Holiday Tech Gifts

December 16, 2014

Since it is the holidays and gifts are top of mind, we figured we’d put together a list of the top 5 technology related gifts for 2013 that our staff at FulTech found appealing.

For starters, since health is always top of mind, at least around Jan 1, fitness sensors and data devices are always a big hit. Our favorite this year, is the FitBit Force, which cost around $139 and offers several great new features including Android App based feedback, calorie counting, sleep activity detection and more. The runner up is the Nike FuelBand SE, which cost about $20 more, offers more social features, but not as much in the way of features. You can read more reviews here at Engadget’s website

Next up, is the newest thing in home automation; door locks. These come in a variety of flavors, all of which you can read an excellent review about in Electronic House magazine here. These locks come in Zigbee, Zwave, NFC, Touch, RFID, WiFi, TCP/IP and more ways to communicate than you can shake a stick at. So, you should be able to find something you like and these offer a lot for the money, including auto locking after 1 minute, remote locking via an app, email when kids arrive or leave and much more. Ranging from $200-750, these are also reasonably priced for most homeowners. Not all are DIY, some require an automation system, but these are the ones with the most to offer.

NFC or Near Field Communications. This is actually a service/protocol that is built into most new Android phones whereby placing the phone near a NFC tag, can make the phone do just about anything you want to program it for. This is a little more than DIY, but can really take an existing home automation system to the next level. For instance, simply placing your phone near the door lock can unlock your front door, turn on some lights, and even adjust the HVAC. Or placing your phone near a touchscreen or keypad can turn on your theater room Movie Mode, turning down lights, closing shades and turning on your theater to the BluRay.  The possibilities are really endless here, just imagine it and you can pretty much make it happen.

And old device with some cool new upgrades makes it back onto our list of gifts. The SlingBox 500 is packed with features and allows you to watch all your TVs shows at home, from anywhere in the world. A truly cool device that we’ve setup for clients second homes for years. With no monthly fees and relatively simple hookup, this is a great device for those who travel and want to keep up with their TV shows, though a little pricey at $300.   Here’s a good review from CNET.

And finally, for those without a butler or, for that matter, window washer, you can purchase the Automated Window washing system from EcoVac and leave your window cleaning to a robot. This unit literally sucks itself to your window and cleans away, with solution, squeegee and everything normally used to clean a window. At around $399, it’s not a bad buy. Check it out here at EcoVac.

From the FulTech team, we hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays this year and best wishes and many blessings for 2014.  Enjoy your families and friends and have a safe and happy holiday season.

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