-portable, too. It's only 0.52” thin and 2.75lbs. And the coolest part? It's bottom-lit keyboard. You design how it's lit! You can make every key its own colour, or create patterns. And that, while simply an aesthetic feature, is super-cool.
$1,600 at RazerRazer
A Secure SeatThis self-installing car seat is kind of like magic. The best part is, it connects to your phone and you can check on the seat status the whole trip.
$700 at 4moms4Moms
A Future For Your KidsLego is stepping into the future with WeDo 2.0, a fun way for kids to learn about STEM and coding.
Prices vary at LegoLego
A Senior TrackerThis isn't an ordinary activity tracker. Got a parent who is getting older? You can track their health now from afar. Also? There's an emergency response built-in to the device for them.
$70 at Great CallGreat Call
A Muscle BuddyWant to know if you're actually gaining muscle and not fat? The Skulpt Chisel uses electrical currents to determine the makeup of 24 muscle groups.
$167 at SkulptSkulpt