Although it seems that its meaning is very different from what we think, the word gadget, a term derived from the English language, basically defines any electronic device that is used as a tool or accessory,but in the context it must fulfill a specific function in the technological life of the user.
In this sense, a clear example of gadget are bracelets or smart phones , but the word gadget is also often used to mention small computer applications that show us the weather forecast or time. If you are interested in knowing new technologies, we invite you to continue reading the rest of the post, where you will find abundant information about the subject of gadgets.
What is a gadget?
A gadget can be both a technological product, ie a device, such as a computer application, called for these cases miniapp, gadget or desktop widget . It is considered a gadget in the field of devices to the pendrives, smart phones, tablets, GPS, external interfaces such as audio, headphones and microphones, among many other types of hardware.
With regard to computer gadgets, also called desk gadgets many times , this type of software is none other than the applications that we can apply to our desktop in most operating systems such as Windows, Linux or MacOS.
In this sense, Windows Vista and Windows 7 are remembered for allowing users to develop and install this type of desktop gadgets to expand the possibilities of work.
To have a clearer idea of what we are talking about, from this point we will separate the gadgets into two different categories, with the aim of understanding easily and quickly how to define them and to know in depth the scope of this word.
Types of Gadgets
Technological or hardware gadgets
The word Gadget is used to mention any type of novel device , that is, one that offers for the first time the latest technology that others do not offer, and therefore are expensive and for few users. The possession of this type of device raises the status and status of the person who owns it, above all, as we mentioned, because of its high price.
In its physical form, a gadget is a small technological device, which can vary from a USB beer cooler to a home-use 3D printer, that is to say that this category includes any device that fulfills the premise of being novel. At the time cell phones were considered gadgets, but over the years were considered simply phones, when they lost their novelty and impact. That is the basic concept of the gadget.
At this point it is very important to take into consideration that “gadget” and “device” are two different things. The device is a tool, device or mechanism that we use to do a job or perform a certain task. In this sense, a computer, a printer or a camera are devices.
But if we take for example a game controller or an accessory for a drone they are considered gadgets. It is very common to confuse these concepts, since they are very similar to each other, but the basic premise that we must never forget is that any gadget can be a device, but not all devices are gadgets.
Sorting hardware gadgets
More in this article we saw how we could define a gadget: “to any electronic device that is used as a tool or accessory, but in the context it must fulfill a specific function in the technological life of the user”
From this definition, a fundamental question can be extracted: What functions? The answer to this question can be very long, since in the market there are tens of thousands of gadgets with specific functions , and for every need.
That is why from this point we will try to put some order and classify the gadgets in different categories, with the simple purpose of being able to easily identify the true function they fulfill.
Before starting it is necessary to indicate that trying to categorize these gadgets is a very arduous task , since there are tens of thousands of brands, models and classes. However, we can define larger categories that include more variety of gadgets with similar functions.
Virtual and augmented reality gadgets
In this category we could include two types of gadgets: Virtual reality helmets and augmented reality glasses. This type of devices are one of the latest entertainment technologies that have come to market.
Spying gadgets are many, so we will divide them into several subcategories that include devices such as hidden cameras, night photography cameras and various video surveillance devices. Binoculars with personalized optics and night vision devices. Here, too, dictators and lie detectors, motion sensors and others must be included.
All these categories of gadgets include various devices that allow us to make an effective espionage without anyone suspecting us. Here, recorders and cameras must be included in pens, cameras and listening sensors in books and other elements, even spy cameras in remote-controlled drones.
One of the most interesting developments of recent years. Smartwatches are a really useful device that allows us to receive phone calls and respond to SMS, email and WhatsApp messages. Even some models of smart watches, the most expensive, become “appendices” of the smartphone and allow us to have on the watch screen certain functions such as social network messages, calls, the weather report, reminders of the calendar, news and many other functions.
Gadgets for games
This is one of the most extensive categories of gadgets, since there is practically no limit in terms of the sensations that the player wants to experience when immersed in his game. All game gadgets look for the goal of making the user feel as comfortable as possible when playing their favorite game.
This category includes audio amplifiers, headphones, controls, controls, surround speakers, microphones, cameras, keyboards and even special clothing. For a device to be considered a game gadget, it must obviously be developed with this in mind, and provide special features for one or more games in particular.
There is no doubt that this category of gadgets is one of the most useful, since it is aimed at health care through electronic devices. With a health gadget, we can improve our quality of life, be sick or try not to be.
Among the many functions that health gadgets can offer us are, for example, the possibility of reminding us to take a medication, or even, if our budget allows it, that a machine injects the medication when we need it. It may seem like science fiction, but it is pure reality.
Other health gadgets, less surprising but much more widespread among all types of users, are for example massagers, which can help us to control stress after a hard day’s work. Other more common health gadgets are tensiometers, devices that help us measure high or low blood pressure. Also in this category of health gadgets, we must include thermometers, which can determine body temperature in search of fever, portable defibrillators, diabetic sugar meters and many other diagnostic gadgets that we have at home or in the office.
Another category of health gadget, much more modern and surprising, are the so-called bracelets or exercise bands, which allow us to monitor our physical condition and advise us with data and statistics, what is the correct way to jog, or at what speed we should do it , according to the data that the sensors in said pulsara or band “wareable” has collected from our movement.
All these health gadgets allow us to monitor our health, and the most modern to track our physical activity in search of problems or patterns that indicate some anomaly, however we should never trust them at all, the best, if we believe that we have some problem, is to go to the usual doctor.
Software Gadgets (Miniapps or desktop widgets)
It is called gadget software gadget of writer to all those mini-applications that we can find in websites or in our operating system. Currently this type of gadget are used in many internet platforms on their websites to provide us with related or useful information, such as time, weather conditions or any other information that the website developer assumes may be useful to us. when browsing your site.
Examples of this are the Microsoft Edge home page , the page that opens when we run the browser, which displays varied information, in addition to the mentioned weather or weather gadgets. Other platforms in which web gadgets are very important, if not essential, are the so-called CMS platforms, those sites that allow us to have our own web page without having too much programming knowledge. These CMS platforms, including Joomla or WordPress, to name but a couple, offer the possibility of creating or implementing gadgets or widgets for certain uses, always in order to make the user more comfortable or find the information that came to search when accessing our site. In the case of operating systems, most of them allow the use of desktop gadgets , is more in some as Linux, are an essential part of the ability of them to be customized.
In the case of Windows, many of us will remember Windows Vista or Windows 7, which even had their own system of desktop gadgets, but over time this possibility disappeared, due to the inability of Microsoft to control the gadgets that the user I could download and install. Fundamentally the danger was that many could take advantage of vulnerabilities or include malware in them without the user knowing.
On the other hand, MacOS and Linux on their different desktops such as KDE and Gnome make intensive use of desktop gadgets. Currently, Windows 10 does not offer its own gadgets.
That is why to add desktop gadgets for Windows 10 we will have to make use of third-party apps such as Rainmeter, RocketDock or HD Widgets