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7 pointless and superb tech merchandise we love


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It’s the final gasp of summer season. This can be a good second to advocate surprisingly nice tech(-ish) belongings you would possibly love.

These product strategies from me and different Washington Publish employees are usually not the most effective issues for everybody. They’re the right issues for a handful of strange folks — considered one of whom could be you.

We love these merchandise and we’re just a little ashamed of our adoration.

I’m making an attempt to seize the eccentricities of our shopper lives.

We don’t want 99.8 % of stuff. Someplace on the market, although, is a product that appears pointless to me however offers you zaps of pleasure by fixing a tiny drawback.

(And in the event you’re questioning, we don’t earn money in the event you purchase these items.)

All it does is prop up my cellphone on my desk so it’s at an ideal angle to scroll via my e mail, learn a information article, do a Zoom name or watch a video.

I can’t adequately clarify why utilizing this silly slab of pink aluminum — sorry, “rose gold” — is so significantly better than laying my cellphone flat on the desk. It’s, although.

I’ve taken my cellphone stand with me on trip and enterprise journeys.

Amazon sells a zillion practically equivalent cellphone stands. I picked this one principally at random. I paid $11.99. I do not know if it’s the most effective cellphone stand.

(Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Publish. Interim CEO Patty Stonesifer sits on Amazon’s board.)

One necessary function: My cellphone stand can tilt to any angle. Different fashions are mounted in place.

You want to have the ability to modify the angle of your cellphone simply so. Belief me. I’ve considered this lots.

Automated salt and pepper grinders

This salt-and-pepper mill set was an engagement current for Kyley Schultz, an task editor on The Publish’s social media staff.

Kyley mentioned the mills dose out the right quantity of floor salt or pepper after which cease robotically.

These make her really feel “bougie as hell,” Kyley says. She loves them.

I don’t get this product in any respect, to be sincere. This salt-and-pepper set prices $100! And every mill requires six AAA batteries. SIX!!

(Kyley mentioned she hasn’t wanted to switch the batteries in about half a yr of use.)

That’s why these electrical mills are good for this checklist. I’m baffled and Kyley is besotted.

An electrical head massager

I bow to my colleague Tatum Hunter, who wrote this:

The times of begging my partner to stroke my hair are (principally) over.

I got here throughout this electrical head massager whereas looking out TikTok for wholesome hair suggestions. Apparently, stimulating blood circulation to your scalp helps hair develop.

It additionally feels actually silly good.

This unhealthy boy price about $30 on Amazon. It’s battery powered and waterproof in case you wish to use it within the bathe — I’m not judging.

Whereas I strive to not acquire plastic doodads, a tool that rubs my skull with what looks like 4 tiny monkey paws appeared like a very good funding.

This gadget is foolish, however for 5 blissful minutes it makes drama, deadlines and dullness fade away. Would purchase once more.

Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Publish’s expertise columnist, mentioned the Yoto audio participant is his household’s new favourite.

A kiddo sticks what seems to be like a enjoying card into the machine’s slot to alter audio “channels.” (It’s not a radio. The songs stream over WiFi.)

The playing cards play tunes like a mixtape of youngsters singing “Shake It Off” and different pop songs. You can also make your individual playing cards of members of the family singing or studying bedtime tales.

Geoff mentioned it’s nice to play music your baby likes with out the distractions and drama of a cellphone.

Geoff has a mini model of the Yoto participant that lists for $69.99. There’s a bigger machine for $119.99. You pay additional for the track playing cards.

An adapter for telephones with out headphone jacks

Becky Krystal, a Publish meals author and recipe developer for the Voraciously staff, refuses to purchase wi-fi headphones that may put on out or get misplaced.

You gotta respect spite-based buy selections. (Becky can be appropriate. Bluetooth headphones equivalent to Apple’s AirPods are destined to die.)

Becky bought this adapter for her cellphone. One finish plugs into her cellphone’s charging port. Her favourite wired headphones plug into the opposite finish. Voilà.

This adapter is just for Android telephones that use the USB-C charging customary.

Apple people, familiarize your self with Becky’s adapter. The subsequent iPhone fashions will most likely use USB-C. They usually positively gained’t have a headphone jack.

A lifeless easy smartphone sport

Two Dots has dots. You swipe to attract traces to attach the dots. That’s it.

My Assist Desk colleague Heather Kelly referred to as the sport “minimalist Sweet Crush” that she described like heat milk.

“It’s senseless and peaceable, requires little or no of me however slight hand actions and figuring out what a sq. seems to be like,” Heather mentioned. “I may additionally simply nap.”

Obtain Two Dots for iPhone and Android telephones. (It’s free however the app will bug you to pay for additional options.)

A mosquito ‘chunk pen’

This product sounds as ridiculous as phrenology. Andrew Van Dam, the Division of Information columnist, swears by it.

While you press this “pen” on mosquito bites proper after the bloodsuckers strike, the pores and skin space will get painfully scorching for a couple of seconds.

This (supposedly) denatures the proteins that make you itch. Or one thing.

Andrew and I completely can’t vouch for the supposed science behind this product. Please don’t depend on it when you have allergic reactions to insect bites.

However Andrew says in his expertise, this pen makes a lot of his mosquito bites vanish or not less than cease itching for a day or so.

“I didn’t learn about it till this summer season,” Andrew mentioned. “Why didn’t anyone inform me about it sooner?!”

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