5 great tech gift ideas for the holiday season
5 great tech gift ideas for the holiday season
It is my tradition to write a piece on tech gift ideas every year, though I wonder how many of you have completed your shopping given the logistics problems that the market is experiencing. A piece of advice: if you find something in stock you want to buy, buy it -- otherwise it may vanish in moment...

We all had wonderful conversations with our relatives on topics like politics and religion, and we are pretty good about not seeing some of them for at least another year. Our list of people to buy gifts for got shorter.

It is my tradition to write a piece on tech gift ideas every year, but I wonder how many of you have completed your shopping because of the market's problems.

If you find something in stock you want to buy, buy it, otherwise it may disappear. This happened to my product last week. It was out of stock the next day, but it was in stock when I submitted my column.

I chose one product that won't be available this year, and four others that you might want to consider. One for those having trouble sleeping, one for people worried about the increase in crime and accidents, and the best TV in the market for an older loved one who may need help.

I have always wanted to have a flying machine, but I want it to be easy to learn and not require an airfield to take off.

Jetson ONE Quadcopter 

The Jetson ONE Quadcopter is a large drone that will carry a person at a reasonable price. The kit is 50% assembled.

The thing looks like a lot of fun to fly. It is licensed as a recreational aircraft and has a limited range. It has features like advanced drones, which allow for one-button landing, a ballistic parachute, Lidar sensors for active terrain tracking, and a triple-redundant flying computer. It has a top speed of 63 mph and a 20-minute flight time.

Jetson ONE has a few things to keep things simple. It will be able to be charged on Level 2 and Level 1 in one hour and two hours, respectively. People heavier than me will have to watch it fly. It has a max carry weight of over 200 lbs. Good excuse to go on a diet.

Imagine the look on people's faces as they pull out their quad and bikes, and you can see that they are free of mud, dust and most bugs. Santa isn't popping one of these into my stocking this year, but you may be luckier than I am.

The sleep system by Ooler.

Ooler 

If I were to pick one product that I cannot live without, it would be my Ooler.

The device is a replacement for an electric blanket. My wife and I can share a room at night because she likes it warmer.

It circulates distilled water, which means no one is concerned about electric blankets. Other devices in the market use air and have an advantage in that you don't have to monitor the coolant. I find the air blowing under the covers to be distraction.

The firm's high-end product that doesn't need as much cleaning, is better looking, and can be controlled by your phone is called the Ooler.

If you share a room with someone else who likes it cooler than you do, you can have the sleeping temperature you want without going to thermostat war with your roommate.

For a king with two units, one for each side, the costs range from $639 for a single to more than $1,400.

The BlackVue DR900X-2CH Dash cam has a camera.

One of the topics that come up is a bit of envy for the built-in camera system in Telsa cars. I could have used one of these a couple of years ago when a state trooper lied to give me a ticket and I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I could have shown he wasn't telling the truth if I had the video of the stop.

BlackVue DR900X-2CH dash camera 

The BlackVue DR900X-2CH dash camera is on sale for $413.59, and it captures events automatically while you are driving, as well as what is happening around your car when it is parked.

A couple of weeks ago, a guy parked next to my wife's new Volvo slammed his door open so hard he damaged her door. We would have been out at least the $500 deductible had he not been honest and hung around to share insurance information.

The camera captures 4K video front and rear so you can have your own channel of crazy drivers, or provide the evidence some poor driver that was hit needs to prove their case.

It could be critical to prove your case if you have this camera. Should you be in an accident? A friend of mine had a woman shift into reverse at a light, hit him, and then claim that he was at fault. Be prepared for these things.

The TV is made by the manufacturer of the TV.

LG OLED 

I bought two TVs, one for the bedroom and one in the living room. Imagine if you have anOLED screen on your phone and love the black and brilliant colors, that on a TV scale.

I used to own only high-end Samsung TVs. If you like watching first screen movies but aren't a fan of theaters where people wear masks and vaccine use, then this TV class is for you.

Ours is 77 inches. I bought at BestBuy for more than $2,500. There are shortages of everything at the moment, which is why the TV is on sale for $2,999.

It is interesting to note that webOS used to be Palm OS back in the day.

If you want to wall mount these TVs, be aware that they are skinny and have a mount that is low on the TV.

We watched the movie "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" the other day and it was great. I was able to watch it in IMAX with the room dark and the speakers loud, and it was just as good. I watched the IMAX version.

You can get a regular TV for less, but I don't think you'll ever go back.

on sale for $200 less 

The TV I got for the bedroom was from Amazon. That one cost me more than a thousand dollars. It is on sale for $200 less.

Wearable medical alert.

We can get into trouble if we get out of bed too fast and fall. The stories of elderly people who have been on the floor in pain for days are troubling. People like this are just one wrong step away from being in real trouble.

The risk of us getting lost, confused, or in danger increases when we lose our memories.

I was a fan of the Shadowrun science fantasy series. People could subscribe to a medical service in the stories. The one-button device summoned help.

Mobile 2.0 

Medical Guardian has the best Mobile 2.0 device and service in the market.

Mini Guardian 

They have a Mini Guardian that has optional fall detection and coverage on a nationwide 4G cellular network.

The device is called Mobile 2.0. Both the home and the road have wi-fi. It has a built-in intercom and aGPS. The Dispatcher can ask what the problem is.

The Apple Watch has a similar feature set, but it is too complex for many and it can be difficult to remember how to use it. The Mobile 2.0 Wearable Medical Alert requires no training. When your loved one is in trouble, they just hit the button and ask for help.

A network of emergency contacts can be created to let those in the family responsible for care know if there is a problem.

It is water resistant to be worn in the shower. If it's more convenient, you can put the help button on a necklace or wristband, and a full four-hour charge lasts up to five days.

They are wrapping up.

That is the end of his holiday session. There are massive shortages. I cheated this year and gave most people a gift card. They could get what they wanted before the stores ran out. I hope everything is in stock.

Quadcopter takes a picture and sends it to me so I can be jealous.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. We all survive into the new year.

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