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The cutest gadgets in Asia’s biggest tech expo!

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Computex is Asia’s biggest computer expo, but that doesn’t mean that only techies will get to enjoy this five-day spectacle. 

Spanning five days and housing a total of 5,010 booths spread out in four exhibition areas, the tech extravaganza offers highlights not only for the tech-savvy or the tech-involved, but also for those inclined towards the lovable stuff.

Cute gadget finds are everywhere at the forum, and so, I decided to round up our top five. They are:

Keyboard and mouse sets with character!

Like, literal characters!

Japanese cultural phenomenon (and all-around cutie pie) Gudetama graced this keyboard and mouse — a combo I never realized I needed, until now.

These Line character mouse and keyboard sets were just adorable. Look at that and tell me you don’t want that!

Colorful powerbanks

They come in all shapes and sizes…

… including your favorite emojis (because emojis are always relevant ??).

Lego keyboards

Literal Legos, you can build these things and take them apart — all on your keyboard.

These i-Rocks keyboards can be customized according to your preference, should your preference be The Simpsons

… Hello Kitty…

… or whoever cute Princess this may be. These keyboards also light up with each press. There definitely were buttons that were pressed in the making of this article.

Speakers as adorable as these critters

These speakers are just so cute, I want them even without having ever listened to them.

There were doe-eyed unicorns, dinosaurs, owls, and even full-bodied kitties and pandas.

These adorable things allow for wired and Bluetooth connectivity but really, I couldn’t care less about what they did if they’re this cute.

Fun travel adapters!

Who says functional can’t be fun?

These Onlink cubes are actually travel adapters that would leave you needing nothing else when you’re on the road.

Equipped with different plugs and multiple ports, this nifty gadget makes sure you’re fully compatible with, well, everything.

It’s only Day 1 of Computex and this much awesomeness has presented itself to willing audiences (like me). I’m definitely looking forward to the coming days. You should, too!

SEE MORE: Things I’m excited to see at Computex 2017

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks

And doesn’t deplete your savings

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Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.

The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.

The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.

The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.

Nomad’s new titanium Apple Watch bands are available now for US$ 179.95 on the Nomad website; that’s half the price of Apple’s own metal link band.

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InvisaWear: Great-looking smart jewelry that doubles as a panic button

Protected and in style

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Who knew that something this pretty can potentially save your life?

These beautiful pendants are not just accessories. Called InvisaWear, these trinkets also double as panic buttons.

Designed specifically to be discreet, this different type of jewelry is the product of a harrowing experience. Rajia, InvisaWear’s CEO, was leaving an event when she was catcalled by a group of men in a car. As she was walking, the car stopped and one of the catcallers started to get off. Thankfully, Rajia, was able to get to her car and drive off unharmed. But, that incident left a mark on her: She felt completely helpless in the moment. Thus, the idea of an easy-to-reach panic button for everyday wear was born.

All you need to do is install the InvisaWear app, choose up to five emergency contacts, pair your jewelry to your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re all set.

With a quick double-click on the back of the charm, this accessory will send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. You can even enable 911 functionalities that will automatically connect your emergency contacts to 911, who’ll then be able to view your location.

The best part is that you can wear this every day without ruining your #OOTDs or tarnishing. These dainty and useful charms are made with brass and are plated with either 14K gold or rhodium with cubic zirconia.

Check them out here.

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