Cool new technology reminds us that even as 2021 closes out, we humans can’t help but invent, grow, and change. It’s something bright worth keeping in mind. Here is a list of the best electronic gadgets worth investing in.
Moto Razr 5G
Amidst the raging battle between Apple, Samsung, and Google, one key player, a hero, returned: Motorola, with its signature and classic phone, the Razr. The Razr was the iPhone before the iPhone, so we have to give its modern iteration some love. This new device uses a foldable screen (similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, another cool device) to preserve the flip phone style we all missed while still giving us a large, smart touchscreen. Beyond the inner screen, it also features a small screen on the front, which can be used as a notification center, or even for playing games and watching videos. The Razr’s return is not a nostalgia trap but a piece of tech that commands respect—a fantastic smartphone alternative to the big three. —C.S.
Puppy Hachi Infinite M1 Projector
Projector hype was at an all-time high this year, with people tricking out their backyards and living rooms after the mass closing of movie theaters. Projectors can get complicated, though, needing tons of cables and plugs to hook up what you’re trying to project. The Hachi Infinite solves that problem with a full Android tablet system built in for app downloads like Netflix and Hulu, saving you the irritation of trying to get a USB-C to HDMI or whatever. What makes the Infinite even more special is its touch sensitivity. When flipped horizontally, the projector functions normally onto a wall or sheet, but when flipped vertically, it creates a touchscreen tablet made of light on any surface. Use it to follow recipes on your counter, or to dive into some truly amazing gaming experiences and learning exercises. Or, create a tablet workspace right on an office desk. The touch functionality is beyond easy to use. —C.S.
Alpha 7C Mirrorless Digital Camera
Here’s a bullshit saying you’ve no doubt heard: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” No, in actuality the best camera is the one you can use effectively. For most of us, that means the shooter that comes loaded on our smartphones, which to be fair, usually isn’t bad. These cameras take passable photos that only need a bit of editing before posting to the ‘Gram. But what if you wanted to capture images (and movies!) that are more stunning, dynamic, and beautiful? Friends, you’d want Sony’s Alpha 7C digital camera at your side. This 24.2-megapixel, full-frame digital camera can, at least for now, claim the mantle of the world’s smallest and lightest. Multiple features abound like shutter units, a five-axis, in-body stabilization, and the smallest and lightest zoom lens on the planet. “But what if I don’t know how to shoot something this complex?” That’s okay! The automatic functions in the 7C make it fairly idiot proof. You can start point and shooting, and then as you learn more about the camera, steadily and dramatically improve your picture creation game. And that bullshit thing about the best camera always being with you? There will be a twinge of truth to it, because you’ll never want to put the 7C down. —D.D.
Konnect-i Slim Backpack with Jacquard by Google
Google first attached its wearable Jacquard tech to a Levi’s denim jacket and a high-end Saint Laurent backpack. This year, it expanded Jacquard from shell to shell, to shoe soles and a larger range of backpacks, including this affordable option from Samsonite. The tech is a chip, smaller than a thumb drive, plugged into the backpack to turn thread into touch-sensitive material. You can skip songs, turn volume up, answer calls, and more with taps. Best part is, when you remove that plug-and-play chip, the material can be washed. Plus, you only have to charge the chip. No need to plug in your whole backpack to an outlet. —C.S.
So, invest in these gadgets and enjoy!