Top 10 Christmas Tech Gifts of 2012
From video games to smartphones, we’ve rounded up 2012’s coolest, most innovative technology gifts that are sure to make any geek’s holiday wish list.
Got a gadget guru on your Christmas gift list, but aren't sure where to start? We've tested the latest and greatest gizmos and high-tech toys to bring you our top picks for 2012's best tech gifts. From light fixtures controlled by your smartphone, to Nintendo's groundbreaking new videogame platform, here are the 10 tech gifts you need to get.
1. Logitech Washable Keyboard
Many a keyboard have been lost to spilled beverages, and there's nothing fun about cleaning out the lint, guck and other yuckies that inhabit the crevices between keys. For the messy tech-geek, Logitech's Washable Keyboard may just be a godsend. With laser printed, waterproof keys to ensure you're always minding your Ps and Qs, and drainage holes to allow easy cleaning, you'll never have an excuse for a sticky keyboard. Just watch where you put the coffee, okay?
2. Nike+ Fuel Band
Nike's Fuel Band may just be the coolest watch you never knew you needed. It's capable of tracking steps, the type of activity your doing and the amount of calories you've burned. Not impressed? The Nike+ Fuel Band's app works with your smartphone, allowing you to set activity goals, track your progress over months, and reward fitness milestones. If you're the type who needs a kick in the butt to get active, this accessory could be a lifesaver.
3. Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo's newest console takes everything that made the original Wii innovative, and ups the ante with more powerful hardware and an ingenious new touch-screen gamepad. Capable of HD graphics, the Wii U launches with an assortment of killer titles, including New Super Mario Bros U and Wii Fit U, alongside major franchises like Call of Duty Black Ops 2, FIFA 13 and Assassin's Creed 3. The Wii U's coolest feature, it's iPad sized touch-screen controller, allows you to wirelessly view and play games from across the room. Finally, movie night and video games can peacefully co-exist.
4. Society6 iPhone Cases
What's so special about these iPhone cases? Beyond their elegant and sturdy one-piece construction, Society6 has thousands of beautiful designs to choose from. Whether you're craving a totally rad Game of Thrones collage, or a hand drawn piece of art, there are so many iPhone cases you'll probably spend hours browsing Society6's virtual aisles. Don't say we didn't warn you...
5. Phillips Hue Connected Bulb
Take interior design to a whole new level with this iPhone/iPad-controlled home lighting set. Complete with wireless bridge and three bulbs, the Phillips Hue allows you to choose from any lighting colour imaginable, set light timers, pick from pre-designed lighting schemes (like concentration, or relaxation), or even match your home's lighting to your favourite photos.
6. Yada Tiny Traveler Baby Monitor and Camera For Your Car
Keeping your eyes on both the road and your baby has always been a chore, and sometimes downright dangerous. Best case scenario you're going to end up with a sore neck, after constantly craning your head around to ensure the little rugrat is safe. Not so anymore. This Yada Baby Monitor features a 3.5-inch colour screen, night vision-capable camera, and mounts easily on your windshield, ensuring your next car trip with baby isn't to the chiropractor.
7. Samsung Galaxy S III
Looking for an alternative to the iPhone? Samsung is the only name in the game worth mentioning, and the Galaxy S III has everything an Android-based smartphone needs. Complete with a crystal-clear, massive 4.8-inch HD screen, lighting-fast LTE speed and upgradable memory, the Galaxy has all the tech-specs down pat. But what makes this phone truly excellent are its one-of-a-kind innovations, like a screen that automatically turns off when you aren't looking at it, wireless phone-to-TV technology, and the ability to share photos simply by pressing two phones together. If you're sick of Apple, check out the best alternative on the market.
8. Toshiba Camielo Full HD Mini Camcorder
Roughly the size of a business card, the Camielo HD Mini Camcorder is for the family trip that goes extreme. Splashproof, rugged and lightweight, the Camileo clips onto your jacket for a first-person video experience unlike any other. Bungee jumping with the kids? Check.
9. HMDX Jam Bluetooth Speaker
Bring the Christmas party wherever you go when you bust out the pocked-sized HMDX Jam. Using wireless Bluetooth technology and cashing in at an affordable $40, the HMDX Audio Jam features high-quality sound, and best of all, a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Time to start rocking around the Christmas tree, wirelessly.
10. Belkin WeMo Baby Monitor
Any parent will tell you a baby monitor's sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. And how many times have you run to check on dinner, only to forget to bring the monitor with you? Cut out the middleman and turn your iPhone, iPod or iPad into an on-the-go baby monitor. Running seamlessly through Wi-Fi, the Belkin WeMo relays high-quality sound to your Apple device, and can even provide parenting tips by tracking your baby's sleeping and noise levels.