25 Incredible Cutting-Edge Techie Gifts That Will Impress
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In days gone by, cutting-edge technology would have been firmly out of most people’s reach. Big businesses with lots of money to spare would be able to part with colossal sums of money in order to chase the latest technological trends. Fortunately, these days we can all experience the latest in cutting-edge consumer technology — thanks in large part to Moore’s Law.

The diminishing cost of consumer electronics has seen innovation reach new highs over the past few years, with smart devices entering our homes at a phenomenal rate. No longer do you have to present the technophile in your life with yet another puzzle. Instead, this year surprise them with the gifts of the future, today.

Digital Assistants

Digital assistants first burst onto the scene when Apple first integrated Siri Alexa, How Does Siri Work? Voice Control Explained Alexa, How Does Siri Work? Voice Control Explained The world is moving towards voice commands for everything, but how exactly does voice control work? Why is it so glitchy and restricted? Here's what you need to know as a layman user. Read More into the iPhone 4S in 2011. In the ensuing year’s we’ve seen Google’s offering blossom from Google Now How to Use Google Now to Automate Your Home and Life How to Use Google Now to Automate Your Home and Life Google Now can serve as voice control for your smart home gadgets, posting to your favorite social media accounts, and even tracking your health. Read More into Google Assistant Why Google Assistant Is a Better Smart AI Than Apple’s Siri Why Google Assistant Is a Better Smart AI Than Apple’s Siri Siri may have been the pioneering voice assistant on a smartphone, but it’s been years since most of us took her seriously. Are other voice assistants simply better? Let's take a look. Read More . The e-commerce giant Amazon even entered the game with their digital assistant Alexa Siri vs. Alexa: Which Personal Assistant Is Better? Siri vs. Alexa: Which Personal Assistant Is Better? The answer to "Alexa or Siri?" is likely going to depend a lot on your personal needs and opinions. We've come up with a head-to-head comparison in the areas that matter. Read More , first introduced as part of Amazon’s now infamous Echo device Amazon's All-New Echo: 10 Things You Need to Know Amazon's All-New Echo: 10 Things You Need to Know The Amazon Echo fuses artificial intelligence assistant capabilities with speaker functionality. This allows for a variety of uses, from streaming music to integrating with smart home technology. Read More .

Smart home assistants like the Echo, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple HomePod Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple HomePod In this article, you'll learn the differences between the Amazon Echo and Google Home. We'll also take a look at what features an Apple speaker may include. Read More are now household names. Many of these devices are wireless speakers with the digital assistant baked in. If you have a hankering for digital assistants that go beyond the mainstream devices, then look no further.

1 . Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

Bose’s QC35 are the gold standard for noise cancelling headphones. The QC35 II are a near perfect reproduction Bose QuietComfort 35 II Review: Now Featuring More Google Bose QuietComfort 35 II Review: Now Featuring More Google Bose updates their almost flawless QC 35s to include seamless Google Assistant integration. At $350, they are relatively expensive, but all the original's best features sit neatly alongside the Assistant. Read More of the first generation with one small addition – Google Assistant.

2. Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa

A minimalist sat-nav with Alexa built in so that you can drive distraction-free.

3. Sonos One with Alexa

You may be thinking that an Alexa-enabled smart speaker isn’t all that innovative. However, it represents the first time that Sonos has integrated the assistant into one of their excellent wireless speakers.

4. Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon’s latest addition to their Echo lineup features a screen to browse music lyrics, weather forecasts, and to-do lists. More importantly, it enables you to video call anyone entirely hands-free to your friends and family with an Echo device.

Robots & Robotics

If you grew up on a diet of Robocop and The Terminator, then you may have a less-than-positive view of robots. Fortunately the robots of today are a far cry from these dystopian visions. Equally, you may have an idea that all robots are large, expensive industrial units, like those that Boston Dynamics have in development.

However, there are robots that are a farsight more friendly and affordable than those aforementioned varieties. Manufacturers have gone out of their way to offer up wide varieties, catering to as many people as possible. From kid-friendly kits, to more advanced assistive robots, there’s something for everyone.

5. UBTECH Jimu Astrobot Kit

This build-your-own kit comes with with five servos, an infrared sensor, two LEDs and 397 parts that snap together. Using the companion app you can learn to code, while also making your newly built robot perform tricks and tasks.

6. Cozmo

Cozmo Cozmo Cozmo is a real-life robot like you've only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. Buy Now At Amazon CDN$ 327.96

A robot who develops a unique personality the longer you spend in its company, while still fitting neatly in the palm of your hand. Think of it as this generation’s Furby.

7. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Building & Coding Kit

LEGO have survived the transition to a digital world by releasing products like this robot building kit. Once fully built, you can learn to code and program your robotic creation with help from the companion tablet app.

8. PureClean Automatic Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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One of the most practical uses of robots to date — effortlessly keeping your home clean.

Smart Clothing

Rewind five years, and we would probably find it hard to imagine that smartphones have become quite as pervasive, social media is able to influence the real world, and we have network connected sensors built into our clothes Ready for the Fashion of the Future? Try On These 10 Wearables Today! Ready for the Fashion of the Future? Try On These 10 Wearables Today! We've quickly adapted to wearable technology like fitness bands and smart watches, but there's so much more out there! These 10 fashionable and futuristic inventions are already available for you to try on! Read More .

As unlikely as it may have once seemed, technology is having an impact on the clothing of the future — and not just in the choice of fabrics. Household names like Nike and Under Armor even generated a lot of buzz around their smart clothing offerings at CES 2017, with many products coming to market towards the end of the year.

9. Spectacles – Sunglasses For Snapchat

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Snap Inc’s first foray into hardware toned down the intrusiveness of Google Glass, allowing you to record short videos and photos. You can then post directly to their ephemeral messaging app directly from the glasses.

10. Under Armour Men’s Speedform Gemini 3 Record Running Shoe

Would you rather leave your phone at home next time you head out for a run, but still be able to track it? Well, now you can have both with UA’s record-equipped shoes which store up to five workouts and sync with their MapMyRun app via Bluetooth.

11. Sensoria Fitness Socks

Sensoria Fitness Socks and Anklet Sensoria Fitness Socks and Anklet Two pair of smart socks made from high-tech running friendly fabric Buy Now At Amazon CDN$ 453.01

The time-honored gift gets a smart upgrade. The Sensoria socks sync with a companion app to track your runs and offer guidance to improve your performance.

12. Plizza Touchscreen Gloves

Reaching for your touchscreen phone in the middle of winter can leave you with hands of ice. These touchscreen gloves let you use your device out in the cold, while keeping your hands toasty.

Technological Nostalgia

If the collective hysteria around Netflix’s Stranger Things is anything to go by, we are enamoured by the effects of nostalgia. Although technological progress has largely rendered older tech obsolete, many still hold a deep affection for the technology of the youth.

While producing exact replicas of tech from years gone by would be a foolhardy undertaking, brands have been quick to blend the old with the new. To everyone’s delight this has revived your old favorites and placed them firmly in the 21st century.

13. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Blending the instant photo printing of their most successful cameras with a 10MP digital camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Unlike their older models the photo printing no longer requires ink, adding emphasis to the word instant.

14. Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer

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Roland’s original TR-808 influenced the creation of hip-hop, trap, Miami bass and more besides. The new TR-08 is a smaller, lighter, and more affordable faithful recreation of the influential drum machine.

15. Kodak EKTRA Smartphone

Before digital cameras, capturing a “Kodak moment” was the success story of any family vacation. Now you can capture that moment directly on your Kodak EKTRA Android smartphone, using either the 21MP main or 13MP front facing camera.

16. Audio-Technica USB Direct-Drive Turntable

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The vinyl resurgence took many people by surprise, although it’s brought a lot of joy to audiophiles who maintained a fondness of the warm, slightly crackly medium. Modern turntables now incorporate USB outputs, digital outputs, and software to record your beloved records direct to your computer.

Augmented & Mixed Reality

Virtual Reality was hyped as The Next Big Thing. However, slow development, high prices, and low demand Virtual Reality Still Has 5 Big Problems to Overcome Virtual Reality Still Has 5 Big Problems to Overcome Despite all of the hype surrounding the recent surge in virtual reality products, there are many challenges that still need to be addressed before VR goes mainstream. Read More have so far prevented its ascent into the mainstream. Augmented Reality Augmented vs. Virtual Reality: What's the Difference? Augmented vs. Virtual Reality: What's the Difference? Augmented reality. Virtual reality. Mixed reality. What are all these "realities" and how are they going to impact you over the next few years? Here's everything you need to know. Read More (AR) and Mixed Reality Windows Mixed Reality: What It Is and How to Try It Now Windows Mixed Reality: What It Is and How to Try It Now Windows Mixed Reality is a new feature that lets you use Windows 10 in virtual and augmented reality. Here's why it's exciting and how to find out if your PC supports it. Read More (MR) are having a more subtle (and possibly more realistic) impact.

AR first gained prominence thanks to the surprise popularity of the mobile game Pokemon Go. MR has benefited from VR’s unfulfilled ambition, bridging the gap between AR and VR Dell Visor Mixed Reality Headset Review [Updated] Dell Visor Mixed Reality Headset Review [Updated] The tracking technology is promising, but hold off until we see SteamVR support. Right now, the Oculus Rift represents much better value for money. Read More .

17. Optinvent ORA-2 Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

If you were disappointed that the Google Glass pivoted to focus on industry, then you’ll be pleased that Optinvent has picked up where they left off. These Android-powered smart glasses come equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 1200mAh battery, and a 5MP front facing camera.

18. Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Acer AH101-D8EY Windows Mixed Reality Headset and 2 Wireless Controllers Acer AH101-D8EY Windows Mixed Reality Headset and 2 Wireless Controllers Display Size: 2.89" x 2 & Resolution: 2,880 x 1,440 (1,440 x 1,440 per eye) Buy Now At Amazon CDN$ 499.99

Microsoft has been developing the Windows Mixed Reality platform since they launched the Hololens in 2016. In conjunction with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft launched the WMR platform, allowing third parties to design and manufacture their own headsets. WMR incorporates elements of VR that are able to interact with the real-world.

19. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR Headset & Lightsaber Controller

Become the Jedi you always knew you could be with Lenovo’s Star Wars AR game. The kit includes an AR headset, lightsaber controller, and tracking beacon. Use The Force (and the companion iOS/Android app) to immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away.

20. Vuzik M100 Smart Glasses

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses (Grey) Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses (Grey) Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity makes it easy to pair with another Android device or connect wirelessly with Wi-Fi to the Internet. Buy Now At Amazon

Billed as a hands-free smartphone, these Android-powered glasses allow you to record and playback videos and pictures, manage your calendar, and even receive calls. These smart glasses are great for anyone that wants the benefits of a smartphone, but without having to spend their life staring down at a screen.

Hardware Upgrades & Peripherals

While shiny new products are great, some of the most exciting cutting edge technology comes from what’s inside our consumer electronics. It’s the developments in this field that have really propelled computing into the mainstream over the past few decades and allowed our smartphones to get ever more powerful.

This year, give the gift of upgrades and all their new-device benefit, without the new-device cost.

21. AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Graphics Card

AMD’s Vega 64 makes the perfect graphics card update for any gamer that wants to indulge in some 4K or VR gaming. It’s also a worthwhile upgrade if you are looking for a graphics card to use in cryptocurrency mining.

22. Intel Core i9-7900X Processor

Intel’s Core i9 range What Makes the Intel Core i9 the Fastest Processor and Should You Buy It? What Makes the Intel Core i9 the Fastest Processor and Should You Buy It? The Intel i7 has long topped the consumer CPU-pile. However, Intel have finally released a new generation of CPUs. Let's take a look at the beasty 18-core Intel i9 series. Read More supersedes the well-received i7 CPUs, bringing with it performance enhancements and new features. The Core i9-7900X Processor offers 10 cores, 20 threads, and Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology.

23. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Desktop Processor

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AMD pulled out all the stops to stand as a serious competitor to Intel’s CPUs. The Threadripper CPU range A Short Guide to the Fantastic AMD Threadripper CPU A Short Guide to the Fantastic AMD Threadripper CPU AMD was in the CPU wilderness for several years, but is back with a massive bang. The AMD Threadripper is one the most powerful consumer CPUs on the market, but is it right for you? Read More  ushers enterprise grade performance to consumer computing, without the premium price tag.

24. SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC Memory Card

This memory card from SanDisk is one of the best performing cards around. With 400GB of storage space, 100MB/s read and 10MB/s write speed it is easily capable of handling 4K pictures and videos.

25. ADATA SE730 Waterproof 250GB Portable SSD

While most of our tech is designed for life on-the-go, many hard drives are still susceptible to drops, crashes, and water damage. That is not the case with the SE730, which is IP68 certified, has 250GB of storage space, and boasts transfer speeds of 500MB/s.

Which Techie Gift Will You Bestow?

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Have you tried any of these cutting-edge techie gifts? Will you be buying any of these for your family this year? Do you think we missed any? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. David Keldsen
    December 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Pebble should always be listed as a contender for smartwatch; it's outside of the fray of "Android vs. iOS" and yet works with both. Remarkable.