The Most Exciting And Ridiculous New "Smart" Products On The Rise

The Most Exciting And Ridiculous New "Smart" Products On The Rise

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With technology reaching new levels every day, there has been a recent surge in "smart" devices: interactive products that process data and provide intelligent information to users. While many companies creating these products hope to be the "World's first smart ____", some devices fall so short it can feel embarrassing to be part of a society that would actually waste money on them.

In my opinion, there are three main goals that every company should have when creating a new "smart" device. The first goal is that the product should be easy to use and should make consumers' lives significantly more convenient. Second, it should be useful, helpful, or provide benefits that consumers did not have prior to buying the product. And lastly, it should be creative and innovative in a way that makes us understand and think more deeply about an idea or way of living (for example: nutrition, exercise, physical safety).

Based on my rating scale of convenience, usefulness, and creativity, the following is a list of 13 new and rising, or recently funded "Smart" products, rated in order from completely unnecessary to our everyday lives to potentially profitable and successful.


12. Click Stick: The world's first smart deodorant dispenser.


What it claims to be: According to its site, "ClickStick is an innovative IP-protected dispensing technology that can be applied to personal care, cosmetic and medical products."

What it really is: Other than it being eco-friendly, I see absolutely zero need for this product in our lives. Applying deodorant is not some difficult task that people need assistance with. In terms of convenience, it would take more effort to purchase and set up this product than it would to just put on your deodorant the way you have been your entire life. The only use I see is the product's ability to evenly dispense the same amount of deodorant each time (so you don't put on too much or too little). However, I really don't think it is that difficult to figure out how much to put on.

Convenience - 0.

Usefulness - 4.

Creativity - 0.

Rating: 4/30.

11. CH4: The world's first smart FART DETECTOR(!!!).

What it claims to be: According to its Kickstarter page, "CH4 is a wearable device that you can put in your pocket or attach to your belt and it helps you to reduce your gases."

What it really is: The product does exactly what it claims to, but if you have a serious gas problem, you should probably be seeking help from a doctor rather than a smart gadget.

Convenience - 4.

Usefulness - 4.

Creativity - 3.

Rating: 11/30.

10. Countertop: The world's first smart kitchen.


What it claims to be: According to its site, "Countertop is an amazing new system that helps you eat better and get the most out of your kitchen."

What it really is: A small board that is wirelessly connected to clips which attach to your kitchen appliances (although right now it can only attach to two very specific appliance brands). The board also connects to an app that tracks your food and basically gives you the same cooking and recipe information as a quick Google search would.

Convenience - 3.

Usefulness - 5.

Creativity - 5.

Rating: 13/30.

9. Way: The world's first smart skincare.


What it claims to be: According to its site, "WAY is a personal skincare companion, which collects real time data from your skin and the environment, and provides practical skincare and beauty tips on your smartphone."

What it really is: While the promotional video seems a little ahead of our time and might make you feel a bit uneasy, the product does have many benefits and the potential to revolutionize the way we treat and care for our skin. The only thing I see lacking is proven test results on the improvement of ones skin after using the product.

Convenience - 7.

Usefulness - 7.

Creativity - 5.

Rating: 19/30.

8. Smarty Pans: The world's first smart cooking pan.


What it claims to be: According to its site, "SmartyPans is a smart cooking pan that monitors weight of ingredients, temperature, and humidity and transfers it to a smartphone app in real time. The app uses this information to give you tailored step-by-step cooking instructions based on your cooking environment."

What it really is: A cooking pan that nearly cooks for you! Woo!

Convenience - 8.

Usefulness - 7.

Creativity - 6.

Rating: 21/30.

7. Hum: The worlds first smart vibrator.

What it claims to be: Though the website is currently under construction, this daily dot review explains, "Hum is a smart vibrator in the ultimate sense of the word: it learns what your body likes, and it responds accordingly, delivering varying frequencies of vibrations in response to how much pressure is exerted... Hum responds to its user's movements to provide a unique sexual experience that mimics what it's like to be with an actual human partner."

What it really is: The future of artificially intelligent sex toys.

Convenience - 8.

Usefulness - 9.

Creativity - 5.

Rating: 22/30.

6. HexoSkin: The world's first smart shirt.

What it claims to be: According to its site, "Hexoskin gives you insights about your physical training, sleep, and personal daily activities....Hexoskin's biometric shirt is a portable lab that monitors cardiac, respiratory, and activity data."

What it really is: A workout shirt with sensors that measure your health and how your workout is going.

Convenience - 8.

Usefulness - 9.

Creativity - 8.

Rating: 25/30.

5. EvaDrop: The world's first smart shower.


What it claims to be: According to its site, "Eva is a smart shower device that saves up to 50% of your water usage, while maintaining an enjoyable shower experience. Features include: a setting that shuts off water flow, prior to you entering the shower, when a desired temperature is reached; a unique sensor system that adjusts the water flow based off your needs, and a timer that notifies you when you are taking too long of a shower."

What it really is: A great way to help the environment and conserve water.

Convenience - 8.

Usefulness - 10.

Creativity - 8.

Rating: 26/30.

4. Hapi: The world's first smart fork.

What it claims to be: According to its site, "The HAPIfork, powered by Slow Control, is an electronic fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. It also alerts you with the help of indicator lights and gentle vibrations when you are eating too fast."

What it really is: A fork to help people eat slowly, resulting in less food intake, and possible weight loss. I would suggest a remodeling that involves a spoon on the other side of the handle, but regardless, the product is pretty cool.

Convenience - 9.

Usefulness - 9.

Creativity - 8.

Rating: 26/30.

3. VitalHerd: The world's first smart meat.

What it claims to be: According to its site, "A better, more productive approach to animal health, nutrition, and well-being management needs to happen. Vital Herd™ is making it happen."

What it really is: An intelligent system that greatly benefits the health of both farm animals and meat product consumers through its diligent monitoring of each individual animal to improve dairy and beef production.

Convenience - 9.

Usefulness - 10.

Creativity - 9.

Rating: 27/30.

2. SmartMat: The world's first smart yoga mat.

What it claims to be: According to its site, "...we built SmartMat to be unique to its owner. The first time you use your SmartMat, it will take you through a series of movements to calibrate your body shape, size and personal limitations. This Personal Profile information is stored in your SmartMat App, and will help SmartMat detect when you're out of alignment or balance. Over time, it will automatically evolve with updated data, as you improve your Yoga practice."

What it really is: The best solution for people who want to master yoga and perfect their positions, but can't afford a personal yoga trainer or small classes.

Convenience - 9.

Usefulness - 10.

Creativity - 9.

Rating: 28/30.

1. LifeBeam The world's first smart helmet.

What it claims to be: According to its site:

"The LifeBEAM smart helmet is the first helmet in the world that senses your body while you ride. This revolutionary piece of wearable technology monitors your heart rate, counts your calories, gives you an accurate analysis of your performance, and protects your head.

Initially developed by LifeBEAM to monitor the vital signs of pilots and astronauts, the LifeBEAM helmet was only recently introduced to the rest of the world as a wearable fitness device. With the LifeBEAM smart helmet, you can monitor your vital signs and performance with aerospace accuracy."

What it really is: This product is without a doubt, the safest and most useful helmet for all kinds of bikers.

Convenience - 10.

Usefulness - 10.

Creativity - 9.

Rating: 29/30.

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















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10 Statements And Stereotypes That Annoy Gamers

Give these comments and questions a "game over."

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Video gaming has been around for more than 30 years, easily, and yet there are so many outdated, irreverent misconceptions about gamers. Here are a few of the worst.

1. "Gamers are awkward, socially inept rejects."

This one is particularly obnoxious, because rarely, in any other instance, do your hobbies affect how people perceive your sociability. There are plenty of communication-competent gamers out there.

2. "Gamers are lazy."

Listen, we as a society are becoming lazier, you can't just blame this all on one group. Furthermore, I've mostly only heard this within the context of gamers not leaving, mid-game, to do something for someone else or during a long gaming binge. It's not that we're lazy, sometimes we just get really into a gaming groove!

3. "Gaming is a boy's space."

I hate this for a multitude of reasons. Gaming is one of the most welcoming communities out there. I know this might sound a bit far-fetched, but given that gaming can be both single and multiplayer, nothing stops you from joining and reveling with fellow gamers about the games you've come to love. Not to mention (including the grey-area that is mobile gaming) girls make up the majority of gamers.

4. "Gaming is child's play."

Maybe when you were a child Grandma, but given that most '80s, '90s, and early 2000s children grew up with gaming and are now (mostly) fully fledged adults. Gaming has transcended into a normal part of daily life for children and adults alike. As we've grown up our favorite games and game characters have too.

5. "You're wasting your time."

Oh, but you're not while you binge Dr. Phil and Maury, Karen?

6. "Gaming isn't a viable career."

Maybe not for me because I'm a casual player, but plenty of platforms and corporations have made gaming a viable industry. Thousands of gamers have full-on careers from streaming their gameplay or uploading it to YouTube. While it is certainly a difficult career to get a foothold in, it is still a viable career to aspire for.

7. "Can't you pause it?"

No.

8. "Gamers are nerdy."

Evidently you aren't, otherwise you'd know the difference between nerdy and geeky.

9. "Esports aren't real sports."

Yes, in the same way chess isn't a REAL sport, but so long as chess is dubbed a sport why shouldn't gaming be considered one too?

10. "Gaming makes impressionable people violent."

As much as you've probably heard this, it is, in fact, an unsubstantiated claim. There's no solid connection between gaming and violence. Not to mention, there are plenty of non-violent games out there and this broadly stated slander does nothing but hurt all of gaming.

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