When you think of tech trends, the first things that come to mind are probably expensive TVs and smart home devices.
However, you don’t need to spend thousands to enjoy popular tech trends. In fact, the following eight trends all cost less than $150.
No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find at least one trend on this list to bring out your inner geek.
1. Virtual Reality
Virtual reality continues to get more popular each year with revenues in 2017 predicted to be around $4.6 billion. While some devices are cost hundreds, you don’t need the most expensive gear for this tech trend. Headsets that use your smartphone are typically under $100 and apps are cheap. It’s a great way to experience VR without breaking your budget. Hypergrid Business lists 10 of the best, inexpensive options.
2. Casting To TV
By now, you’ve likely heard about casting videos to your TV. It’s a great way to watch your favorite streaming videos on your TV. Many cord-cutters are opting for casting devices, such as Google’s Chromecast. There are also apps available to cast the signal to a wireless TV. An alternative is a streaming media box, such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.
3. Voice Activated Everything
Hate remotes? So does everyone else. The voice-activated tech trend is a must for anyone who just wants to use their voice to control their home. The Amazon Echo line with Alexa and Google Home with the Google Assistant are two popular options. Simply connect the device to compatible devices in your home, such as speakers, TVs and even lights to control things just with your voice.
4. Get Your Fiction Chat Style
It’s a common goal to write the next great novel, but there’s an emerging new trend called chat fiction. This new platform delivers stories via text messages. Depending on the story, readers can even send texts back to interact with the characters. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try writing your own story with WPS Office.
5. Skip The Remotes
More tech often means more remotes. Not with the Pronto Peel Universal Remote. It’s designed to let you control all IP, IR and IF controlled devices from your smartphone. This includes your TV, stereo, DVD player and much more.
6. Digital Writing
Living in a digital world doesn’t mean you can’t still write with a pen or pencil. However, this tech trend allows you to write on a special tablet and download it to your mobile device or computer. The Bamboo Spark, for instance, lets you write on real paper and sync it to your Bluetooth enabled device. The portfolio saves up to 100 pages, even if you don’t have your device with you.
Another great example is the Boogie Board. Write on one of the special tablet-like devices. Simply sync to your device to save what you’ve written. There are also kid versions so kids can save their drawings and doodles.
7. Great Imagery With Drones
If you’re still hesitant about getting a drone, now’s a great time. This trend just keeps growing and the drones are now more affordable than ever. The best part is you can get drones with video capability for less than $150. WAC Mag features a list of some of the best drones available that won’t make your wallet cry. These are ideal for beginners who want to learn how to fly and use the video features without worrying about breaking an expensive drone.
8. Going Solar
Solar might not seem like a tech trend, but going green has been a trend for decades. Now, solar chargers and solar-powered tech devices are making it easier to stay connected, while being more green. Solar-powered backpacks help charge multiple devices and small solar panels that fit in any bag charge devices too. The best part is you’re able to get these solar devices for less than most smartphones and tablets. For around $100, you’re able to make the most of the sun and enjoy your tech devices wherever you go.
Which of these tech trends are you already enjoying? Any you’re eager to try?