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    36 Products That Seem Like They're From The Future But Are Here To Make Your Life Easier Today

    The year 3000 called. They wanna make sure you got the [insert super convenient and futuristic product here].

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pair of premium earbuds that'll mold to your earbuds within 60 seconds for a custom-to-you fit sure to impress. You'll never have to worry about them falling out while on a run or while running to catch the train.

    jaden smith wearing the UE FITS earbuds
    Ultimate Ears

    Promising review: “The fit is awesome! They don’t hurt your ears after wearing them for long periods of time like other headphones, and the EQ is awesome for fine-tuning the sound for listening to a podcast or jamming at the gym. I really like being able to use either the right or left headphone by itself too! Battery life is great and the case is compact!” —Neil K

    Get it from Ultimate Ears for $199 (originally $249; available in three colors).

    2. A RoboVac so you can focus on more important things than manual cleaning. This smart vacuum has a sensor to help it avoid falls and obstacles. Oh, and it automatically recharges!

    Promising review: "This thing sucks...Its suction is so much stronger than the Roombas I have had. It picks up so much dust and pet hair. We do a full vacuum every other week with my Dyson, so I think of the robot vacuum as a supplemental vacuum. I was shocked at how much was in the dust bin after it's inaugural cleaning! I work from my home office, and this thing is quiet enough that I don't even turn it off during conference calls. This might be the thing I am most impressed with. My last Roomba was LOUD; you couldn't even have a conversation with someone in the same room, let alone someone on speakerphone." —LB

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in black and white).

    3. A rechargeable electric wine opener because your kitchen deserves a boozy upgrade. No more twisting and twisting and hoping the cork doesn't snap in two.

    reviewer image of the rechargeable secura electric wine opener charging on a kitchen counter
    reviewer video of a customer using the secura electric wine opener to uncork a bottle of red wine

    Several reviewers who experience arthritis and other pain issues with their hands revealed that this thing comes in extra handy!

    Promising review: "This bottle opener is so convenient. It looks great, works awesome, and has a long battery life. Not much else to say. We love this bottle opener. We can also leave it off the charger for a while with no problem using it days later." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available with free Amazon tech support)

    4. A magnetic iPhone charging dock made of aluminum will make you feel like you're living in a cut scene from Ad Astra.

    an iPhone charging on the magnetic MagSafe charger on a bedside table

    This stand is designed to work with the MagSafe charger!

    Promising review: “Omygosh these are great! They're perfect for an easy magnetic charge, and the angle is so great you can use the phone on the charging stand and see the screen so well. It’s much better than flat-charging; it takes up less space and has the benefits of hands-free use. Great purchase.” —Karen W. 

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two colors).

    5. An Alexa-compatible 2-in-1 air conditioner ready to help you save on your energy bill *and* save you from heat and humidity. Your room will be comfortably chill in a matter of minutes.

    Promising review: "I don’t usually write product reviews, but I am now because this is one of the best household products I have ever bought. This Midea U-shaped AC is an ingenious design that is basically a split AC system mounted in a window, with the window closing almost all the way through the middle of the unit. The result is a much quieter and more efficient unit, with the noisy part that generates heat on the outside of the closed window. It also looks sleek and modern and the remote control and app are great. I have thought many times 'I wish someone would make a split AC system that can fit in a window without having to install separate units on the roof or wall,' and now they have!" —Ben

    Get it from Amazon for $359+.

    6. The Nori Press — no more worrying about water leakage or burn marks. The Nori Press works without an ironing board and can press and steam your outfits in minutes!

    the nori press against a beige background
    a model using the nori press to iron a hanging garment

    Nori is a woman-owned small business based in Connecticut hoping to make your life easier with this all-in-one travel iron and steamer.

    Promising review: “I am not an iron girl, but this product sold me. It is so easy to use. The Nori is portable, so I take it with me everywhere. It has helped me to look sharp at weddings and weekends away. At home, I can refresh my dresses and shirts before starting work and going out. I would highly recommend this product to everyone who might be thinking of a change. No more heavy irons and dry cleaning for me. Thank you Nori!” —Elizabeth M 

    Get it from Nori for $120.

    7. A metallic peel-off mask if you wanna feel like a futuristic alien for a few minutes before you feel like a model with flawless skin. Infused with oat extract and exfoliating gem powder, this formula works to truly illuminate your skin.

    A person peeling the silver-colored mask off their face in one piece

    Promising review: "One of the best peel-off masks I have used. The scent is really light and pleasant, not overpowering. Skin definitely looks brighter and more radiant after use. Does not irritate my very sensitive skin, and it actually peels off very easily!!! There is probably enough for about 10 total applications. Will absolutely be purchasing again!" —Jennifer S.

    Get it from Amazon for $23 (available in three colors).

    8. A dual phone sanitizer and charger sleek enough to fit seamlessly into your decor. If you're a clean-freak with a chronically 1% battery phone, this super cool gadget has got you covered.

    Promising review: "This is just what I had hoped it would be. It doesn’t take up any room. It is lightweight and easy to use. I have already cleaned my cell phone, glasses and wallet. It gives me peace of mind in this time of pandemic. It sure beats wiping everything down with alcohol. I am happy to have it." —Sandy Clancy

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    9. An interactive magic cat ball so you don't have to be on your feet entertaining your cat and their midnight zoomies. This rechargeable toy has a red LED light to keep your furry friend engaged all the livelong day.

    Promising review: “My cat is lazy, and a bit overweight. I wanted to find a toy that would encourage her to run around the house and exercise, and this does just that. At first she was a little hesitant to play, but after watching it zoom around the house for a while she got the hang of it and now "hunts" it. She will chase this toy all over the house with ease. This little toy never gets caught or stuck on anything. The battery lasts forever and doesn't take too long to charge either. It's a great toy for a picky cat.” —Amber Mobley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three colors).

    10. A FoodCycler from Vitamix because your countertop compost bin is smelling up your kitchen and that bag of orange peels is taking up too much space in your freezer. This compact appliance eliminates odors while reducing your food waste!

    the FoodCycler and two carbon filters on a wooden kitchen counterop

    Promising review: “It’s a wonderful machine! I love the fact that nothing goes to waste and everything can be composted back into the garden” —Paniniruby

    Get it from Vitamix for $399.95.

    11. A stainless-steel motion sensor trash can with Clorox odor protection that'll fit right in with all your other steel appliances. It also boasts a rear bag compartment, because if we're *gonna* have trash getting rid of it might as well be as convenient as possible.

    The GLAD Extra Capacity Stainless Steel Sensor Trash Can with Clorox Odor Protection in a kitchen
    The back of the GLAD Extra Capacity Stainless Steel Sensor Trash Can where a model pulls a garbage bag out of the rear holder

    Promising reviews: "This trash can's size is fantastic! And the automatic opening is so convenient and functional. I highly recommend this. I'm hoping that it will last a few years! It's way better than the competition or similar automated trash cans that I've tried." —Asrei

    "I receive so many compliments on this trash can! It is so sleek, and everyone loves the motion detector aspect. Plus, it holds like three days worth of garbage, which is great for us because we use to take out the trash every day." —Ana

    Get it from Amazon for $90.78+ (available in two sizes).

    12. A cute and useful space pen known for being able to write at any angle. It can even write in zero gravity, extremely hot temperatures, and underwater!

    The patented ink cartridge was designed by Paul Fisher for NASA in the 1960s! 

    Promising review: "I keep this in my back pants pocket because it is small enough that I can do so. It gets sat on, dropped, and occasionally sent through the washing machine...and it is still as good as new.

    I have had worn this pen on my person, daily, for the last FOUR YEARS, and the coating is as good as ever. It needs refills every once in a while, but other than that, no maintenance is needed." —Segv

    Get it from Amazon for $58.65.

    13. A subscription to Huppy toothpaste — say goodbye to toothpaste tubes! Just pop one of these all-natural toothpaste tablets into your mouth for a clean that comes from clean ingredients. And every four months you'll get a new supply!

    a four month supply of pepperming huppy tablets on display

    Huppy is an Asian-owned small business making all-natural, 100% vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, toothpaste that comes in compostable pouches. Oh, and all of its packaging is recyclable or biodegradable. Two percent of their revenue goes towards helping fund sustainability initiatives.

    Promising review: "I was surprised by how tiny but mighty this tablet is. They feel so refreshing and cleansing. These pack a punch! And I feel good knowing that I'm contributing less plastic to the environment. The ingredients are super solid too." —Evan P

    Get the recurring four-month supply from Huppy for $32 (originally $48).

    14. A handy-dandy handbag light so that when you're rummaging through the bowels of your purse, you can see through the jungle of receipts you've been keeping for no real reason.

    the handbag light turned on inside of an otherwise dark and full purse
    The Grommet/SOI

    SOI is a small biz making portable chargers and lights so you're never caught in a lurch. 

    Promising review: "The more that I give the Handbag Light as a gift, the more requests I get to give it again and again. It's compact and 'invisible' but it does its job of illuminating a small space (full of junk) so that car keys and combs can be retrieved. It's a perfect gift " —Steven

    Get it from SOI on The Grommet for $29.95.

    15. A sleek smart mug for keeping your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature all day long. Pair the Ember mug with your phone and control its heat with an app. 

    You'll get the charging coaster, adapter, and a quick start guide.

    Promising review: “I have been using this mug for about four months now. Non-heated mugs are dead to me. I usually leave the mug sitting on its coaster, so I can not attest to the battery life. I often get called away from my desk and this mug sits and faithfully keeps my coffee warm. It will shut itself off after three hours of inactivity, or if it is empty. Otherwise, I can leave it sitting on my desk, come back in an hour, and enjoy my still hot coffee. If you find yourself returning to a cold cup of coffee on a regular basis, then this is a godsend.” —Jon

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95 (available in two colors).

    16. A magical expandable carry-on suitcase from Away flexible enough to meet all your traveling needs!

    the black expandable carry-on suitcase
    close up of one of the interior pockets of the carry-on suitcase

    Promising review: “I’ve had my expandable carry-on suitcase for about two months now and I believe it’s the best piece of luggage I’ve ever owned. I’ve been using backpacks for all my trips (personal/work) for years but now that I travel weekly, I decided to get something that would give my back a break. I was skeptical about getting something with wheels but was pleasantly surprised at how quiet and smooth they are. The bag is thoughtfully designed and keeps items in place and organized. The interior is spacious enough to comfortably pack enough items for a three- to five-day trip (or longer if you pack light). Even packed at full capacity, it is light enough to carry up and down stairs. I would definitely buy again and I’m now considering purchasing the Everywhere Bag to go along with it. ” —Lara M

    Get it from Away for $225 (available in four colors).

    17. A rechargeable desk lamp whose built-in pen holder and phone rest will revolutionize your desk space. Prop your phone up to watch videos as you type away on your laptop.

    Promising review: "I love this desk light!! It's one of my favorite purchases I have made in a long time! It is working exactly the way it said it was supposed to. I love that it has three different light settings and that you can change it to a yellow glow. It is lightweight and super bright when needed. I do nails as a hobby and wish I bought it sooner. I am extremely pleased with this light and would give a 10-star rating if it went that high! I will be ordering two more. I would suggest this for anyone that is looking for a light for reading in bed or for a desk lamp. You won't be disappointed!!" —Teresa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A mini speaker and nightlight with max volume potential for park dates in need of a soundtrack. And don't be scared to take it to the beach because this lil' guy is water-resistant.

    Promising review: "It's magnetic, so I attached it to the lamp in my living room. And it sounds like I have a stereo playing in my living room. I can't believe how great the quality is for something so tiny. It sounds better than a larger speaker I have." —Misty Jennings

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    19. A reusable notebook that uses AI technology to be able to scan and transfer everything you write or draw right to your phone. Then you wipe the pages clean and do it all over again!

    the rocketbook smart reusable notebook
    The app turning a physical sketch in the notebook into a digital one via a photo

    It's only compatible with Pilot FriXion pens (one is included with the notebook).

    Promising review: "I love it! I will admit that the transition from paper to digital when it comes to notes is not an easy one for me, but this is a fabulous way to sort of split the difference. You still have the action of writing (which I find really important in meetings and brainstorming sessions) but without the consumption of paper and countless notebooks. And, being able to throw things into the cloud makes them accessible no matter where you're working — handy." —Meredith

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    20. A super cute portable iPhone charger so small it'll likely fit in the same pocket as the very phone that's always on 3% battery. 

    the pink iWalk portable charger inserted into an iPhone

    Promising review: “I love this charger! It’s great for travel because I don't need to carry a USB cord. And it fits perfectly in your purse or pocket. It also charges my phone in minutes!!” —Brittany McCall

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three colors).

    21. A pair of long-distance lamps — feel closer to loved ones far away with these touch-sensitive lamps. Tap yours and the other will glow however many miles away.

    A person placing their hand on the long distance lamp as it emits a blue glow. The light looks like four smooth wood pieces attached by metal rods
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "This was an impulse buy at the beginning of quarantine. I purchased five — for us, my mother-in-law, my father-in-law and his wife, my sister-in-law and her family, my brother-in-law and his family. It was a way for us to let folks know we were thinking of them. It became all the more important when my father-in-law passed away three weeks into the shelter in place. Suddenly connection meant so much more. Without being able to gather and mourn together, watching the colors change throughout the day (and night) has been such a vital touchstone. I have never been happier with an impulse purchase." —Auban

    Get a set of two from Uncommon Goods for $198.

    22. A motion-activated toilet night light which is a must-have for anyone who is tired of stumbling over themselves when they get up in the middle of the night to pee.

    Closeup of the 16-Color Toilet Night Light, Motion Activated Detection Bathroom Bowl Lights attached to a customer's toilet
    The same customer's toilet glowing green in the dark

    Promising review: "This little light has different brightness settings which make it last longer on the dimmer settings. Other toilet lights that don't offer this feature tend to burn out quicker because there's no way to regulate the brightness. This feature alone is a major selling point. The motion detection is also very sensitive, so it turns on when everything is totally dark if I walk near it. Super easy to install. Just bend the little arm with the light on the end around the rim of the toilet with the unit on the outside and you're done. Recommended and would buy again." —Joe B

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A multi-functional Amazon Echo Show 5 with a screen that you can use to update your to-do lists, calendars, and morning pump-up jams! And since it's voice-activated, you might just feel like you're talking to your very own JARVIS.

    And when you're not working, you can use it to pull up recipes while cheffing it up in the kitchen, Skype with loved ones, see who just rang the doorbell, or shuffle through warm memories by using it as a digital picture frame.

    Promising review: "I have been using Alexa devices for some years now and thought it was time to update. So I bought two of these little beauties. I use them to talk to family, stream SiriusXM, manage my home's lighting, and a host of other things like checking the time, weather, flight departure and arrival details, and so much more. I think these are the perfect size." —Robby Sunny Las Vegas

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in two colors).

    24. An innovatively whimsical nesting ceramic bowl set shaped to resemble a lotus flower when stacked. 

    the green ceramic bowls stacked to look like a lotus flower
    Jane Rose Official/Etsy

    Based in Los Angeles, Jane Rose Official is a small business crafting imperfectly perfect bowls.

    Promising review: “These are beautiful! There's even some variation in the colors of each bowl.” —Christine Horn

    Get it from Jane Rose Official on Etsy for $50+ (available in two colors).

    25. A space capsule cat backpack so you and your kitty feel like you're tourists to planet Earth while exploring all of its wondrous sights and sounds.

    a gray and white cat sits inside the brown space capsule cat backpack

    Puppeeland is a Hong Kong-based small biz making adorable kitty accessories!

    Promising review: “A good and sturdy quality backpack. When I first zipped everything, the closures were secure and not cheap/prone to getting stuck. From reading online I was worried my cat wouldn't fit, but she loves it and fits inside.” —stzastephh 

    Get it from Puppeeland on Etsy for $72.99 (available in three colors).

    26. A pair of neon sunglasses from Nroda that are inspired by Versace. They're each embellished with Nroda's crystal bee logo because honoring icons of the past is the only way to buzzz forward.

    the sapphire blue gianni love bee gemstone sunglasses
    the peridot green gianni love bee gemstone sunglasses

    Nroda is a Black woman-owned eyewear brand creating uniquely bold designs.

    Get them from Nroda for $200 (available in five colors).

    27. Roku Express — get all your streaming needs met in one tiny remote. Just cozy up on the couch and get ready to be impressed by all the shows and movies now at your fingertips. And did I mention that it also works with Alexa?

    image of roku remote in the palm of a reviewer's hand
    reviewer image of the roku screen on a flat screen tv

    Promising review: "I have never used any kind of streaming service before, but this was so easy to set up. And it never asked me for an activation fee. You do have to create a Roku account but it's free. Plugged it in to my HDMI and to the power outlet and that was it. Just follow the onscreen prompts to set up home screen. I couldn't believe how easy it was!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    28. A magnetic refrigerator rack with dowels and hooks for you to conveniently hang your paper towels, dishcloths, and measuring spoons *and* shelves to stash your spices. Multipurpose is the new black.

    close up of the steel and wood magnetic fridge rack hanging in a kitchen

    Promising review: "When I saw this thing on Food52, I just had to buy it. This thing is great. It's not huge, but it does the trick. It got all those pesky bottles sitting on my counter out of the way, has a place for the paper towels, and hooks for hanging. The magnets are VERY substantial. My kitchen is more like a niche in a wall so there's very little of anything. This is well made, and I do recommend it." —Janet C.

    Get it from Food52 for $50.

    29. A stationary vacuum will help you to easily get every last speck of dust (unlike your dustpan), even the stubborn hairs and fibers stuck to your broom. Plus, it's got a dual filter that both removes dust molecules and returns clean air back into your home.

    Promising review: "I usually don’t write reviews. In fact, this may be my first review ever. But I just couldn't keep this to myself. I love this little thing. It’s so powerful and has actually made sweeping a much less daunting task. I HIGHLY recommend this. Especially for those of you with hardwood floors and shedding pets. Buy it now!!" —Noalani H.

    Get it from Amazon for $149 (available in three colors).

    30. A portable projector perfect for having watch parties of all your favorite '00s show and movies anytime, anywhere. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, here we come!

    Promising review: “This projector is everything you could want in a projector. It is native 1080p, has all the inputs to connect all your devices, and has Bluetooth as well. The picture is crisp and clear and can be projected in the rear as well. The included mini tripod is wonderful and stable. The bag keeps everything together and protected. It even has power cables with the plugs to be used in other countries so you can bring it with you when you travel.” —Sunshine Mel

    Get it from Amazon for $189.98.

    31. A pair of horizontal prism glasses so you can read, watch TV, and scroll through Instagram at any angle!

    two models wearing glasses while they read and watch TV laying completely down
    reviewer wearing glasses and taking a funny selfie showing their eyes reflected in the prism mirrors

    Promising review: "These are great. A few years ago I bought a pair from a different company, and they were very heavy and hurt to wear. These glasses are MUCH lighter weight and don't smash my nose when I try to sit up. 5 starts. They block all lights behind you when wearing these; the light reflects into the glasses." —customer

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95.

    32. A blow-dryer holder because drying and styling your hair shouldn't feel like an Olympic sport. Easily mount this to your bathroom wall for hands-free hair-drying experience.

    person blow drying hair with a dryer placed in the holder

    Promising review: "I LOVE this hair dryer holder. It used to take me 15 to 20 minutes to dry my hair in the morning. Now it takes me eight because I don't have to put my arms down to rest them anymore. I placed it high on my bathroom wall and tilted the arm down because I wanted to straighten my wavy hair. My hair was sleek and straight because I brushed it while drying, which was so much easier to do without holding the dryer. I'll tell all my friends about this!" —Jon Wagner

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    33. A tablet holder if your tablet is the closest thing you have to a TV and you've yet to discover a comfy way to Netflix and chill. Attach your tablet to this and lay back to enjoy your Friends re-watch sesh.

    model laying in bed with holder resting over body
    reviewer image of ipad attached and resting on bed

    Promising review: "I appreciate how flexible this stand is. I can configured to use in bed whether I'm lying on my back or my side, and I also use it in the kitchen to hold the iPad when I'm cooking and using an online recipe. I particularly like the feature that lets you put the iPad into one of three different angles, and the ability to hold differently sized devices in both landscape and portrait." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    34. rapid food slicer for ~cutting~ your slicing time in half so you can have more of it to enjoy your meal!

    Promising review: "The Rapid Slicer is a fantastic addition to any cooks kitchen! It is an extremely high quality product that makes cutting so much faster. I really dislike making salad because of all the chopping. Now it is a breeze using the Rapid Slicer. I’m an economy Mom who will purchase meat in larger packages to save money. I use the Rapid Slicer to cut large chicken breasts, pork chops, etc. to make portion size cuts of meat. I don’t have a steady hand so my portion sizes used to be all over the place and now they are all even. I would recommend this product for all of the reasons." —Amazon reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    35. The Mirror — a home gym you can mount to your wall? Now I've seen everything. With live and pre-recorded classes, personal training, and 50+ different genres, working out just got a whole lot easier. Plus, it's also a functioning, well, mirror!

    a model does yoga in front of the mirror

    Promising review: "The Mirror is incredible! You can take any class, at any time, for as long or short as you like. If you are on the fence about buying one, don't be. You will love this piece of workout equipment. The mirror sits in any room unnoticed when turned off, and does not take up any space. A great investment!!!" —sara

    Get it from Mirror for $1,445 (originally $1,495).