W-2? Check. Old receipts? Check. A big fat return from the government? Check and check!
Tax return season is now in full swing and the IRS has begun processing 2017 tax returns. That means if you already filed, you can be well on your way to receiving your return within the next 21 days. But what next?
Do you spend your refund money on a trip? Should you pay off some loans? What about tossing it in your savings account and letting it collect interest? Sure, all fine options.
But with the average tax refund hitting more than $3,000 this year (according to the IRS), that’s plenty of surprise money to do a little bit of everything. If you’re like most and want to be a bit sensible, we get it. Maybe treating yourself to a small pleasure or two around a hundred bucks isn’t a bad idea.
If you aren’t like most people, and you want to buy something cutting-edge and extravagant with your new-found money, then go all out — you know you deserve it. After all, it’s twenty-slay-teen: the year to indulge yourself.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of hot, new gadgets that you’ll be happy to own this year, from modest in price to all-out splurge-worthy.
Starting off the list at just under $100 is the 3dRudder. This unique game controller allows you to control motion in your video games with your feet.
Use 3dRudder to maneuver through your existing PC games or navigate emerging virtual reality worlds while sitting. Get to where ever you want to go with no limits of space in games like World of Tanks, Star Citizen, and Robo Recall. 3dRudder’s makers say that controlling the device is intuitive and natural, and only takes a few seconds to get used to. The best part though is that it frees your hands to focus on shooting, grabbing, pulling, or pushing with your traditional handheld controllers or keyboard.
Stair-Rover wants you to rethink the way you commute every day. On flat ground, it works like a traditional longboard but with double the wheels. When the going gets tough, and surfaces get bumpy, the wheels bounce up and down independently for a softer ride.
With this all-terrain longboard, you can take on surfaces like cobblestones, uneven pavement, or even stairs.
If you like finding new and interesting ways to interact with your computer, Myo might be the ultimate investment. This armband is in a league of its own. It uses the electroactivity in your muscles, and the motions of your arm to let you control technology with your movements.
The armband looks very sci-fi inspired, and you wear it on the broadest part of your forearm. The set-up is pretty straightforward. Once you download the software from the website, plug the Myo into your computer using the USB, name your device, and slide it on. The sensors will literally start to heat up from your body heat and once synced, you’re good to go.
Use it to control your computer from a distance — pointing, clicking, and typing by making gestures. You can create PowerPoints, control Netflix or even browse through Kodi on your Amazon FireStick. The Myo App store is filled with a variety apps so you can make the most of your Myo.
ICYMI, some experts are saying that sitting in the new smoking. Whether that’s true or extremely exaggerated, I think its fair to say that sitting idle for 40 plus hours a week isn’t the most ideal for circulation and metabolism.
Cubii can help by allowing users to easily incorporate movement into their daily lives. Cubii is a Bluetooth enabled, under-desk elliptical that is specifically designed to be whisper quiet so you don’t disturb those around you.
Ever notice how in sci-fi films, all screens are projected in midair? Well, we still aren’t quite there yet. But with Cinemood, you can watch all your favorite sci-fi films (and any other film for that matter) on any flat surface indoors or outdoors no matter what time of day. Still pretty futuristic, right?
The projector comes preloaded with 120 hours of cartoons, ebooks, lullabies, and bedtime stories for the kids. And with five hours of rechargeable battery life, its perfect for long car rides, airplane travel, camping, and more. No wonder 87% of Amazon reviewers gave the little box 5 stars.
If the thought of taking an immersive, long, hot shower fills you with joy, you’ll love the Nebia Shower System. It’s a super sleek unit that can maximize how much water actually reaches your body while simultaneously reducing water waste by up to 70%.
The shower system works by atomizing the water in a spray pattern that contours your body, so you’re hit with millions of tiny droplets that create a surface area about 100 times greater than that of a regular shower.
And you don’t even need to call a professional to install it. The system comes with a set of custom tools to help you firmly secure it to the wall in like 10 minutes.
7. Rylo – $499
Rylo is a supercool, 360-degree camera that produces larger-than-life cinematic video. What makes it so cool? Well, for one the process of getting high-quality video directly to your phone is streamlined. The tiny cam connects to your phone through USB so video transfers quickly, wherever you are.
Secondly, the camera shoots in every direction in 4k resolution. Once you have the vids on your phone, you can pan around the spherical area and select the perfect frame on the app.
Rylo also has auto-stabilization, and since it shoots an entire 360-degree area, it doesn’t have to crop at all to stabilize your footage. It also has a feature called FrontBack that you can use to show your reactions as you capture a moment, creating a new moment for facial expressions that previously would have been lost behind the scenes.
Grilling season is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait ’til Memorial Day like everyone else to buy a new grill. This versatile one on Amazon will have you more than prepared to host the first party, and you can have it at your doorstep as soon as, well, tomorrow.
What makes this wood-pellet grill unique is that you can control how hot and fast or how low and slow it cooks your food by adjusting the integrated dial. So you can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ food to juicy perfection every time. And with no open flame, you can cook out on your patio or porch every night without fear of starting a fire.
Your guests will definitely be impressed as you cook 12 burgers or four whole chickens at one time on 300 square-inches of portable grilling space.
From massive smart TVs to digital assistants of all sorts, 2018 is the year of the smart home. And while your friends may have next level remote controls, smart light switches, and Alexa-enabled kitchenware, you can almost bet none of them have smart art.
Control what art appears on your wall by using the app, an online dashboard, or by waving your hand in front of the frame. A combination of hardware, firmware, and software embedded inside means images are rendered lifelike and textured, while frames are made from sustainably sourced American hardwood.
The world of 3D printing is exploding, and we know you don’t want to get left behind. But with so many options, it can be hard to know which is worth your time (and tax refund). If you want one that you can control from anywhere, monitor your prints from anywhere, and carry *almost* anywhere, then you should meet the Robo R2.
Not only does it look pretty cool, but it also has some features you’d be excited to use whether you’re a 3D printing newbie or not. It has Automatic Bed Leveling which means you to start any print pretty quickly without having to adjust the previous bed manually.
It has a built-in 5-inch touch screen that lets you control the details of your print in real time. With a build volume of 8 inches by 8 inches by 10 inches, the Robo R2 can create some of the largest prints in its price range. There is a magnetic front door that’s transparent so you can see what you’re printing. When you aren’t around, the R2 has an onboard camera so you can watch your prints from your smartphone.