It seems like the entire country falls into a crisis whenever we receive anything more than a light dusting of snow. But if you are feeling miserable as a result of the travel disruptions and freezing conditions, put aside those winter blues and use the cold weather as an excuse to try out some of the latest technological innovations that are designed especially for use in adverse weather conditions.
1. USB Powered Warming Blanket
Sitting at a desk working away in sub-zero conditions is no fun at all. So keep yourself warm by investing in a USB heating blanket. Available from many online stores, a USB blanket can be plugged into the USB socket on your computer and then hung over your shoulders, where it will continue to keep you warm all day.
In fact, there are a whole range of heating products available that plug into your USB socket including cup warmers, warming seats and more, so see what you can find to winter proof your workstation.
2. Gloves for Touchscreens
It’s not easy taking out your smartphone or tablet and using it on the go when you have thick winter gloves on. That’s why you may want to invest in a pair of gloves designed especially for use with touchscreens. There are many such gloves out there to choose from, such as those from Agloves, and most of them make use of a conductive material in the fingertips to make controlling your touch devices a lot less problematic.
3. Speaker Hat
If you like to listen to music on the way to work, keep your ears and head warm at the same time by investing in a hat with built-in speakers. Again, there are a few models to choose from, but all of them allow you to listen to your music without having to sort out your earphones, making them an ideal winter accessory.
4. Waterproof Smartphone
If you are planning to whip out your smartphone in the snow or winter rain, you may want to think twice before doing so because not many smartphones are designed to be water resistant. That’s not a problem with the Sony Xperia Z, however, which can be submerged in water for up to half an hour. That means you can use it without any worries whatever the weather, and you can even take it into the shower with you when you get back home.
5. Portable Charger
When the snow starts falling, the chances of getting stranded in your car or on a train go up considerably. Despite the obvious frustrations when this happens, as long as you have your smartphone, tablet or laptop at least you will be able to stay in touch with other people and keep yourself entertained. But what if your batteries run out? This is when it makes sense to have a portable charger with you.
These battery packs, like the Veho Pebble Pro, are easy to carry around with you. They have a large battery inside and usually come with a number of adaptors, so you can use them to keep your other devices powered up until you are back on the move.
6. Youview Catch Up TV
Failing all else, the only sure fire way of keeping warm this winter is to stay indoors and sit out the cold snaps. Staying in is the new going out anyway don’t you know! YouView is the new digital TV recording and catch-up service being backed by Alan Sugar – it doesn’t require a costly monthly subscription and can record 100’s of hours of TV so you can snuggle up on the sofa and catch up on an entire season of Downton Abbey and wait for the snow to clear!.
Gadgets to Get You Through the Winter
The winter can be grim, but it is also the perfect time to try out the latest technological innovations. So try out some of the above gadgets and gizmos and banish the winter blues for good.
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John is a freelance writer from the UK with a passion for all things tech and gadget related