Christmas season is here once again and if you are looking for techy presents, we have got 10 ideas for you to fit most budgets.
1. Ninebot One
Yes, because walking is overrated, so why walk when you have the Ninebot One? Zoom from one location to another without breaking a sweat. Controls are easy to manage, but for those who have a balancing issue, you might want to consider wearing a helmet, elbow and knee guards to break your impending fall as this baby can go up to speeds of 22km/h. The Ninebot One weighs 12.8kg and on a single charge can travel up to 35km.
Price: US$854 (SG$1199)
2. BB-8 Droid
Gift the gift of the force with Sphero’s BB8! Any Star Wars fan will appreciate having a droid following his or her every move, while providing hours of entertainment. No Jedi force is needed to control the BB8, but a companion mobile companion compatible with both iOS and Android instead. Built into this little droid is adaptive behavior and personality technology, meaning the more you play with the BB8, the more it learns how to interact with you. Aside from just roving around, it is able to answer to voice commands and it even has holographic capabilities.
3. Sony Z5 Premium
Sony’s Z5 Premium is vastly different from the rest not only due to its shiny finish but also because of its swanky 4K 5.5” UHD display. Powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB worth of RAM and a large battery capacity of 3430mAh, the Z5 Premium is on a class of its own. Looking this great can’t hurt a little too!
4. Amazon Echo
Iron Man has his artificially intelligent side-kick named J.A.R.V.I.S, and Amazon has its very own. The virtual assistant device is named Amazon Echo that can do almost everything J.A.R.V.I.S can - sadly. Alexa is her name, she is the virtual assistant that is voice activated in Amazon’s Echo. Get Alexa to convert measurements while your hands are dirty, do up a shopping list or even find out what is trending online for Christmas this season.
Just one tiny glitch, it might not be able to pick up Asian accents so well – So get ready to give your best Benedict Cumberbatch impression to get Alexa’s attention.
5. ASUS Selfie
Know of a selfie queen or someone obsessed with taking pictures? Well, then you have got to check the ASUS ZenFone Selfie out. It is one of the only Smartphone that has a 13MP front-facing camera with an 88 degree wide angle lens feature, perfect for selfies or even wefies!
Also, if you are residing in Singapore and want to get your hands on this, we are having a contest! Check it out here.
Already into its 3 rd generation, NEST is a Smart Thermostat for your home – No one likes to come home to a warm or freezing cold home! Control the temperature of your home with NEST’s companion mobile application that will not only help you save energy, but also learns and adapts to your energy usage. NEST has a nifty Auto-Away feature that detects when you are away and will shut itself down to save even more energy.
If you are looking for some addition to your Smarthome arsenal, do check out QUBE. It is one of the most affordable multi-coloured Smarthome light bulbs you can get your hands on.
7. Apple Watch
This gadget needs no introduction, Apple’s latest wrist accessory the Apple Watch. Nope, the hype for this prized possession is still not over. Change your life with health applications that keep track of your physical movements, be kept in the know of all your social media notifications (if your friends don’t find it annoying due to your incessant need to check your wrist) and essentially control your Smartphone with a simple tap or swipe on the Apple Watch. However, do note that this Smartwatch is only compatible with the Apple iPhone.
Price: Starting from US$349
By Geralyne Kaye /December 9, 2015 4:19PM GMT+8 Singapore
Update as of December 11, 2015 3:45PM GMT +8 Singapore:
If you are still having trouble thinking of a gift for your friends or loved one, how about engaging someone else to help you with it? Check out MerryMakr, a new Singaporean start-up that helps with the nitty gritty of gifting. Choose from an array of specially curated boxes to gift your fashionista, geeky or even foodie partner in crime where all you have to do is insert your credit card and delivery information - simple, easy and no cracking of brains necessary!
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