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Arguably the hottest thing in cameras in 2017, you can now shoot super high quality 4K video which is then automatically sent to your phone where an app can turn it into a read-for-viewing, edited QuikStory video. Whoa. That should make those underwater shots or black diamond trail POVs way way more fun.
$499.99, Amazon or Best Buy
Bose still pretty much owns the noise-cancelling headphones category and this new entry for 2017 solidifies that role. Features include adjustable noise cancellation levels, built-in Google Assistant, app controls, and volume-optimized EQ for great-sounding tunes. Up to 20 hours of wireless play time (40 hours of listening in wired mode) — which is plenty of time to get you through a transcontinental flight with a lot more zen.
For kids about 8 and up (including those of us kids at heart), this little robot is a winner. He has actual personality, expression “emotions” in response to the environment, and actually gets to know you. You’ll find tons of games with the companion iOS or Android app and best of all — you can play right out of the box with no assembly. Woot!
$149.99, Toys R Us with free shipping on $29+
Switch $299 on sale, Amazon | Game $59, Amazon (trade-in savings available)
Not every hot tech gift costs a fortune. We’re longtime Roku fans, and this new 2017 model adds built-in WiFi and a voice remote to control TV power and volume, to help cut down on remote control clutter. Which is a real thing.
You think hot tech gifts are all about gaming and entertainment? So many women we know are begging for this one. Dries hair faster, prevents damage, makes hair smooth and shiny…and come on! It’s from Dyson! Comes in silver, too.
We got to give this game a test spin and…just, whoa. Instant WANT. Strap on the AR headset and turn on the tracking beacon. Then get ready to have some fierce lightsaber battles with Kylo Ren (and his granddad when you’re ready), test out strategic combat skills, even play that Holochess game from A New Hope. It’s a must-have for all Jedis-in-training.
After two years of playing with the ANKI Overdrive, which we called “Hot Wheels meets Slot Cars meets the world’s best racing app” they are still playing with it. And that’s saying something. This year, they’ve added Dom’s Ice Charger and Hobbs’ MXT to the roster of AI supercars let you do battle with — or against — the Toretto crew from the F&F franchise. And if you already own an ANKI track, put them together for more fun.
The drone masters at Propel joined forces (ha) with Lucasfilms to create this wildly realistic battle drones that can have full on laser battles with up to a dozen others. You also get access to an amazing VR training game app that you can operate with the controller to get you used to flying the real thing — or for those times that you don’t want to smash yours into the Christmas tree.
Everything old is new again and instant film cams are showing no sign of letting go. In a word of digital, there’s something so satisfying and magical about real live film. And the pocket-sized Polaroid POP is fun whether you’re giving it to an artful, experimental photographer or a dedicated selfie-taker. Plus, so many fun colors!
Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch
The hot new Fitbit launch of 2017 is loaded with features for both serious athletes and walk-around-the-block folks. It offers step-by-step coaching for personalized workouts, tracks pace and distance using built-in GPS, allows you to store more than 300 songs and more, all with a ton of battery life. Plus, so many apps! Perfect for syncing with a new smartphone (hint hint).
The classic Sonic gameplay has been newly updated and is getting raves! If your family video game night needs a freshening up, it’s available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One or PC. So fun.
If you wish Alexa could be in any room, well now she can. For under 50 bucks a pop.
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