This isn't the year where you're going to lie to yourself: this is the year you're going to change.
Fuck the diet, screw finding the inner you and don’t you dare buy a new pair of running shoes in the hopes you’ll go out of your way to run a couple laps around the park before work. This is the year you indulge yourself in the things that will help you be a better person without promising yourself that you will magically transform after slurring an overgeneralized proclamation when you’re half a bottle deep in champagne. Here are four gadgets we’ll be using in the New Year to alter our lifestyle for good without giving ourselves false hope of completely transforming into another person in 12 months.
Take better photos: Fujifilm FinePix X100 Photo courtesy of: Flickr
Ditch your Instagram account, swear off food shots and start lugging around a good old-fashioned camera. We’re not saying go analog, as there have been a ton of advancements made to compact cameras over the years, but we’re just telling you not to rely on your iPhone for photography. Last year the Fujifilm FinePix X100 entered the ring of compact cameras and blew all its competitors out of the water. Its retro look was a hit with buyers looking for a sleek design and its 12.3 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor kept every other photo enthusiast happy too. The camera has a fixed 23 mm F/2 lens, which is great for bright colorful shots and is perfect for those who are more hands on and already know a thing or two about photography.
Declutter the Man Cave: Logitech Harmony Touch
Your gear makes your friends green with envy, but they’re not too keen on learning all of the different remote functions. Declutter your clicker chaos with the latest advancement in universal remotes: Logitech’s Harmony Touch. Welcome to the 21st century, by the way; your clicker now looks like an iPod, is synced through your computer and is charged by USB. It may seem like overkill now, but touchscreen is the future so you may as well hop onboard. You can sync your remote to 15 different devices and customize up to 50 favorite channels to have at the swipe of your finger.
More nights in: PRIMA Cinema
On the topic of pimped-out rooms, doesn’t leaving the comfort of your own home suck? Since none of us ever (ever) illegally pirate films that are still in theaters, you’ll be happy to know that you will now be able to screen theatrically released films and “Redefine Movie Night™” for a monthly fee through PRIMA Cinema. Joking aside, it’s a pretty interesting concept. PRIMA Cinema gives film fanatics a chance to watch opening weekend films in their own home theaters. The player has a sleek design and promises better clarity and color than upscale Blu-ray players on the market. Films will automatically be sent to the player via broadband, which “mirrors the public Box Office availability window so Members can enjoy films as long as they are available in the public Box Office.”
More Homemade Meals: QOOQ Tablet
The QOOQ (pronounced “cook”) is the first ever tablet designed specifically for the kitchen. Boasting a spill-proof, splash-proof and nearly indestructible exterior, this is a must-have for anyone who is attempting to cut down on eating out by maximizing their time in the kitchen. The tablet has access to over 1,200 interactive recipes, ingredient fact sheets and videos demonstrating some of the tougher culinary techniques you may encounter. The QOOQ tablet also has web capability, since we’re all plugged into the proverbial Facebook matrix now and can’t bear the thought of creating something without showing the world.