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    Updated on 25 Jan 2020. Posted on 21 Jan 2020

    16 Genius Tech Gadgets That Will Bring Joy To Your Life

    *Insert pun about Inspecter Gadget here*.

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    1. A coffee warmer, because nothing says a good start to the day/year/decade like a cup of tea that doesn't go cold.

    Where was this thing when I was having my babies?! This little gadget can be conveniently plugged into your laptop so you always have a warm coffee/tea/soup/baby bottle when necessary. Easy-to-clean and compact, you can bring it from your desk at home to the office with no trouble at all — or now that it's on sale, stow one away in each drawer!

    Buy for $18.88 from Amazon Australia.

    2. A Nintendo Switch Lite in Turquoise, because it's actually different from the Nintendo Switch.

    @nintendo / Via instagram.com

    So, basically, the Lite is much lighter, making long periods of gaming all the more comfortable. As it doesn't have the chunkier detachable controls of the original, players have been known to stow it away in their pockets. Plus, if you're from a two-person or more household, you'll be able to share most games via their Nintendo account!

    And turquoise, because it's the prettiest (and cheapest, at the moment).

    Promising review: My husband has always had a Switch so he's acquired tonnes of games. It only made sense that we connected his account to my Switch Lite so that I had access to his extensive library. To make sure I can always play I've just been playing Yoshi's Crafted World via Wi-Fi while he's not playing and then swap to Super Mario Odyssey via a cartridge when he decides to play a game on his Switch. It's not that bad at all!

    Heather Braga

    Read our full-length review of the Nintendo Switch Lite here.

    Buy for $290.03 from Amazon Australia.

    3. A phone charging stand for your desk, because I know you have trouble remembering to plug your phone in at night before you sleep.

    Amazon

    So thousands of people are really keen on this thing. Reviewers love how fast this stand and wireless charger charges their phone, how they can see the screen whilst on their computer and how affordable it is. As someone whose most commonly texted message is, "I'm sorry, my phone died", I wholly endorse this purchase.

    Buy for $33.99 from Amazon Australia.

    4. An Amazon Fire TV Stick, which will make jumping from streaming service to streaming service a breeze — because I know for a certainty that you have more than one.

    Amazon

    The Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to an obscene number of apps — no longer need you kick yourself for not upgrading to a smart tv, like your housemate wanted. We're talking Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV — not to mention Amazon Music, Spotify and a whole bunch of other couch potato couch-transforming apps.

    Bring it along with you when you stay at your mate's house, your parents' house or are on holiday — just because you're away from home, doesn't mean you need miss an episode of Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

    Buy for $69 from Amazon Australia.

    5. A John Frieda Rotation Hot Air Styler, which is ideal for people who are fully grown but still don't know what to do with their hair in the morning (it me, I am people).

    Amazon, Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Instead of loading your head with a bunch of products in the morning, you can simply use this hot brush to tame frizz and style in one. Use the multi-directional, soft-bristled roller attachment for full-bodied curls — or swap it out for the ceramic comb attachment for flat-as-a-board locks.

    Our mate across the pond wrote a whole post about it here. It's called by another name in the States — the John Frieda 1 1/2" Hot Air Brush — but same brilliant product.

    Buy for $49.99 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This da Vinci Nano 3D Printer, which is the grown up version of sticking your face against the big-ass school printer.

    Okay, I probably wouldn't suggest you try recreating your face — the maximum model size is 120 x 120 x 120mm. But otherwise, the world is your oyster. Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, with only a need for a USB port, anyone can use this gadget to make anything from toys and sculptures, to toys and tools.

    Buy for $323 from Officeworks.

    7. This UV phone sanitiser and charger, because I'm gross, you're gross — we're all gross.

    PhoneSoap, Amazon

    Someone once told me that our phones hold more germs that a toilet seat, and still, I keep putting it against my face. If this thought freaks you out as much as it does me, may I suggest this UV phone sanitiser and charger? UV light kills 99.9% of bacteria, while one of two charging ports (USB and USB-C) charges your phone. Best thing you've ever bought for your bedside table.

    Buy for $145.98 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This Cheerble Wicked Ball, which I'm definitely using to ease my guilt about leaving my cat for work during the day.

    Cheerble

    Whoever invented this thing deserves all my gratitude. It has three modes that dictate the speed at which the ball rolls: gentle, normal and active. So that your pet doesn't tire of the game, it will operate on 10 minutes of active play, then 30 minutes of rest — though if your cat chooses to play with the ball during rest, it will reset the cycle again. The ball even comes with a snack hole, designed to place treats for the lazier of cats!

    Buy now for $79 from JB Hi-Fi.

    9. This electric Shiatsu neck massager, because life is hard, but your neck muscles needn't be.

    Breo, Breo / Via youtube.com

    Two pairs of massage nodes imitate human fingers, so even if you don't quite have enough coin in the bank for weekly massages, you can still get the tension out of your neck and shoulders. Ergonomic handles allow you to easily slide this wireless massager up and down your neck, so not an inch of muscle remains tight after a few minutes.

    Buy for $199.99 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This LIFX Smart LED bulb, because you spend all day under white fluorescent lighting, your home needn't be so dull.

    @lunarsequence / Via instagram.com, Amazon, @lunarsequence / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "LIFX lighting is the best purchase I've ever made – both for myself and as gifts for all my friends. Not only can you easily create really fun environments with lighting (party mode, relaxing mode, movie night mode), but it's also really good for things such as sleep hygiene. At 9 p.m. I turn on orange/red lighting and my body knows it's time to wind down and it's much easier to fall asleep. It's perfect if you need to switch your brain to work mode as well. There's a sleep timer, fun effects and a setting that makes the lighting react to the music you're playing! It's so easy to use and honestly it makes being at home so much more of a VIBE."

    Sohan Judge

    Buy for $88 from Amazon Australia.

    11. This gaming keyboard, which will further feed your gaming addiction, as if you needed further encouragement.

    Amazon

    Reviewers have said the RGB effects are worthy of a keyboard three times the price, keycaps feel good and solid, and though they can be loud, they have amazing responsiveness for gaming. I may not be a gamer myself, but with a keyboard like this — I'm thinking about it.

    Buy for $49.99 from Amazon Australia.

    12. This Kindle Paperwhite, because you promised yourself you wouldn't scroll your social media feeds so much on the way to work this year.

    Amazon

    If that GIF isn't a resounding recommendation, I don't know what is. But aside from being completely waterproof, this is the thinnest, lightest Kindle yet and it reads like paper in the sun. A single charge lasts weeks (weeks!) and gives you access to millions of titles.

    Plus, for a limited time, you can get a protective cover at 50% off with your Kindle purchase.

    Not convinced? One of our colleagues from the States wrote a whole post on it here.

    Buy for $179 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This FOREO LUNA Mini 2, an electric facial cleansing brush that every skin type will benefit from.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The acne scars on my cheeks from a series of breakouts are fading fast and I rarely get new acne. Sometimes it's a pimple here and there, and occasionally when I have to fly somewhere — curse you, dry aeroplanes — or when I get stressed out. Then again, who even knows why my skin freaks out sometimes? Never thought I'd ever put a no-makeup selfie on the internet, but that's how much I love this thing."

    Maitland Quitmeyer

    Read her full review of this glorious cleansing tool here.

    Buy for $137.97 from Amazon Australia.

    14. This Sennheiser gaming headset, which you can use to smack-talk that annoying teen while playing Call Of Duty online.

    JB Hi-Fi

    Promising review: "My husband relies on this headset for all of his gaming needs. I know they actually work because I'm constantly screaming over whatever he's listening to in order to get his attention (lol). In all seriousness though, he says these are fantastic. The audio is crystal clear and no one has an issue hearing his responses."

    Heather Braga

    Buy for $349 from JB Hi-Fi.

    15. This Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker, which is waterproof, should you need a poolside companion.

    BuzzFeed

    All my mates have one of these, which considering how many portable speakers are on the market, is a feat in itself. But considering this thing is drop-proof, waterproof, has a 12 hour battery life, uses voice control ("Alexa, play 'Dance With Somebody' by Whitney Houston") and has brilliant sound — it really is no wonder.

    Read the whole ditty on this speaker here.

    Buy now for $199 from Amazon Australia.

    16. And last but not least, the GoPro MAX, which will capture every adventure better than my limited vocabulary ever could.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    What, you may ask, can be so great about a camera? It may take a minute for you to save for this, but let me tell you — it's so worth it. Specifically, the fact you can capture a 360° image or video. That time you were on a gondola, floating down the Venice canals? Or walked the Bronte to Bondi? Instead of spending your minutes photographing left, right and centre, you could've just affixed this to something, and simply viewed and edited the footage later on the easy-to-use app.

    I took this baby for a spin recently whilst jumping out of a plane. Read about the experience and watch footage from the GoPro MAX here.

    Buy for $788 from Amazon Australia.

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