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    Updated on Aug 27, 2018. Posted on Aug 26, 2018

    17 Things On Amazon Launchpad That'll Upgrade Your Life

    A sprouts and herbs aquarium, Greek yogurt maker, infinity travel pillow, and so much more!

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    Launchpad is a section on Amazon featuring cool tech gadgets, interesting foods and drinks, and other innovative products created by startups. Here are some of the things you can find there right now that'll totally upgrade your life:

    1. A phone sanitizing case, because god knows what kind of trash you've been ingesting by way of your phone — and now, thankfully, you never need to know!

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    Promising review: "I loved my purchase. This is so easy to use and very convenient — much easier than having to spray and wipe down my phone every day. It takes only 10 minutes, plus I can charge my phone at the same time. I think everyone should have one! Who doesn't have a cell phone these days? And when you find out how many germs you can carry around on your phone, this purchase just makes sense!" —Mary S

    Price: $59.95 (available in six colors)

    2. A Greek yogurt maker (because you're very hungry after thinking about phone germs) that'll help you save big bucks at the grocery store with your at-home revolving-door supply.

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    Promising review: "I am now a Greek yogurt pro thanks to this fairly simple device. For a couple months now, I have made a batch two to three times per week. I no longer need a thermometer and have it down to a personal science in my kitchen. I add fruit or nuts, but it can be eaten plain. Everyone at my house is on a low-carb, high-fat diet, and this is a perfect component. No more store yogurt with low fat and sugar." —Beverly J. Leach

    Price: $26.90+ (available in pink, blue, and white/blue)

    3. A color cube sudoku, if number-based sudoku just isn't challenging enough for you.

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    Promising review: "You can't solve this unique puzzle by trying many random moves — some thinking will be required. It took me over an hour to understand a few clues that eventually helped me solve it. Perhaps my 8-year-old will be able to solve it faster. She is excited about the fact that we have a new colorful game in the house. It seems sturdy enough to withstand potential attempts by her younger brother to break it apart." —Roman

    Price: $19.99

    4. A pack of 160-calorie cakes in a cup, which only require a lil' water and 40 seconds in the microwave to achieve perfection.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. Not only do you not have to worry about the ingredients inside the little desserts, but they taste amazing! If you're like me and have a big sweet tooth but don’t want to break your diet or health-conscious lifestyle for a little sweet treat, these are for you! I will definitely be purchasing again." —Sabrina

    Price: $9.96+ (available as a four-pack or eight-pack and in chocolate chip, chocolate cookie, confetti pop, double chocolate, fudgy brownie, and vanilla)

    5. An infinity travel pillow, because you're tired of never getting a wink of sleep on the plane or bus. (This one's so comfortable you might even find yourself using it in bed.)

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    Promising review: "I am a person who has a hard time getting comfortable when sleeping on a plane, and traditional U-shaped pillows did not give me the support or comfort I needed. Because I was going on a 13-hour flight to Europe (with one stop) I went to a travel website to research pillows as I wanted to ward off jet-lag. Once I double-wrapped the infinity design over my neck I was in heaven! When sleeping on planes my head tends to tilt to the side or forward, putting a strain on my neck. No matter the angle, my head was supported with the right amount of firmness. I took it off to support my back while eating and propped it against the window so I could lie on it. It helped to cancel out white noise and kept me cozy during a chilly flight. I love this pillow so much that when I realized that the pillow in my hotel room was inadequate I augmented it with the Huzi." —RacerX CDG

    Price: $39.99

    6. A self-cleaning fish tank that doubles as a sprouts and herbs growing system — look at this ecosystem doing the most!

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    Promising review: "Since pets are too much responsibility for a New Yorker, I decided to try a single fish as an adult. I was a kid when I used to have fish and times were simpler then, but now there are so many accessories and things to worry about. I wanted a simple eco-friendly solution, with a nice presentation, that gave me food to eat, and something pretty to look at. This water garden checked all the boxes." —benjamin bannister

    Price: $98.18

    7. Banza, a high-protein and gluten-free pasta, because diabetics and GF folks deserve an alternative that actually tastes as good as the real deal.

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    Promising review: "I have been eating Banza for years now, usually buying it from Whole Foods, so I am psyched that I can get it on Amazon now! I gave up pasta a few years ago but I still wanted something that was as easy to cook and had a similar texture, and I found that in Banza. It's also way healthier because it's made out of chickpeas so it has lots of protein in it! 10/10 would recommend!!" —Amazon Customer

    Price: $22.49 for a six-pack

    Read our full review of Banza.

    8. A Foreo Luna Mini 2, the game-changing (and sensitive-skin-friendly) cleansing device designed to remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil on your face.

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    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with my Burt's Bees mild cleanser. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Price: $139 (available in aquamarine, fuchsia, black, pearl pink, and sunflower yellow)

    Read our full review of the Foreo Luna Mini 2.

    9. A compact, portable espresso machine so cool even coffee snobs can get behind it.

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    Promising review: "I just need to express how obsessed I am with this espresso machine. I was so sick of either buying terrible coffee at Dunkin or Starbucks or overpaying at local coffee shops. This has saved me from late nights, early mornings, and midday sleepies at work. I recommend this to anyone who is a bit of a coffee snob or just doesn't feel like paying for overpriced joe every day. This would also just be a cool gift for a coffee lover." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $49.89

    10. The first "split keyboard" — made specifically with gaming in mind — that has the added perk of being much easier on your wrists during extended use.

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    Promising review: "I always thought a split keyboard might help me with my wrist pain, and I was proven right. My wrists no long sit at a strange angle that causes pain. I can place them exactly where I want them to keep my wrists straight and at the perfect angle. It also helps my back posture because my shoulders are no longer angled in. They point straight out. I also love the layout of this keyboard. It's basically a TKL board with some additional keys, but at an even smaller footprint. The software stays on the keyboard, so you don't have to install it on each of your devices. It's full of features for rebinding keys and creating macros and such. It does exactly what I need it to. The switches on this board are nice quality. The keyboard can store multiple layouts on it and has support for a function layer if you want to keep your hands on the home row most of the time. I would definitely recommend this keyboard." —Krio

    Price: $194.99+ (available in blue, brown, red, and silver)

    11. A Wi-Fi-enabled LED light bulb, so you can say goodbye to all of the harsh overhead lighting in your apartment and welcome a new warm glow.

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    Promising review: "This Wi-Fi bulb is well made and easy to connect with via the app on your smartphone. I purchased three of them to control all of the lighting in our bedroom. They are easy to control both as a group and individually. You have a wide array of colors that are very adjustable as to hue and intensity. They require no hub and are compatible with Apple HomeKit. They are easily controlled by multiple people in the house with their individual smartphones. They are the best I have used and have not lost their Wi-Fi connection since installation." —Stephen C. Anderson

    Price: $24.99

    12. A marble LuMee Duo phone case that offers outstanding protection and flattering, studio-quality LED lighting in one pretty package.

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    Promising review: "Wow! The lighting on this case is amazing. It really smooths out dark shadows to make everything look better! I also love the dimming feature for different environments. Plus, my daughter already dropped my phone and it is super protective!" —S. Keating-Lopez

    Price: $69.99

    13. A sous-vide precision cooker so you can live in a world where perfectly cooked meats and veggies are possible with every at-home meal.

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    Promising review: "Picked this up as a gift for my wife and we've already had two chicken dinners with it. It's easy to set up over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi — just download the app from your device's app store, turn on the sous vide, and follow the prompts on the app. Within seconds we were heating up the water and were notified about an hour later via the app when the water reached the desired temperature. Once the cooking began, we again used the app's timer function and went about our business until alerted that cooking was complete. Very simple to use and certainly takes a lot of the guesswork out of managing temperatures for cooking protein! —Jon

    Price: $128.96

    14. A Rocketbook — that's a totally wireless, Cloud-integrated notebook — to make transferring your handwritten notes to your devices easier than ever.

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    Promising review: "I love it. I have two primary uses for this: One is that I do literally all my note-taking and work on my computer; my boss won't let us bring computers into meetings anymore. If I write things down in a regular notebook, I put it away until the next meeting, and always end up forgetting things I was supposed to do. The Pocketbook is perfect for that when the meeting's over. I just point my phone at the page, and it automatically sends it all to my email. Two is that I'm a songwriter and I actually prefer using pen and paper, as I feel it's more expressive and inspiring. I love being able to write in the book, then send it to my email, and not have to keep all these papers." —jason robey

    Price: $29.97

    15. A smart dog feeder that'll allow you to feed your pup right from your smartphone and even check in to make sure they've actually eaten the food via a built-in HD camera.

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    Promising review: "This is such a useful product! It does everything I need it to and more. I have a schedule set for it to fill the dish twice a day, morning and night. When it's running low on food it alerts me and gives me the option to automatically order more from Amazon. My dog hears the little ring notifying that the food dish has been refilled and he happily goes to the feeder and eats his meal. With life being so busy, especially for me at 37 weeks pregnant, this is especially useful. It has been tiring bending down to fill up his dish so much and soon enough I will have a lot more to deal with than just feeding the dog. I have been getting concerned about taking care of my dog when the baby arrives and if there will be a period of time where he will be alone before someone can get to him when we are at the hospital but now I am comforted that at least he will have his food." —Elena Wiener

    Price: $345

    16. A peeler with a swiveling carbon steel blade so you can eat potato meals until the day you die (customers say this thing truly lasts forever!).

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    Promising review: "I've now had these peelers for a little over two years. After a while, using them almost daily, I decided to try putting one of them in the dishwasher. I figured that they were cheap enough that even if one was destroyed I could get another. There were NO problems at all with washing these in the dishwasher. I put them in the silverware basket, which is in the bottom rack, and there is no difference that I can discern. All three of them are still as sharp as the day I bought them, and without any sign of rust. I'm 72 and I'll probably be able to will these to someone! You simply cannot go wrong with these peelers." —Marion Paquin

    Price: $5 (available in seven colors)

    17. And a Bluetooth turntable that lives inside a suitcase, so you'll never have to be away from your vinyl children again when you're traveling.

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    Promising review: "This is nostalgia at its best. What a fun piece, just as advertised. Played perfectly straight out of the package, the stylus seems sturdy, and an extra needle is provided just in case. It's also just beautiful to look at. The case decked out in Ol' Glory is stylish and bold. Throw in that it doubles as a Bluetooth speaker for your devices or a line-in receiver and there are tons of ways to enjoy music in this beautiful case! Would definitely recommend to anyone searching for a first-time record player, or to someone who has always loved playing vinyls! Great purchase!!!" —ecarter647

    Price: $37.99 (available in 19 colors)

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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