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If you’re the kind of person that loves to get out and about – whether it’s a morning run, quality time being walked by the dog, or the day-to-day of work, shopping and socialising – a smartwatch is a must-have. Notifications and calls can be seen at a glance without having to pull out your phone, and the display can be set up to show not just the time, but all kinds of other information – from the weather to the song playing in your earbuds.
And instantly paying for stuff with a wave of your watch never gets old. Most smartwatch models also offer a range of health and wellbeing features, with some taking on the role of personal trainer by offering workout routines, cardio monitoring, sleep, daily wellness activities, female health tracking, breathing exercises and more, all linked with health apps on your phone so you can see at a glance how you’re doing.
The quality of the air that we breathe has become more important than ever, as cities get more crowded and everything from dust to tiny chemical particles makes its way into our homes. Anyone who suffers from hay fever or other allergies knows all too well what polluted air can do – and technology has an answer.
Air purifiers have been around for a long while now, but it’s only in recent years they’ve been going beyond being passive air filters, now capable of trapping microscopic particles and killing dangerous bacteria. At the high-tech end, they can even filter out dangerous gases – and let you know how well they’re doing via smart displays and apps.
Looking good means feeling good, and it’s never been easier to manage your hair at home with the huge range of professionalgrade tools that put you in complete control of how you look. For men, there have been major advances in the tech behind that most essential of devices, the electric shaver. The best ones now have on-board intelligence that can monitor the shave and adjust the cut accordingly.
Personal care can go so much further at home now, too. Dedicated beard trimmers take the guesswork and hassle out of a process that used to be time-consuming, and trimmers (supplied with an arsenal of different tools) and clippers are both affordable and incredibly capable. And for the perfect finish, hair styling and smart toothbrushes have come a long way, too.
Cooling down after a good workout or unwinding after a long ride or run, your body’s going to let you know you’ve been giving it the exercise it needs. And there’s nothing better than a good massage when everything’s tensed up and sore – in fact, it can be the perfect antidote to a long workday as well. Not having a personal masseuse on hand to take care of this for you isn’t a problem anymore, thanks to the wide range of electronic massagers that are available these days.
Using powerful motors to get the job done, these devices come in multiple shapes and sizes. There are even specialised massagers for those with leg aches and pains.