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More and more gadgets are introduced every year, and 2015 is no exception. This year, many new pieces of technology were put on the market, and we’ve found the coolest ones. From live-saving to fun, these gadgets could be a perfect holiday gift for that tech-lover in your family or they could be something you keep for yourself.
1. Lily Drone Camera
The Lily is my favorite product of year. It’s a video recording drone that follows you around as you ski, bike, hike or do any other activity. It has multiple modes you can set – it can follow behind you, next to you, or circle around you. You wear a little tracker on your wrist so Lily knows where you are at. Then when you are done, it lands back in your hands. Watch the video below.
2. Nebia Shower
Nebia is another one of the super hot products this year. Basically, Nebia set out to reinvent the shower. It claims to use 70% less water than a traditional shower while at the same time leaving your body cleaner and feeling more hydrated. It automizes millions of drops of water to create maximum water exposure to your skin. It was a such an amazing concept that Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) and Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google) have both invested.
3. Doorbell Video Camera
This video camera connects to both your doorbell and your smartphone, so you can see and speak to who is at your door – even if you aren’t home. There is also a motion sensor that will alert you of activity near your door, in case a guest chose not to ring your doorbell.
Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell, $199.00
4. Wearable Calm and Energy Technology
This new gadget claims to either make you calmer or give you more energy, whichever you prefer, by the use of a wearable strap. The strap goes on your head and “zaps” your brain with low levels of electric current. It was developed by a team of neuroscientists who swear that it is a quick and easy process – that actually works.
Thync Calm and Energy Wearable, $199.00
5. Amazon Echo
This stand-alone device is basically like a version of Siri that sits wherever you’d like. Like Siri, it also plays your music, answers mundane questions and can give your traffic or the weather. Not like Siri: it can be programmed to control household items such as light switches and will read the news for you. It was also featured on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list.
Amazon Echo, $179.99
6. GPS Watch
Perfect for the outdoorsy person in your life, this watch give you the time, sunrise and sunset times, counts your steps and calories, and provides your navigation in case you were to get lost. It’s also fashionable and can be work for any occasion.
Suunto Traverse GPS Watch, $450.00
7. Stratos All-In-One Credit Card
Sick of keeping multiple credit, debit, reward, and gift cards in your wallet? Stratos aims to solve this problem by creating one card in which you can store all your other cards onto. When you want to pay, you simply just select the credit card you want on Stratos and swipe. You use a smart phone app and card reader (that plugs into the headphone jack) to load your existing credit cards. It also will remind you when you are at a store where you have a gift card and has security features above and beyond existing credit cards.
8. Smartphone Garage Door Opener
For those of us who are naturally forgetful, sometimes it may be hard to remember if you closed the garage door or not when you left the house this morning. Or sometimes somebody in your family doesn’t have a garage door opener but needs to get in the house. This solves those problems because it is a garage door opener that connects to an app on your smart phone. It installs in minutes and works with your home Wi-Fi.
MyQ Garage Door Opener, $103.99
9. UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker
There are plenty of bluetooth speakers out there, but these stand out, simple because of their quality. Shockproof and waterproof means that you can bring it with you anywhere – yes, even the shower. You can also take turns playing music from 3 different Bluetooth devices, in case more than one person wants to be DJ.
UE Boom 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, $179.99
10. Neato Robot Vacuum
You’ve heard of a robot vacuum cleaner that cleans your floors with the touch of a button, but this one seems to be the best of the best. What makes it different? It has all the basic functions of an automatic vacuum, plus the ability to connect via a smartphone app, so you can choose for it to vacuum your house from wherever you are. Also comes with LaserSmart mapping and object detection to strategically navigate a room, instead of just bumping into things.
Neato Botvac, $699.99
11. Nespresso Coffee/Espresso Maker
Basically, it’s like a Keurig on steroids. This machine brews not only coffee but also espresso – milk frother and all. It will make a variety of drinks, hot or cold, just the way you like them.
12. Multi-Device Keyboard
This is a computer keyboard that also syncs to your smartphone and tablet. Simply turn a single dial to switch between devices to make taking turns typing on each of them a breeze. If you’re typing something on your laptop but want to change the Netflix on your tablet or text a friend from your phone in one swift motion, this keyboard is the best multi-tasker.
13. Mobile Phone Projector
Because we all know your phone screen is too small to watch Netflix or a business presentation from. Quick set-up and tear-down provides painless projection between meetings, and its high-quality color and image make using this tool a regular part of your routine.
NEC NP-VE281 Mobile Projector, $328.99
14. The Ring Zero
Turn your dreams of becoming a wizard into a reality with this gesture-controlled ring. Put the ring on, give a quick swipe of the hand, and you’ll be able to do basic tasks such as closing curtains or turning on the tv, without touching them at all. We think that Harry Potter would approve.
Ring ZERO, $99.99
15. Smart Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is one of the only thermostats that you can turn on and off from your phone, while also giving auto-schedule and auto-away options for when you’re both around and out of town. Its sleek look and easy to use interface will keep you captivated.
Nest Learning Thermostat, $249.00
16. Automatic Kitchen Scale
This kitchen scale will allow you to measure ingredients without dirtying up a measuring cup ever again. Download the app to your phone, and the scale will sync to it and measure each ingredient as you go to tell you how much you’ve added.
Drop Kitchen Scale, $99.99
17. Polaroid Instant Digital Camera
This camera is instant-print, so it has the trendiness of a Polaroid; but it’s current, because it can also save a digital copy onto your computer. It’s small and has a minimalist design for the person in your life who loves photos and portability.
18. Basketball Shot Tracker
For the athletes out there who want to know how to improve their game, you can now look to modern technology for an answer. This device automatically tracks your shot attempts and successes with a net and wrist sensor. It’s also endorsed by Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.
19. 360 Degree Camera
The 360 Fly is a 360-degree camera that flies above you to capture the perfect shot. It is resistant to almost any weather condition (rain, sand, dust, etc.) and it has a smart phone app that you can connect it to.
20. Smartpot Herb Garden
Grow an indoor garden without putting in much effort with the Click & Grow. All you have to do is plug it in, add some water, and the smartpot will take care of the rest. It includes cartridges for various plants, but refills can also be purchased additionally.
Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden, $59.95
21. Samsung Smart Watch
Like the Apple Watch is for Apple fans, the S2 Smartwatch is for Android fans. Basically the watch serves as an extension of your phone that you can wear around your wrist. Its appeal also is in its sleek design and easy to use interface.
Samsung Gear S2, $249.00
22. Nanoleaf Smart Bulbs
These bulbs have a modern, sleek design, but more importantly, they connect to your iPhone. So every time you say “Hey Siri, turn on the lights,” they’ll turn on. Voila. Also includes dimming and night mode options.
Nanoleaf LED Bulbs, $39.99/bulb
23. Roost Smoke Alarm Battery
This battery plugs into any existing smoke detector and makes it a “smart” device, because if the alarm ever goes off, you can now get an instant notification on your phone, and you can even silence the alarm from your phone as well.