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New gadgets that flew off the shelves in 2020

From self-sanitising water bottles to a small camera that gets rid of the shakes ... go on, treat yourself

Everyone has an array of gadgets which help contribute towards an easier life these days. Some people might not even realise just how many modern-day creations they’re using to their benefit either, be it through ordering a few products online via an app, booking a honeymoon online using a tablet, or getting to a Gillingham game on time via the help of a sat-nav. Modern technology has well and truly made its mark, that’s for sure.

For some, sophisticated gadgets and new forms of tech have become increasingly confusing. Traditional methods will always have their benefits, but there are some modern-day releases that can make even the most menial of tasks go that bit easier. Perhaps without even realising it, though, we’re far more tech-savvy as a society than we ever used to be. We’ve been forced to adapt. Most modern-day gadgets can be picked up fairly easily as we’re used to continual innovation on what feels like a weekly basis. We’ve certainly come a long way, haven’t we?

With an array of gadgets proving to be extremely popular in recent times, we thought we’d highlight the best groovy new tech.

FightCamp Personal

Modern technology has impacted practically every single industry in the world, with the fitness industry being one of the main areas which has seen loads of equipment being given a modern facelift. We all need to stay on top of our health and fitness too, so seeing advancements made in this area can be extremely beneficial, as users of the FightCamp Personal are finding out. We can watch endless Netflix shows or spend time online checking for tips on how to get to the jackpot while making the minimum 25p bet with Mega Moolah slot, but there needs to be a balance. Boxing fitness is a fun way of finding that balance, with this particular device coming with everything you need, including a punching bag, boxing lessons and workouts, gloves, wraps, and punch trackers.

Larq Movement Water Bottle

Even water bottles have been on the receiving end of a modern-day facelift, with the Larq Movement Water Bottle being the perfect example. Not only does it look incredibly smart and comes in a range of different colours, but the bottle also has internal UV-C lights that regularly sanitise its contents. They’re light and easy to carry around, too.

Osmo Pocket

Made by DJI, the Osmo Pocket is a miniature camera capable of capturing the type of footage you’d expect from a huge and powerful device thanks to its 4k camera. It even fits in your pocket. Capable of capturing professional-looking footage, it’s mounted on a solid gimbal which slowly rotates your camera, so you don’t have to worry about shaky, potentially blurry shots. It’s so small that the camera attaches to your phone, too.

Hypervolt Plus Cordless Vibration Massager

Home massagers are hugely popular of late, especially for people who suffer from aches and pains on a regular basis. One of the best home massagers on the market, the Hypervolt Plus Cordless Vibration Massager is capable of reaching the trickiest of areas thanks to its five interchangeable heads and its 60-watt motor which can propel the massager head at up to three different speeds.

Pixel Buds

AirPods are all the rage these days, which is why it comes as no surprise to see Google come up with a pair. Google has nailed it, too. Pixel Buds are comfortable, the sound quality is excellent, they look slick, and the battery life on them is impressive also.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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