By Ryan Giles //
Have you been naughty or nice this year? Instead of a lump of coal in your stocking, I hope Santa brings you the gift of tech.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve seen the explosion in the smart watch market. These watches connect to your smart phone via Bluetooth and greatly expand its capabilities. Most of the new watches also double as fashion accessories and offer a huge range of band styles and colors. If you’re an iPhone user, the Apple Watch is your best option. If you’re an Android fan, check out the Moto 360, the Pebble, and the Samsung Gear line of watches.
Around the holidays, it’s not unusual to see an influx of new tablet models. This year does not disappoint. Apple has just released the new iPad Pro, but Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 could be the best tablet/laptop on the market.
Portable bluetooth speaker
Whether you’re at the beach, hanging around the pool, or lounging with friends, music makes everything better. The latest speakers are portable, water resistant, and can be used as a charger for your smart phone. If you’re in the market for a new speaker, check out Braven, the Creative Muvo Mini, the JBL Charge, and the Bose SoundLink.
Do you know someone who forgets everything? Change their life with tracking sensors. These sensors can be attached to anything around the house and easily tracked using your smartphone. Check out the Duet from Protag.
Home wireless camera
Do you want to know when your kids get home from school? How about recording motion inside your home when you’re on vacation? If so, take a look at the new Nest Cam or Dropcam Pro wireless video system.
Home remote control
Have you ever decided *not* to watch a movie because it’s too hard to figure out which remote control to use? If so, you need the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote control. You can control your TV, DVR, DVD/BD Player, and surround sound system from one remote control.
Do you feel tired in the mornings? Maybe you’re not getting enough rest. Find out with a new sleep monitor. Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit, and numerous Apple Apps make tracking your sleep easier than ever.
One of the coolest products of the year is the Ring Video Doorbell. This doorbell mounts near your front door and comes with a built-in camera. When someone presses the doorbell, you can see them and talk to them over your cell phone (even if you’re not at home).
Are you still using that old wireless router at home? If so, upgrade to a new Netgear Nighthawk wireless router. You’ll see faster speeds and better coverage.
Oftentimes, technology doesn’t simplify our lives. However, the newest lines of robot vacuum cleaners are the exception. The new models from iRobot, Yujin, and Neato are definitely worth a look.