Gift Guide for the Techie
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Techies. We’ve all got at least one on our list. But at the rate technology is changing, it can be hard to find something that hasn’t already been replaced by a newer, faster model by the time you leave the store. But there is more to tech gifting this year than the iPhone X, so we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite items sure to delight the tech lovers in your life. Don’t worry, we’ve kept the prices pretty reasonable. Happy gifting.

Sonos One Voice Controlled Smart Speaker

Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa for hands-free control of your music and more. Use your voice to play songs while you cook. Tell Alexa to turn the volume up while you’re in the shower. You can even request a slow jam to set to mood on a romantic evening in.

UBTECH Star Wars AR Stormtrooper Robot

The Star Wars lover on your list can now have their very own Stormtrooper, a fully interactive augmented reality (AR) robot that will carry out your every command.
The UBTECH Star Wars AR Stormtrooper Robot features voice command, which allows you to issue orders by speaking directly to the unit, and an infrared sensor, which allows your Stormtrooper to detect and avoid any object that happens to bar its way. And by using the compatible the AR app interface, users can immerse themselves in first person (Trooper) and third person (Commander) view play.

Perhaps most remarkable of all, the UBTECH Stormtrooper has state-of-the-art facial recognition capabilities that allow it to register and store up to three faces. When set into sentry mode, it will automatically patrol a designated area of your home and notify you when it detects anyone that it does not recognize.

JLA M.1 HiFi Furniture

JLA has combined their unmistakable speaker quality and style with the sleek, effortlessly simple style of low-key end tables. The result? Multifunctional pieces that will simplify any space and blow you away in terms of both style and sound, in even the tightest spaces. Enjoy fewer wires, fewer buttons and knobs, and more style and sound.

JLA furniture allows you to control your music via your phone. Speakers automatically sense when the music starts playing, so they’ll pick up the sound automatically without you having to reach for the power button. And slim, integrated volume controls on the end table itself let you adjust the volume, even if your phone is under the sofa or across the room.

Moov Now Motion Based Coach

For the friend who wants to up their fitness game, but isn't really willing to think too much about it, the Moov Now Motion Based Coach is the perfect gift. The waterproof tracker connects to the Moov app to guide you while you workout based on your movement or heart rate in real time. Then it captures and analyzes your motion in 3D space with Omni Motion™ technology to help you achieve your fitness goals at record speed. And all for less than $60. Mind. Blown.

Inspire Mac Candle No. 2

The perfect gift for the Apple lover in your life, the Inspire Mac Candle No. 2 has been crafted to remind recipients of a newly opened box of Apple hardware. With notes of lemon and tarragon, this limited edition candle was created in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of iPhone.

HP Mixed Reality Headset and Controllers

With the HP Windows mixed reality headset, the virtual reality fiend on your list will experience an amazing combination of real and enhanced. Lightweight for comfortable wear, the headset features an easy adjustment knob to create a custom fit. Move wherever you wish with the lack of tracking boundaries on this HP Windows mixed reality headset, and enjoy clear viewing through 1440 x 1440 resolution per eye.

HyperIce Vyper 3 Speed Vibrating Foam Roller

This one is for the tech-loving athlete on your list. The VYPER 2.0 is the next generation of the world’s most powerful vibrating fitness roller. The award winning VYPER 2.0 features 3 speeds of high-intensity vibration and a dual-zone smooth and grooved German engineered exterior. The VYPER 2.0 allows you to warm up, activate and recover faster and more effectively than any other roller. Used daily by the world’s best athletes.

Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger

For the person on your list who can't bear the though of not being completely connected at all times, we recommend the Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger. Weighing less than a pound, it can fully charge your phone over 7 times at twice the speed of a regular portable charger. Plus, 3 USB output ports equipped with Anker's PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology ensure high-speed charging for three devices—simultaneously.

Rylo 360-Degree Camera

The Rylo 360-Degree Camera is an innovative approach to 360-degree imagery that runs circles around the competition in several key respects. The Rylo immediately grabs attention as a dual-lens, 4K video camera that lets creators innovate with a full 360-degree range for their images.

With the Rylo it is easy to simply shoot with the camera and focus on composing once you are ready to make edits on your smartphone. The ability to go back and look at shot footage before spinning it around like it’s a 360-degree video dramatically increases creative flexibility and possibility.