The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner, so we’ve picked out a few connected gadgets for every tech lover in your family.
Smart speakers for the music lover
Sonos One is one of the most highly-rated speakers on the market. It’s very easy to use – you simply connect it via the Sonos App and link it to your favourite online music services such as Spotify or Apple Music. The Sonos One isn’t just about music – with integrated Amazon Echo tech, it’s a full smart speaker!
Voice assistant for the tech geek
Voice assistants are certainly one of the technologies will see more in 2019. And while many might be hesitant about having a listening device in their home, due to some security concerns, there are a number of reasons you should consider this smart gift for your loved ones.
Amazon recently released its Echo Spot – a smart little video voice speaker with Alexa. It lets you play music, ask questions, get the news and more – all with just your voice. You can also connect it to other smart devices in your home, such as smart lighting or heating, and use it to control them. The Amazon Echo Spot also has a touch screen and can be used to listen to audiobooks.
One for the drone enthusiast
Parrot Mambo is a great gift for someone who wants a fun drone to play with. It has first person view built in to its camera, which can be viewed from a smartphone or from a pair of VR goggles. This drone is quite cheap and that’s why it comes with a few compromises – for example, it has a tiny 10 minutes of flight time. Due to its small size and functionalities, the Parrot Mambo is aimed at children aged 14 and over.
Smart knitwear for that one friend who’s always cold
A team of engineers in Canada have designed “smart” clothing that can be controlled using a smartphone. The range, named SKIINCore, is made up of a long-sleeved top and leggings that automatically change the temperature to create an individual “microclimate” for the wearer. They’re both connected to a smartphone app, which allows for the temperature to be adjusted.
The top and leggings are made using conductive yarn that is between a sweat-wicking synthetic inner layer and a heat-trapping wool outer layer. The yarn connects to a battery that holds 18 watts of heating power, which is enough to keep the fabric warm for up to eight hours. The battery comes with a USB-C port, so that whoever wears the set can also use it to charge their phone.
Powerful gaming app for the video games lover
Do you have a friend who’s a passionate gamer keen to play their favorite games anytime, anywhere and from any device? Why not gift them with a streaming access to powerful gaming PC this Christmas? French startup Blade offers a subscription-based service that can be accessed from multiple devices. Called Shadow, is an extremely powerful software that works as a full Windows computer and can be accessed through an app from a wide variety of screens and devices, including Android, iOS, Mac, Linux and Windows devices, as well as certain smart TVs. The service is currently available in the US and France but is expected to expand further across Europe.
Do you have any other ideas for connected tech gifts this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!