The outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic has caused a tremendous disruption on sectors and industries, and that includes the Education sector —which has had schools closed and students now studying from home. Well studying from home does not favor everyone like being at a physical school. In Uganda, the government plans on opening schools well not 100% sure if this includes university because secondary schools are being considered first.
But let’s say universities open, you need a few requirements to help you throughout your semesters. Here are 7 tech gadgets under USD$30 (UGX100,000) that you can get —be it you’re a fresher or continuing student.
A tablet for drawing
If you’re an art, graphics, illustrator student, you should consider getting an affordable drawing tablet, which comes with a responsive battery-powered stylus. The slim tablet is compatible with Mac OS and Windows, and it’s excellent for drawing, sketching, and editing photos, and more.
Bluetooth Key Tracker
This might not mean much but it is a handy gadget you can have. If you’re found of losing or misplacing keys, this would be the right gadget to have. If you want an easy way to keep track of your keys (if misplaced), get the Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker. Attach the compact tracker to your keys, then use the free smartphone app to track them within 200 feet when connected to Bluetooth. When outside of Bluetooth range, use the Tile app to view your Tile’s most recent location or enlist the secure and anonymous help of the Tile Network to aid in your search.
Portable Bluetooth speaker
Well if you can’t afford one of those big Bluetooth speakers to light up your mood with friends, consider a portable Bluetooth speaker. They are portable enough and you can place them in your backpack and won’t consume a lot of space. We recommend getting a waterproof speaker, so perfect for outdoor use, and they have good sound, offers up to 15 hours of playtime on one charge, so you can listen to music wherever you go.
Indoor security camera
Keep an eye on your hostel room from anywhere with the indoor security camera. They’re usually 1080p HD cameras and offer 360-degree coverage and features motion detection, night vision, and two-way audio, so you’ll be able to see and hear what’s happening. You can save your videos locally and in cloud storage.
Rechargeable wireless mouse
A rechargeable wireless mouse is a great addition to your arsenal. If you own a keyboard, using the touchpad is kind of hectic/slow so using a wireless mouse is much better. The wireless mouse is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android and allows you to toggle between computers via Bluetooth, USB, or type-C connection. The soft-clicking mouse features easy-to-reach buttons and a scroll wheel for smooth navigation.
Flexible reading light
If you share a hostel room you don’t want to turn on the lights to read while your roommates are sleeping. So with a few bucks, you can get this flexible reading light you can wear around the neck. It allows you to read or work in low light without having to strain your eyes. There are two bright LED lights in each soft and flexible silicone arm, and you can toggle between three light modes and six brightness settings. The light is USB-rechargeable, and you’ll get up to 80 hours of reading time on a single charge.
If you’re the kind of person that exercises, then consider getting a fitness tracker. Get a water-resistant, USB-rechargeable device that tracks activity, heart rate, and sleep, and some come with over 14 sports modes to log various exercises. You can keep tabs on your stats with a free smartphone app.