‘Tis the season! This week on the blog, we thought we’d get a bit festive with our topic. We talk a lot about the rapid changes in technology and how our networks need the ability to support the increasing number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. But what are some of these new devices? Let’s take a look at some of the top tech products on the gift list this holiday season.
Your Apple-everything family member will appreciate the way the Apple TV integrates seamlessly with his or her iPhone, iPad and Mac. Not only does the Apple TV 4K support 4K streams, but also HDR content, so your movies will look vivid as well as sharp. Siri support means you can search by voice for your favorite programs and shows. You can even connect your Apple Watch to the TV and play exercise routines that link with the watch’s heart rate monitor.
The Alexa-enabled Sonos One is not only the best-sounding smart speaker around, it can also play your music at the highest fidelity (including from Spotify) and let you control smart home devices, look up news and weather, and much more, using nothing but your voice. You can also pair two of the Ones for true stereo sound, or link them with other speakers for whole-home audio.
IGrill’s handy little Bluetooth-connected thermometer is a great gift for a grillmaster. It will monitor your barbecue, and send an alert to your smartphone when your steak is ready. Plus, its app will give you recommended cooking times and temperatures.
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Buy your friend a top-quality security camera without breaking the bank. The Wyze Cam Pan rotates 360 degrees and automatically tracks and follows motion in your house, and you can control it with your phone or Alexa. It’s easy for a new smart-home owner to install, and has many of the same features as more expensive cameras.
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Roomba® i7 learns, maps and adapts to each room, using Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology, letting you control which rooms are cleaned and when. Cleaning power is always at your fingertips with the iRobot HOME App – you can control when, where, and how your robot cleans all from your smart phone.
The Tile Sport and Style are a fashionable way to ensure you’ll never have trouble finding your keys. This small device links to your phone via Bluetooth and emits a musical tone when you press a button on its app. It also works in reverse: Press the button on the Tile, and it will make your phone ring.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!