Face it – without self-care routines, occasional indulgences, and technology – you wouldn’t be able to deal with being cooped up indoors for most of the year during the MCO. Rather than cursing our gadgets for distracting us from our day-to-day responsibilities, they have now become essential in killing extra leisure time, fulfilling our social needs, and overall making sure we don’t lose our minds.
So in the spirit of staying safe (and sane) at home, we’re taking a look at some of the coolest gadgets to help us get through the MCO – whether you need to relax or be entertained.
Muse S Headband
If lavender-scented pillow sprays and silken sheets aren’t helping you get that good night’s sleep, it’s time to upgrade your sleeping routine with the Muse S Headband. This brain-sensing device tracks your brain activity in real-time to help you keep calm and focus on getting a restful sleep. It boasts features such as immersive sleep soundscapes, personalised insights, a progress tracker, and breathing exercises to help you understand how well you sleep so you can recharge for the next day. Think of it as your personal meditation assistant. W choosemuse.com
It’s 2021, and it’s no longer enough to just keep your daily coffee or tea hot. Instead, treat yourself to an Ember Mug, which sets and maintains your preferred drinking temperature of the beverage from your very first sip until the last drop. You can connect your Ember Mug to your smartphone via the brand’s app to set your desired temperature, customise presets for your favourite drinks, receive notifications when your desired temperature is reached, and even personalise your mug. ember’s Metallic Collection (now with a new Rose Gold Edition) is a particularly stylish addition to your WFH setup. W ember.com
HyperX Pulsefire Dart™ Wireless Gaming Mouse
Picture this: you’re immersed in a really intense game and before you know it – you suffer a Dark Souls’ style death and your gamers’ rage has you “accidentally” ripping out your mouse mid-game. Now’s the time to level up your gaming equipment, starting with HyperX’s Pulsefire Dart™ gaming-grade wireless mouse. It can last up to 50 hours on a single charge, and comes equipped with a Pixart 3389 sensor and a split-button design featuring reliable Omron switches for optimal accuracy. The mouse is also ergonomically-shaped and comes with padded leatherette side grips for comfortable, all-night gaming. W hyperxgaming.com
Related: The best co-op games to play when you’re bored at home.
Bang & Olufsen Beolab 28
For full-impact audio and a stylish addition to your home entertainment setup, look no further than Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 28. These wireless speakers feature a slim and contemporary look that can fit even in the most compact apartments, but that doesn’t limit its power thanks to the powerful downward-facing woofer that delivers heart-thumping bass. It also comes with a Beam Width Control feature, which allows the user to adjust the speakers’ sound for different occasions – be it private listening to providing a cinematic experience during move night. W bang-olufsen.com
Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde
In a time when comfortable living and clean air are highly prioritised and appreciated, Dyson’s latest generation of air purifiers now come with a new function that even destroys formaldehyde. It comes equipped with all-new solid-state formaldehyde sensing technology, specially designed to monitor and capture ultrafine dust and allergens, as well as destroying potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde. W dyson.my
Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro
Facial steamers and at-home peels are so 2020. Bring the beauty salon experience to your home with this 3-minute LED face device to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles while tackling stubborn maskne. This device uses a combination of red light therapy and blue light therapy that work to stimulate collagen production and destroy acne bacteria for brighter, clearer, and calmer skin. You may also opt for individual light therapy settings if you only need to target one specific concern. W sephora.my
Kenwood Bread Maker BM450
Want to start the day with the smell of freshly baked bread but can’t be bothered to get into the whole process? Kenwood’s artisan Bread Machine BM450 features 15 standard baking programs and an automatic ingredients dispensing system to create your favourite breads, while a rapid bake function can have a warm loaf ready for you in less than an hour. The baking time can even be preset to start up to 15 hours in advance, so you can get fresh bread the moment you wake up. W shop.kenwoodworld.com
Moona Active Cooling Pillow Pad
You now no longer need to flip your pillow to get its cooler side with the world’s first cooling pillow pad by Moona. This memory foam-based sleep companion uses AI to cool down and regulate the temperature of your pillow down to the optimal sleeping temperature of 18°C to help you get a deep, restful sleep. It then gently wakes you up with its warming, alarm-free wake-up technology so you start the day fresh and relaxed – rather than jolting yourself awake. The Moona also features personalised sleep insights and sleep environment sensors, allowing you to get full details on what works best for you while you sleep. W getmoona.com
PIQO Mini Projector
What if you can have a cinematic experience at home – without all the tech taking up too much space? Don’t be fooled by the size of the PIQO Mini Projector, as this powerful portable projector is able to project up to 240-inches and brightness of 200 lumens for clear, crisp, and epic viewing. This projector is small enough to fit in your pocket, and features 16 GB of data storage and built-in HiFi speakers. Whether you’re gaming or going on a Netflix binge, the PIQO projector boasts 5 hours of video play, and can be connected via multiple ports, Bluetooth, screen mirroring, and Air Play. W thepiqoprojector.com
What say you to trying a hand at brewing your very own craft beer at home? The MiniBrew Craft is the world’s only all-in-one Smart Beer Machine that allows beginners to brew their own beer – giving you the freshest draught possible, and that true at-home bar experience. It’s also complemented by MiniBrew’s smart iOS app which can guide you through every step of home-brewing. W minibrew.io
Photos courtesy of the respective brands.