With Black Friday and Cyber Monday about to officially kick-off the holiday shopping season, people are ready to hit the stores and their keyboards in search of not only the best deals, but finding that perfect gift. Tech gifts and consumer electronics continue to top lists…so being in-the-know can lead to a stress free holiday shopping spree.
Tech expert Andrea Smith partnered with some of her favorite brands to help you cut through the confusion and pick the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
For the hot toy this year, check out a robot, yes a robot!
Introducing Micronoid, the small robot friend that has a HUGE personality. Taking the programming and personality of Meccanoid to a more accessible level in both price and building, Micronoid is an amazing addition to the Meccano line, and one sure to please kids of all ages. Key features include directional control, L.I.M. programming, responding to yes/no questions, and beat detection and dancing mode.
When Micronoids are around each other, they can also communicate with each other. When placed together, Micronoids will tell jokes, laugh and move.
- Priced at MSRP $39.99.
- Available for purchase at www.spinmaster.com, Amazon, Toys R Us, Walmart and Target.
- For more information, visit www.meccano.com.
Trying to find the latest TV to brighten up your holiday? Make sure to check out this top pick!
Holiday season marks the time of year when many people start itching for a brand new TV – and thanks to the incredible technology on the market today, there’s never been a better time to buy.
The Samsung KS9800 TV is a great choice this holiday, whether you’re shopping for yourself or your loved ones. Featuring the world’s only cadmium-free, 10-bit Quantum Dot display, the KS9800’s stunning 4K resolution delivers spectacular color, brightness and contrast that makes every detail pop right off the screen – no matter how dark or bright the room is.
The KS9800 also features Samsung’s Smart Hub, which makes discovering and switching between live TV, streaming video, games and other apps a breeze. And, talk about easy, with the KS9800, you don’t have to worry about programming your remote. Just plug your set top box into the TV and it automatically sets it up for you.
- Priced at $4,499 for the 65” model.
- For more information and to purchase, visit www.samsung.com.
Who doesn’t want a drone? Well, here is one that will make for an exciting holiday morning!
The GHOSTDRONE 2.0 is a first-of-its-kind drone and all you need is a smartphone to take to the skies. The GHOSTDRONE 2.0 VR from EHang is simple for everyone to operate – from kids to grandparents. The new drone offers an experience that veteran pilots and those just taking flight will appreciate, with plenty of features and firsts, including:
- EHang Play App (Apple, Windows or Android) lets you pilot the drone and capture video all with the tap of the phone’s volume buttons
- VR platform to give you a real time “first person view”, you see what the drone sees
- Drone camera to shoot professional-quality aerial photography
- VR goggles use innovative head-tracking feature that allows users to intuitively control the camera angle of their drone simply via head movement
- And it’s the only drone available that comes with a one-year, no hassle warranty with up to three accidents in one year, no questions asked.
- Priced at:
- GHOSTDRONE 2.0 Aerial: $399; includes gimbal and 4K Sports Camera
- GHOSTDRONE 2.0 VR: $899; includes gimbal, Ehang 4K Ai camera and VR Goggles
- VR Goggles: $349 when purchased separately as an accessory
- On Black Friday there is a $200 off discount off the GHOSTDRONE 2.0 VR and you will also receive a free EXTRA Ehang Battery, $100 value, which is great because you don’t have to go recharge while you are using, just switch out the battery.
- Available for purchase online at www.ehang.com and www.amazon.com or in stores at BestBuy nationwide and Fry’s Electronics.
- For more information, visit www.ehang.com.
New devices like the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are hot holiday gifts, but make sure you keep them protected! Here is what we suggest.
OtterBox Commuter Series and Defender Series
This holiday season, new devices like the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are a hot holiday gift. Be sure to protect those shiny new devices with trusted protection from OtterBox. Available now, Defender Series and Commuter Series help keep devices safe. Defender Series protects Pixel from drops, dings and holiday havoc with three layers of tough protection. Commuter Series leaves Pixel feeling slim and sleek, while still giving it two layers of protection from bumps and scrapes. Plus, over Black Friday weekend, you can get up to 20% off with qualifying purchases on www.otterbox.com.
- Priced at:
- Commuter Series: $39.95
- Defender Series: $49.95
- Available for purchase and for more information, visit www.otterbox.com.
For your holiday music or playing your favorite tunes all year long, this makes a great gift for the music lover on your list!
Epic2 Bluetooth Wireless Sport Earbuds
JLab Audio’s award winning Epic2 Bluetooth Wireless Sport Earbud features 12 hours of playtime, an IPX5 splashproof rating, and incredible crystal clear sound. Designed to handle all different types of environmental elements these earbuds are designed with fitness in mind to help keep you primed for your best. With skip-free Bluetooth technology you’ll never have to worry about losing motivation mid workout. Providing the perfect fit for you, the Epic2 features custom fit memory wire and 8 different gel tips.
Crasher XL Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker
Seriously powerful and durable, the Crasher XL packs a powerful audio punch in an incredibly sturdy, waterproof package. From the beach to the mountains, the largest member of the Crasher Series can endure whatever nature throws your way with its IPX6 splashproof rating, meaning it can handle rain, snow, sleet, or even a rinse off. For 13 Bluetooth hours, you can jam to crystal clear sound during all your crazy outings. With 30 watts of power its sound will blow you away and will be heard over a variety of environmental noises.
- Priced at:
- Epic2 Bluetooth Wireless Sport Earbuds: $99.99
- Crasher XL Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker: $99.99
- Available for purchase and for more information, visit www.jlabaudio.com.