Like to exercise? Explore? Travel? We've got just the gadget for you. Scroll through to find one that best matches your interests.
Physician stress is rising, so it’s important to cultivate your personal interests and unwind at the end of your workday. To help, we’ve assembled great nonmedical gadgets you might find appealing depending on your particular interests and hobbies.
This Nest Learning Thermostat is a lot more stylish than your old device, and it’s a lot smarter too. You can control it from your computer or phone using a mobile app. Over time, the Nest learns your schedule and preferences and adjusts itself accordingly to help you save energy. Nest.com purchase price: $249
The iRobot Mint+ 5200 automatic floor cleaning robot helps keep your floors spotless - effortlessly. Set it to sweep or mop mode and sit back and relax. The automatic cleaner even has a navigation system that works like a GPS, so it remembers where it has already cleaned and where it needs to go. iRobot.com purchase price: $299.99
With the 3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku you can watch TV and movies on the big screen anywhere, anytime. Insert the Roku Streaming Stick into the projector and you have access to any channels found on the Roku platform, including Netflix and Hulu Plus. The projector comes with rechargeable batteries and built-in speakers. With a strong Wi-Fi connection and an area to project the stream you’ll be good to go.Amazon.com list price: $299.99
The Lytro camera lets you to create “living” pictures, meaning you can refocus and rework them after you click the shutter button. You can work with the photo on the camera’s touch screen or from your computer once the photo is imported. Lytro.com purchase price: $399 to $499
The Nikon COOLPIX S800c is a Wi-Fi-enabled Android smart device. You can edit your photos and videos and upload them to upload photos to Facebook or YouTube, transfer them to a laptop or mobile device, or e-mail them. Users can also surf the Web or download applications and games. Nikonusa.com purchase price: $349.95
Sick of worrying about the airline losing your luggage? The Trakdot Luggage device is a palm-sized GPS gadget that you can throw into your suitcase before checking your bags. Users can receive baggage location information from the tracker via e-mail, SMS messages, or a special app.Available June 24th for $49.99 via Trakdot.com
The PowerTrip is a handheld, portable, battery-powered charging device that can receive a full charge from a wall outlet, a supplemental charge through a USB port, and a top-up charge from its attached solar panel. The device is equipped with three connectors for charging multiple gadgets. Powerstick.com purchase price: $99
The Beats Executive headphones are made for travelers, and they use battery-powered noise-cancellation to keep your music flowing without interruption, no matter what’s happening around you. They even fold flat for easy packing. Beatsbydre.com purchase price: $299.95
This gadget fits on your keychain but contains seven potentially lifesaving tools. The 7 in 1 Emergency Auto Tool features an automatic glass breaker, stainless steel safety blade seat belt cutter, sonic alarm, red emergency flasher, LED flashlight, thermometer, and digital tire gauge.Sharperimage.com purchase price: $29.99
Love adventures but have a habit of getting lost? Carry the Bushnell BackTrack D-TOUR with you, and this small, handheld device will lead the way home. It can store up to five locations and logs up to 48 hours of trip data. Bushnell.com purchase price: $119
If you love your old car, but wish it were equipped with the same vehicle diagnostics as newer models, it can be. Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi is a gadget that plugs into the OBD-II port found in any vehicle built since 1996. Once connected, you can unlock and lock your car and access its driving data and mechanical condition through a smartphone or computer. Got a teen driver at home? Set up notification alerts to inform you if your car leaves a certain area or starts speeding. Verzionwireless.com purchase price: $249.99
For hiking, camping, fishing, or hunting, the Leatherman OHT multi-tool is like a Swiss army knife on steroids. The one-hand-operable tool features spring-loaded pliers, wire-cutters, multiple screwdrivers, a knife, a saw, a strap cutter, and a can opener. It even has an oxygen tank wrench. REI.com purchase price: $82
The MilestonePod helps runners track their stats and stay safe. The pod clips to the laces of your running shoes, so you never need to worry about forgetting it when heading out for a jog. If you connect it to a USB-enabled device, you can store your personal health and emergency contact information in the pod. The MilestonePod was not yet available at press time, but the company was accepting preorders.
The CamelBak All Clear is a must-have for outdoorsmen. It uses UV technology to neutralize microbiological contaminants in any tap or clear a natural water source to EPA standards in 60 seconds. It even has a built-in LCD to confirm when your water is safe to drink.CamelBak.com purchase price: $99
Simple but smart, this electronic fork helps monitor and track your eating habits. Use the HAPIfork when eating and it logs how long you eat, your “fork servings” per minute, and the pauses you take between servings. It even lights up if you are eating too fast. The information compiled by the fork can be uploaded via USB to your online dashboard. The HAPIfork was not yet available at press time, but the company was accepting preorders.
Ready to step up your fitness activity? The Fitbit One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker is just the ticket. This tiny gadget can be stored in your pocket or clipped to your clothing and it tracks your distance traveled, calories burned (based on your personal profile), stairs climbed, and sleep cycle. It even syncs to your computer and some smartphones so you can monitor your progress and meet your fitness goals.Fitbit.com purchase price: $99.95