It’s crazy to think that exactly one decade ago 4G and iPads were all the rage. Now, as we ring in the 2020’s, technology has become smaller, faster, more advanced, and in some cases, zanier. Read below for the best (and weirdest!) tech gadgets to keep an eye out for this year.
Y-Brush: The 10 Second Toothbrush
Ever thought brushing your teeth was too lengthy a process? If so, this gadget is for you. Using a retainer-like design and tons of tiny nylon bristles, this electronic toothbrush-of-the-future effortlessly cleans your teeth in just ten seconds. Store the device in its wireless charging station and you’re good to go!
PantryOn: Smart Food Management
You’ve heard of Smartwater, but have you ever heard of smart food? This year, California-based startup PantryOn is releasing an IoT kitchen device that lets you know when you’re running low on food based on the weight of the items stored in it. The gadget syncs with an app that makes shopping lists as you use things up.
Recycled Olympic Medals
The world’s leading international sports event is taking up the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. This year’s Olympic medals are made from nearly 80,000 tons of old recycled electronics and cell phones.
Juno Chiller: It’s Like a Microwave for Cooling
Warm wine? Yuck. This year, the chemists of Matrix Industries have unveiled the Holy Grail for wine aficionados everywhere: a thermoelectric device that can cool your favorite bottle of wine or drink to just above freezing in just minutes!
Teeny Tiny Fire Trucks Put the Fire Out BIG TIME
Thanks to a collaboration between Panasonic and Tropos Motors, 2020 will see the advent of tiny, battery-powered fire trucks designed to navigate small spaces. Dubbed ABLE, these miniatures can hold 125 gallons of water and 5 gallons of foam. They’re also more eco-friendly than regular-sized fire engines.
Inupathy: The World’s First Dog Mental Visualizer
If you could talk to animals, what would they say? Later this year, you’ll be able to find out. Japanese startup Langualess (language + less) has developed a harness that will let you know how your dog is feeling. By analyzing your pooch’s heart rate, the device changes color to show if your dog is feeling relaxed, excited, interested or stressed.