This year marks the release of hundreds of innovative, high-tech devices. Here are some of the most interesting devices, which will hopefully make a great birthday present for your teens.
It looks like junk food is here to stay, so what should we do to keep our teenagers healthier? Just buy them a fitness tracker, pair it with a smartphone, and then have them install the companion application. Misfit Ray is a new device that uses a silicone band which wraps around your arm, or can be attached to your teenagers’ most prized bracelet. It tracks sleep and motion, just like the other wearables do, but it’s got a few welcome additions: it incorporates a motor that vibrates, and an LED that lights up when the phone receives a notification.
And since we’ve talked about junk food and the weight loss problems that it attracts, what’s better than a scale when it comes to weight monitoring? Well, it looks like the Polar Balance Scale is the better option. Sure, it’s got all the bells and whistles you would expect from your everyday scale, but it also incorporates a huge array of unique features that will help your teenager achieve his or her weight-loss goals much faster.
First of all, it works in conjunction with one of Polar’s activity trackers, helping your teenagers monitor their calorie intake and activity levels each day. As an example, if your teenager eats more food Monday, the intelligent scale will suggest higher activity levels Tuesday. The only drawback I’m seeing with this product is the fact that it will only work with one of the Polar wrist trackers, because many of us have already purchased one from a different manufacturer. Well, if weight-loss is important for your family, it makes a lot of sense to spend about $150 for the Polar and one of its own, 100% compatible fitness trackers.
Your teenagers need a Bixi! They just don’t know it yet. Bixi is a small gizmo that allows your teens to control their phones and the installed applications… without touching their phones! The device allows them to program hand gestures like up, down, left or right, and then uses these hand gestures to control everything that’s happening on their phones. As an example, if they are reading an e-book, a simple left or right hand gesture will move to the next or previous page in the book.
Teenagers are lost without having access to the Internet. I know that for sure, because I’m the father of a teenager as well. So what can they do when their favorites Internet provider doesn’t provide Internet access in the woods, for example? Well, they could build a high gain antenna, use a non-conventional Wi-Fi signal amplifier, and a cable like this one. But there’s a new, innovative solution to this problem: goTenna. It’s got a strange name, I know, but the device itself can be quite useful.
goTenna will allow your teenagers to text their friends without needing an Internet connection, provided that they’ve got a goTenna themselves. Basically, the device creates a private wireless connection, with an advertised range of 4 miles outside the city and 1 mile in the city. With goTenna, your teenagers’ close friends have the chance of becoming the closest friends 😉