With the first Advent weekend around the corner and less than four weeks until Christmas Eve, some of us might find ourselves caught up in the yearly stress of finding the perfect presents for our loved ones. Desperate in my search, I often find myself browsing through lists put together by other bloggers or magazines, supposedly containing all the best gifts for your partner, family and friends.
But what do you do when you have to find the perfect present for a tech lover, or to be more specific, someone who is really into the Internet of Things (IoT)? Needless to say, most of us are tech lovers ourselves and we really sympathize with everyone who is as well. Because of this, we have decided to compile a list of the top IoT gadgets that will hopefully help you find the perfect present for your beloved tech lover.
Before I get started presenting our favorites, please note that:
- The list is based on objective web research.
- We have only included IoT gadgets that are available to date and can be purchased online or in the store.
Please feel free though, to share all your favorite IoT gadgets, even if they are still in prototype status, in the comments below or on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. using the hashtag #IoTChristmasGift.
Smartwatch: Motorola’s Moto 360
As smartwatches are currently all over the place, they simply have to be on the list for this holiday shopping season. Motorola’s Moto 360 seamlessly combines fashion and tech and is equipped with an Android-based operating system. It responds to your voice, displays timely notifications based on where you are and comes with an activity tracker that also regularly checks your heart rate throughout the day.
One note: If you are dealing with a real Apple fan, you might want to wait another couple of months until the Apple Watch is out.
Price: Starting from $ 249.99
— Engadget Mobile (@engadgetmobile) November 27, 2014
Fitness Tracker: Jawbone Up3
Jawbone’s 3rd generation fitness tracker comes with even more features than its previous versions. With additional sensors, it is now not only able to measure movement, but also skin and ambient temperature as well as everything from your heart rate to hydration levels and quality of sleep. Based on that information, Jawbone gives you recommendations on how to eat, drink, sleep or exercise to become a little healthier every day.
Price: $ 179.99
— Jawbone (@Jawbone) November 7, 2014
Travel companion: Trakdot
Trakdot makes it easy to track your luggage after take-off and is the perfect gift for everyone who gets a little nervous at the baggage claim area every time they are waiting for their luggage to arrive. As soon as you land, Trakdot notifies you about its location so you can relax and wait for your luggage to show up on the conveyor belt.
Lawnmower: Indego Connect from Bosch
As part of the Bosch Group we honestly might pay a little bit more attention to Bosch products, but this little friend made it on the list because it is exactly that: a friend that helps you keep your lawn nice and perfectly cut. Bosch’s robotic lawnmower Indego is equipped with an intelligent navigation system, enabling it to autonomously navigate through your garden, recognize obstacles and even charge itself at its charging station.
Price: € 1,179.00
Plant sensor: Koubachi
Koubachi’s Wi-Fi plant sensors make garden and plant care a lot easier, even for those of us who aren’t blessed with a green thumb. The plant sensors come in different versions for outdoor or indoor use. You simply put the sensor in a plant and it starts measuring soil moisture, sunlight, infrared light, ambient temperature and more to tell you exactly what your plant needs.
Price: Starting from € 89.00
Not only for baristas: Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker
Like some other connected coffee machines, you can control the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker remotely via the WeMo app on your mobile device. Additional features allow you to set up a brewing schedule a week in advance and also change the schedule easily at all times. The coffeemaker will also notify you when the water container is empty, the coffee has finished brewing or when your water filter needs to be replaced.
Smart Sensor: Mother and the Motion Cookies
Mother and the Motion cookies from Sen.se are a set of sensors that helps you keep track of certain activities, e.g. taking your medicine. You simply place the motion sensor on an object and the sensor will start monitoring the activity or sending a notification when it is required.
Price: € 290.00
Team mate: Zepp Golf
Need a gift for a golf enthusiast? If so, the Zepp Golf Sense Analyzer might be just the perfect gadget. A glove-attached sensor measures the aspects of your swing so you can analyze and improve your performance or even compare yourself with the pros. All data is visualized and saved in a free app. There are other Zepp versions available for tennis, baseball and softball.
Have you already found the perfect gift for a tech lover or do you have your eye on an IoT gadget that will come out soon?
Then please share your ideas with us in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #IoTChristmasGift.
I will add all your ideas to this post.
We wish all of you a happy holiday season!