Who doesn’t love a good gadget? Whether it’s a new toy, a clever home appliance, or the gizmo that everyone is talking about, shopping for a new gadget or gizmo can be a lot of fun. Based on trends and buzz, we’ve gathered five cool gadgets for men and women that you should consider buying this year. Whether you’re looking for something practical, something frivolous, or something that’s just plain cool, here are five gadgets you should track down this year. These gadgets make great gifts for yourself, or for the people you care about.
When you hear the word “smart bulb,” you probably think of the lightbulbs that you use with a smart home automation platform. PLAYBULB is slightly different. It’s a lightbulb that you can control remotely, but it’s also a speaker. Using the companion app for iOS and Android devices, you can adjust the brightness of the light right from your device. There are four main modes: Energy Save, Night, Sleep and Wake Up. You can use the Wake Up mode to turn on the lights and the music at the same time, which is a fun way to start the day.
Price: $67.15 (15 percent off)
2. WeMo Wi-Fi Crock-Pot
Smart appliances have been around for a while, but they’re going to be even bigger in 2015. There are a handful of cool appliances out there that you can control right from your phone, including a smart coffee maker. But the smart kitchen appliance we like most is this Crock-Pot.
In the morning, you just put all your ingredients into the Crock-Pot. As the day goes on, you can adjust cooking time and temperature, shift to warm, or turn off the Crock-Pot entirely using the Free WeMo App on your phone. Need to stay late at the office unexpectectedly? You can adjust the temp from your phone to keep things from burning or drying out.
The slow cooker has a six quart capacity, and has some parts that are dishwasher safe. Whether you’re a busy mom or a hungry bachelor, this is the kind of futuristic kitchen appliance we can get behind. For more kitchen gadgets, check out our post on the best cool kitchen gadgets.
Price: $129.99 (13 percent off)
3. PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane
Sometimes the gadgets we love best are the ones that are a bit fun and frivolous. This toy is a great gift for kids, but adults can also use it to blow off some steam. You’ll get a special template to use in the construction of your plane, plus a Bluetooth-enabled controller that goes on the nose of the plane. All you have to do is tilt your phone left or right to steer. Flights can last up to 180 feet. Is this gadget silly? Absolutely, but that’s part of its charm.
4. Runtastic Orbit 24 Hour Fitness & Sleep Tracker
Learn more about this fitness tracker in the video above.
Fitness trackers are getting more popular by the month. If you don’t own one already, 2015 is the time to buy one. If you already have one, it might be time to upgrade.
Shopping for an inexpensive fitness tracker? If you’re already using one of Runtastic’s popular apps to track your fitness experiences, then it makes sense to consider the Runtastic tracker.
Runtastic’s Orbit fitness tracker will keep a count of your steps, active minutes, calories burned, sleep cycles, and goals. It also monitors ambient light levels (used for sleep tracking), and can be used as a stand-alone device. The Orbit lets you set multiple alarms, and even includes a “happy tracking” feature that lets you take note of changes in your mood. We love that it is waterproof, and also that it can be used as a stand-alone device: no need to carry your smartphone around, too.
Price: $89.89 (25 percent off)
5. DBPOWER Multifunctional GSM Bug Detector
Paranoid that someone’s spying on you? Maybe you just want to channel your inner James Bond. A bug detector is a cool gadget to have in your arsenal. This bug detector uses active laser scanning and passive radio frequency to sweep for bugs. In theory, this device should be able to detect any eavesdropping devices, transmitters, or cameras that might be in a room. With a new Bond film coming later this year and ever-increasing concerns about personal privacy, buying a bug detector for yourself may not be as crazy as you think.
Price: $12.57 (62 percent off)