Hottest Tech Items For The Holidays

Published On December 12, 2016 | Electronics

We are living in the technological age and every year you can expect cutting-edge gadgets to add to your growing collection. If you’re looking to please the techie in your life, or if you want to add a few more items to your wish list, here are some of the top trending tech gadgets this year.

Anka Cozmo ($180) – These small robots are powered by artificial intelligence. The robot is self-aware, capable of expressing feelings and can even recognize its owner. This is the perfect gift for children. It loves to play games and if you are into robotics and programming, you can utilize the developer platform and add more features.

Jaybird Freedom Wireless ($180) – These sweat-proof in-ear headphones are sure to stay put. They have a metal design which means they are built to last and sound great as well.

Google Home ($129) – This smart speaker is the new rival for the Amazon Echo. It responds to voice prompts, can play music, answer questions, set timers and control devices that are connected to it.

Mophie Powerstation ($50) – A gift that anyone could use because everyone wishes their phone battery would last longer. This Powersation battery back is slim and can effectively double the battery life of your phone.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer ($130) – These handy printers can be carried wherever you go and can print pictures you take with your smartphone. You simply download the free app to your phone and connect via Bluetooth.

Apple Watch Series 2 ($269) – The latest Apple Watch comes with a redesigned look. It is also waterproof, has a brighter and improved display and is equipped with GPS.

Tile Mate ($25)This gift is great for your scatterbrained friend or family member who loses or misplaces everything. These are Bluetooth powered tags that you attach to anything you tend to lose, such as your keys or wallet. When prompted, it plays a song if it is within 100 feet of your smartphone. This version is also 25% smaller than the original.

Hatchimals ($69) – This popular children’s toy has been on many wish lists this year. These furry and magical creatures live inside an egg and need love to hatch. Think part Furby, part penguin. They have been hard to find this season, but it doesn’t decrease the demand for these furry friends.

Wacom Bamboo Notepad ($130) – This is the perfect gift for the artist in your life. This notepad uses regular paper to transfer your notes, sketches and drawings to the user’s smartphone or tablet.

BioLite BaseLantern ($100) – This is for the avid camper who needs to bring their techy items with them. This lantern can switch between a range of colors and vary in brightness. It is Bluetooth-enabled and can double as a charging station. It’s lightweight, compact and easy to pack.

These are just a few of the hottest tech toys that you can expect to see on wish lists this year. Happy holidays!

– By Layla Sundstrom, Contributor @layla_sundstrom

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