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Be Ahead Of The Curve With These 30 New Gizmos

CNN 6/17/2022 RebeccaMartinson

Keeping up-to-date on today’s trends is as easy as looking around you to see what’s popular, but staying ahead of the curve is a different story. Luckily, the team here at CNN Underscored has had a lot of practice in predicting what sorts of products will become popular — especially regarding technology. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the newest gizmos that we think will start trending in no time. From pocket translators to banana-shaped Bluetooth headsets, you can rest assured that if the items we’ve gathered for you below aren’t trending now, they likely will be short. Keep scrolling for more.

The Power Inverter That Lets You Use Regular Plugs In the Car

Laptops, gaming systems, small fridges — regardless of what you want to take with you on your next drive, this power inverter can make it usable in the car. Two AC outlets let you power devices that aren't compatible with USB or cigarette chargers, though there are also two USB ports on the side so that you can charge your phone and power your laptop at the same time. Plus, its tough metal case helps keep it safe from bumps and drops.

Find at Amazon Smartphone Stand With a Built-In Speaker

Not only will this stand hold your phone up so that it's easy to watch videos, but it also features a Bluetooth speaker built into the base. Enhanced bass and tight mids won't leave you craning to hear what you're watching — and the stand is also adjustable, making it easy to see your phone screen from any angle.

Find at Amazon The Power Strip That Clamps Onto Your Desk

Clamp this power strip onto your desk, and it'll always be conveniently within reach wherever you need to plug something in. It gives you four plugs, and it also features four USB ports so that it's easy to charge your phone or tablet without locating a power brick. Plus, it even comes in two colors: black and white.

Find at Amazon This USB Charger Sits Flush With Your Cigarette Lighter

Whereas some car chargers are a little bulky, this one sits flush with your cigarette lighter for a sleek, minimalist look. It's made from a scratch-resistant zinc alloy that won't overheat in high temperatures, making it safer than the plastic ones you've likely seen. Quick-charge technology also helps your device power up faster — with two available ports, you won't be left fighting over who gets to charge their phone.

Find at Amazon The Smart Camera That Lets You Chat With Your Pets While You're Away

With two-way audio capability and a fun treat dispenser built into the base, this smart camera makes it easy to check in on your pets while you're away. Night vision lets you see what your dog is up to when they're supposedly sleeping, and there's even an extra sensor that'll send a push notification to your phone if they start to bark. "Great camera and treat dispenser for my cats," wrote one reviewer. "I’m able to check on them when I’m not home. The cats hear my voice and respond for their treats."

Find at Amazon A 3D Pen That's Safe for Kids To Use

If your kids like to get creative, you can rest assured that they'll enjoy this 3D pen. It's safe for kids aged six and older, as the nozzle and plastic handle can be touched without any risk of a burn. And since each order includes two packs of "ink," they'll be able to start doodling as soon as it arrives — no extra purchases necessary.

Find at Amazon Drift Peacefully Off To Sleep With These Comfy Headphones

Unlike the headphones you wear to the gym, these Bluetooth ones are covered in soft fabric that makes them comfortable to sleep in. The speakers are ultra-slim, taking pressure off your ears if you like to sleep on your side — and the wide headband can also be used as an eye mask if you pull it down over your face. Choose from three colors: pink, purple, or grey.

Find at Amazon The Miniature Projector That Turns Living Rooms Into A Home Theater

With its built-in speakers and 170-inch projection display, this miniature projector can turn any plain living room into a home theater. It doesn't make too much noise when running, so it's unlikely to interrupt your movie. And with 1080p resolution, the images appear crystal-clear on your projection screen.

Find at Amazon An Infrared Keyboard That's Easy To Take With You

Bring this infrared keyboard with you while you're traveling, and you'll always have a keyboard ready when you need to type out a message on your phone, tablet, or laptop. It's compatible with nearly any operating system and connects to your devices using Bluetooth. "The projected keyboard was bright and easy to use," wrote one reviewer. "The keys gently click when you are pressing them so you can tell they are registering."

Find at Amazon This Banana Handset Connects to Your Smartphone

This banana handset might not be the most technologically advanced gadget on this list, but we like to think of it as a fun accessory that's deserving of a bit of recognition. Crystal-clear audio makes it easy to chat with friends — and since the rechargeable battery lasts up to ten hours, there's no need to plug it in constantly.

Find at Amazon The Smart Fish Finder With Hundreds of Positive Reviews

Since it generates its wi-fi signal, there's very little chance that this smart fish finder will use up your phone's data plan while you're out on the lake. It's compatible with Android and iOS and can cast its sonar as far out as 165 feet. Plus, the rechargeable battery lasts for up to six hours.

Find at Amazon Amazon Echo Adds Alexa to Your Car

Alexa isn't just for your living room. Add this Echo Auto to your car, and you'll be able to change the radio station, adjust volume, make hands-free calls, and more — all using convenient voice commands. Plus, the microphones are smart enough to discern your voice from whatever is playing on the radio.

Find at Amazon Use Your Television To Make Video Calls With This Meta Portal

Whether you're making a video call for work or chatting with friends, this Meta portal will let you do so using your television. You can also sync it with your Messenger, WhatsApp, and Zoom accounts, making it easier to connect with your contact list. And unlike regular webcams, it also gives you access to Netflix, Prime Video, and more.

Find at Amazon This Adapter Splits Your USB-C Port Into 4 USB Ports

If your devices aren't compatible with type-C, this adapter will split your laptop's Type-C port into four convenient USB ports and one micro-USB. The ports are also designed for high speeds, giving you data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabytes per second — and its slim profile takes up hardly any space in your bag.

Find at Amazon This Echo Show is Surprisingly Helpful Around the House

Not only can you make video calls using this Echo show, but you can also use it to follow along with cooking videos, adjust your lights, create shopping lists, and more. Built-in Alexa also lets you ask it questions when you need a quick answer, like how many ounces are in a gallon — all using convenient voice commands. "This has been a life-changer," raved one reviewer. "My mother has Alzheimer's, and I'm 900 miles away. She loves seeing my face while we chat, and I can tell how she is doing by being able to view her, too."

Find at Amazon A Smart Light Switch Kit That's Compatible With Alexa

Pair this smart light switch kit with Alexa or Google Home, and you'll be able to control your lights using convenient voice commands without getting up from the couch. Or, if you don't have an intelligent assistant, you can also use the free smartphone app to adjust their brightness, set schedules, and more — all from the palm of your hand. Plus, the switches are designed to work in any home, regardless of how old your wiring may be.

Find at Amazon This Insulated Bottle Uses LED Technology To Purify Water

Not only can this insulated bottle help keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours, but it also features a powerful UV-C LED light that can purify water at the press of a button and clean the inside walls so that it stays odor-free. The rechargeable battery lasts up to a whole month before you must plug it in again. And since the battery compartment is waterproof, there's no need to worry about getting it wet.

Find at Amazon This Nest Thermostat Is Surprisingly Affordable

While you might think an intelligent thermostat costs hundreds of dollars, this Nest is available for less than $100. Remote control lets you and other family members adjust the temperature in your home from anywhere using the downloadable smartphone app — and it even has a savings finder feature that can help you figure out how to lower your utility bills.

Find at Amazon The Phone Sanitizer That Eliminates Up to 99% of Bacteria

You always wash your hands, but your phone likely doesn't get nearly as much attention. Luckily, this sanitizer has a powerful UV light that can eliminate up to 99% of all bacteria and germs, leaving your phone clean like new. Or, if your phone is already squeaky clean, you can also use it to sanitize any small items that'll fit inside, including keys, loose change, and more.

Find at Amazon A Drawing Tablet That Won't Break The Bank

Unlike some drawing tablets, this one is available for less than $55, so you don't need to worry about breaking your monthly budget if you want to buy something cool. It's compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems — and one stylus is included with every order.

Find at Amazon A Charging Stand Made for Your Apple Watch

If you need a convenient place to keep your Apple Watch while it charges, look no further than this convenient stand. It's made from premium silicone that won't leave behind scratches, with a lightly grippy texture to help keep your watch from falling off. And with more than ten colors to choose from, you shouldn't have any problem matching them to your style.

Find at Amazon Keep Your Phone Charged With This Handy Battery Pack

Compatible with the iPhone 12 and newer, this battery pack keeps your phone powered simply by attaching it to the back. Built-in magnets make it easy to pop on or off, and there's no need to remove your phone case for it to work. One reviewer even wrote, "Good Lil booster for a day out. It brings all-day battery life for when you need to use your phone all day heavily."

Find at Amazon This Middle Finger Light is More Polite Than Honking

Honking can set off a blind rage in some people, making this middle finger light a more polite way to convey that you're unhappy with other drivers. The brightness automatically adjusts so that it's visible during both night and day. Plus, each order comes with adhesive, so it's easy to put up and take down.

Find at Amazon Translate Languages in Real Time Using This Pocketalk

With 82 different available languages, this pocketalk device can help you navigate your way through more than 100 foreign countries — even if you don't speak a single word of the local language. It'll work if it has an internet connection, and the price includes a two-year data plan.

Find at Amazon This Clip-On Lens Helps You Make the Most of Your Smartphone Camera

Clip this lens onto your smartphone camera, and you'll be able to take photos using wide angles or macros. It won't leave your photos with any dark corners, as the premium optical glass provides noticeable clarity — and the adjustable brightness settings even help you illuminate dark subjects for visibility.

Find at Amazon A Telescope That Features a Bonus Smartphone Mount

You have options when it comes to this telescope. Use it to check out objects far away in the distance, or attach your phone to its mount and use it to take a close-up photo. It's waterproof, shockproof, and unlikely to fog up in bad weather — and many reviewers appreciated how their photos came out in the high definition.

Find at Amazon Night Vision Goggles With A Massive HD Display

At thee inches wide, you shouldn't have any problem seeing the display on these night vision goggles. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to ten hours, while 4K full HD video resolution delivers crystal-clear images — even when you're in the dark. Each order also includes a variety of helpful accessories, including a neck strap, a 32-gigabyte SD card, and more.

Find at Amazon The Bluetooth Speaker That's Really, Really Small

Don't be fooled by how small this Bluetooth speaker is, as it still delivers room-filling bass despite its compact size. The robust rechargeable battery lasts up to eight hours, and each order even includes a small carrying case that lets you attach it to your bag. One reviewer also wrote about how the sound quality is "impressive" — even when the volume is as high as it can go.

Find at Amazon This Helpful Tool Helps You Clean Dirty Earbuds

No matter how clean your ears are, it's almost inevitable that earwax will work its way into your earbuds. That's why we're big fans of this tool. The round metal nib makes it easy to dig out all that buildup, while the microfiber brush helps you sweep away bits of dust. The opposite end also features a larger brush — just in case you need help cleaning out dirty charging cases.

Find at Amazon Gaming Headphones That Won't Cramp Your Ears

Compatible with all gaming systems, these headphones feature convenient in-line volume control so that you can adjust how loud your game is without having to hit pause. The headband is also durable, and the head and ear cushions can easily be replaced if the need arises. Plus, the extra-large head cups won't put uncomfortable pressure on your ears.

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