As we get ready to close out 2015, we're taking a look at some of the best tech of 2015 for the whole family!
Xavier Harding is assistant technology editor of Popular Science. He's here with gadgets you'll be sure to still love in 2016.
Great for: sister! Any woman with a smart phone
Ringly is a fashionable cocktail ring that connects to your phone so you can receive subtle notifications about what’s important. Through the Ringly app, you can set custom color and vibration patterns for different types of notifications. The accompanying ring box also acts as a charging station; simply place your Ringly in the box to recharge when the battery is low.
Amazon Echo, $179
Great for: mom! Anyone, seriously! A ton of the PopSci staff uses these at home
Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.
Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
August Smart Lock, $229
Great for: dad! Anyone who uses keys!
Never lose your keys again! The August Smart Lock unshackles your home from the tyranny of physical keys. The 3-inch cylinder fastens to the back of an existing deadbolt, leaving the outside appearance of your door unchanged. Once attached, a Bluetooth signal from your smartphone can flip the mechanism to unlock the door. A guest with a smartphone and an August app can enter once you’ve granted them access. No more passing out hard-copy keys, which are much harder to revoke—and easier to lose. The Smart Lock lets you pick days and times for guest entry, so the dog walker can get in only during lunch hours, or your weekend Airbnb guests lose access once their stay is over. If your guests don’t have smartphones, a Wi-Fi add-on allows you to buzz them in remotely. Plus, you can set the Smart Lock to bolt automatically every time the door shuts. And should anything fail, the old key still works.
Skulpt Chisel, $99
Great for: the workout aficionado!
Achieving symmetrical strength across the body is important but difficult. The Skulpt Aim gets you there. It uses electrical impedance myography (EIM) to measure muscle quality and fat percentage in the biceps, triceps, abs, and quads. Place it on target areas before and after exercise to find out precisely how strong you’re getting.
Chisel measures 24 different muscles on your body, providing the fat percentage and a rating of the muscle’s fitness for each muscle. View a ‘heat map’ on the app to conveniently track your strongest muscles and those that need improvement. It doesn’t have a display and supports one user at a time, but is half the price of the Skulpt Aim.
Leatherman Tread, $165
After Leatherman’s president, Ben Rivera, got stopped at security at Disneyland for carrying a multitool, he decided to create one that you’d never need to leave at home—or even in a toolbox. Tread’s wearable design features 29 handy tools, such as Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, and a bottle opener.