When you walk through stores do you look at gadgets and say to yourself “that is cool, but what if I used it to …?” Well, you are not alone. Lots of people are inspired by gadgets and use them to create some really exciting and unique projects. Whether you are a tech geek or a DIY creative junkie, here are six gadgets that will help you start fun projects.
Maybe you have seen the pocket projector at Brookstone, but have you thought about all you can do with it? A pocket projector connects to your smartphone and turns it into a portable projector. You can use it to show movies, slides, or simply project your cell phone screen anywhere you go. So why not finally create that slide show from your last vacation, or put together clips of your child for his graduation? Whatever that video project is you have delayed on, now is the time to create it and show it off to your friends and family with your pocket projector.
Smartphone Art Apps
As an artist who paints or draws, you may not have tried out the electronic media form of art, but you should. Instead of grabbing that canvas or sketchbook, use an Android smartphone instead. Android offers many great apps for drawing and painting; you can use your finger or a stylus. You can draw or paint that picture you imagine no matter where you are. Simply print your masterpiece at home, or send it off for canvas printing. Plus, as long as you have a smartphone connected to a well-covered network such as T-Mobile, you can share your artwork easily no matter where you are.
Maybe you are considering replacing that old showerhead. If so, let those creative juices flow and take a look at LED showerheads. These showerheads are water efficient and adjustable to your pressure preferences, but they introduce colored lights into the water stream, making showering more fun. Take it a step further and add a waterproof speaker and you can have a disco party while taking a shower. Your new shower might inspire you to do a total bathroom makeover!
One of the newest and most exciting gadgets on the market is the home assistant; Amazon has Echo and Google has Google Home. These awesome gadgets allow you to ask questions, give directions, and receive immediate help. They are perfect for searching the internet, making to-do lists, checking the weather, and so much more. They also double as a Bluetooth speaker, so why not let your new home assistant be the motivation to create playlists and organize your music? It is so much more fun to listen to music when you can say “Alexa, play my birthday playlist” or “Please play the Maroon 5 station on Pandora.”
If you are more a tech kind of person with a touch of artistic flare, get inspired by wireless sprinklers. As long as your home has automatic sprinklers and Wi-Fi, you can quickly and easily switch the regular control box for wirelessly controlled sprinklers. Directions are simple and easy to follow, and just about anyone can make the switch. But where the creativity comes in, is most of the apps associated with these systems allow you to attach pictures to the zones. So capture that lovely front yard, or the side rose bush that you admire, and when you need to turn those sprinklers on or off, you will see the beautiful pictures you took.
You have probably seen advertisements for smart homes where lights automatically turn on and off. You may think that they are really cool, but your home is not a smart home, and you aren’t going to be moving anytime soon. Well, now with network lights, you can add smart lights to your older home. Get creative with this project and vary the placement and color of these lights. Your children and guests will admire your creativity.
Hopefully, these gadgets have inspired you to start a project or two. Let your imagination run wild, and discover how gadgets can inspire some new and creative projects.