High-Tech Holiday Gift Ideas

December 19, 2016 Staff Writer

Sure they may be pricey, but cost should never be an issue for someone close to your heart. T’S THAT SPECIAL time of the year again, when the gift-giving bug bites most everyone. And just like Jolly Old St. Nick, we come up with our naughty and nice list and then agonize over what to give the special persons in our life. If price is not an issue, these high-tech gadgets should make their Christmas truly merry and bright.

1.) BOWERS & WILKINS P7 WIRELESS HEADPHONES $399.99

For true-blue audiophiles, British company Bowers & Wilkins is among the top brands when it comes to audio equipment, even partnering with high-end car brands such as Jaguar, Volvo, and Maserati in developing their in-car audio systems. The same premium quality has made it to the company’s headphone line that boasts of the flagship P7 over-the- ear wired model that offers impressive build quality, great comfort, and a rich and well-balanced sound. But for those who want a cord-free way to enjoy their music while on the go, Bowers & Wilkins has obliged, creating the P7 wireless that comes with all the bells and whistles of its wired brethren. It features metal aluminum parts that make it light yet durable, and memory foam covered in luxurious sheep leather around the audio set. The result is a super comfortable fit that also blocks out the surrounding noise for a most enjoyable listening experience. Battery life lasts 17 hours on a single charge.


2.) NIXON MISSION SMARTWATCH $400

While most smartwatch manufacturers have set their sights on fitness-conscious consumers, the folks at Nixon have decided to go for the adventurers to come up with the world’s first action sports wearable. The Nixon Mission is built for an active lifestyle, with a rugged design that can withstand the elements. It comes with a custom-molded, shockproof, and stainless steel case and a 10 ATM (100 meters) water-resistance rating. Keeping everything humming is Android Wear, with a pre-loaded app that delivers real-time surf shred alerts and features a custom activity-tracking application.

 


3.) GOPRO HERO 5 $399 (Black) / $299 (Session)

When it comes to action cameras, the name GoPro has nearly achieved the status of being the generic term to describe such a device (in the same way that “Google” has become the go-to term for the act of searching the Internet). Its Hero4 Black flagship camera ruled the industry for quite a while until competitors wised up and offered better/cheaper alternatives like the high-end Garmin Virb Ultra 30 and the low-priced Yi 4K Action Camera. But after a short absence from the top of the heap, GoPro is back to reclaim the throne with its Hero5 that comes in two variants, Black and Session. Toting a 2-inch touch display, the Hero5 allows hands-free recording with its voice control, and one-button control to power on and start recording. It also features advanced video stabilization, built-in active noise cancellation, 4K video-recording capability at 30 fps, and is waterproof up to 33 ft. without a housing.


 

4. ) PARROT DISCO $1,299

One look at its price tag may give you pause, but give this fixed-wing drone a chance to prove itself, and you may realize that it’s all worth it. Packed with sophisticated hardware and software, the Disco Drone is simple to fly even for beginners, but will also give experienced pilots a lot of fun. Its autopilot system keeps its flight steady while its Loiter mode will keep it flying 50 meters above the ground and in a slow circle until you give it direction. There’s also a Home button that will call the drone back to your vicinity or when flight time is over. The drone’s controller connects to your smartphone through a USB cable and use the Flight Plan app to allow you to control it and also see what the drone’s 1080p Full HD front camera sees while in flight. It also comes with a First Person View (FPV) Cockpit glasses for a more immersive experience.

 

 

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