The iPhone has garnered a lot of attention this year and is being touted as one of the hottest tech gadgets this holiday season. But, the truth is there are quite a few impressive pieces of technology that have been released recently that would make as good a gift, if not better. Consider the following:
Drones are all the rage right now. From extreme sports to real estate to entertainment, flying drones with attached video or photography equipment are becoming more and more popular for capturing the perfect shot. The new Hexo+, however, makes things even easier for the cameraman on the move. With autonomous software and high speed framing, this six bladed copter drone can follow you virtually anywhere without you having to do a thing.
3D printing is quickly becoming one of the most popular new ways to create customized items for both art and functionality. But, what about those people that want to customize something that already exists? Carvey is a 3D carving machine that can make custom designed items from a multitude of materials including wood, metal and plastic. Design your creations in both 2D and 3D using the included software or any of a variety of popular CAD software programs.
While the iPhone is probably one of the most popular, many would argue that it is not anywhere near the most advanced or adaptable smartphone. The new Sony Xperia Z3, on the other hand, takes cell phone technology to a whole new level. Not only is it waterproof and highly durable, it comes with an impressive battery life and an advanced 20.7 megapixel camera. And, for you gamers out there, it also is built to be able to remotely access your PS4 games from anywhere with the included PS4 Remote Play.
With all the media attention and social awareness of driving safety, using your cell phone while behind the wheel is quickly becoming known as one of the most dangerous things you can do. Unfortunately, most people use their phone’s built-in GPS to help them get from point A to point B, which can be a distraction. Luckily, Navdy has found the answer. They created a heads up display that rests on your dashboard, so you now can use your navigation, see incoming texts and more without having to take your eyes from the road. It also features touchless gesture technology to make control and usage even easier.
Music is a huge part of many people’s lives, and having quality speakers is key to enjoying your music. While this may sound mundane next to the other suggestions, Om/One has created an amazing sounding speaker that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. The speaker itself actually rests on a bed of air, levitating nearly an inch off of its base. Additionally, the speaker uses Bluetooth technology, can operate up to 12 hours on a single charge and doubles as a speakerphone for truly futuristic communication.
Whatever technology you are looking to take advantage of, make sure you look good and hard for what is out there. New things are being developed and produced every day, and if you don’t take a second, you might miss the perfect gift or gadget this holiday season.