Tech Corner: Gadgets and Apps For Your 2018 Goals

Glide into 2018 with style

by Michaela Fulton | Fri, January 05, 2018

If, like us, you're really trying to stick to your guns when it comes to resolutions, we're here to help you out. Whether you're wanting to learn more about the world around you, upping your workouts or pledging to read more, you'll want to conisder having these in your life.

Intuitive tunes

Fill your house with the sound of music this year with the powerful Beoplay A9 Wireless Speaker. Taking up most of a spacious room, this Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound piece makes a stylish statement in your home while playing your (or your child's) favorite tunes. Compatible with all digital devices, it features built-in access to major streaming providers, giving you up to millions of songs to choose from. With an intuitive touch surface, you can feel the music and control your listening by swiping and tapping along the top. Get this futuristic sound system for ¥18,990 at tekshanghai.com.

Beat count

If you've vowed to (finally) get fit in 2018, the Fitbit Charge 2 HR is going to be your new best friend. It contains some standout features that will help you step up your fitness game, while allowing you to gain a better understanding of yourself to set tangible goals over time. Monitor your heartbeat to whip your body into the perfect fat-burning state with PurePulse ® Heart Rate, follow guided breathing sessions for cool downs, track your sleep to make sure you're getting enough R&R, and receive reminders to move so that you're not sitting for too long! Get yours for ¥1,290 at tekshanghai.com.

Great apps

Bookout

Having noticed that we've become rather glued to our screens of late, Bookout ironically caught our eye to help us get back on reading track. Bookout helps your family make a habit out of reading by tracking your time, rewarding achievements, and showcasing stats to see your progress. It has a beautiful, clean interface where you can add and search for books, note favorite quotes, and even make a note of who you've lent your copy to so you never lose another precious edition of your favorite novel.

Night Sky

Even if pollution marrs our view of the stars, Night Sky allows you to see them in their full glory. Simply raise your iPhone or iPad to the sky and you'll be able to identify planets and learn about constellations! You can set your own preferences for notifications on when's best for stargazing, object rise time, Iridium Flares, while the Night Sky Tonight function will tell you all about what's visible, when the next flyovers are, nearby dark sites, and more.

Yousician

Youcisian can help you learn not only the basics of piano, guitar, and other instruments, but can also listen to your efforts and highlight errors. In a mixture of gaming and practicing that will have you picking up some key skills, it makes for a fun way to learn at home that will leave you wanting more. You can choose what you would like to learn during each session – be it chords, melodies, or techniques – and its built-in tuner will ensure that you sound great every time.