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.
- Navdy: Navdy 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.
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.
- 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...)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!