2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Unique tech gadget gift ideas

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — You know the mainstream hot tech devices this year, so let KRON4’s Tech Reporter Gabe Slate show you some gadgets and gift ideas slightly off the beaten path.

Here’s a look at some unique, useful, and fun products for the 2016 holidays:

  1. Kushion Speaker

Enhance your couch potato action with base!  the world’s first true high-fidelity Bluetooth Padded Speaker. Surround sound to another dimension. Or take it tailgating, to the hotel, to friends.

Connect it to any device and rock out. $300  www.kushion.com

  1. Dreampad Pillow Speaker

Wow.. they will build a speaker into anything… The Dreampad bluteooth speaker pillow can sooth you to sleep with vibrations and play your favorite music or sleeping sounds that will surround your head in in audio bliss. It’s so localized your partner will not even hear your tunes..  $150 https://goo.gl/NwyEqR

  1. HomeTap Hopsy Beer Device & delivery service

Beer Lovers will adore this.  It’s like having your own local fresh draft beer on tap in your kitchen. Choose from dozens of different beers to be delivered chilled on demand. HomeTap is the only appliance that allows customers to enjoy local craft draft loca beer from Hopsy’s partners..  Delivered, stored and ready perfectly chilled. $300  http://sf.hopsy.beer/

  1. 4. Kuvée Wine smart Connected Dispenser

This ones for the Wine lovers! It’s like a high-tech cyborg wine bottle storage and pouring system. No more fear of wasting wine. With this device effortlessly keep multiple bottles open at the same time. Every glass tastes as good as the first pour for 30 days. It also teaches you about what you’re sipping, recommends wines you’ll like, and lets you order more $200  https://www.kuvee.com/

  1. HPSprocketPhoto Printer

This is fun for all ages. Like modern day Polaroid camera! Instantly print 2×3-inch sticky-back, smudge-proof photos from your smartphone or tablet into the palm of your hand via Bluetooth. Portable mobile printer in your pocket. $130  https://goo.gl/gYZS5E

  1. Breathometer Mint Bad Breath Device

Be sure to use this before your first kiss!  Gadget instantly tells you if you have bad breath.  Gift it and It’s the nicest high-tech way to say to someone “YOU HAVE BAD BREATH!”. The First Connected Oral Health Device That Provides Instant Results to Help Improve Oral Hygiene $100  https://goo.gl/b7zBsR

  1. MuseMeditationHeadband & App

Perfect that meditation and reach enlightenment! It’s a lightweight headband with EEG sensors and an syncing meditation app that helps beginners learn to meditate and experienced users get the most out of their meditation practice. Using nature sounds as cues, the device provides users with gentle, real-time feedback on brain activity levels, helping users become more relaxed, calm and focused.

$250 https://goo.gl/TNf1TZ

  1. Nudock – power lamp station

This is the ultimate Apple i-Device user bedside accessory to store charge and service iPhone iPad and Apple Watch. Elegantly designed iPhone & Apple Watch Power Dock with Smart LED Lamp, optional NuKi Portable Battery.     $300 https://goo.gl/eyzYDM

  1. LuDela Safe Connected Smart Candels

This isn’t a fake LED. We’re talking real flame, real wax, and real scents. No matches required.

You control it with your smartphone! With “Wi-Fire” technology innovative burning design that utilizes 100 percent of the wax.    $100   https://ludela.com/

  1. Nomad Leather Battery Wallet Smartphone Accessory

Made from elegant Horween leather and holding both a 2400 mAh li-ion battery and a stealthily integrated Apple Lightning cable, the modern Slim and traditional Bi-Fold wallets keep you powered on the go. $120  https://goo.gl/Z4EXaE

  1. SubPac Speaker powered back pack

It is essentially a mini-backpack that allows the user to feel sound. Feel like you’re in the club or immersed in your favorite video game. Great for gamers, audiophiles, aspiring deejays, etc..

It immerses you in sound through 2 proprietary tactile transducers and nano-silver treated vibrotactile material that comfortably contours to your body.

Price is $349 (for the BackPac/S2 bundle)


  1. 1Voice Sleep Headphones Eye Mask

High-tech sleeping mask connects to any device via Bluetooth or cable. With extra soft

Comfortable velvet and memory foam eye mask helps you fall asleep more naturally without the need for sleeping aides. No Battery necessary; Machine Washable. $50 https://goo.gl/dWkGYs

  1. BedJetv2 Hot or cool air flow bed sleep solution

Night sweats? Or too cold at night?  This is for you.. BedJet delivers a cool or warm constant airflow under your sheets.  Offering a luxurious temperature controlled sleeping environment without changing the feel of your mattress $250+  https://goo.gl/5tYLBw

  1. Petzi Treat Cam

Way more then just a pet spying webcam.  The Petzi Treat Cam  lets you check in on your pets and share treats with them from anywhere, at anytime through your connected devices. llows you to See, Speak, Snap, and Treat your pet when you are away from home   $170  https://www.petzi.com//

  1. FlashTorch High Powered Flash Light

Ultimate companion to the camper or adventure seeker. This compact, portable searchlight is capable of producing an incredible 4100 lumens of intense white light. Use this power to guide your way home, light a fire, or even fry an egg! Yes it can light a fire!  $200 http://www.wickedlasers.com/torch

  1. Amazon Echo Voice assistant WiFi Home Speaker

Plays music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control. Fills the room with immersive, 360º  omni-directional audio. Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service

$180 https://goo.gl/GLTLXC

  1. BUQU Nade Backup Device Battery chargers

Fun designer accessory. In addition to juicing up your phone, the mobile power banks can act as a fashionable accessory for backpacks, gym bags or even to be worn on your belt loop.

$20  https://www.mybuqu.com/

  1. LG Harmony Elite Universal Remote

Harmony Elite works with over 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices so you can enjoy single-touch control with your favorite brands, right out of the box. From your TV, cable and gaming console, to your AV receiver and Roku® media player—all the way to your smart lights, locks, thermostats, even your Alexa—Harmony Elite proudly works with just about everything. $350  http://bit.ly/2hypcdZ

  1. Yatra Aquatune 9612 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

It’s a compact speaker and is specially designed to pump out 10 hours of dynamic sound on land and at sea. Waterproof, shockproof, and built to float, it’s easier than ever to take one’s favorite tunes out on the water. Innovation meets all-terrain. It blasts rich, cinematic sound and endures extreme battery life. $60 http://bit.ly/2hhgAfH

  1. Poof Pet Tracker

World’s smallest tracker.Pet owners no longer need to wonder if their pets are sleeping well or getting enough exercise. Poof monitors your pet’s activity, rest, food intake and calories burned, 24/7. It even compares your pet to other pets using Poof. The devices were made with pets in mind – they are super light, comfortable and waterproof.    $50   www.mypoof.com.

  1. Zagg Flex Arc Wireless Over the neck Headphone earbuds

Built-in speakers and in-line mic controls make listening to music and taking calls a breeze.  Comfortable Fit Lightweight, Stylish Design Retractable Earbuds. $60 http://bit.ly/1QsgWq1

  1. Blue Air Purifiers

The next Wi-Fi enabled generation of in room air purifiers. Digtial display lets you see and control the air you breathe to make sure it’s free of allergy or asthma triggers. Download the Blueair Friend app and connect it to the new Blueair Classic for remote control using any smart device. Sleeker profile and quieter performance various models to clean a room up to 775 sq. ft.    http://bit.ly/2gMVnXv

  1. Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Fan & heater

It looks like out of jetsons. Ultimate fan and space heater and air purifier in one. Dishes out a steady flow of cold or hot air Intelligently purifying as it blows.  Automatically purifies to remove 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns.  A bladeless fan and air purifier users can quickly and efficiently set to warm or cool setting and monitor via Dyson app on their smartphone. $600  http://bit.ly/2bUBluU

  1. Wink Hub 2

Wink Hub 2 is the first smart home hub designed for the mainstream consumer, sporting industry-leading protocol support, a sleek design, enhanced connectivity, and security features that create a best-in-class experience. Auto-discovery makes the simple setup process even more intuitive and lightning quick. With new features that connect your home faster, more securely, and more reliably.

$100 http://bit.ly/2gnadTm

  1. Blink – Affordable Webcam Home security

A low cost home security and video monitoring system for homeowners, caregivers, pet-owners and etc. Blink systems come with free cloud storage and, at the size of a post-it note, blend seamlessly into any home décor.  Wireless and intuitive, Blink is easy to set up and delivers HD video through the Blink app, which allows users to view live or recorded video. As soon as motion is detected, video starts recording and an alert is sent directly to the connected smartphone or tablet, allowing you to see what caused the alert and decide how to respond. $100 http://bit.ly/2gxjmw0

  1. KODAK PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera

Tiny but powerful… the ultimate accessory to your to your adventures. 16 MP sensor, 10MP pictures, 2m Shockproof / -10°C Freezeproof / Dustproof / Water Resistant Control Wirelessly with iOS & Android Devices. Immerse yourself and record 360° of HD video without the need for multiple cameras

$200 https://goo.gl/z9OtFh

  1. SCOTTeVEST Apparel

The perfect accessory to the gadget lover or traveler in your life. Pants, shirts, jackets, etc. specially designed with the pockets and storage we need for our high-tech life on the go. They make a great unique gift. Whatever devices you carry around there is a perfect article of clothing designed to help you shed that  purse bag or bag you are carrying around to store your devices.  https://goo.gl/E30Eyc

  1. Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-532-C47C

Biggest bang for the buck when it comes to Chromebooks. The large HD 15.6-inch display, which is 27 percent larger than 13.3-inch Chromebooks on the market. This large size increases productivity by giving you more real estate to view multiple tabs and apps.  $200 http://bit.ly/2hh6E5H

  1. GoPro Hero 5 Session Action Camera

Enjoy hands-free control of your GoPro
using simple voice commands. Compact sleek Mounting  HERO5 Session captures new perspectivewith stunning 4K video, 10MP photos in Single, Burst, and Time Lapse modes. $300 http://bit.ly/2gxosZ8

  1. Mevo Live Streaming Camera

Take your Facebook Lives to the next level.  It’s like having the capabilities of multi camera tv production in the palm of your hands! From parents who want to capture recitals and school plays, to business owners streaming their conferences, and bloggers big and small looking to capture their favorite stories, the possibilities for engaging live video storytelling are endless with the Mevo.

$400 https://getmevo.com/

  1. Loot Crate surprise fun techie gift Boxes

These are so much fun. Perfect for the techie, geek, nerd, sci-fi loving awesome person in your life. Packed full of different items from clothing apparel, useful Knick knacks to toys. So many customizable gift boxes to choose from Star Wars, Video Games like Halo, Dr. Who, etc.   https://www.lootcrate.com

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