Everyone knows about the iPad and the Xbox, but what about more obscure electronics that are also awesome and useful? Don’t limit yourself to buying the really obvious tech gifts this holiday season. Check out these awesome electronics that can make your friend or a family member extremely happy on Christmas morning.
What: Smart Rover Robotic Toy
How much: $69.99
There aren’t many other things you can get your kid (or hey, an adult for that matter) that compete with robotic toys capable of moving objects, delivering message to family members, and simply busting a move. It’s also a sneaky way to teach your children more about science and programming without them realizing there’s education involved. They might use it to steal things out of your room, sure, but at least they’re learning!
What: The Bed Fan
How much: $79.99
Not all awesome electronics have to have random, fun functionalities. Some can be so practical that they’re awesome and convenient. If you ever feel like you’re lying in a bed of warm Saharan sand at night, this electronic can change your life. The fan will disperse the hot air that causes you discomfort, so you won’t have to throw your sheets off in a fit of rage in the middle of your dream (in which you’re walking on the surface of the sun).
What: Waterfi iPod Shuffle
How much: $157.95
For people who are constantly dealing with the boring sounds of the underwater environment, there’s an amazing solution. Swimmers, surfers, and anyone who participates in water-based activities can now take music along with them without worrying about their electronics meeting an untimely death when making contact with the water. The waterproof iPod Shuffle can change the way people swim.
What: Mini Boombox
How much: $99.99
Logitech created a mini boombox, but not because they felt like reliving the 1990s. This device allows people with tablets, smartphones, and other devices with Bluetooth to increase the volume and get some awesome (and loud!) sound. The battery lasts for up to 10 hours, so you can blast “Bohemian Rhapsody” 100 times and still have some battery power left over.
What: Wireless Keyboard
How much: $69.99
We have remotes for our TVs and stereos — why should we have remotes for our computers? It’s about time there’s a way to type things on your computer without sitting right in front of it. Not only can you type, but you can also use the included track-pad to do, well, just about anything from afar. You have complete control up to about 100 feet away!
What: Video Swim Mask
How much: $99.99
Instead of carrying around your goggles along with those clunky disposable waterproof cameras that look like the size of bricks, check out these awesome video swim masks. It doesn’t just take snapshots of what’s around you — it also takes video footage. There’s no cooler or more convenient way to capture your amateur shark attack movie or just photograph your friends underneath the water.
What: Travel Charging Wallet
How much: $39.99
This is essentially the horror movie cure-all. Say someone’s car breaks down on the side of the road at night in the sketchiest part of town (as it always happens in these suspenseful movies). Instead of the person grabbing his or her phone to call 911 when a creepy silhouette grows ever nearer only to discover the phone is dead, the person will have a fully charged phone waiting in the travel charging wallet. Modern technology saves us all again!
How much: $49.99
If you’ve ever wondered what your pet sees throughout the day, you’re in luck. Now the lives of dogs and cats no longer have to remain a mystery. All you have to do is clip the camera to the collar, and you have a documentary in the making. Who knows — maybe there’s a reality show based on this concept in our future.
How much: ~$40
This might not be the most pleasant electronic in the world, but it certainly encourages you to be productive. If you’re not a morning person, this clock knows how to make you a morning person. After you’ve snoozed once, the clock stops being nice. When the alarm sounds again, it’ll launch up to 3 feet off your bedside table and rolls away. Even though it’s probably the least pleasant game of cat-and-mouse ever, it’ll sure get you out of bed!
So many electronics exist that aren’t heavily advertised, but don’t let them slip by you! The perfect Christmas gift for someone can be just around the corner or simply waiting on the Internet to be discovered.