6 must-have gadgets for ASU, UA, and NAU students

Classes at Arizona’s public universities start next week, and it’s time to stock up on all the supplies that will set you up for an organized and successful school year. With unavoidable long-nights of studying and lengthy papers headed your way, it’s important to have all the necessary tools to get the job done. Whether you are counting down the days until graduation or you’re an eager freshman, these gadgets will help you make the most of your college career.

Vinci Smart Headphones

These headphones are completely hands-free, and no longer require you to use up the battery on your phone while streaming music during study time or a walk across campus. Vinci allows the user to control music through voice commands when scrolling through your phone is inconvenient or distracting. With online or offline modes, you can directly stream to Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, or other devices using Bluetooth. These headphones contain 16 GB of storage and can connect to WIFI and 3G networks. A pair of Vinci Smart Headphones cost $199.77 and can be purchased directly from Amazon.

Hidrate Spark

Hidrate Spark is a smart water bottle that tracks your water intake by syncing to Hidrate smartphone app, Fitbit, and Apple Watch. The bottle produces a glowing hue when it’s time to refill and drink more water—essential for desert-based college students! The smartphone app features a customized hydration goal, hydration history, friends’ progress, and the ability to see the bottle’s last paired location on a map. The bottle runs at $54.95 and can be purchased here.

RavPower External Battery

This portable charger is a must for students who are on the go with back-to-back classes. The charging input is twice as fast as most power banks and can be used on both Apple and Android smartphones. The RavPower Deluxe portable charger costs $38.99 and can be purchased on Amazon.

Evernote Moleskin Smart Notebook

This smart notebook is the perfect partner for the traditional notetakers of the world, or for when you stumble upon a class that doesn’t allow the use of laptops and tablets during lecture. The unique page layout of the notebook syncs with the Evernote app, which features a page camera. The camera acts a scanner to capture all the notes you have taken and stores them safely while organizing them on your device for easy access later, allowing the user to view and send their notes virtually anywhere. The notebook costs $29.95 and is compatible with iPhone and Android users.

Nimbus Smart Dashboard Alarm Clock

This unique alarm clock not only wakes you up but displays information on the dashboard that is specific to each user. By customizing the dashboard using your smartphone, you can get updates on the local traffic, social media updates, weather, and more. There is no battery involved, and of still offers a snooze feature for when you need those extra five minutes of beauty sleep. Nimbus Smart Dashboard costs $69.99 and can be purchased from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Kindle Voyage E-Reader

With Amazon having hundreds of e-textbooks available for sale, the Kindle makes it easy to store the dozens of the books you need for school without having to carry heavy materials to and from class every day. Not only is this device portable and light-weight, but e-textbooks are typically a fraction of the cost of the tangible book. The battery is set to last the user for weeks—that means optimal study time at your fingertips. The Kindle Voyage costs $199.99.

Here’s to another fun and successful academic year!

Katherine Sorensen

Author: Katherine Sorensen

Katherine is a writer who holds a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University and works for Coplex, a local startup studio. In her spare time, Katherine can be found writing poetry, reading graphic novels, and watching Friends on Netflix for the 8th time in a row.

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