In the world of technology, smaller is better. Almost every new version of a device is made tinier, thinner, lighter and yet even more powerful than the last one. People have become accustomed to being able to carry around a lot of power in the palm of their hands and this extends beyond standard devices like smartphones, tablets and media players. Now even niche products like printers and an entire diagnostics lab are being shrunk down to pocket size.
Shopping: A Grocery List That Delivers
Wouldn’t you love to be able to just say what groceries you need and then have them show up at your door? Well, if you are an AmazonFresh customer (currently only available in Southern California, the San Francisco area and the Seattle area) then you are in luck. Amazon Dash is basically a shopping magic wand. Either tell it what you want to add to your grocery list or scan an item already in your house. When you are ready to purchase, just log into your AmazonFresh account and schedule a delivery
Battery: The Rescue Jumper
No one wants to be stranded in the middle of nowhere at night with a dead car battery and not a single person around to provide a jump. The only thing worse would be to have a dead phone and no way to call AAA. Juno Power’s JUMPR ($100) alleviates both of those fears as the sleek, lightweight external battery houses 6,000 Milliamps and is capable of jumping a completely dead car battery in minutes. The multi-functional battery is also able to charge all of your power hungry devices such as smartphones, cameras and tablets.
Diagnostics: Lab In A Box
Cue (approx. $300 in spring 2015) will allow you to run simple medical diagnostics right from your home. The device has cartridges that can be used to test for five key health indicators, including inflammation, vitamin D, fertility, influenza and testosterone. Users simply load one of the cartridges into the Cue sensor unit and then collect a sample with the Cue Sample Wand and slide it into the cartridge. A few minutes later your health data is sent to your phone. The information can be used to detect if you have the flu, help to maximize your energy, optimize your workouts and more.
Molecular Sensor: Discover What the World Is Made Of
Consumer Physics’ SCiO is the first molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. This tiny spectrometer can be used to get instant information about the chemical make-up of practically any object sent directly to your phone. For instance, you can scan your salad dressing to see how much fat it really contains, or a piece of fruit to see how ripe it is. You can also scan plants to learn more about their well-being, medicine to ensure that it is authentic and much more. The product is being funded through Kickstarter and will initially only be available to backers.
Printer: Paper Not Included
As long as you have a piece of paper handy, the ZUtA Labs Pocket Printer (approx. $200 in January 2015) will allow you to print from anywhere. This robot is essentially an inkjet printer on wheels—it rolls across the paper to print rather than running a piece of paper through a printhead. This battery-powered device is rechargeable, but it will last one hour on a single charge and the inkjet will last for more than 1,000 printed pages. The first version of the device will only print in grayscale.