There are three words tech expert Andru Edwards takes seriously: speed, choice and control. In every episode of Technically Speaking, Andru highlights one of his favorite products in each of those categories that will make your life easier on the road, at work or at home. Here are his picks this episode:
Speed: Sonos PLAY:1
What it is: Home speaker
Available at: www.sonos.com
The Sonos PLAY:1 is a wireless hi-fi speaker that instantly connects to your Wi-Fi network and allows you to stream music, podcasts and other audio stored on your computer, as well as your favorite music services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. All of those services are built-in to the Sonos app, so you no longer need to jump back and forth through multiple platforms. It is humidity resistant as well, so you can jam out in the shower or in your backyard. The device is small, but the sound is mighty.
Choice: Smarter Coffee Machine
What it is: Bluetooth Connected Grind and Brew Machine
Available at: www.smarter.am
Every coffee lover’s dream, the Smarter Coffee Machine is a Bluetooth-enabled coffee maker that grinds and brews your favorite drinks. With the press of a button on the smartphone app, you can make fresh coffee from anywhere in your home, including your bed. The Smarter app works with your schedule to start a cycle before you wake up. You can even change the strength or flavor of your java and clean your machine at any time, from anywhere. The Smarter Coffee is currently sold in Europe and is expected to be available in the United States in July 2017.
Control: Apple Watch Series 2
What it is: Smart Watch
Available at: www.apple.com
The Apple Watch Series 2 is one of the hottest wearable tech gadgets on the market. It has all of the features of the original Apple Watch with a couple of great additions. Not only does it interface with your favorite iPhone apps, it has a built-in GPS, a fast dual-core processor, and is water resistant up to about 160 feet. One of the most talked about features is the ability to track your walks, runs and more, even when you don’t have your phone on you.