If you’re looking for last-minute Christmas present ideas for your tech-loving family and friends, has been scouring the internet for inspiration. From ramping up your home security to transforming your time in the kitchen, here you’ll find some of the most innovative and practical new gadgets on the market this year.
- BulbGuard Cam
Bulbguard is a lightbulb security camera. In other words, this clever device is an energy-saving LED bulb with a built-in security camera. Simply screw it into your home’s light fitting and besides illuminating the room, it also provides you with a 360° panoramic view and HD video that you can access on your phone. Ideal for those who don’t want to have expensive security cameras professionally installed, it means you can quickly and easily keep an eye on your home when you’re not in.
- Ökoform heated desk
The Ökoform is an eco-friendly heated desk that’s the perfect gift for students and those who work from home or in a garden office. The energy-saving device uses a radiant heating element built into the desktop that warms the user instead of warming the air. As a result, it uses just 260 watts – that’s a whopping 90% less energy than traditional fan heaters. Available in different designs, including a static and a height-adjustable model, it supports up to 120kg, comes in various top options, and has leg choices of black, white or silver.
- Vaha X exercise mirror
The Vaha X is a smart mirror that transforms into an interactive gym. Wall or floor-mountable, the mirror acts as a digital personal trainer, offering over 100 on-demand and live classes. It features a 43-inch HD touchscreen, quality speakers, a microphone and a camera for live personal training. The accompanying app can also be used to track workouts and scheduling sessions. For full access to live training, you will need to pay a monthly membership fee.
- Symfonisk picture frame with wi-fi speaker
Bringing together two great brands, Symfonisk is a stylish Ikea picture frame with a built-in Sonos speaker. The picture frame can be customised with different art designs to suit your living space, while the high-quality speaker is compatible with the Sonos system and Apple AirPlay 2. Symfonisk can be controlled with the Sonos app, comes with flexible streaming options and can be integrated with other Sonos speakers.
- AeroGarden Harvest
A 21st-century gardening gadget for those with limited outdoor space, the AeroGarden Harvest is a compact, hydroponic indoor gardening system that’s ideal for growing small numbers of herbs, leafy greens and small vegetables. A great gift for the green-fingered, it features a water reservoir, an adjustable LED grow light and simple controls for reminders about adding water and plant food. The gadget is easy to set up and needs little maintenance, making growing your plants almost effortless – simply grow, harvest and enjoy.
- Makeblock mBot (2) Neo
The perfect gift for inspiring the next generation of tech innovators, the Makeblock mBot (2) Neo is an advanced educational robot that helps kids learn both the physical building and electronic programming skills needed to design robots. The mBot 2 comes with pre-made program codes, a remote control function for driving, a quad RGB sensor for line tracking and light sensing, an ultrasonic sensor and two high-speed DC motor encoders for precise movement control. Easy to assemble and versatile, it offers hours of fun and hands-on learning for the technically creative -and you don’t really need to be a kid to use it!
- GE Profile Smart Mixer with Auto Sense
One for Bake Off fans, the GE Profile Smart Mixer is an advanced piece of kitchen kit that works with Google and Alexa. While it does everything you’d expect from a traditional, high-quality kitchen mixer, its built-in Auto Sense technology allows it to detect changes in the texture and viscosity of your food, so it performs even better. It also features a built-in smart scale for precise weighing and even offers guided recipes. With an advanced digital motor delivering consistent power, a digital display, a lift-and-lock arm, a one-click attachment release and a status display, every aspect of this mixer has been given the techno touch.
- iRobot Braava Jet M6 Robot Mop
Yes, we’ve had robot vacuum cleaners for years, but the iRobot Braava Jet M6 mops your floors too! With advanced navigation technology that lets it manoeuvre around furniture and other obstacles, it adapts to different floor types and can mop and dry sweep. Ideal for those who hate chores, you can programme it to schedule cleanings and set boundaries using the iRobot HOME app or, if that’s too much of a hassle, simply tell Alexa to get it started.
When it comes to Christmas, every tech fan secretly yearns for the latest gadgets in their stocking. In our search for the most innovative new products, we hope we’ve found something to please everyone. Hopefully, if you’re stuck for the perfect present, you’ll now have a better idea of what to buy.
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