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2014 Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

Friday, December 05, 2014
Our holiday gadget gift guide is back by popular demand! We’ve asked our staff what gadgets they would recommend for this holiday season, or which made their very own Christmas lists this year. From safety to fitness, our gadget guide encompasses a variety of tech related items that caught our eye. 
Nest Protect
The Nest Protect is a smart smoke alarm that uses algorithms and knows the difference between steam and smoke, making it less likely to sound off alarms when a shower is running or food is cooking. The Nest Protect also doubles as a carbon monoxide alarm that speaks to you and tells you what the danger is so you can make your best judgment versus just sounding off an alarm. No more chirping noises either! It lights up green when everything is working correctly and lights up yellow to tell you the batteries need to be switched out in the near future. Like other Nest products, you can sync the Protect with your smart phone and instantly know when an alarm goes off or batteries are low, no matter where you are. $99
iRobot Roomba 630
This vacuum cleaning robot is ideal for any home or apartment of all sizes. It can clean carpet, tile, laminate and hardwoods and the best part is that it takes no effort on your part. Turn it on at night or when you’re away during the day and let it do it's thing! It has a patented cleaning system and uses AeroVac Technology making it a truly unique product. Plus, it can double as priceless cat entertainment similarly to what is shown here. $349

Chamberlain MyQ Garage
MyQ Garage is a garage door opener that lets you open, close, and check on your garage door from anywhere using its app available via IOS or Android. It’s quick and easy to install and works with many different garage door manufacturers. The app is free and it has no monthly service fees. Once you buy the device, you’re good to go! $130
Fire TV Stick
This streaming media stick plugs directly in to your TVs HMDI port and from there you have the ability to stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, music such as Pandora or Slacker, games, PBS Kids, news programs and much more. It comes with 1GB of memory and a free 30 day Amazon Prime trial if you’re not already a prime member. Another unique feature is its instant streaming with ASAP which automatically learns what movies and shows you like so they start instantly with no buffer time. This is your best bet for streaming TV, games and music. And for the price, you can’t go wrong! $39
Moto 360 Watch
The Motorola Moto 360 Smart Watch has the classic wristwatch design but offers much more than just the time. This watch designed for Android devices doubles as an activity tracker with a built in pedometer and heart rate monitor and it displays mobile notifications to let you view new messages from your phone. It also has a built in microphone allowing for hands free communication. It’s water resistant and comes with 4GB of internal storage, a perfect gift for the special techie in your life! $299
Pen-Ultimate 5-in-1 Geek Pen & Stylus
The perfect inexpensive gift for the road warrior or sales presenter. It’s of course a pen and also a UV light, white LED light, laser pointer and stylus. All of this crammed into one small pen that will fit easily in your laptop bag or purse. $10
Bryn Leather Tech Touchscreen Gloves
These sheepskin leather gloves by UR Powered feature micro conductivity leather on the palms which allow you to use your mobile devices seamlessly with your gloves on. No more sacrificing style or warmth for being able to utilize your device in the winter elements. Give someone this perfect mobile fashion accessory, available in a variety of colors and in men’s sizes as well. $68
Plantronics Backbeat Fit Headphones
These Bluetooth headphones are rugged and sweat proof with P2i coating. They'll provide you with top quality sound to maximize your listening experience while you’re on the move.  They come with an armband for your device that secures it in place while you’re in motion. These are a must have for the gym goers and outdoor trainers. They also have a safety eartip design that lets you be seen at night and provide the ability to hear things around you. $129
Drobo Mini
The Drobo Mini is an on-the-go storage solution that allows you to safely access your data wherever you go. It includes a battery backup system that protects everything in your memory or cache. Weighing in at just 3 pounds, it’s perfect for protecting and storing data from anywhere with power fail protection. The Drobo connects to your computer and provides redundant data protection with a capacity of 36TB. Included are 3 drive bays, 2 Thunderbolt ports and 1 USB 3.0 port. It allows for up to 4 2.5” SATA hard drives or solid state drives. $529
Fitbit Charge
An older version of this device made our 2013 gadget guide and we just can’t get enough! The recently released activity and sleep wristband is the Fitbit Charge. This device tracks distance, steps, calories burned, active minutes, sleep and even includes caller ID with compatible mobile devices that will show incoming calls right on your wrist. It comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts 7-10 days and we can attest that Fitbit offers quality, durability and simplicity in all of its products. $129

Comment below and tell us which tech gadgets made your list this year!
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