A Handy Holiday Gift Guide
Those living in small apartments or the big city could use some gadget-friendly help as they go about their day.
Smarter Sound: Have a quieter commute or just tune out the neighbors with Phiaton Noise Cancelling Earphones PS 20 NC. The in-ear headset has noise blocking technology that maximizes the quality of music from their MP3 players while minimizing outside interference. The lightweight earphones use one AAA battery and come with inline volume control and a choice of silicone earbuds. (www.phiaton.com)
Stay Connected: A recent National Health Interview Survey showed that nearly two-thirds of adults who shared an apartment or house with unrelated roommates reported having only mobile phones, making that group the most likely to be completely wireless and struggling with dropped or missed calls. To help with cell phone signal issues, the roommate friendly zBoost-METRO Cell Phone Signal Boosterfrom Wi-Ex works with multiple users and multiple carriers simultaneously. Its antenna mounts to a window and comes with everything they need
to cover 1,500 square feet (www.wi-ex.com)
Keep the grandparents up to speed with easy-to-use technologythat keeps them connected to the family.
Picture This: Upgrade their family photo collection with a Bluetooth Enabled Digital Picture Frame from Portable USA.It has a 10.4-inch LCD display with 640 x 480 resolution. You can upload new pictures from your phone. In addition to showing pictures, it will play videos, music and text. It has a USB connector, and 2 memory card slots in addition to 256MB of internal memory, and comes with two wood frames.(www.amazon.com)
Get Face Time: If their computer doesn't have a built-in video camera, the compact Microsoft LifeCam VX-500 is ideal. It has a 1.3 megapixel sensor that shoots VGA video and captures twice as much light as other devices for a much clearer picture. It has a flexible base that lets them adjust the angle, and a built-in mic. It's optimized for Windows Live Messenger, but also works with Skype, AIM, and Yahoo Messenger. It comes in three fun colors. (www.store.microsoft.com)
The number of people working from their homes seems to grow every day. Get your iWorker set up right with these gadgets.
Consistent Coverage: Cell phones are essential communication tools for teleworkers, and when they don't get signal, it makes work even more work. The zBoost-SOHO Dual Band Cell Phone Signal Booster supports multiple phones simultaneously and gives them the coverage they need to work through the whole house (up to 3,500 sq ft. including aircards, EDGE, and 3G Charge It: Keep all the essential office gadgets charged up with Energizer's Inductive Charging Station. With two large inductive charging zones that don't require locking the device into a particular position, your iWorker can just set their phone (and two other devices) down and it will get charged up. It has a USB port to allow users to charge additional devices such as cameras or GPS units. (www.target.com)
Custom Caffeine: No office would be complete without a coffeemaker. The AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker from Aerobie lets anyone brew American style or Espresso style coffees for use in lattes or cappuccinos. It has a total-immersion system that mixes water and grounds at a moderate temperature, then gentle air pressure pushes the mix into a micro-filter, resulting in a smooth, rich brew in just 30 seconds. Visitwww.aerobie.com to find a retailer near you.
Travel junkies and vacationing families need gadgets that will stand up to the rigors of being on the road.
Extreme Video: Whether it's on a bicycle's handlebars or strapped to a surfboard, the ATC9K All-Terrain Video Camera from Oregon Scientific can take a hit. It's a durable, shock-resistant unit that captures 5-megapixel stills as well as 1080p HD video. It also has a G-Sensor that tracks measurements for speed, hang time, angle of movement and other motion stats, and a laser pointer that lets them line the camera up with whatever they want to shoot. (www2.oregonscientific.com)
Waterproof Reading: Keep their Kindle dry with the M-Edge Guardian Waterproof Case. It will float on the water's surface for hands-free reading. Its custom-molded interior and mounting pads give cushioned support, and it also has flexible sealed cutouts so they can access the controls. As an extra security measure, there's a ring at the bottom of the case so it can be strapped to a lanyard or belt. (www.medgestore.com)
Stocking Stuffers for Under $50
Keep her iPod touch protected in style with an iPod touch case from Kate Spade New York. Molded from premium silicone, it protects from bumps and scratches while showing off a bright splash of trendy color. (www.store.apple.com)
Get moving with the light weight Gosmart Pocket Pedometer from Omron. It counts strides, measures distance, estimates calories burned and can store up to a week's worth of information. It has an activity tracker that monitors specific exercises for a set time, and comes in purple, yellow, pink and black. (www.gosmartpedometers.com)
Make his smart phone smarter with add-on lenses for the iPhone. USBFever sells a wide-angle lens, a 2X telephoto lens anda fish-eye lens that attach with a simple magnetic ring. (www.usbfever.com