From Alexa-compatible glasses to smart video doorbells, these gadgets bring you seriously smart tech for under a grand. Check them out below.
Think you can’t upgrade your tech products without hitting the $1,000 mark? Well, these smart tech gadgets under $500 prove you can snag some pretty great products for less than you’d expect. Let’s have a look.
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If you’re in the market for a smartwatch but are confounded by the $500+ price tags, check out the DOOGEE CR1Pro. It has nearly all the features you’d expect from a more expensive brand and costs just $54.99.
Or maybe you’d love to own a robot vacuum. The eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid gives you precision vacuuming and mopping, plus Alexa control, for just $299.99.
Treat yourself to great tech and still have money for groceries with the gadgets on this list.
1. The eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid robot vacuum and mop leaves your floors spotless for just $299 and has Amazon Alexa voice control.
You can get an Alexa-controlled robot vacuum for under half a grand, and its name is the eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid robot vacuum and mop. It never misses a spot with its Smart Dynamic Navigation.
Get it for $299.99 on the official website.
2. The Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones have Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and adjust the audio based on your environment.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones are some of the best headphones you can buy thanks to their adaptive sound, which adjusts to your surroundings. Even better, Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in for convenient track switching.
Get them for $399.99 on the official website.
3. The Amazon eero 6+ adds Wi-Fi 6 to your home and has its own smart hub, letting it work with Thread and Zigbee devices.
Looking for enough bandwidth to support your family’s work, streaming, and video calls? Go for the Amazon eero 6+ Wi-Fi 6 router. It gives you gigabit speeds for less and comes with its own smart home hub, making it one of the best smart home gadgets under $500.
Get it for $139 on Amazon.
4. The Vue Lite 2 eyewear series includes pretty useful smart tech gadgets. Use them to check your calendar, send a message, and more.
If you’re always on the go, the Vue Lite 2 eyewear series offers the EDC tech for you. For just $199, this smart eyewear collection connects to Alexa and Siri, letting you ask questions and message others without reaching for your phone.
Get a pair for $199 on the official website.
5. The DOOGEE CR1Pro smartwatch puts GPS tracking, sports modes, health sensors, and more right on your wrist.
Get all the features you’d expect from a premium smartwatch with the
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This week, there was a lot of news in the world of tech. There were fresh rumors that a GoPro could be working on its first-ever 360-degree action camera. Master & Dynamic partnered with Mercedes-Benz on some custom headphones and wireless earbuds. And Apple announced a new super secure Lockdown mode that will be coming to iPhones, Macs and iPads this fall.
Additionally, quite a few gadgets were also announced. Check out some of the coolest below.
Beyerdynamic Free Byrd
Beyerdynamic, the German hi-fi company, has just announced its first-ever pair of wireless earbuds. The company’s Free Byrd costs $249 and promises excellent sound quality. Uniquely, the work with a companion app that can give you a hearing test and then adjust the sound quality depending on your hearing profile. The Free Byrd supports other premium features such as active noise-cancellation and transparency modes, as well as a case that supports wireless charging. They are available now in two finishes: black or gray.
Amazon Fire 7
Amazon announced its next-generation Fire tablets, the Fire 7 ($60) and Fire 7 Kids ($110), in mid-May, but they finally started shipping this week. The new tablets are great affordable options just like their predecessors, the Fire 6 and Fire 6 Kids, but the new models have double the RAM and around 40-percent longer battery life.
PSB Passive 50 Loudspeakers
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, PSB has announced the Passif 50. They are passive stand-mounted loudspeakers look similar and pay homage to the company’s Passif II loudspeakers that were first released in 1974. However, PSB completely updated the guts of the Passif 50 — new tweeter, new woofer and passive radiator — so that they meet the acoustics standards of PSB’s modern high-end speakers. You’ll be able to preorder these vintage-inspired speakers this August.
Hydrow has announced lighter, smaller and more affordable version of its original Hydrow rowing workout machine. The all-new Wave is $1,000 cheaper, roughly 40 pounds lighter and comes with a smaller display (22″ vs 43″) — it’s designed for people with tighter budgets or have tighter space constraints. Other than that, the Wave has basically all the same capabilities.
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Domestic media outlets, such as Newsisare speculating that this may pave the way for the South Korean acquisition of nuclear-powered attack submarines.
“The two leaders commit to greater nuclear energy collaboration and accelerating the development and global deployment of advanced reactors and small modular reactors by jointly using export promotion and capacity building tools, and building a more resilient nuclear supply chain…The US welcomes the ROK’s decision to join the US-led Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program.”
White house press statement
SMRs are nuclear reactors that have a maximum power generating capacity of less than 300 megawatts. This type of reactor has been used on nuclear submarines for decades, although more recent studies have focused on utilizing it for civilian purposes. Experts say that securing SMR technology is a critical step in acquiring nuclear submarines.
The possibility of South Korea developing nuclear submarines is more than just speculation. According to a source familiar with the situation who wished to remain anonymous, a “technical briefing” regarding the country’s potential acquisition of nuclear submarines recently took place. The meeting is said to have been attended by officials from South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the Republic of Korea Navy, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and a major foreign company with expertise in nuclear submarines. Naval News reached out to the Ministry of National Defense (MND) for comment.
“The military will come to a decision after taking into account a multitude of factors, including South Korea’s security environment, technology, and budgetary constraints.”
South Korea MND statement
This latest development comes amid growing concerns about the country’s aircraft carrier program (CVX). Key members of the new administration, including the Minister of National Defense, have expressed reservations about the initiative. The Yoon Administration has also dismissed the previous administration’s pro-CVX Chief of Naval Operations just half a year after his appointment in December last year. Speculation is growing that the new administration might be planning on axing the CVX program and acquiring nuclear submarines instead.