There are only 15 shopping days left until Christmas. And those who love connected devices have lots to hope (and rejoice) for. Here are five gift ideas that would make the geek in your life feel very merry.
1. Hue or Wemo
The whole “smarthome” trend is just plain awesome. Wemo offers a suite of devices that can WiFi-enable your outlets and light switches allowing you to remotely control pretty much anything with an on/off switch. Add their motion sensors and HD security cam and your geek will be in smarthome heaven.
2. Xbox One
The just launched Xbox One unites your TV, Cable box, and audio receiver into a unified voice-controlled experience. Simply say “Xbox on” and everything turns on through an easy to navigate GUI. Plus the new Kinect sensor is ridiculously better than the first gen one – it can actually “see” in the dark.
And, of course, Samsung’s incredible advertising for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch speaks directly to us geeks' greatest communications fantasies:
4. Anki Drive
A personal favorite, Anki Drive was first demoed at Apple’s WWDC. It’s an incredible physical + virtual experience. I’ve found that everything “just works” and the app’s user experience is both rewarding and awesomely simple to use. This is a great gift for kids but also adults (I can’t seem to stop playing it). The best part? Patrick Stewart (a.k.a. Captain Picard) is the VO of the tutorial.
5. Google Chromecast
At only $35, Google’s Chromecast is the perfect way to turn your TV into a smart TV, enabling your geek to “flick” her/his favorite Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, or Hulu Plus videos on to “the big screen.”
Merry nerdy Christmas to all…