Tech Corner: Get Optimized With These 5 Gadgets and Apps

By 2018-12-20 23:26:08

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Indulge your inner Tony Stark with these cutting edge apps and gadgets designed to optimize your home life.

Great Gadgets

Summer Ready Speakers

We know you'll be spending a lot of time outside as the weather continues to stay warm and The UE ROLL Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker – waterproof and shockproof – is the perfect companion for it. This small, lightweight speaker has 360 degree sound, a deep base and is waterproof for up to 30 minutes in one-meter depth. With a wireless range of 20 meters, you can connect two devices to the same source and, if fully charged, it can be used for up to nine hours. Available in blue, black, purple, red and green (¥550 to ¥830) at the Apple store or

Cool as Ice (cream)

What better way to spend the hot summer day than making ice cream? Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker turns ingredients into healthy desserts in 20 minutes. Making up to six cups of frozen yogurt, ice cream or sorbet per cycle, the Easy Lock lid makes adding chocolate chips or nuts easy. The double-insulated bowl means no need for ice – just freeze for eight hours and you're ready to go! Available in white, pink, purple and red, prices range from ¥315 to ¥520 on

Awesome Apps

Good on You

If you're looking to integrate your eco interests with your shopping habits, then Good On You is a must download. With thousands of brands listed, the app evaluates companies based on the way they care for their employees and the planet, in addition to animal cruelty, testing and corporate social responsibility efforts. They post about notable products, what's going on in the industry and even offer shopping discounts, so you can feel good about the purchases you make.


With Plume, understanding the impact and origins of air pollution in Shanghai is right at your fingertips. Through graphics, real-time charts and notification reports, Plume ensures that you not only understand what's happening in the air around you, but what it means for your daily life. It's interactive features include technical definitions, resources for a healthier home and tools that you can implement to lessen you and your family's impact on the environment.


One good decision leads to another and Health makes it easy for you to see what that looks like. By tracking diet, physical activity, sleep and mindfulness, you can better understand the decision you make for your body and see the progress you make over time towards a happier, healthier self. With a built-in pedometer, no input is required to track your steps and each wellness component offers suggestions for supplementary apps, depending on your interests and goals.