The best about a semiconductor is what you can build with it! Here are some of the coolest tech-gadgets of this year which you may consider for your Christmas wish-list!
OM/ONE Levitating Bluetooth Speaker
The OM/ONE is the world’s first levitating bluetooth speaker. There are many small speakers out there already but the OM/ONE is undoubtedly the most stylish one. The actual sound comes from the “Speaker Orb” which is a levitating ball with built-in microphone. The “OM/ONE Base” is a magnetic station that levitates the Speaker Orb plus USB port to charge your Speaker Orb and other devices. The flying sound machine gives you up to 12 hours of continuous music play.
With more and more smart-watches on the market Apple finally unveiled its own intelligent wearable device. The long anticipated “Apple Watch“, presented during the Apple event in September this year is not for sale yet but the specs and features create a lot of excitement. Besides the technology Apple brings in a lot of style as usual with great designs, including highly polished stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases. Over all there will be 18 different models in the collection.
image: Rick Loughery, GoPro/PR Newswire
The newest generation of the GoPro action cameras made its debut right on time for Thanksgiving and Christmas sales. The indestructible device now features stunning 4K resolution with 30 frames per second (fps) or even 2.7K images with stunning 50fps as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The camera comes in two main configurations, the HERO4 Black capable of filming full-HD videos with 120fps in an incredibly small package and the HERO4 Silver which comes with a built-in touch display.
Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
This very smart healthcare product from Withings lets you measure your blood pressure with your smartphone. Simply slip on the cuff, turn on the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and the Health Mate app will automatically launch. It is so easy even your Granny will be able to use it. What makes it even more innovative is how easy the app makes it for you to track your blood pressure over time and to sync your data with the Withings Health Cloud.
94Fifty Smart Basketball
The 94Fifty is the first smart basketball and wants to make you a better player! It does so by monitoring the balls movement using multiple embedded motion sensors. The data is sent to your smartphone via Bluetooth and analyzed in a free downloadable app. The smart “shootable” can be charged via the included wireless Qi charging pad and gives you about 8 hours of battery life – enough to keep up even with the well-conditioned among us.
Netatmo Weather Station
The Netatmo Weather Station is probably the smartest way to monitor and keep track with indoor and outdoor conditions. We spend 80% of our time indoors, yet the air indoors is often more polluted than outdoors. The Netatmo Weather Station measures the level of CO2 indoors and sends you a warning when you need to air out your home. Further the real-time weather readings give you a precise forecast on the day ensuring you do not forget your umbrella anymore.
Wearable fitness trackers are nothing new but the truck load of features the Jawbone UP3 packs in a beautiful and sleek wrist band is amazing. It is packed with state-of-the-art sensors that give you the full picture of your health including heart-rate, sleep behavior, food habits and more. One of the coolest features is the advanced activity tracking which automatically recognizes different sports from running to basketball playing providing you a detailed picture of your fitness level.
The FIFA Vanishing Spray
image: 915 Fair Play
This may not be the most high-tech invention of the year but causing a lot of controversy during the FIFA 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil we had to include the vanishing spray. The official 915 Fair Play Limit spray is a vanishing spray, a substance applied to an athletic field in order to provide a temporary visual marker for use by both players and referees. After being criticized during the first games the invention is now accepted and appreciated both by fans and players as it helps to ensure fair-play.
ZANO Selfie Drone
image: Zano Kickstarter
With more and more drones coming to the market Zano invented one of the smallest and most intelligent ones so far. Zano is an ultra-portable, personal aerial photography and HD video capture platform, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and intelligent enough to fly all by itself. The drone connects to your iOS or Android device via WiFi and enables you to take pictures and videos of yourself instantly following you around and returning to your hand by a simple tap on the button. The project can still be supported on Kickstarter.
Tile for iOS
Tile is an ultra-portable and tiny device which is connected to your smartphone and casts a Bluetooth signal up to 100 feet, making it easy to locate and find all kinds of small things like keys, remote controls and more. In addition Tile remembers the last place it connected to your belongings making tracing them easy without the use of a GPS. The great news are with just 25$ for one Tile (or as low as 15$ if you order 12 pieces) Tile makes up for a great Christmas gift!