2017 was another strong year when it came to consumer technology. Adults were rocking out in the shower with waterproof speakers while a robot vacuum took care of the housework and their kids printed 3D companions. We flashed smart watches at the checkout counter and had doorbells ringing on our phones. Tech made a lot of tasks easier, or more fun, so before you move on to the next new thing, join us as we reminisce about the tech we loved way back in 2017.
Smart Home Technology
Getting up to turn off the lights or adjust the thermostat was so 2016. From security to monitoring and movies to music, we gave tech the keys to our kingdoms. New gadgets and apps that did practically everything but pay the mortgage took over homes around the world.
And we loved it.
“I bought a rental property last year. And it has an ecobee thermostat. It connects to your Wi-Fi and everything. And I got an email that said, ‘Hey, there might be a problem, because your thermostat’s set to 68 degrees, but it’s actually 65 in your home.’ I wouldn’t have known that for weeks otherwise.” – Jay, Regulatory Reporting
“Lately I’ve been most thankful for my Echo devices. I use them for just about everything. I’ve got the lights connected, so I can turn them on and off. I can access shows and more music. Or I’ll say, ‘Show me the football game,’ and it starts playing. And it all ties into their web services—the whole cloud, which, as a programmer, gets my attention.” – Steve, Software Engineer
“I recently got an Alexa Echo Dot. I like that I can multitask and for example, ask Alexa for weather while deciding what outfit to wear when I’m leaving the house.”
– Mohit, Engineer
With each new year comes a flood of new apps, many of which are designed to help make our lives easier. From squeezing in some midday yoga to managing the roster of your kid’s baseball team, here are a few apps that we enjoyed last year:
“Game Changer is a way to schedule games and communicate with your team—from announcements to games and practices. And Roster Bot lets me plug in my schedule and my roster, and parents can go and check in for the events.” – Roy, Process Manager
“I use an app called Grow Young Fitness that helps me exercise at work. I can take 15 minutes if I’ve got a break and go find a conference room and follow along. It’s got videos, so I can do a little stretching exercise or some yoga. I’ve been able to take my workouts everywhere on my smartphone.” – Jean, Tech Editor
“I use my My School Bucks for my son’s school. It allows me to see what he’s eating at lunch, to track his meals, upload lunch money and check his balance, as opposed to sending him to school with cash. And it lets me communicate with the teacher. It’s free to download the app, but it costs to send money. It’s great though!” – Ariel, Data Analyst
2017 brought us a lot of new toys, but some tech wasn’t just for play time. Check out this hardware that helped people get the job done:
“I’m thankful for my digital voice recorder. I interview people a lot for my job. With my digital recorder, I can review what people say immediately—in fast or slow modes. And I can plug it right into my laptop to upload the interview for easier transcription—and to charge the recorder. I love it.” – Jackie, Writer
“I’m a big fan of my drone. I’ve gotten pretty good at flying it, taking photography and video. I got my FAA commercial license so that I could use the footage commercially, and now I’m selling video to businesses. My favorite toy is going to pay for itself in a few months and it’s opened up another creative revenue stream for me.” –Edward, Photographer
Technology can simplify our lives, inspire us to improve our health, help us get organized and so much more. And with companies putting out new products and systems every day, your next favorite innovation could be just around the corner. Who knows what your favorite tech from 2018 will be? Can’t wait to find out.
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