It’s no surprise that with smart devices changing the way we communicate, they’re also changing the way we gift-give.
This holiday shopping season, as I seek out gifts for my family, co-workers (and of course, myself!) I am drawn to gifts that may be better suited for the technophiles in my life. Beyond the cool factor though, three of them speak to the strength of the smart-device revolution that I have previously referred to.
Gift #1: Brookstone Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank ($99)
Remotely controlled by an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, this roving videocam can travel up to 200 feet from its owner, while sending a live video feed to his or her device. Roughly the same size as a Roomba®, this app-based gadget has an infrared “night vision” camera that captures both video and still images on command.
This is just one example of how extensible smart device technology is—and will become. Today it’s a roving novelty. Tomorrow, it could be taking inventory of your pantry—from outside your home—so you know what to buy on your next shopping trip.
Gift #2: LeapFrog LeapPad ($99)
I’ve talked a lot about the “multi-touch” generation, especially at conference engagements this year, but this newly launched product really crystallizes the idea. Not only does it unlock a child’s potential, but it also acclimates the child to a touch interface at a very early age.
Both a learning and entertainment device, the LeapPad Explorer takes photos, “reads” books, and plays games--not so unlike mom or dad’s iPad, but at a fraction of the cost and in a more rugged form.
Might I add, this is a perfect way to ensure you don’t have to compete for “screen time” on your iPad while at home.
Gift #3: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones ($299)
The legendary manufacturer that designed the speakers used in the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, created the P5 headphones in 2010. Marrying specially designed mylar drivers and New Zealand sheepskin earpads, these noise-isolating headphones are truly a “concert for one.” Comfortable, beautiful and well-built, they also offer full compatibility with iOS devices, so you can take calls from your iPhone and control listening volume at the same time. Beyond that, they offer the ability for customer-owners to enter a community of like-minded audiophiles who demand more from their on-the-go lifestyles.