INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Gadget Guy David Novak let us in on the top gadgets for the holiday season. Here are his recommendations!
1. Heyup Boxe Portable 1080P Mini Smart Projector
Under $200. kickstarter.com
Designed for movie lovers, Santa Claus might surprise you with the Heyup Boxe. This portable 1080p mini smart projector can play video at native 1080p, 4K resolution, and casting a stunning 120-inch image on any screen or backdrop. You can adjust zoom and the 4 corners of the image to adapt to all sorts of screen environments. Its built-in Advanced LED Light smoothly diffuses brightness for a more relaxed viewing experience, all while its Dual Bluetooth Speakers give you movie theater sound. Featuring multiple input options (USB-C, USB-A 2.0, HDMI and a 3.5mm Audio Jack), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity, and Screen Mirroring both for iOS and Android Smartphones. Great for gaming and even karaoke, and can also run on its large built-in 7,800 mHa battery. Eye care diffuses the light to help keep your eyes safe.
2. XPLORA XGO2 GPS Smartwatch for Kids
Under $100. myxplora.com
With the XPLORA XGO2, parents can keep their kids reachable at all times. This GPS smartwatch for kids is super-affordable, comes with a pre-installed SIM card, and features both text and voice messages via its 1.4” TFT Screen, a Waterproof IP67 Rating, a 0.3MP Camera that allows kids to easily snap pictures, and a 700 mAh Battery. It’s also GDPR compliant as well as 2G, 3G, and 4G-Enabled. Its GPS tracking functions allow parents to set-up “Security Zones” in key locations like their home or their kids’ school. There’s also an SOS button that children can press in case of emergencies, triggering the watch to inform all saved emergency contacts about that child’s location. Lastly, the smartwatch’s built-in G Sensors can accurately track kids’ steps, which also rewards their daily step-count with Xplora Coins that can be spent in the company’s Goplay platform.
3. EverLights Permanent Outdoor Lighting System
Around $900.00 myeverlights.com
Forget hanging Christmas lights this year. The EverLights Permanent Christmas Lights are a widely customizable smartphone-controlled lighting system that’s completely waterproof. It can be easily installed outside any home, no matter the shape or size of your house and roof. You can design one-of-a-kind light sequences of up to 250 unique color/brightness combinations at a time. Via the Everlights App, users can pick from already-existing preset patterns or control each light individually to design specific lighting patterns for different occasions. You can program a cheerful Christmas light pattern, set up a spooky mood for Halloween, show your patriotic colors on the 4th of July, or even customize the system’s lights for any other celebration in-between.
4. PowerVision S1 Explorer Kit PVS10
Under $250. powervision.me
For smartphone lovers that enjoy recording on-the-go, the PowerVision S1 Explorer Kit PVS10 combines a 3-axis smartphone stabilizing gimbal, built-in tripod, a power bank with wireless charging, and PowerFollow & AI Tracking technology, which allows you to automatically take photos and record videos through Gesture Commands. The kit also includes a Magnetic Universal Phone Mount, which doubles as a stand, and a Magnetic Phone Clamp that can keep your smartphone secure. It comes in 3 fashionable colors.
5. LG XBOOM 360 RP4 Omnidirectional Bluetooth Speaker
Under $300 lg.com
To bring the holiday spirit to all music lovers, check out the LG XBOOM 360 RP4. This Omnidirectional Bluetooth Speaker features an ultra-modern 360º design, delivering an astonishing omnidirectional sound with crystal-clear quality. Its built-in Mood Lighting can work in Ambient Mode, Nature Mode, or Party Light Mode to create cool room environments, with exactly 16 million colors to choose from via the XBOOM App, which allows you to customize each Mode’s specific colors. The speaker also supports Dual Pairing via Bluetooth and can offer you up to 10 hours of battery life.
6. invisaWear Smart Jewelry Accessories
For keeping your loved ones safe this Christmas, consider gifting them an invisaWear Smart Jewelry Accessory, as these could potentially save their lives one day. From necklaces, bracelets, and keychains, all of invisaWear’s products work as discreet wearable smart jewelry accessories that can send an immediate SOS message during any emergency to 5 emergency contacts with your phone’s GPS. These personal-security accessories are also compatible with ADT’s Monitoring System via their subscription service, which will have that SOS alert go straight to their 24/7 Help System. The company also sells an invisaWear Self Defense Keychain that not only features that same GPS-enabled SOS functionality, but also comes packed with a variety of self-defense tools, including a Gray Pepper Spray, a sturdy Self-Defense Tool a Loud Safety Alarm and LED Light, a Chapstick Holder, and a Gray Pom Pom for decoration.
7. TreePod Cabana Portable Hanging Lounger
Starts at under $300 mytreepod.com
To escape from everyday life and relax oudtoors, there’s nothing like the TreePod Cabana. This portable hanging lounger is super-stylish and extremely spacious, available in different diameter-options of 4, 5 or 6 feet and works only with one single hanging point that’s attached to the kit’s ultra-durable Nylon Rope to pull the lounger to your desired height. You can install it anywhere, whether that’s on your front porch, backyard, or even outdoors while camping. Best of all, its Silver Mesh Sided UV-treated Canvas is completely see-through, thus providing users with a completely open 360-degree view. A TreePod stand is also available, which holds up to 500 lb and creates a free-standing configuration for your TreePod.
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