Smart Watches – from Apple watches to Fitbits
Within the last couple of years, the tech market has been flooded with smartwatches. Many companies have produced their own version of the popular wearable, each with their own specific set of functions. There are some tailored for fitness, like the Fitbit (£79.99), which tracks every part of your daily activity from your exercise, food intake to your sleeping habits. Apple watch (from £269.00) includes similar fitness features to that of the Fitbit including organisational features, allowing access to your daily calendar, iPhone messages and phone calls.
A smartwatch makes a great Christmas present for any adult – and more recently – for children too. There are now many companies that produce smartwatches exclusively for kids, their bold and bright designs making them appealing to a new audience. Some of the popular smartwatches available for kids include:
VTech Kidizoom DX (£42.00 for ages 4-9)
Tinitell watch ($149.00 for ages 5+)
FiLIP 2 ($149.00 for ages 4-11)
Leapfrog Leapband (£24.99 for ages 4-7)
Each of these watches include features which are particularly attractive to parents with young children such as GPS tracking devices and pedometers. The VTech Kidizoom DX and the Leapfrog Leapband focus encourage and track the child’s daily activity to keep them fit and healthy and includes child friendly games for when they are not on the move. The Tinitell watch and the FiLIP 2 both feature GPS tracking devices and means of communication (via calling in the case of the Tinitell watch and via text messaging in the case of the FiLIP 2).
Smart Hubs – Google Home vs. Amazon Echo
Phones and watches are not the only forms of smart tech on the market, now we have a smart hub for our homes too. These hubs respond using voice recognition via a smart speaker. Amazon Echo ($180) brought us the first smart hub and saw surprising initial success. Now Google are getting in on the action with the Google Home ($130). Both hubs are always listening to our voices, and always ready to respond to our commands, whether it be to turn the music up or to check what’s up next on our calendar. Both have personal assistant settings which allow us to keep up-to-date with daily schedules, make a shopping/to do list or track a package we are expecting. However, Amazon Echo may pip Google Home at the post as it can order a pizza and even arrange an Uber pick up – arguably important features for 21st century living.
Adventure Camera – the one and only Go Pro
Are you going on a ski holiday this winter? Or maybe travelling around South East Asia this summer? If so, then you need a Go Pro. A Go Pro is an action camera which can capture your most unique and exciting experiences of your trip. You can choose between three different cameras; the biggest and the best HERO5 Black (£349), the smaller HERO5 Session (£249), and the more basic HERO Simplified (£179). Each one is waterproof, allowing you to film your adventures underwater as well as on land, and are all activated using one-button touch to record. The HERO5 Black and Session also both possess 4K video ensuring your films are recorded in the clearest quality so you can see every detail of that ski jump or scuba dive through the Great Barrier Reef. Once you have filmed all your adventures, they can be compiled together and edited to ensure your unforgettable memories are accessible forever.
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