Newest Tech Toys for the Holidays

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Consumer Tech Columnist, Jennifer Jolly, is back for the Holidays with the most cutting edge – yet affordable – must-have gadgets for everyone in your family.

  1. NavdyNavdy just released this futuristic heads-up-display that pops into a mount on your dashboard, plugs into your car’s OBD port, syncs with your smartphone and projects messages, maps and apps right into your line of sight – almost like it’s appearing on the road ahead of you.
  • Navdy also read your texts out loud and let you respond using Siri or Google Now.
  • Navdy Hand Gestures let you to accept a call or message with the simple wave of your hand. Swipe left to accept, swipe right to ignore.
  • The Navdy Dial also lets you scroll, zoom and navigate menus – all without ever taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel. It’s kind of like what fighter jet pilots use –  minus the missiles.

 

  1. Tile Slim & Mate Trackers

This gadget is the saving grace for anyone who’s ever lost anything – like their wallet, keys, purse, laptop, smartphone, glasses, you name it!

  • These are brand new, super slim and more powerful than ever.
  • The Mate goes right onto a keychain, or your purse (I have it on my purse), a zipper, or backpack. You press the center button here and it syncs right to an app on your smartphone.
  • Tile Slim works the same way – this is the one I have in my wallet and on the back of my laptop. It's the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker – as thin as two stacked credit cards.

 

  1. Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat

Crazy smart. Super simple.

  • This new Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat is an awesome addition – or great first step – toward a true smart home.
  • It works with Siri, Alexa, and adds geo-fences – so it knows when you leave and when you’re about to arrive back home and will adjust itself accordingly to save $$
  • You control it with an app on your smartphone – and can tailor it to your normal routine, or let it adapt to your life as plans change all on its own. (And it looks really retro cool...)

 

  1. Lenovo Yoga Book

Perfect for tweens, teens, on-the-go moms, and digital dads: this is the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 hybrid notebook computer on the planet — and it comes packed with mad-skills.

  • It’s like the Ginsu knife of PC’s: it bends, it folds, it flips, it types, it draws, it plays, it glows.
  • This super-portable two-in-one laptop/tablet hybrid ditches a physical keyboard for a touch-sensitive surface that does double duty as a keyboard and digital sketchpad.
  • Available in both Windows 10 and Android versions.
  • Weighs just over 3-pounds. 10+ hour battery life.

 

  1. Samsung's On-The-Go Gear

Samsung’s trio of mobile gadgets are the perfect combo for the gear guy or gal:

  • It starts with the Galaxy S7 ($694.99); one of the fastest, sleekest, and most powerful Android phones available.
  • Then add the Galaxy 360 camera ($349.99), an awesome little ball of tech which shoots 360-degree video of anywhere and combine it with:
  • Galaxy Gear VR headset ($99.99).

The Gear VR uses the S7 as its screen, just slide it into the place and dive into a world of VR, including the 360-degree videos from the Galaxy 360.

Forget a fancy camera that takes snapshots, with this combo they can relive entire moments as though they’re there.

  1. Hasbro Joy For All Companion Pup:  Robot Companion Pet Pup

Rounding out the best gadget list ever – a robot puppy. Sure, it looks like a toy, but this realistic “Joy for All Pup” has a big job: to bring companionship to anyone and everyone who needs it -- minus the mess.

  • Hi-tech built-in sensors and speakers make this little rascal respond to motion, touch, the sounds of your voice.
  • The pup can run around, turn his head, and bark in response to your voice.
  • Pet his back, and you’ll feel a heartbeat, too!