If you're looking to do some last-minute shopping for your friends, co-workers, family, or maybe just yourself, look no further. We've compiled a list of our top picks that would make perfect gifts for the holiday season - and the best part is you can find them all right here on WellBots!
Of course, our first pick would have to be a quadcopter, but not just any quadcopter - it's the DJI Phantom 2. The Phantom 2 is one of the most advanced consumer quadcopters available on the market today! The second-generation Phantom quadcopter comes "ready-to-fly" and an easy-to-pilot system, prepared to take on any aerial challenges you throw its way as soon as you unbox it. It also includes a high-performance 5200mAh Lithium Polymer battery that can provide up to 25 minutes of flight time compared to the 14 minutes provided from the previous generation.
The DJI Phantom 2 makes a great gift for photographers and videographers looking to take their craft to new heights. Piloting quadcopters is also a great hobby for anybody interested new technology. Quadcopters and drones are becoming more embraced in our society, especially with companies like Amazon paving the way for delivery aerial unmanned vehicles or NIXIE developing selfie drones, so why not have your own?
Withings is a popular manufacturer in the connected device space, and the Withings Pulse O₂ is one of their signature activity trackers that help you monitor your activity and sleep, and help improve your overall health. It captures your steps taken, distanced traveled, and even calories burned throughout the day, while monitoring your sleeping cycles at night. Unlike other activity trackers available, the Pulse O₂ is versatile and can be worn multiple ways: use it as a wearable on your wrist, clip it onto your clothes, or place it in a pocket or bag you travel with.
It connects easily to your smartphone and transmits data to the free Health Mate App available on iOS and Android. Health Mate offers you personalized and real-time coaching to supplement the improvement of your health, and offers a social aspect so you can bring your friends and family into the mix and keep everyone motivated! The Pulse O₂ makes a great gift, especially at this time of year when everyone is thinking of New Year's resolutions - we're looking at all of you with "Start going to the gym more" on your list.
Like quadcopters and wearable tech, home automation is also becoming a more popular industry for consumer electronics. One of our favorites in this category is the the Netatmo Weather Station, a home environment monitoring device that detects the air quality both indoor and outside of your home. The Weather Station includes an indoor module and outdoor module that is to be placed in its respective location, and once installed it begins collecting data from its sensors and delivers it straight to your smartphone. Beyond offering a 7-day forecast, the Netatmo Weather Station offers information like reports about the indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity, and air quality, in addition to your home's CO2 and sound levels and the barometric pressure. With this information, the Weather Station helps you plan your outdoor activities to pick out the right clothes, take the right transportation, and choose right moment to go.
If you're looking for a more functional gift, what's a better present than one that works by itself? The Infinuvo Hovo 610 is the latest generation of automatic vacuum cleaners to join the Infinuvo family. The Infinuvo Hovo 620 solves a lot of older problems from previous generations and other vacuum cleaning robots like no longer using a roller brush that would require frequent maintenance, automatic charging when it detects it is low on battery, and smarter sensors that detect furniture or obstacles.
We're not trying to call anyone out, but it makes a great gift for those who may be too busy (or lazy) to make a habit out of cleaning their home regularly. The Infinuvo Hovo 620 even allows users to program a 7-day schedule so it will operate daily without requiring any input or operation after the initial setup - literally operating on its own. Like we said, what gets better than that? Oh yeah, maybe the fact that it's only a fraction of the price of some of the higher-end robot vacuums, while offering premium performance.
Last, but definitely not the least of our holiday gift picks is the Ollie app-controlled robot, the latest innovation from the makers of Sphero. Ollie is a tubular-shaped robot that you control directly from your smartphone that can reach speeds of up to 14 mph! If a remote-controlled race car grew up, this is exactly what it would look like!
The Ollie easily connects via Bluetooth to any iOS and Android device with the app. Control Ollie as it does tricks, speeds around, and transforms color right in front of you. It is efficiently designed to withstand and survive any knocks and bumps it faces as it moves around. It also includes a variety of hubcaps and tires available allowing you to drive on different types of surfaces, and a rechargeable USB battery providing about 60 minutes of driving time. It makes a great gift for someone young, and even helps bring the kid out in you!
So there you have it - our list of some of the best tech gifts we think you'll find anywhere. It's still never too late to make your purchase for anyone on your list! Let us know what you think in the comments below.