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In the age of being strapped to our phones, it's easy to forget that technology is meant to improve your life — not make it more stressful.
Lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong stopped by TODAY Tuesday with eight new gadgets that will really make your life better. His top picks remind us that technology can bring us closer together rather than separate us into our own little digital worlds.
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1. Nucleus, $99, Nucleus
This family communication device re-imagines the way you communicate with the people you love. The Nucleus is a video intercom device that can be accessed by another Nucleus or a smartphone — whether that device is downstairs or across the country.
2. PryntPocket, $150, Amazon
Did you head to a family barbecue and forget to print pictures for the grandparents? Prynt Pocket turns your iPhone into a portable instant printer. You'll never have to disappoint your relatives again! This device brings the social media world into tangible reality.
3. Portable Barbecue Briefcase, $70, Think Geek
This gadget nearly looks like a man-purse, but it works for any big-time grill master. The portable barbecue briefcase unfolds as a small grill for delicious summer cooking, and boasts a mess-free catcher for ash. It's perfect for the most spontaneous campers, tailgaters and weekend-trippers.
4. Cooper Cases, $10, Amazon
Forget throwing your phone into a plastic bag before the beach. The Cooper Case keeps sandy, salty beach dangers at bay in a touchscreen-sensitive sleeve. You can use your device all summer long and keep it safe!
5. Lumee, $55, Amazon
Ever wondered how to get the perfect picture of your kids catching fireflies, watching fireworks or roasting s'mores? The Lumee phone case gives you the perfect light for every picture and video, even at the dimmest summer hours. This case helps you savor those timeless moments.
6. Google Photos App, $0, App store
This new, free Google app provides unlimited storage! As if that's not enough, it also works as a photo sharing platform with advanced editing.
7. Dark Sky App, $0, App Store
Going with the flow in the summer means always needing to know the weather. Dark Sky tells you exactly when it will start raining up to an hour in advance. It's the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. That beautiful summer picnic? Dark Sky will tell you when it's time to pack up before you're soaked with August showers.
8. Helo.LX, $199, Helo World
Some call it the Fitbit on steroids, others call it a lifesaver! The Helo.LX band is the most advanced wearable device on the market and, yes, it really could save your life. It monitors blood pressure, heart rate, EKG and breath rate making it a game changer in at-home healthcare. At the same time, it works as a 21st century mood ring by tracking your sleep quality, emotions and fatigue. And, of course, it counts your steps.
Helo.LX even allows remote monitoring of another's bracelet. If a loved one's numbers fall out of a normal range, you can quickly be there to help.