Tech Gifts for the Holidays
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – If you are looking for some last minute tech gifts to buy, we’ve got your back with a look at some gadgets that have a lot of people talking right now.
Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee ($149) For all those vine shooters and phone video mavens, this is a must have gadget. It holds the shot steady, just like the movies. Perfect for capturing any number of antics that are in motion, without the nausea inducing camera shake.
Boom Swimmer ($60) Having great audio anywhere is all the rage, and with the Boom Swimmer, with its waterproof housing, suction cup mount option and unique and flexible tail opens up the world in which you can bring music. It’s small size does not detract from the quality of the audio, and it connects to your device through Bluetooth or a mine audio jack.
Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Solution ($62) Add huge capability to your iphone with wide angle and fisheye lenses. This simple concept allows you to simply flip the lens over to get different lens effects from your iphone.
Philips HUE Smart Bulbs ($60-$199 starter kit) Who would’ve thought you would ever need anything like an adjustable color spectrum light? You buy bright white, soft white or daylight bulbs and your done right? Once you see what dynamic color correction and the ability to create any hue you want can be like, you won’t ever go back. These can be expensive, but they are coming down in price pretty quickly.
Smart Home Technology
Nest ($250) Programmable thermostats have been around for years. However, we have failed to take advantage of them because they are so complex to use. Nest solves that issue by having the device simply learn your schedule. You just adjust the temperature based on your habits; it then learns your patterns and adjusts automatically. It knows when your home, and is fully controllable via your smart phone so you can warm up your house on your way home from work! Plus it’s super easy to install!
August Smart Lock ($249.99) Smart locks are a newer category in home automation. August Smartlock is unique because it bolts directly over your current deadbolt, not requiring any special hardware. It offers keyless entry and the ability to lock and unlock your door remotely.
The Apple iWatch (~$350) This, of course is the tech gadget that all of us are interested in getting our wrists into. Its big promise is access to a huge universe apps that will take wearable technology to new places. What Apple has done, is establish a new platform to enable a new generation of technologies we have yet to even imagine. It features a unique interface to be able to navigate easily on such a small screen, and built-in sensors for heart rate and pulse-ox.