Fall is a great time of year because of the delicious food, the crisp air and, of course, the release of awesome new gadgets. Whether you’re a budding mixologist, a sports fanatic or just can’t seem to remember whether you’ve locked the front door, there are new gadgets on the market that suit all those needs.
We’ve compiled a list of some of this season’s must-have gadgets.
The FitBit Flex Wristband
This wristband is for those who hate wearing a watch when exercising: it’s slim, stylish and so comfortable you might forget you’re wearing it. The band will track your steps, how much you move each day and how many calories you’ve burned. But it’s not just an exercise watch: the FitBit Flex wristband also monitors how long and well you sleep, how well you’re eating, and perhaps best of all, the silent wake alarm will wake only the person wearing the watch. The watch comes with a free iPhone and Android app. $100. amazon.ca.
Trackdot Luggage Tracker
There’s nothing worse than travelling across the world only to discover that your checked bag didn’t make it with you. The solution to lost baggage stress: Trackdot Luggage Tracker. Using newly patented micro-electronics and ground-based cellular phone technologies, it’s possible to track your bags, even while they’re in cars or parked planes. $50. Ships to Canada. trackdot.com.
Satechi USB Portable Humidifier
Tired of the dry Calgary air? Turn any water bottle into a humidifier with the new Satechi USB portable humidifier. Just fill any bottle you have at home with water, place the Satechi humidifier on top, and plug it into a USB port. The device vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency, turning water into vapour. Relieve those dry throats and chapped lips at home and work. $30. Ships to Canada. satechi.net.
The Lockitron App
Misplacing your house keys can be cause for alarm. By preordering the updated version of the Lockitron app, you can secure your home with an Internet-connected, keyless locking system. A device installs on the inside of the front door, which can then be locked or unlocked from any smartphone – even by text message. $179. Available for preorder. lockitron.com.
The Bar10der Mix Master
The Bar10der Mix Master is the Swiss Army knife that all mixologists want. It’s a bottle opener, muddler, zester, strainer and more, all in one stainless steel device. The Mix Master makes entertaining easy. $40. Ships to Canada. thebar10der.com.
Google Glass made its debut this month at the Diane Von Furstenberf Spring 2013 runway show. This isn’t available to the public yet, but we can’t wait until it is. Google’s wearable technology lets users answer emails, take pictures, translate text and more, all hands-free. Keep your eyes open for the release date. $1500. google.com.