7 Cool Technology Gifts for Christmas 2017

Have you started holiday shopping yet?

This year get your friends and family something they will actually use and like!

Here are 7 cool technology gifts that are actually useful.

ThePhotoStickThePhotoStick

ThePhotoStick Mobile is a handy little usb device that plugs into your computer and backups every image and video found on your computer. So far I have backed up 32,000 photos from my two computers.

  • Nothing to install, just plug it in and it works!
  • Fast- find and save 1000 photos in ten minutes. Saves 60,000 average size photos and videos. Works on both Mac and Windows. 128GB of storage.
  • Super easy to use – No passwords, no filenames, no cloud storage
  • Finds duplicates.
  • Safe – just store in a safe location. Eliminate the vulnerabilities of the cloud.

AfterShokz Trekz TitaniumAfterShokz Trekz Titanium

These headphones are designed to ensure the ultimate level of awareness and comfort without compromising on premium sound. Trekz Titanium are open ear sport headphones made to ensure safety, perfect for runners, cyclists, hikers and more.

Trekz Titanium with PremiumPitch+™ delivers exceptional sound quality with AfterShokz patented technology, delivering dynamic range and truly powerful bass. Trekz Titanium uses bone conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. Place them on your cheekbones, just in front of your ears.

This leaves your ear canals open, allowing you to remain alert and aware of ambient sounds while you enjoy your music. Bluetooth® connectivity gives you the ability to be free of wires and make and receive phone calls.

They are built to power through daily sweat sessions and wicked weather. IP55 rated to repel sweat, moisture and dust.

I like them because I cannot keep earbuds in my ears for some reason and I don’t like to wear big bulky headphones.  I even wear them while I drive so I can take phone calls. (Yes, my car is so old it doesn’t have Bluetooth technology.)

Play Impossible Gameball™ – $99

The Play Impossible Gameball is an active gaming system that takes the digital action both indoors and outdoors featuring patent-pending sensor technology with an innovative twist. More than just a ball, the inflatable Gameball syncs to the Play Impossible app via Bluetooth for fun and challenging games.

Connect, Create, Compete, Play Impossible! With a voice-enabled active gaming system, players can throw, catch, toss, spin and bounce the ball to achieve higher levels. The Gameball allows for long-lasting play by refueling in 20 seconds with the Rapid Charger for another complete hour of fun! Users can play eight connected ball games that enhance physical play, hand-eye, coordination, agility and creative thinking.

  • Jostle: Multi-player game secure your own Gameball™ and keep it as stationary as possible while your opponent attempts to move or wrestle it free
  • Splash: A modern take on the age-old game of water balloon toss… Keep the Gameball™ in the air for longer & longer periods of time and catch softly to advance to the next level!
  • Sport Labs: Empowers players with a new tool to measure speed, distance, spin and airtime. Achieve a new personal record, create a friendly competition or even export the raw data to study ball physics!
  • Impossible: Players use their Gameball™ to solve ball physics puzzles by advancing through game board levels. Earn points to unlock new and more difficult challenges

Here is my friend and I playing two of the games.

Ecovacs DEEBOT R95

The R95 comes packed with the latest technology from DEEBOT and Amazon. You can control the Ecovacs Deebot R95 with Amazon Alexa, and then watch innovative mapping technology to build a floor plan of your house as it cleans, becoming more efficient over time. You can use the app to focus on certain areas, set up virtual boundaries to keep it out of specific rooms, or start the R95 while you are away.

  • It can vacuum and mop
  • Amazon Alexa compatible
  • Doesn’t need a separate tower to work.

Speck Presidio Grip

Okay, I get that this is not a tech gadget, but I just got one these cases for my kids and they love them. Improved grip: The raised rubber ridges on the Speck Presidio GRIP have been redesigned with an improved grip geometry, resulting in a more tactile hold, 10-Foot Drop Tested: The case has been tested to withstand and protect phones from 10-foot drops so you’re always covered.

Innovative IMPACTIUM rubber absorbs and disperses shock when the phone is dropped. IMPACTIUM is formed into ridges along the inside perimeter of the case and compress on impact to absorb more shock.

The reason I like this product so much is because I dropped my phone 2 feet when I was at Universal Orlando and the screen cracked, less than a month after I bought it.

Fitbit IonicFitbit Ionic

Fitbit Ionic delivers advanced and innovative health and fitness features like industry-leading GPS, enhanced heart rate tracking, on-device guided workouts and automatic sleep tracking with Sleep Stages, all powered by up to 5 days battery life and cross-platform smartphone compatibility. With the smart features that matter most, like contactless payments, on-board music, no, and a variety of popular apps and clock faces that can be found in the growing Fitbit App Gallery, Ionic offers consumers a smartwatch with purpose.

  • Advanced smartwatch capabilities: Smart features like contactless payments, on-board music and notifications help users stay connected across Android, iOS and Windows smartphones.
  • Innovative design: With Fitbit Ionic’s new innovative, lightweight design plus sport and leather accessories, you can easily wear it all-day and night for any activity. You can swim with it!

iHome iSP100iHome iSP100

For my neighbor that doesn’t know how to turn off his back porch light that lights up my room at night I am getting him the iHome Control iSP100 Outdoor Smart Plug!

It makes scheduling outdoor lighting easy! Which he needs, because apparently flipping the switch isn’t easy enough for him!

You can also use it for decorations, small appliances and more, up to 1800W. The iSP100 rugged outdoor design works with covered GFI enabled outdoor 120V power supply. It also works with the broadest range of leading Smart Plug Platforms, including HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Things and a few others, allowing you to use your favorite apps to control the iSP100.

  • Can control the iSP100 via voice using Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Rugged water resistant plug for outdoor use
  • Easy set up
  • Works directly with your Wi-Fi network (no hub required)
  • Works with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, Wink and SmartThings

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