With a dismal 8% of people accomplishing their New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to try something new. For 2020 experts suggest setting goals because, unlike resolutions, they are specific and actionable.
When setting a goal, choose up to four, break them down into actionable steps and then review them weekly to ensure you’re on track. So, whether your goal is to run your first 5k by February, learn a new skill or become more eco-friendly during the week, here’s some top tech that will help you throughout 2020.
Help the UK/Ireland meet their greenhouse emissions targets for 2020 by introducing a green commute into your day. A great option for those living in congested cities, this electric bike is also ideal for commutes that are too long for a traditional bike or walking.
The Cowboy bike weighs just 16 kg and is available with a light and compact removable battery with a range of up to 70 km. It intuitively reacts to the riders’ needs – from the moment they begin to pedal the automatic motor assistance senses when the rider needs more power and adjusts accordingly, without the need to switch gears.
The bike is controlled via an iOS/Android Cowboy app. A live dashboard keeps the rider informed of the status of the ride in terms of speed, duration, distance and battery level. The app also allows users to turn the front light on and off and has an integrated navigation system. If the bike is stolen, the ‘Find My Bike’ function in the app helps to locate it via GPS thanks to the built-in SIM card.
£219 / Available from Amazon UK
The Pocketalk two-way voice translator instantly translates 74 languages to make confidently conversing in a multitude of languages quick and easy.
With sixty-four percent of Brits wanting to learn a new language, it has never been easier to learn a new skill in 2020. At a mere touch of the button, this pocket-sized gadget utilises the most robust language engines and cutting-edge cloud technologies for highly accurate translations. The “Built-in Data” model with the embedded Global SIM is available with two years of all-you-can-use mobile data coverage in 133 countries.
From £32. 99 / Available from Amazon UK and www.getrocketbook.co.uk
Perfect for setting goals and getting organised in the new year, The Rocketbook Fusion is an endlessly reusable pen and paper notebook with seven different page styles that connect to the user’s favourite cloud services (Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box, iCloud, Slack, email).
Designed for personal use, classrooms and offices, Fusion features 42 pages packed with useful templates such as a weekly planner, monthly calendar, task and ideas list as well as dot grid and lined pages.
The Fusion provides a classic pen and paper experience, but its eco-friendly design means there’s no more wasted paper. Featuring Rocketbook’s patented reusable Everlast technology, simply write on the paper and then wipe the page clean with a damp cloth, enabling the notebook to be used again and again.
£39.99 / Available from Groov-e.co.uk
Whether it’s improving productivity, the appearance of skin or improving the quality of sleep, there are so many benefits to waking up early and gently. Featuring sunrise and sunset simulations, the Groov-e Light Curve alarm clock is the perfect bedside addition for those that want to feel refreshed in the dark mornings.
Boasting an FM radio, eight alarm sounds and touch functionality, this clock has seven colours and is mains powered.
£119.95 /Available from Selfridges and Amazon UK
A must-have for the 38% of Brits that will want to ‘exercise more’ in the New Year, Activ5 is a first-of-its-kind, wireless-enabled, isometric-based strength training device that coaches users through 5-minute, low-impact, full-body workouts. A fitness innovation ideal for everyone from professionals who sit all day, to travellers, over 60s, or simply anyone who finds it challenging to fit in daily activity, Activ5 by Activbody allows anyone with a smartphone to exercise anywhere.
The sleek and portable handheld device guides users through short burst workouts, providing full-body toning from both sitting and standing positions, all while tracking results on the companion Activ5 App which hosts over 100 unique workouts. With a durable design that measures more than 200 lbs. of force, Activ5 helps users increase strength by as much as 5 percent per week, and effectively tones and strengthens muscles using isometric workouts.
Research has proven that isometric exercise is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to build strength, accelerate fat burning and tone the body (five minutes of isometric exercise can be equivalent to 25 minutes of gym-machine exercises).
£59.99 / Available from groov-e.co.uk
Listening to music whilst exercising is a great distraction and one of the best ways to get you through an intense session. At just £59.99, the Groov-e SoundBuds are the ideal pair of headphones for tangle free training. Boating a ‘touch to talk’ feature which gives users access to their AI assistant without opening the phone, users simply press a button on the side of the headphones and speak directly with Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa. Using voice commands users can cue music, ask for directions, set calendar events and make phone calls quickly and easily when on-the-go.
Lightweight and featuring Bluetooth V5 technology, fitness fans are able to connect the SoundBuds seamlessly with any smart-device that’s up to 10 metres away. They deliver up to four-hours of battery life from a single charge, and up to 14 hours in total with the pocket friendly charging case making them a great alternative to the Apple AirPods.