For the first time in human history we live in a way that makes it possible to say: “The future is here today.”
Things that exceed the wildest dreams we had thirty years ago have long since become mundane, familiar and even kind of ‘meh.’ Every waking hour, new and fascinating ideas get turned into reality, but how do you separate out what is truly useful from the rest of the pack?
To help with that, we’ve prepared a list of 10 innovations that can seriously improve your life.
1. Keep down appliance “trickle charges”
Do you know that all your electronic appliances keep draining power whenever they are plugged in? Coffee pots, toasters, TV sets, you name it – whatever you have connected to the electric grid will add to your bill at the end of the month. How you can avoid it?
Invest in smart power strips; they sense when a device is not being used and power it down. All in all, one of these will save you an average of about $100 a year.
2. Have remote control over your electronics
Modlet is a Wi-Fi outlet that allows you to control your electronic appliances remotely. While it can be used for virtually any device, the most obvious use is to turn on the air conditioning before you come home.
3. Optimize your sleep
Sleep is a much more complex phenomenon than many of us realize. It is divided into light and deep stages, and deep sleep is not supposed to be interrupted. The SleepTracker watch detects the transition between cycles and only wakes you up when you are in a light stage of sleep. That way you wake up refreshed and full of energy.
4. Look younger
For a long time, cosmetic surgery has been the only surefire way to rejuvenate your looks – and an extremely costly, unpleasantly invasive and not always safe way at that. Nowadays, however, you can use more affordable, effective and safe laser treatments, like the one offered by DermMedica clinic.
5. Overcome hearing loss
For ages incremental deafness has been a terrible fate, severely impairing people and robbing them of one of the most important ways of perceiving the world. With Miracle Ear this problem has been greatly alleviated. It is a great improvement over traditional hearing aids and has helped innumerable people reclaim the gift of sound.
6. Reduce the amount of garbage you send to landfill
An excellent device for reducing your household waste is the Food Cycler, which will turn all your organic leftovers into compost with the press of a button. This is an excellent way to reduce the amount of garbage you send to landfill, and you get easy-to-use fertilizer for your garden as a bonus.
7. Use your smartphone as a universal remote
Are you tired of always losing the remote control to your TV? Install a free app called Dijit and turn your smartphone into a universal remote that will always be on hand.
8. Check your groceries
Want to know what’s really in the food you’re thinking of bringing home? The app ThinkDirty gives you all the information you need about any toxic and harmful substances in the product you are about to buy, just by scanning its barcode.
9. Lock your doors digitally
If you don’t trust conventional locks, try Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt – a lock that doubles as an alarm system, that can be unlocked via your smartphone and lets you forget about keys forever!
10. Predict the weather
The aptly named DarkSky is more than your usual weather app – it predicts when it will start raining or snowing down to the minute, shows detailed weather maps and makes sure you always know whether to take your umbrella with you or not.
Technological progress is always fascinating, but the most fascinating aspect of it is the almost imperceptible ways it makes our everyday life easier. Be it a weather app or a biorhythm tracker – these are really the things that make us feel like we are living in the future.
Featured photo credit: Innovation/Thomas Hawk via flickr.com