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High Tech Holiday Preview

published on November 21st, 2011 . by Steve Greenberg

Here are some tech gift ideas—

If you have a PlayStation-3 and you want to take it to the next level—this is a must-have: PlayStation’s 3D Display and 3D Glasses ($499—extra glasses $69.99)  It’s an incredible addition for any dorm room or man cave.  These glasses are light weight and rechargeable—and this package which includes a display and a pair glasses also comes with the hot car game “MotorStorm Apocalypse.”  For more info go to: www.Playstation.com

Now, for that gamer looking for a new phone—check out the new Sony Ericsson X-peria Play 4G, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone ($49.99/mo with 2-year ATT contract). It comes with all the bells and whistles of an Android smartphone with a built-in, console-like game controller that slides out,  a docking station, 7 pre-loaded games, and 4 free downloads of some of EA’s hottest games such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2. For more info go to: http://www.sonyericsson.com/Xperia

For the family wanting to bring their small screen to the big screen, check out the new Epson MegaPlex 850-HD ($799). Besides being an impressive projector with powerful built-in speakers—this projector also has a built-in docking station—so you can plug in your iPhone, iPod or iPad –and take the movies, photos, YouTube videos, anything and project it up on the big screen.  There’s also an input so that you can hook up any DVD player, laptop, gaming system or smartphone to this projector.  It’s perfect for home, work or even outdoor use.  For more info go to: www.epson.com

Now you have a great projector, you need great content—Disney has an ever growing movie library (each about $30).  Many of their titles are now available as “Combo Packs.” — that means in one package you can get the film in up to 4 formats—DVD, Blu-ray high definition, digital download and some in Blu-ray 3-D. Perfect for a gift, since you don’t need to know what format the family uses.  For more info go to: www.disney.com

And finally, you can’t forget about pets when talking about the family.  So check out this must-have tech gift for dogs—this is Tagg—The Pet Tracker ($99.95 for master kit including all hardware and 1st month of service, then $7.95 fee for monthly service) — a GPS system that keeps track of any furry friend by attaching to the dog’s collar.  If the pet leaves a pre-determined safe zone – like a yard – an email or text is sent to the pet parent’s smartphone. Owners can then locate and track the lost dog online or with the mobile app.  The Pet Tracker is great peace of mind for anyone who has a four-legged friend.  For more info go to: www.Tagg.com or www.PetTracker.com

Tech The Halls Gadget Gift Ideas

published on November 17th, 2011 . by Steve Greenberg

Ho Ho Ho–its that season again

I’ll be wearing– Christmas Tree Hat—Nothing says the holidays like a Christmas tree on your head.  This towering pinnacle of metallic green tinsel, lights, and decorations looks massive and absolutely eye-popping at any holiday event. It stands 17 inches high and requires two AA batteries. It’s $14.99 from www.stupid.com

Oregon Scientific Barbie Fashion Tablet –The compact and colorful Barbie Fashion Tablet from Oregon Scientific offers young girls their very own touch screen mobile device!  Featuring 30 activities including writing, music, spelling and design, additional game content can be downloaded via PC or Mac through an included USB cable to continue the learning fun! For ages 4-6 $49.99  www.us.oregonscientific.com    

Spy Net Stealth Recording Video Glasses—is for capturing secret video evidence in plain sight with the high tech and stylish sunglasses that stealthily record video through the built-in video cam in the middle of the frame. Records up to 20 minutes of real video, 3 hours of audio and 2000+ photos. Built-in USB allows you to upload your evidence to www.SpyNetHQ.com For ages 8 and above.  $39.99  Available at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Kmart, Amazon, and other stores

Dropcam Echo Wi-Fi video monitoring camera system—it’s the easiest way to use video to check in on the things you care about from anywhere, any time, on any device, such as a smart phones or a laptop. This small camera streams live video 24/7, letting you effortlessly keep an eye on your home, kids, pets, vehicles in the garage, a second home and everything else you care about.  Dropcam is the only Wi-Fi video camera with the ability to record live video minute by minute for up to 30 days and everything is stored on the cloud so you don’t have to worry about your feed being stolen or lost. The cost is $279  www.dropcam.com

Eye-Fi Connect X2 –This SD card gives any camera the ability to send hi-res photos wirelessly to your computer, tablet or Smartphone—then you can store the photos or email them or post them on Facebook. Connect X2 replaces your existing SD memory card and works with your existing camera. Makes any camera you get for the holidays wireless. No more dealing with cables.  Connect X2 has Endless Memory and lets you share just the photos you want with only the people you want through email or on sharing sites like Facebook.  It’s $49.99 and you can learn more at http://www.eye.fi/  

Ooma Telo –It lets you say goodbye to expensive monthly phone bills and enjoy free calling throughout the U.S.  Simply connect Ooma to your high-speed Internet and your existing phone, and that’s it. With the just launched Ooma Telo Air wireless adapter ($49.99), the Ooma Telo can now be placed anywhere in the home within range of your home’s Wi-Fi network. Ooma was ranked as the #1 home phone service of any type by Consumer Reports (May 2011). The Ooma Telo is $199.99. For more info check out http://www.ooma.com/products/ooma-telo

The MicroVision collection by Foster Grant –features a full-size folding compact reader with telescoping temples and spring hinges for comfort. The compact readers, packaged in stylish travel cases for him and her are perfect for those on the go. The Gwendolyn style for her features bright, colorful cases and a flip-up mirror. Retail prices start at $24.99 and are available at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. Visit www.fostergrant.com for more information.

Isotoner® smarTouch® gloves let you operate your touchscreen while wearing gloves.  The smarTouch gloves are made with signature stretch fabrics for fit and flexibility and conductive thread technology on the index finger and thumb to allow typing in the cold.  Gloves are available in multiple sizes, styles and colors for women and men, and are compatible with most touchscreen devices, including smartphones, mp3 players, GPS units and more. Most styles are sold for $42 or less at major department stores and mass merchants nationwide and online. For more information, please visit www.smartouchgloves.com