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Tech it Easy: AI-powered gadgets you need today

If the past few years taught us anything, it is that technology is constantly evolving and changing.

Be honest: Did you pay for an app called Snow to make you some Korean portraits? Or spend a few minutes talking to ChatGPT? If so, well, you had a lot of company.

Sure enough, VR headsets have caught your attention, too, as they promise to transport you to the virtual universe in the blink of an eye.

As the limelight continues to shine on technology trends such as metaverse, Cloud, and blockchain, it can’t be denied that artificial intelligence (AI) has reached its full potential and is continuously transforming the way we live and interact with each other.

We’re living in what’s become the year of AI, and, of course, some very cool gadgets. From a sizable smart speaker to sleek smartwatches that can be carried on you at all times, all manner of once unthinkable tech is now available to the masses.

To make your life easier, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Here are our picks for the best, quirky gadgets with AI you can get in 2023.

Wearable for wellness: Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Watch Series 8

Offering advanced health and fitness features and car-crash detection, the new Apple Watch Series 8 is definitely a cool gadget.

It takes all of the good bits of previous designs, and piles as much as possible on top. It possesses notable features―such as fast-charging, always-on display, blood-oxygen measurement, ECG functionality―and tracks how well you sleep either at night or in day time.

Immersing music experience: Sonos Era 300

Sonos Era 300

You’ve heard of wireless Bluetooth speakers, but how about an all-in-one surround sound system in one? The Sonos Era 300 speaker, released just this year, has Dolby Atmos capability with six class-D digital amplifiers and promises a rich sound with four tweeters and two woofers all in one speaker.

Working over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and auxiliary inputs with the Sonos Line-In Adapter to connect traditional devices such as vinyl turntables, CD players, and TVs, the Era 300 speaker is a great bit of tech for those who love streaming music and watching films in a simple to understand way without missing out on quality. It has both Sonos Voice Control and built-in Alexa support for hands free control, too.

Smart surveillance expansion:

Reolink Argus 3 Pro

Reolink Argus 3 Pro

Perhaps one of the coolest things about this AI security camera is that it’s available with a solar panel, which means you’ll never have to worry about charging it.

Designed to offer top-notch quality at a lower price, Argus 3 Pro delivers crisp, 2K video with an expansive 122-degree view and a clear two-way audio as it keeps tabs on welcome (and unwelcome) visitors and package deliveries. It also includes features such as color night vision, x16 digital zoom, and a 230-lumen spotlight that will light up when motion is detected.

Unparalleled technology for navigating the city: GoCycle G4

GoCycle G4

The futuristic Gocycle G4 is the rare folding bike that rides like its full-sized relatives. With sure handling, plenty of power, and a quality build, it’s a great recreational ride that’s easy to take onto public transport or even to pack away in a car for vacations or longer journeys.

Equipped with a suite of AI-assisted features, this bike is designed to provide a smooth, intuitive riding experience. The G4 isn’t cheap, but it has the performance and portability necessary for it to become your main mode of transport (especially if you live in an urban area).

Glasses-free 3D device: ZTE Nubia Pad 3D

ZTE Nubia Pad 3D

Remember the good old days of 3D movies, witnessing the occasional breach of dimensions through a pair of glasses? Turns out, you don’t need that anymore as the ZTE Nubia Pad 3D tablet brings the 3D experience to a whole new level―and does exactly the same, and with pretty impressive results!

Its AI-driven face tracking technology “steers” 3D photos and videos to the eyes so they’re always in sharp focus regardless of viewing angle. It can present 2D standard content to surprisingly realistic 3D images by accurately guessing their depth. 3D is back―but this time it’s easy.

Exceptional gaming, premier content creation: Lenovo Legion Slim 5i

Lenovo Legion Slim 5i

The laptop’s AI Engine+, powered by the Lenovo LA AI chip, uses a software-machine learning algorithm to optimally tune the laptop’s performance. The chip uses software machine learning, deployed through the Lenovo Vantage, to help monitor in-game FPS and dynamically adjust for the highest performance output.

In a nutshell, when you play a game or edit a video, the AI in the Legion Slim 5i learns what your games and work or school deliverables need from the laptop’s system. As it learns your playing, working, creating, and streaming habits, it will intelligently control the laptop’s thermal performance, allocate wattage dynamically between CPU and GPU, and ultimately, provide you an overall better experience.

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