Just 10 years ago we were completely fine with simple phones and we wrote people real letters on paper. Nowadays, we have lots of apps, a digital wallet, and a camera on our smartphones. Nevertheless, scientists and engineers don’t stop working hard in order to surprise us with their latest inventions. Some of them are already a part of our everyday life, and some just exist as projects for the moment.

Enlighten collected 10 new smart gadgets that show how far new technologies have come. At the end of the article, there’s a special bonus for you — a real antigadget that can help you to save offline communication.

1. A cat toilet with a self-cleaning function

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The laziest (or the most progressive) cat owners have already bought the automatic cat toilets for their pets. The robot litter box knows how to drop the waste into an isolated compartment, and the owner only has to open it, and remove and throw away a full bag.

This “smart litter box” looks very futuristic. By the way, it’s pricey but probably worth it at $450.

2. The smartest hoop

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It is difficult to imagine individual sports and fitness practices in the 21st century without special gadgets. Hula hoop enthusiasts from the United States installed sensors onto this piece of sporting equipment and behold the VHOOP, a smart hoop.

The smart hula hoop has a movement sensor that tracks the intensity of your workout and sends the results to your smartphone. VHOOP has a workout mode and a competition mode with global ratings and a list of its best users.

3. “A smart condom”

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Recently, the British Condoms company released their newest invention, a “smart condom” called i.Con. It looks like a fitness bracelet but it’s meant for a different body part and it measures different activities. It can’t prevent pregnancy or the spread of disease but its creators are working on fixing that.

The sensors monitor the activity during a round of sexual intercourse — duration, intensity and speed of movement, the most popular positions and their frequency, the temperature of the organs, and the amount of calories burned. If the users would like, they can share their achievements with other users on the platform.

4. A suitcase that moves by itself

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Especially for frequent travelers who can’t imagine their life without flying, the ForwardX company invented a special suitcase that can follow its owner.

In order to use it, you won’t need any joysticks or difficult commands. It’s connected to a smart bracelet and rolls independently beside its owner. There’s also a normal handle. The suitcase is not currently in mass production and the price for it hasn’t been announced yet.

5. Robot bees

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The Walmart company applied for a patent for creating robot bees, just like in one of the episodes of the “Black Mirror” TV series. The retailer actively supports environmental protection and “pollinator drones” would also work towards this initiative.

According to the engineers, the drones can perform all the functions of real bees except for making honey. However, who knows what they’ll come up with going forward? In the near future, it will help to save lots of plants and develop agriculture in different parts of the world.

6. Smart hive

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Several years ago, some businessmen from Australia took out a patent for a special beehive that is very easy to use. The modular beehive can be mounted like a birdhouse and lets you not only contain the bees but also allows you to extract the honey.

The project impressed the users of one crowdfunding platform, so much so, that they already achieved their goal and launched production. Now the entrepreneurs are using crowdfunding again in order to gain capital to launch a new upgraded model of the beehive.

7. A night light for a toilet