Finding the perfect gift for the tech-conscious can be a daunting task. Here are a few ideas for gifts, that range from streaming devices to motorcycle helmets, to put under the tree.
Drones are quickly becoming the most popular consumer electronic device of 2015. A remote device operates the flying system quickly navigates through tight spaces, some equipped with cameras and other add-ons. High-end models can reach prices of well over $1000, here are a few options that won’t break the bank:
1. Holy Stone Mini RC-For, a beginner level, has a four channel controller that enables for 3D flight pattern and 360 flips. Available on Amazon $40.
2. UDI U818A-Well built, sturdy, and reliable for children. It comes with a first-person view camera, high-powered battery and reliable motors for a longer duration. Available on Amazon $100.
3. DBPower Hawkeye-II FPV Wi-Fi G-Sensor-One of the least expensive drones that fly in the dark with four LED night lights. Available on Amazon $105 free shipping.
Wearable tech gadgets are gaining momentum as more people are interested in fitness and connectivity between multiple devices. Smart watches, clothing, glasses and other wearables used for everything from tracking your heart rate to providing directions to that distant relative’s house. Here are a few options for that hard to please techy individual.
1. Apple Watch-It can run all apps, track activities, display notifications, and speakerphone for answering calls. Part of the appeal is the vibrant, pixel screen. Available Apple, Best Buy $300-$350.
2. Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless-The first wireless buds to integrate real-time voice coaching, heart rate monitor and a motion sensor to measure exercise intensity. Available at Best Buy $200.
3. Skully A-1 Helmet-For the motorcycle rider in the family, a helmet that acts as the technology you see in Iron Man. The helmet, equipped with a heads-up display, rearview camera, and GPS navigation. The rider also has voice control for their music and phone, as well as sun shaded screen protection at the press of a button.
4. Jawbone Up2– A stylish wristband that tracks sleep and moderate activity. Much like a Fitbit, it can be worn at all times, even in the shower. The Jawbone Up2 has a great battery life and has the capability to pair with many third party apps. Available on Amazon $80
Tablets provide a commuter friendly platform to surf the internet, read books, and stream media. There are a variety of tablets available that can perform tasks ranging from reading in bright sunlight to watching movies on your downtime. Below are some ideas for a rock solid secret Santa gift.
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2-One of the best resolutions on a tablet produced this year. This tablet is security savvy with a fingerprint scanner, has an octa-core processor, and top of the line internal components. Available on Amazon, eBay, ABT Electronics $400.
2. Amazon Fire tablet-Much more affordable than their competition, it is a decent tablet for children to use daily because of its core capabilities and access. Available on Amazon $50-$60.
3. Apple iPad Mini 2-The Mini 2 offers one of the best connectivity and battery life of Apple tablets. With an overall stunning display, reliable performance, and long battery life there’s not much disappoint to this tablet. Available on Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, Apple $320.
Household devices are providing a quicker and more enjoyable way to most individuals daily routine. These devices provide a simpler way to enjoy movies and music from online sources. Products such as Amazon’s Fire Stick ™ and Apple TV ™ combines media such as Hulu, Netflix, and HBO GO. There is no doubt that these stocking stuffers will be a joy for the rest of the year.
1. Amazon Fire TV Stick-It provides the best way to watch movies and TV; Amazon Prime subscribers can access thousands of titles at no additional charge. Third-party apps include Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, Hulu Plus and many more. Available for $40.
2. Nvidia Shield Android TV-This streaming box offers best-in-class hardware, connectivity and gaming capabilities. The Android TV delivers great conversational voice search from the included game controller. Available at Fry’s Electronics, GameStop, eBay $200-$250
3. Apple TV-The most refined streaming interface, and a remote that is a step ahead of its competition, the Apple TV, regarded as one of the best of 2015. The eye-catching siri remote is the biggest draw of the TV allowing users to speak and not have to worry struggle of directing the remote directly at the TV. Available at Apple $200.
4. OXO Barista Brain Brewing System-An advanced electric kettle and premium coffee maker, makes huge pots of coffee plus tea on the side. The 12 cup brewing system heats water in a removable kettle up to the optimal temperature to help your favorite roast reach full potential. Available on Amazon $300.
Bluetooth audio speakers are great gift options for metal heads and T-Swift fans alike. Devices such as theSoundbot and Beats Pill provide a convenient method of cranking out the jams. Consider these options to play some festive music throughout the holiday season.
1. Onkyo TX-NR646-The Onkyo delivers both Dolby Atmos and DTS –X surround formats, in addition to AirPlay, Wifi, and Bluetooth. Available on Ebay or Amazon $480-$600.
2. Pioneer SP-SB23W-Offers outstanding sound quality for a sound bar when it comes to blending the sub and main cabinet. Each amplifier produces 28 Watts of power for increased audio dynamics. Available on Amazon, Crutchfield $400.
3. Amazon Echo-More than just a speaker, the Echo is one part assistant and part home automation hub, and fun to use. It has excellent voice recognition and has expanding support for new features and devices. Available on Amazon $180.
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