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    Updated on May 30, 2020. Posted on May 15, 2020

    26 Futuristic Products That'll Probably Make Your Life A Bit Easier

    Inspector Gadget could never.

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    1. A mini wireless Bluetooth speaker for making your full-size set look like an outdated clunker. Shakespeare was definitely talking about this when he wrote, "though she be but little she is fierce," and reviewers say it produces high quality audio despite being small enough to fit in your palm.

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    Promising review: "I picked up this speaker on a whim because I needed something little to get me over the $35 limit to qualify for free same-day delivery. (OK, that's completely honest, so you can trust what I'm going to say). I did not have high expectations. In fact, I had pretty low expectations, given my experience with little speakers. When I got the package I was like 'What? This is even tinier than I thought! it's gonna be a little toy and sound terrible! That's what I get for making an impulse purchase.' And then I hooked the little thing up to my phone and OH MY GOD. The sound! Beautiful! Loud, sharp, clear! And it comes in a little zippered pouch thing with a ring that you can then hang it wherever. I am now seriously in love with my new little toy. It is the most awesome thing that has happened to me this week. Yay!" —Donna

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in black).

    2. An affordable pair of Bluetooth earbuds because wireless is the way of the future. It's time to join the 2,400+ people who have given these a 5-star review in 2020.

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    You'll get three to four hours of playtime per charge. The charging case supplies enough juice for four to five full charges on both buds.

    Promising review: "Sound quality is extremely impressive for $30 headphones, bass levels are fantastic as long as you ensure a tight seal in your ear canal, and boy are they comfortable and convenient. I truly believe you won't find any true wireless headphones better than this under $100. I use these at the office and at the gym. They never fall out of my ears, they fit in my pockets, and feel like nothing is there." —Phil

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99.

    3. A wireless charging pad so you can leave tangled cables in the past where they belong. Are you sensing a wireless theme here?

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    This lil' guy supports all Qi-enabled devices and works with most phone cases. It also has cooling vents at the base to prevent the charging pad from overheating.

    Promising review: "I had never used a wireless charger before buying this one, and have had a wonderful first experience. It is super handy to simply be able to set your phone down and have it start charging without fooling with cords and such :) I have a Samsung Galaxy S10e and my phone charges very well WITHOUT TAKING MY CASE OFF. The plastic that it's made out of doesn't strike me as being incredibly durable, but I think it's totally worth it's price. Overall, I am very happy with this product." —David Staddon

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    4. A set of taco toasters to ensure that every Tuesday going forward is Taco Tuesday. This gadget helps you make crispy taco shells in the toaster so you don't waste oil and make a mess trying to crisp your tortillas on the stove.

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    Promising review: "I gave these as a gift to my boyfriend whose favorite meal is tacos. He always fried shells with oil in a pan before, which left behind a lot of unused oil and created a painful mess as the oil splattered. These taco toasters are so much easier! However, I had to fold over a small edge of even the smaller tortillas we bought specifically for the toaster. Still worked great, but smaller shells means more tacos and if your toaster takes a while to brown the tortillas it could be a long process" —Taco lover

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    5. An electric egg cooker that'll whip you up an egg roll (literally) with the push of a button. Simply crack your egg into the spout, add any desired toppings, and let the Rollie do all the work.

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    Promising review: "This product is stupid, but I'm giving it 5 stars because it's so damned funny to have it poop eggs out at you. It's worth the $20, and if you prep them correctly, adding spices, salt, pepper, etc. to the raw egg and mixing carefully without breaking the yolk, it really does cook nicely. It looks weird and it IS WEIRD...but it works. I have yet to try some of the other recipes, but this is a really cool way to make scrambled eggs to put in a potato hot dog bun with some hash browns. I might like that. My kids are calling them SHEGGS, an abbreviation for excrement and eggs, which we all laughed at and is why I bought it. But it works and it's fun and an interesting way to eat eggs. The eggs are cooked pretty much all the way through. This little item is worth $30, let alone $20 for a novel way to prepare breakfast." —DAVISION INC.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.62+ (available in two styles).

    6. A hands-free stirrer if you have no problem stirring the pot figuratively, but stirring the pot literally doesn't interest you at all.

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    Promising review: "I enjoy soups and puddings but hate to stand at the stove for 30 minutes or whatever making sure the milk doesn't burn. The StirMATE solved my problem. I would recommend this item to everyone who cooks; what a great help in the kitchen." —Mary Jarvis

    Get it from Amazon for $58.60.

    7. A wine vacuum for saving your open bottle of vino for the next night. We'll cheers to you not having to pour out another half full bottle of wine for many, many happy years.

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    My colleague Natalie Brown swears by this wine saver. Here's what she has to say:

    "It literally creates a vacuum seal: you wet the rubber cork, stick it in, then use the pump to suck out all the air remaining in the bottle. When it makes a *click* sound, you know you're done! I've owned one of these for eight years now, and my parents have had one they've used regularly since the early nineties. Just think of how many glasses of wine just those two have saved!"

    Promising review: "I’ve owned one of these for the last five years. If sealed with Vacu Vin, an opened bottle will be good for an extra three days easily. No more feeling obligated to finish the bottle so it doesn’t go bad. We keep spares to give out as last minute gifts to wine drinking friends and everyone who’s gotten one loves it." —Phizak

    Get the pump and stopper on Amazon for $11.95.

    8. A HyperChiller because having to brew your coffee the night before so you can have iced coffee in the am is a thing of the past. This machine will cool down your coffee, tea, and wine in 60 seconds.

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    Promising review: "I have a cold brew set to make concentrate, which is nice but it takes 24+ hours. Sometimes I forget/run out/am lazy and you can literally brew hot coffee into this thing and have ice cold coffee about two minutes later. From hot brewed to so cold in less than two minutes that the coffee doesn't even melt ice in the glass. Highly recommend if you're an iced coffee fan like me!" —Billy S.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    9. Or if you're more a fan of hot beverages, an Ember Mug2 so you can choose the exact temperature of your drink from your phone or smartwatch.

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    Promising review: "The Ember Mug2 will spoil you. It keeps my tea warm for over an hour while roaming around — no lid or base required. Recharges in a couple hours on the base plate with wall plug. Not cheap but so worth it if you like hot beverages. I will never drink tepid tea again!" —NancyTX

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99.99.

    10. A CHEF iQ smart pressure cooker to make you feel like you're a member of the Jetsons family. You can connect it to your phone via the CHEF iQ app and discover guided recipes so you can stop ordering takeout for every meal. Your old pressure cooker probably still uses a landline!

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    I love my CHEF iQ Smart Cooker for a lot of reasons but mainly the smart auto pressure release, so I no longer have to cross my fingers and hope my dinner doesn't explode in my face when I release the pressure valve by hand. It also has a handy built-in scale, which is super useful when a recipe calls for grams and the American education system once again fails me. On top of doing everything your old pressure cooker could do plus a whole heck of a lot more, my CHEF iQ Smart Cooker just looks a lot sleeker, meaning I can leave it out on the counter without it being an eyesore.

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    11. An LED shower head that'll brightly display the water temperature so you're not fiddling with the dial for 10 minutes trying to find the perfect heat level.

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    Promising review: "Excellent shower head, good quality, and a very fair price. The temperature display is cool, well, hot too, but you know what I mean. Buy it you won't be disappointed." —Lorraine

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    12. An immersive Oculus Go if you're running out of ways to entertain yourself. Maybe it's finally time to give virtual reality a try.

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    The Oculus Go replaced all TV shows and movies for a few weeks after I first brought it home; that's how much my friends and partner used it. There are so many fun games to try. The favorite in my apartment is Super Hot, a first-person shooter where time only moves when you do. And aside from games, you can watch TV shows and movies in a virtual theater with other people and even interact with them. I'm not proud of this but I did laugh when my partner told me that he spawned virtual popcorn in the movie and tossed the box in the air in front of the other moviegoers. But whatever floats your boat!

    Still not convinced? Read my colleague's full review of the Oculus Go for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $257.90.

    13. A robot window cleaner for anyone who envisioned a future where machines do all the cleaning. Reviewers also use it to clean their shower walls and even their floors!

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    The Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner uses AI to clean every inch of your windows and is especially handy if you can't reach the tops of your tall windows. It comes with an app so you can control it from your phone.

    Promising review: "This product is sooooo cool! I live in the desert and my windows need constant cleaning to keep the dust away. I don't even need to spray my windows with cleaner unless there are fingerprints — and even then it’s not always needed. I sit the Gecko on the window while I vacuum or do laundry. It beeps when it’s done and then I move it to the next window. Extremely simple!" —Karen Kline

    Get it from Amazon for $199.95 (also available in black).

    14. A robot mop, because I see you standing there Swiffering your floor, giving it a whopping 2% effort. No one likes mopping their floors — just let the robots do it already.

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    Promising review: "I love my Braava jet; it mops so I don't have to. I've had it for about six months and it makes my floors absolutely sparkle. It's not heavy duty; if you want something that really scrubs your floors, this won't do it. But a regular, gentle mop that keeps a floor clean and dirt/dust free? Absolutely. It picks up perfectly where my Roomba leaves off and grabs what it missed." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $179 (originally $199).

    15. A pocket-sized Tile Mate so you're not in a pickle because you can't call your keys if you misplace them. Using your smartphone, you can make these trackers "ring" so it's easier to locate whatever is missing. You can even find a lost phone by holding down the Tile button until your phone rings, even if it's on silent.

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    Promising review: "I normally don't write reviews for products, but the Tile is too fantastic not to yell it from the rooftops! I am always losing my keys or my phone and with the Tile it makes it so easy to find my keys in a flash or find my phone! All you have to do is attach it to your keys and you're all set! When you misplace your keys, you go into the app on your phone (which is super user-friendly) and tap find my keys. It then rings your Tile that is attached to your keys and if they are not in an area where they can ring, it shows you the location of the tile, which is also very helpful! If you misplace your phone, you can double tap the middle button on the tile and it will ring your phone! It is such an amazing product and I am thinking about attaching them to everything in my house!!" —Brooke

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (also available in a four-pack).

    16. A color-changing, motion-activated toilet light to make your porcelain throne feel oh so modern. Stumbling around a dark bathroom at 3 a.m. or waking yourself up by turning on the lights is so 2019.

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    When I lost power in my apartment for almost two days, I had no heat 🙃, no electricity, and no bathroom lights. Thank god my boyfriend insisted on attaching one of these, because it meant I no longer had to pee in total darkness — which still makes me nervous even though I'm supposed to be an adult.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product, especially because with a husband and a son, they tend to sprinkle on the toilet seat in the middle of the night. With the color set to any bright color (like white, yellow, green, or blue) it illuminates every single sprinkle on the seat! You will no longer have a bottom wet with boy pee in the middle of the night! When I purchased this I bought a case of AAA batteries thinking I would have to change them often (with six people in the house they get used often). However I have not had to change the batteries once in a few months! Also the sensor is super sensitive so it turns on as you're coming in the door, or even a little before. Just a great product all around." —Angela

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.89.

    17. And speaking of modern, a Tushy bidet attachment that'll pamper your patootie. Not only will it help you use less TP, but it also just leaves you feeling cleaner after you go.

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    This is the bidet I use and I 100% recommend to my friends, family, and to you, dear reader. Installation was pretty simple; from start to poop it took about 15 minutes. The sensation is truly something if you've never experienced it before, but the cool water will probably feel good once it's summer and my apartment gets nice and steamy. (There's also a version of this attachment that sprays warm water if you're into that!)

    Promising review: "Absolutely love it! Was super easy to install and now I’ll never go back to just regular ol' toilet paper because this makes me feel so fresh and clean!" —Kevin B

    Get it from Tushy for $89 (originally $109; also available in silver).

    18. An automatic litter box if your cats seemingly take pleasure in making a mess in their litter box and then watching you clean it. Reviewers say that not only does it help reduce the frequency with which their kitties leave surprises *outside* the box, but it also helps reduce the amount of litter that gets tracked into the house. Also, no more scooping poop!

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    Each litter box comes with a pre-portioned package of litter that you pour into the tray. After the tray's sensor detects that your cat has left the box, it will clean the tray in 5, 10, or 20 minutes, depending on which setting you choose. When the tray is full, simply remove it and dispose of it.

    Promising review: "This is a really great idea for busy people such as myself. I love cats, but not their litter box. This one is really odor free and does all the dirty work. You will love it. I recommend it to all cat lovers It is a timesaver as well." —Coco

    Get it from Amazon for $169.95.

    19. A rechargeable lighter for lighting just about anything without the struggle of using a regular lighter. This is especially great if you have mobility issues or arthritis as it turns on with a simple switch.

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    My colleague Heather Braga has this lighter and loves it. Here's what she had to say about it: "I'm obsessed with candles, so it was a no-brainer for my husband to gift me this surprisingly super fun gadget for Christmas. It's really simple to use and charge, and it really works! I'll never have to buy another lighter again."

    Promising review: "Welcome to the future! These are amazing. I never have to worry about running out of lighter fluid again." —Chassie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A spinning makeup brush cleaner because cleaning and drying your brushes by hand takes forever. This gadget swirls your brushes in soapy water until leftover makeup, dead skin cells, dirt, and debris are gone, and then it spins the brush until it's dry.

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    It comes with the brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars that securely connect the makeup brush to the spinner, a glass bowl, and a splash guard ring.

    Promising review: "I use my makeup brushes daily, and they get filthy. I've used other cleaners and this product wins hands down. The wand and the cleaner itself takes all the hard work and does it for you, not to mention the the brushes dry in seconds. This is the cleanest my brushes have ever been. Highly recommend." —Valerie

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99.

    21. A pair of long-distance touch bracelets — one for you and one for a loved one — so you can stay in touch even if you're miles apart. When you tap the lamp, the pair will light up so whoever has it knows that you're thinking of them.

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    Promising review: "We live in Florida. A few weeks ago, my husband went to NYC to work in a COVID-19 ICU unit. We don't spend much time apart, but we both know this is an important reason. He works long shifts, and really can't use his phone. With our Bond Touch, I can send him messages to let him know I am thinking about him and to keep his spirits up. He works nights, and he can buzz me on his way back to the hotel so I can put his Starbucks order in. A friend recommended the touch lamp, but we saw the bracelets and knew they'd be best for us. I was very skeptical but we have had no problems with them so far. Love that they can be cleaned real easy when he gets home from work, too. When he taps me back, it really takes some of the anxiety of this situation away. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." —Kema

    Get a pair from Uncommon Goods for $98.

    22. An illuminated doodle pillowcase to keep your little ones entertained so you can finally get some alone time. Parenting level 100 achieved!

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    Promising review: "This pillowcase is really thick, durable material. It's not the softness but it will last! Also the picture is really bright and lasts for a while. Description states that the picture will last about five minutes but it lasts much longer, which is great for us. The kids like to draw pictures at bedtime and leave them for me to find when I come in later to check on them." —Homeschool substitute teacher

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $22.

    23. A moon beam sleep aid that'll help get you in the mindset to sleep. With just a tap it projects pulsating lights on your ceiling that create a hypnotic effect that can help calm your mind and slow your breathing.

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    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my son. He has always had a hard time unwinding and falling asleep. The Moon Beam helps him to focus and slow down his breathing and quiet his mind." —Jen

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $60.

    24. A rechargeable wireless touch sensor lamp if you need a dimmable light source you can take with you for illumination on the go. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, but it can also be dimmed or turned off with just a tap.

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    It'll provide 110 hours of illumination at its lowest setting.

    Promising review: "The power went out so I bought three to four of these for emergencies. Now, I use them every day. I loved them so much, I bought like 10 more to replace our nightstand lamps and to give them out as gifts. They are both functional and beautiful. I use them to walk around at night in the house without disturbing others to the bathroom or working late. I will also be taking them camping soon. It is dimmable, and bright enough to read or low enough to use as a night light. Having four completely lights up a whole room. The handle is brilliant. That is one of the best features." —latte happy

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    25. An Echo Dot for busy bees who need to know how many cups are in a quart when their hands are covered in flour. You can also use it to play music, call your partner to remind them to pick up butter at the store, or turn your lights on and off with a simple voice command.

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    Promising review: "This is my fourth Echo dot. We have one in every room. They make it easy to communicate with other family members who tend to forget their phones in another room. I use the Echo to add items to my grocery list, listen to music, set timers while cooking, and for routine alarms and reminders. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my Echo Dots." —CKRawls

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    26. A soil-free AeroGarden Harvest 360 because it is possible to enjoy fresh herbs and veggies from your countertop garden.

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    Check out my colleague's AeroGarden review for more deets!

    Promising review: "This was a Christmas gift from my daughter. She has an amazing green thumb. I don't. I have never been successful at growing anything until now. The AeroGarden was super easy to set up; it was ready to go within five minutes. I was skeptical but within one week all six herb pods had sprouted. Two weeks later I had plants; one week after that I had to begin cutting back herbs because they reached the top of the grow light. It's been crazy; these herbs grow so fast ~ I have already cut them back four times and they regrow within days. I can't use all the fresh herbs fast enough. I love my AeroGarden..this was the best gift ever. Not only is it amazing fun ~ I will NEVER have to buy fresh herbs at the market again." —Theresa

    Get it from AeroGarden for $119.96.

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