What do you get for the friend who has everything? Something new! If you know someone who’s into technology – or into something that can be improved by adding a new, higher-tech upgrade – tech gifts are the way to go for the holidays. Here’s five of the newest, coolest technology gifts to choose this year.
What can you do with a 3D printer? The question is, what can’t you do with a 3D printer. Some of the newer models, such as the DaVinci 1.0 AiO, even offer 3D scanning functions as well, allowing you to copy objects and reproduce them. This is as close as we’ve gotten to building real working replicators. Especially if you’re looking for a gift for someone who has a knack for design or a crafting habit, you’ll find that a 3D printer will open entirely new vistas for building their own creations.
Even for those who aren’t design-savvy, the number of designs available online – many free or low cost – means that they’ll get immense value from a 3D printer. Don’t forget to include a selection of the appropriate filaments or cartridges for the printer. Just like they can with ink printers, consumables get expensive.
FitBitThe perfect gift for a data-loving fitness fan, the FitBit is a comfortable, unobtrusive silicone wristband that tracks data on movement, heart rate, and more continuously throughout the day. It networks via Bluetooth with an app on your phone that will organize and present data on your exercise habits and your levels of exertion. When you’re trying to get the maximum value from a workout, that data is invaluable – and outside a gym, in a variable effort situation (like a pickup basketball game) it can be hard to track.
Using the FitBit means you’ll have real, solid data about your exercise habits for the first time – data you can use to make sure you’re getting real value out of the time you spend exercising, and also use to help you develop better habits for the rest of your day.
Smart Cooking ScalesThe “Perfect Drink” and “Perfect Bake” apps coordinate with scales that plug directly into your smartphone in order to help you mix the perfect batter by weight or pour a bar-quality mixed drink in your own home. Ingredient trackers and easy-to-follow on-screen directions make the task even simpler. Are you looking for a gift for someone who’s a home baker or who keeps a nice bar? These can help them up their game!
Both apps allow you to add your own recipes, as well, customizing the available selection to perfectly fit your tastes.
Now you can have the “smart home” of the future. Bluetooth-enabled LED lights allow you to remotely control the lighting throughout your home. Do you want to dim the lights after dark? Turn them off automatically when you leave the room? Change the colors and patterns? The options are limited only by your imagination. Try installing them throughout your house, and work up some programs to change and vary the lights – you’ll love the possibilities.