Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

It’s time for more fun and useful tech! Each week, I’m showcasing three cool tech products you can find on Amazon. This week, the three tech items all work in some way through apps. There’s tech you can play with, cook with, and light up the room with. Get your Amazon cart ready!

Evo App-Connected Coding Robot

The Evo App-Connected Coding Robot is a small robot that can be customized and played with. You can use an app to connect to Evo via Bluetooth and then do a number of fun things. You can play games, have Evo do tricks, and even communicate with the bot using a special set of markers. It’s meant to be customized using code—you use the app to write and load new code and teach Evo new things.

Its sensors allow it to do a lot of things, including read what you write with the accompanying markers, and it also has LED lights. Evo is so small that you won’t have to worry about taking it with you anywhere you go. Check out Evo if you’re interested in robotics and want to try your hand at some fun and simple coding!

Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System

This smart kitchen product aims to help people become better cooks and make things easier in the kitchen. The Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System has a frying pan and induction burner, and it includes an accompanying app that provides recipes. These three elements of the Smart Cooking System work together using Bluetooth, meaning they can communicate with each other and stay connected.

The Smart Fry Pan has temperature sensors in it so that cooks can be sure what temperature the pan is at any given time. The Smart Induction Burner works with the pan and app to respond quickly to what needs to be done and use the correct level of heat (between 110 and 475 Fahrenheit). The app has videos of recipes as taught by professionals. The whole system is meant to let cooks have control over how they cook while learning new recipes. Take a look at the Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System if you want to try out a countertop cooking experience that gives you control and works toward making you better in the kitchen!

Philips Hue LightStrip Plus Dimmable LED Smart Light

There are quite a few smart light options out there, but this offering from Philips is especially fun because it’s not a single bulb—it’s a customizable and flexible strip. Its product description on Amazon prominently notes in the product name that it’s “compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant,” meaning whichever smart device you might have, it’s likely this light strip will connect with it.

The light strip can be useful in many ways, including turning on and off at predetermined times. It can immediately switch on and off or it can slowly brighten or dim. It can also display a wide range of colors and sync to music and other electronics. It’s flexible and sticks to surfaces with adhesive tape that comes included, and what’s especially cool is that the length can be modified. It’s 80 inches long, but it can be cut or extended. The product page pictures the light strip being used along shelves and lining walkways. If you’re interested in smart lighting but want to try something a little different, check out the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus Dimmable LED Smart Light!