We’re always looking for something new, fun and clever to bring home with us to make our lives easier or more interesting.
For some of us, we might be seeking an activity that will spur creativity and pass the time in a fulfilling way. For others, they might be looking for something that helps them avoid an activity they don’t like- like cleaning the house.
Today we’re going to be talking a little bit about some handy new items to brighten your day, each in their own special way. Cute and useful additions to decorate the home interior, set the proper aesthetic, and spruce up our living rooms while we’re at it.
Automated Robot Vacuum Cleaner with UV Light Disinfectant, Mop
It’s been about 20 years since the robot vacuum cleaner hit the consumer appliance market. The late 90’s saw a Swedish company release the first ever vacuum cleaning robot. This vacuum cleaner robot, named Trilobite, appeared on BBC for its novelty value but it did not have the utility or effectiveness to remain in production.
There were simply too many problems- problems that 20 years later have been greatly solved by the exponential advancement in cheap camera and sensor technology as well as software apps and computing power. All inventions get better, cheaper, and smaller in only a short matter of time, much like how the first computers in use took up entire rooms, and now your phone is a more powerful computing device which you can slide into your pocket.
Finally, a robot that doesn’t talk back and cleans your house automatically. Siri and Alexa could learn a thing or too.
These days you can get one of the best robot vacuums on a budget for anywhere from 100 to 300 bucks, and premium auto robot vacuums run near $1,000 or more. Still, it’s great knowing that you don’t need a lot of money to finally have your own robot vacuum and mop AI cleaning machine patrolling your home, looking for messes to clean up, and leaving a sparkly trail of freshness behind.
These things really work great as a residual pet hair remover, and they often utilitize UV lights to disinfect cleaning surfaces like hardwood floors and tile.
Divoom Pixoo-Max Animated LED Pixel Art Frame and Light Display Board
Just look at that thumbnail of Mario pixel art in that Divoom frame and tell me it’s not cool. Now see it animated and you’ve become a fan almost immediately.
The thing is, while a 32×32 LED pixel art display board is really fun when you’re enjoying a wide range of animations, and while it’s also incredibly useful with all of the Pixoo Max’s built-in features, it’s actually the quality of the actual LED lights that really take it to the next level. This is what takes it from sorta cool to wow in 2.6 seconds for me.
It’s just the kind of thing I could sit in a dark room and stare at for hours and never get bored. Maybe that says more about me than it does the Divoom line of digital pixel art displays and bluetooth speakers, but seriously- the quality!
That’s why I can’t honestly tell someone why they’d ever need this thing, but when you actually experience the joys of pixel art, you just want more.
Light Up Extended RGB Mouse Pad and Easy Idea LED Backlit Wireless Bluetooth/USB Mouse
What could be cooler than turning off the room lights and curling up with your favorite electronic devices that are illuminated by their own LED mood lighting?
Having a light-up mouse pad or RGB computer keyboard desk pad that alternates between brilliant hues of red, green, blue, orange, yellow, and purple can really turn your desk into what appears to be a living, breathing thing.
Many of these RGB LED keyboard and mouse pads offer options where you can customize how each section of the color strip will behave, from a gradual shift to pulsating effects, or even a static color of your choice.
The reason why these products are often called “RGB” is because it stands for “Red, Green, Blue”, which is the basis for additive color synthesis.
Another interesting aspect of these sexy computer accessories is that they are often equipped with bluetooth devices as well.
For instance, the LED backlit RGB wireless mouse can connect to 2 devices at the same time, once via wireless USB and again through bluetooth.
LED Products to Lighten Your Load
Ok so it’s more than just LED’s at play here, but clearly the things that can be done by all of these “smart” devices is both amazing and a little bit overwhelming. Think about what I have to go through when I research this stuff, I honestly feel like an old fogey who has to put on his reading glasses and squint to read a newspaper headline.
Which reminds me. No one reads newspapers any more. But you know what they do read and don’t even know it?
It’s really cool to see how far we’ve come with technology in such a short period of time, but it’s also equally great that we have lots of relatively cheap and intelligent consumer goods for convenience, recreation, education and enjoyment.
Hopefully I’ve just done your Christmas shopping for you for 2021 and beyond. Who knows, next year all this stuff will be even cheaper.
But with inflation?