The holidays are in full swing, but we at
Syncfusion know that not everyone has finished their shopping. While we can’t
help you determine the perfect, heartfelt gift for that special someone in your
life, we can help you find the
perfect last-minute gifts for the tech-savvy people in your life. Read on for
Syncfusion’s 2017 Holiday Tech Gift Guide.
Look in your heart: you want to play
The Legend of Zelda while
watching Netflix. You want your young family members to enjoy Mario Kart without monopolizing the TV.
You want to play some of the best video games on the market without spending
$500 on a new console. In ages past, these would be the fevered dreams of a
madman, but 2017 saw the release of the Nintendo Switch, the hybrid console
that, yes, switches from a full-fat console experience on your TV to a full-fat
console experience in the palms of your hands. It’s not as powerful as the
PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, but it has a strong library and a lower price tag.
It’s a great gift for the whole family.
The only question is: which games to get?
Not yet available outside Japan, but for anyone who lives there or
is willing to jump through some hoops, Sony has resurrected their hi-tech robot
dog companion, Aibo. With greater articulation and improved AI, the new Aibo is
closer to a real dog than ever before, and might be the first time someone ever
claims a pet to be hypoallergenic without inviting an exaggerated eye roll from
allergy sufferers. The perfect gift for dog lovers who can’t wait for Westworld season two and people who learned
the wrong lessons from Fahrenheit 451.
“Go on boy! Lead us to the center of the Maze!”
Peerless TrackR Pen
Do you like extremely high-quality pens? Do you lose your pens all
the time? Cross’s deluxe pen is billed as the world’s first trackable pen,
using Bluetooth to let you know if you’ve misplaced it. You can also use the
pen to find your phone. A great gift for the scatterbrained ink enthusiast on
The Bluetooth-enabled pen is mightier than the Bluetooth-enabled
Instax Square Camera
It’s an indisputable fact: everybody loved Polaroids. But it’s
also indisputable that the ability to quickly take, edit, and upload
photographs is greater even than seeing a photo fade into existence in the palm
of your hands. Fujifilm’s new camera provides all the benefits of modern
cameras while still printing a real, physical photograph on the spot. For the
enthusiast who wants to capture memories as more than just files.
A warning for parents: if you try to describe this as “just like a
Polaroid,” you’re going to have to explain what a “Polaroid” is to your kids.
LifeStraw Water Filter
Technology doesn’t have to be fueled by electricity, require a
thick manual, or cost hundreds of dollars. For a little less than $20, you can
filter up to 1,000 liters of water to remove harmful bacteria and pollutants
with nothing more than a straw. The water is purified beyond EPA standards,
making it a potentially life-saving bargain. Consider one for the intrepid
explorers and hydration-starved germaphobes in your life.
An essential part of any survival kit.
BioLite CampStove 2
Maybe the adventurer in your life isn’t going camping somewhere
that might have contaminated water. In fact, maybe they really don’t want to go
camping without being able to bring along that Switch and Aibo you got them for
Christmas. If the pristine beauty of natureisn’t enough for the campers in your
life, consider this special campfire device that lets you burn a part of nature
to power your devices.
Remember to always follow campfire safety rules, even when your
phone is almost dead.
Nintendo SNES Classic
We already have a Nintendo product on our list, but where the
Switch is the new hotness, the SNES Classic is a blast of retro cool, featuring
21 SNES games and two controllers for co-op play. Although a few omissions
stand out—no Chrono Trigger!?—there
are a ton of great games representing some of the very best of the system.
Perfect for nostalgic gamers and parents who want their kids to have the joy of
being hopelessly lost in Super Metroid.