Holiday Gifts for the Techie

Tech the halls! Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg,author of "Gadget Nation," joined us with a look at holiday gifts for the techie on your list!

  • Fitbit Force: Push yourself closer to fitness goals with the just launched Fitbit Force. The Force is rechargeable and water-resistant. This digital fitness wristband is with all you the time, motivating you to stay active with a sleek design. With real-time stats right on your wrist, you can track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. When the day’s over, track your sleep and wake up with a vibrating alarm.  Other great features include instant access to your stats with a real-time OLED display AND your stats automatically sync to your computer and leading smartphones.  You can also set goals, view progress and earn badges from Fitbit. Fitbit Force costs $129.99 and comes in two colors, black and slate.
  • TiVo Roamio: TiVo Roamio DVR, the all-in-one approach to live, recorded, on-demand and over-the-top television that gives consumers what they want on any screen, wherever they are. Out-of-home streaming lets you to stream TV and recorded shows to your iPad® or iPhone® from anywhere – all you need is Wi-Fi. The built-in TiVo Stream feature allows users to connect and watch recordings and live TV almost ANYWHERE. A refreshed and more elegant interface offers updated HD menu screens and fonts with nearly twice the performance. Browse and Search content even faster. The “What to Watch Now” feature on the DVR provides an instantaneous personalized dashboard that immediately shows you the best programming available…right now. For users who just like a good channel guide, Roamio offers guide filters to quickly break down the options into only content you want to see. Choose to browse the guide by something as simple as Movies or Sports, or as specific as romantic comedies. There’s now an all new application platform – leveraging the new HTML 5 platform to support TiVo apps. The TiVo Roamio runs the latest version of YouTube with more on the way. The new platform will enable faster, more frequent additions to the TiVo platform. The TiVo Roamio DVR Series includes three models: TiVo Roamio ($199.99), TiVo Roamio Plus ($399.99) and TiVo Roamio Pro ($599.99). Roamio features four or six tuners and unprecedented storage (ranging from 75 hours to 450 hours of HD content). It ensures subscribers never miss a show again and have plenty of space for recordings.
  • Seagate Wireless Plus: Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight smartphones or tablets with enough space for up to 500 high-definition movies, Seagate Wireless Plus has 1TB of storage. The new hard drive includes a 10-hour battery life to match that of most tablets and smartphones. With the integrated 1TB drive, you’ll have all you need to be entertained anywhere, including long road trips or flights – without an Internet connection. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices. The Seagate Media app has been developed for all major mobile devices, including Android, Kindle Fire HD, Apple iOS and will also work with just about any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network. Wireless Plus costs $199.99.
  • Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ Cup-to-Carafe® Coffee & Tea Maker:  It combines two of the most popular trends in coffee makers – single serve and carafe-style – with a separate tea filter to rapid brew tea. Always brewing piping hot, this compact model uses freshly ground beans in a filter instead of pods or capsules that often brew a weak cup. The Coffee à la Carte™ lets you add up to 60 grams of freshly ground beans to the filter for each single cup.  Your coffee can be mild or extra strong, depending on the amount of ground beans added to the filter.  Operation is easy and intuitive, with completely customizable brewing and sizing options.  There are four preset illuminated brewing buttons for Small Cup, Large Cup, Tea, or Carafe, which holds 42 ounces of coffee. Each single cup button can also be easily customized for volume with visual “press and hold” programming. Fast and efficient, it brews a single cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds, and a full 42-ounce carafe in less than 6 minutes. The Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ retails for $179.99.
  • Boogie Board Sync 9.7 LCD eWriter: You’ve heard of eReaders, now there are Boogie Board LCDeWriters. Improv Electronics makes several models of Boogie Board eWriters – and none of them use any paper or pens (you can even use your finger to write and draw)! The newest one, the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 eWriter, takes note-taking to a whole new level. Users can save hundreds of “pages” to internal memory (as vector .pdf files) or transfer them directly to a computer, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device instantly and wirelessly via Bluetooth. Free mobile app (iOS/Android) and PC software (Windows/Mac) display writing/drawing in real-time, share files via e-mail and popular social media sites and integrate with Evernote to organize and archive files. The Boogie Board Sync 9.7 eWriter is available for $99.
  • Battroborg Motion Controlled Batting Robots: Remember Rock’em Sock’em Robots?  This is the 21stCentury version—and now the robots are real robots and they are fueled by your fists. Wireless controllers transform your quick jabs into your robot’s swift hits! Battroborgs record battle wounds via an LED light that changes color with every strike received. Train by yourself, battle head-to-head, or engage 20 robots simultaneously in a Battle Royale.  Price has just been reduced to $79.99 for the 3-in-1 Arena set.
  • And don't forget to check out Gadget Nation: The book contains over 100 garage inventor stories.  From Bird Diapers to Sleepers with Headlights, learn how these inventors took turned their ideas into products. Gadget Nation is available in hard cover, paperback and as an eBook.

For more information on the book, click here. You'll also find more information on great gadgets on Steve's blog.
 

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