Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It’s the most wonderful time of year (at least, I think so… it’s a phrase my ears keep picking up from voices I can hear all over town)! It’s time for my humans to make wish lists, get together with other humans and exchange gifts, even with me. Well, I don’t really get them gifts back…I feel my daily presence is a gift (better than Clawdia’s, anyways. She barely even spends time with them). Plus, I’m all paws when it comes to handling money.
Even though I can’t purchase gifts for my humans, I still wanted to know what’s on the list for top tech items and gadgets this year. You know, in case they might want to throw me a bone and give me some tech of my very own!
There are so, so many interesting gadgets out there, that we’d be here ‘til next holiday season reviewing them all. Instead, here’s a quick list of some of the top items, to help you get the ball rolling when it comes to your holiday shopping:
Google Home Hub
Upgrade from your Google Home speaker system to a high-def smart screen display that can answer all your questions, show you the upcoming weather and current traffic information, and so much more! You can even connect it to control your other Google-powered home technology like your lights or home security system. And because Google owns YouTube, results from searching for video or music will automatically play through the mainstream video platform! Currently, the device ships with 6 months of YouTube Premium for FREE! Oh, and when not in use the Google Home Hub doubles as a smart picture frame to display as many photos as you want.
Echo Show (2nd Generation)
If you’re more of an Alexa fan, it’s time to trade in your Echo speaker for this smart screen display and voice assistant. Ask Alexa as many questions as you can think of, hook it up to your home security systems, listen to music or watch videos, and even enjoy hands-free video calling! It’s basically everything you love about your Echo, now with video display to make information that much easier to digest.
Headphones & Ear Buds
Bose® QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you love unparalleled sound and the look of the old-school over-the-ear headphones, this is your ultimate wish-list item. Now with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, easily send and receive your texts, control your music and use voice assist—wirelessly (from up to 20 hours per charge)! This device can pair with Bluetooth® and NFC technologies to connect to all your devices.
Apple Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
If style and staying current with fashion trends is more your jam, then the newest Beats tech is for you! Stay comfortable and remain wireless as you listen to music or audio from your Bluetooth® connected device, in black, white, red, blue or gold color.
Bose® QuietControl 30 Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones
These ear buds carry the amazing sound of the Bose brand in a lightweight, ergonomically designed and wireless headset. Connect to your devices through Bluetooth® and NFC pairing for up to 10 hours of battery life per charge!
If you’re an Apple-everything kind of human, then these wireless ear buds are just the right fit! Simply place them in your ears and listen to amazing sound from such small ear buds as they immediately connect. You can even hand one off to a friend to listen in, and the sound will automatically stop and start as its placed back into the ear. And no, they do not fall out when running or exercising!
Bose® SoundLink Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
In the realm of sound, Bose® is clearly ‘where it’s at.’ And this portable wireless speaker will definitely get your party started, whether at home or at the beach (because it’s water resistant!). Thanks to a rechargeable battery, you can listen to unparalleled sound for 12 hours per charge.
Bose® Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
Looking for a portable speaker that can fit in your pocket but still deliver on sound quality? This speaker system should make the top of your tech wish list! The battery life lasts six hours and it’s also waterproof, which makes it great for the shower, beach or pool! Oh, and did I mention it comes in black, bright orange and midnight blue?
Roku Streaming Stick® +
Cutting the cord and going wireless has been a huge trend in technology for some time now. When it comes to video streaming devices, Roku is a stellar option! Its latest product, Streaming Stick®+ provides four times the wireless range so you can plug it into TVs that are farther from your router without losing the high-performance capabilities! Get ready to watch all your favorite shows and movies from Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and more, for both 4K and HDR TVs.
Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick has also made some upgrades that will put this video streaming device on the top of any tech-lovers’ wish-list. It’s newly designed wifi antenna makes it optimal for 4K Ultra HD streaming. Plus, put Alexa to the test with a voice-controlled remote to easily search through over 500,000 available shows and movies, as well as the over 7,000 available apps and games!
Nest Cam Security Camera for 24/7 Home Monitoring 200
Nest has become synonymous with high-end, user-friendly technology for any home. The latest upgrades to its security camera system sends alerts to your phone if the motion or sound alarms go off, and you can even communicate with your pets via controls within the app while viewing the video feed on your smartphone.
Furbo Wifi Dog Cam
If you’re anything like my humans, you may have considered getting a video system to check on your beloved pets while you’re away. Unlike the Nest Cam, this HD and wifi-enabled video camera has a two-way audio system so you can also talk back to your furry friends! You can even dispense treats from the camera system (something I especially love about this product!).
Polaroid Cube+ Live Streaming Mini Action Camera with Wi-Fi & Image Stabilization
While there are lots of options for video cameras out there, I am only listing the Polaroid Cube+ because of how unique this product is! Not only can you video all your adventures; you can stream them live on Facebook and other social media sites! This camera is weather-proof, shock-proof, splash-proof—meaning you can easily snap this pawsome piece of tech onto your helmet, car roof rack, skis or even your wakeboard! It even has a built-in rechargeable battery for 110 minutes of continuous recording in one full charge.
Toys & Entertainment
Your little humans will certainly jump for joy over these super awesome interactive toys that fit right on their little fingers! Choose from dragons, pandas, giraffes and unicorns and watch as these cute little robot-like toys turn imaginary playtime into an interactive world full of possibilities.
3D Polaroid Draw Pen
Drawing in 2D is so 1990s. Get your little humans a 3D drawing pen and watch as they turn colorful doodles into actual play items! This pen connects to your mobile devices through an app and has many templates to choose from so you can trace items and watch as they come alive before your eyes. Create all parts of the stencil and then put them together in a 3-dimensional model, or draw free-hand and see what you come up with! This gift will definitely take imagination and play to the next level.
2018 Samsung Gear VR Headset with Controller 130
For those humans obsessed with gaming and watching videos, this latest advancement in virtual reality will change the way you view the world. Literally. Jump into the scene of the movie or TV show you’re watching, play video games like its real-life, and even travel the world in an immersive viewing session! The controller is lightweight and easy to use, and the headset is designed for comfort and stability.
As I mentioned previously, these items are just a drop in the bucket of the latest and greatest tech gift items. Hopefully this helped you to brainstorm your own holiday shopping or holiday wish-list. I’m certainly putting the Furbo wifi dog cam on my list this year!
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