It’s the holiday season, so of course you’ll be going online (or to the stores) to check out the latest and greatest. Here are some hot items from the tech side of things to make you the coolest person ever.
FitBit – $129 – www.fitbit.com
Track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and active minutes throughout the day, and at night, track your sleep patterns and habits. The wristband syncs wirelessly with your devices and your PC, and also can be set to see how you are doing compared to your friends. Get up from the desk chair and start moving! Tip: Wait for the new FitBit Force wristband to come out in 3-4 weeks.
Netatmo – $99 – www.netatmo.com
When paired with both indoor and outdoor sensors, get weather statistics, indoor and outdoor air quality, trends, alerts, forecasts and more on your phone or tablet. Forget about that old plastic outdoor thermometer with the suction cup on the window.
Google Glass 2 – $1,500 (by invite only) – www.google.com/glass
If you are lucky enough to get an invite, you can experience the next generation Google Glass. While you may look really geeky (OK, you will look really geeky), these are truly on the forefront of the wearable device trend. I was one of those lucky people and will be writing about my Glass experience in the upcoming months.
Nest Protect – $129 – www.nest.com
The latest from the Nest folks brings innovation to the smoke and carbon monoxide detector market. With speaking alerts, easy silencing and remote monitoring, it introduces new features to a market that hasn’t changed in decades. Tip: If your home has many detectors, wait until 2014 when the new model will interconnect with them, rather than spend some big bucks to outfit your entire house with Nests.
Anki Drive – $200 – www.anki.com/ankidrive
When robotics meet hot wheels and your smartphone. Up to four players can race, battle, or do tricks on the Anki mat, with as many features and customizations as you can handle. Very cool, but a bit pricey, so don’t get your kids hooked.
Google Chromecast – $35 – www.google.com/chromecast
Simply plug this into any HDTV, connect it to WiFi, then send movies, shows, music and more from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV with the press of a button. You can stream YouTube, Google Play Movies, Netflix and Hulu Plus. Hopefully future updates will bring in other popular options like Amazon Instant Video and HBO Go. At $35, it’s a bargain if the future updates pan out.
Cambrionix Series 8 Intelligent Charging Station – $350 – www.cambrionix.com
The first charging station that not only can handle all of your devices, but adapts to each one individually to provide the proper voltage for the fastest battery-protecting charge. Looks great with its aluminum and glass design and has the “brains” to back it up. Coming soon to the US markets.
GoPro Hero3+ – $399 – www.gopro.com
The leader in the action-camera market. Compact, tough, and tons of mounts make it easy to record your ski run, bike trip, rafting excursion, dive trip and more. Great video quality and good battery life make it the hands down choice.
Impossible Instant Lab – $300 – www.the-impossible-project.com
Going old school. Take a photo with your iPhone 4/4S/5/5S and within seconds, the instant lab ejects the image as an old school Polaroid photo, ready to develop before your eyes. Don’t know what Polaroid is? Ask your parents.
The market heats up with the next generation of consoles just in time for the holidays. Both are far more than just gaming consoles – with Blu-Ray players, motion sensing cameras and other add-ons, they become entertainment hubs.
Gadgets in the “Pre Order” Phase
BitLock – $99 – www.bitlock.co
This heavy-duty, U-lock style bike lock reads a signal from your phone or other Bluetooth device and is truly keyless. It unlocks when you get within 3 feet of it. Easy and fast and one less key to keep track of, and it records your bike location via GPS as well. Preorder on Kickstarter now.
Monsieur Robotic Bartender – $2,300 – www.monsieur.co
Makes hundreds of drinks at the press of a button and has a “boss” button for a heavier pour. The life of the party! Pre-order on Kickstarter now.
Coin –$100 ($50 preorder) – www.onlycoin.com
Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information are all in one place. Coin works with your phone for setup and card management. Thanks to Tracy Shelby for this one! Preorder now for a summer 2014 delivery.
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