Gift Ideas for the Gadget-Freak in Your Life
We know shopping for the right gift for us high-tech folk isn’t always easy. After all, what do you get someone who’s already got it all, right? But you don’t have to be a gadget-freak yourself to find the perfect gift. Thankfully, with the help of a handy comparison shopping app and a few of my favorite gadget picks, you can’t miss!
Late last year, Google released their entry into the world of smart speakers, Google Home. Using voice commands, you can interact with a number of services from news and entertainment to hands-free calling. Google Home can also function as a central hub to control other smart devices or appliances, giving it home automation capabilities in addition to its abilities as a personal assistant and home-wide entertainment controller.
Face it: a portable USB charger is a must-have — batteries don’t just run dry in horror movies, but being without your phone in this day and age can be pretty scary. The Nifty offers both a USB-C and a USB-A port and supports Quick Charge 3.0. Buttons-free illuminated ports allow you to easily see how much power remains, and a sleek profile weighing 5.5 oz keeps it handy and pocket-sized.
I’m not ashamed to admit it: I lose stuff very occasionally. This is where wireless key trackers come into play, and Tile’s latest key finder performs admirably. Coming in the form of a small square on your keychain (and a small app on your smartphone), the Tile Mate can produce an 88db alarm to help you find your misplaced keys reliably at distances up to 60 feet. If they move out of range, the last location the devices paired will be marked on a map in the app. Lastly, a center button on the key fob gives two-way finding capabilities by triggering a similar alarm on your smartphone — this was a must-have feature for me.
Full disclosure: I’ve always been a big fan of Bose, and their QuietComfort headphones deliver the sound quality I have known to expect from them. But it’s the noise-cancellation offered by their latest headset that really impresses me. Miniature microphones pick up external sounds and chips in each ear process and respond with compensating sounds in a fraction of a millisecond. A digital equalizer ensures that the sound remains balanced at any volume.
For me, this is the pièce de résistance, but I can’t tell you why on earth I’d ever need one. I can only tell you that it was a very good Father’s Day for me this year. DJI’s Phantom 4 offers speeds of up to 44 mph, an operating range of just over three miles, and a flight time of 28 minutes – and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with the thing. And the 12.4 megapixel camera means I can be sure to capture some stunning, internet-ready footage of the cardinal that keeps flying into my office window.