As technology advances exponentially, it becomes more and more clear that while it may be possible to live without technology, it would certainly be counterproductive.
The generation currently occupying college campuses including Villanova Universityknows this better than anyone. They have the closest relationships with their phones, and the best knowledge of the cyber universe. But with the rapid rate of technological evolution, it may be hard for even our most tech-inclined to keep up.
To help, here’s 5 gadgets every college student needs to have.
- Solar-powered Phone Case
The ultimate nightmare of the millennial experience is being outside of the house with a cell phone that won’t turn on. No matter how consistently you grab your phone charger on the way out of the house, this nightmare can still become your reality. But no more.
A solar-powered phone case — from brands like EnerPlex, Snow Lizard, and ZTE — will harness the beautiful power of the sun to keep your endorphin-generating buzzes and notifications going all day long.
- Bluetooth Speakers
Music is the lifeblood of the college experience. Take a walk through any college town at any time, day or night, and you are bound to hear a different song on every block.
But chances are, you live in a dorm and don’t have a car. You can’t turn the volume up to 11 without inspiring the wrath of your RA, and you can’t exactly roll your windows down and cruise without an engine.
That’s why portable Bluetooth connected speakers are essential for any young partier. Brands like Beats, Amazon, JBL, and Bose all have functional and affordable options.
- Tablet/Laptop Combo
You need to watch the new season of “Daredevil” comfortably in bed. But once you finish the season, you’ll need a keyboard to fire off some tweets about it. Lenovo, ASUS, and Microsoft all have great options for 2-in-1 laptop-tablets.
- Interactive BB-8 Droid
Sphero has blessed the world by bringing BB-8, the soccer ball droid from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” into reality. And it’s not just a toy. Sphero’s BB-8 has the capability to be your own adorable personal assistant. It recognizes and responds to your voice, runs apps, and even develops its own personality.
With the amount of plates every college student is expected to keep spinning at any given time, it’s only fair you get a droid to help. BB-8 might just fill the hole in your heart you didn’t even know was there.
- PARO Therapeutic Robot
Being a college student is hard. While it is considered by many to be the best time of their entire life, it’s often hard to realize that in the moment. Between your non-stop classes, endless social pressures, and the 70 hours a week you have to work to pay your tuition, college students are essentially in a prolonged state of mental stress that borders a complete breakdown.
That’s why robotic walrus PARO is more necessity than luxury. He’s an adorable little creature who has been proven to relieve stress and anxiety, all while giving you a lifelong companion.