I know this won’t surprise most of you but I LOVE TECH! I love finding amazing products that make my life safer, easier or just make me smile. This year we have compiled our Tech you need in your Life Holiday Gift Guide. These tech items are products we love, we dream of owning, or we feel are absolutely amazing.
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Do you have a tech wish list this year?
Smart Home Tech
Ecovacs Deebot R95 Vacumn
Ecovacs’ DEEBOT R95 robotic vacuum cleaner is your go-to for a tidy home. The DEEBOT R95 is compatible with Amazon Alexa, offer both vacuuming and mopping for deeper multi-surface cleaning and continuously maps your floor plan to improve on its cleaning (and if there’s one section you want it to specifically focus on or avoid, you can tell it where to go through the app – perfect if the cats or John makes a mess!. The DEEBOT R95 offers industry-leading features at a significantly lower price point than competitor’s top-tier models.
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones are perfect for runners, commuters, or anyone who loves to listen to music all the time. Bone conduction technology creates mini vibrations, sending sound through the cheekbones, directly to the inner ears for awareness and comfort with Wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The headphones have 6 hours of music and calls with complete inline controls.
What I love is your ears are still free to hear ambient noise or things around you. I always worry about wearing earphones while traveling and not hearing what is happening around me while walking through the city. With these headphones, I can still hear what is happening around me.
Sony Speaker w. Google
Sony Voice Activated Speaker with Google Assistant built-in offers amazing sound in a compact speaker. I love that Google Home Assistant is built right into the speaker. I find myself asking Google for jokes, the weather, to play my favorite music and so much more. Check out our full Sony Voice Activated Speaker Review.
One of the coolest tech/science programs that we love is 23andme! I find it fascinating that you can send in your saliva and find out your ancestry. Both John and I have done the test and the results were so cool. I really want to order the health test now to see what it says. I think it would be so amazing to find out why we make certain decisions on food and health based on our DNA. Why does one person like salty versus another love sweets? Get detailed DNA reports for insights into your health, traits, and ancestry. Understand your genetics. Explore your DNA today at 23andMe.com.
Beurer Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
I received this Blood Pressure Monitor this year at the CVS Pharmacy Event I went to in NYC. I love that you can connect the blood pressure monitor to an app on your phone and track your blood pressure.
- Fully automated blood pressure and pulse measurement on wrist Arrhythmia detection
- Automatic measurement during inflation: for fast and comfortable measurement
- Average of all saved measured values for the last 7 days
- Classification of values with colored scale
- Innovative networking between smartphone and blood pressure monitor
- Beurer HealthCoach software available for free download
- Measurements can be monitored using Beurer HealthCoach app/Internet/ PC
Available from CVS Pharmacy
I have to confess that I am a total scaredy cat! This may come as a bit of a surprise with our travels and the places I have gone on my own. Trust me I am a total scaredy cat. I check the front door lock 3 times before I head to bed. I am known to put suitcases in front of hotel doors so if someone came in the door it would knock the suitcase over and hopefully wake me up. When it comes to tech I am all in for any tech that makes me feel a little safer or helps with our security.
EZVIZ offers a wide variety of security cameras to make our lives a little safer and hopefully help me not check the locks multiple times before we go to bed. I am sure checking them twice should be more than enough.
One of my favorite parts of the EZVIZ cameras is the EZVIZ app, which lets you see all of your EZVIZ cameras in one place. Receive motion alerts on your mobile devices when movement is detected.
The EZVIZ Mini 360 Plus offers 360° HD Video, 1080p Resolution, Two-Way Talk and is Smart Home Ready! One things I am really excited about is the EZVIZ Mini 360 Plus and other EZVIZ WiFi Cameras can now be controlled by Alexa through Echo Show. This is one more reason to add an Alexa Echo Show to my holiday wish list.
Track and record any moving objects seen in the room with smart motion sensor. Mini 360 Plus offers up to 33 feet of clear night vision, HD 1080p resolution, and a 92° wide angle lens which makes objects being tracked easily visible, even at night. Not going to lie I totally plan on checking in on what the cats are doing at night while we are in bed. I always hear them going crazy and now I will be able to watch them!
The EZVIZ 1080p Wi-Fi Indoor Home Video Monitoring Security Camera Mini Plus Wide Angle is so cute in pink! I love that it is small enough you could easily fit it on a bookshelf, among stuffed animals or anywhere in the house and it is not readily seen. Plus how cute is the pink! Don’t worry you can also get it in white and black if your house decor doesn’t support the cute pink. The Mini Plus also pairs with Alexa giving you a live view of whichever room you set it up in.
The Mini Plus can also be controlled by other smart home IoT devices through IFTTT.
EZVIZ Husky Outdoor HD 1080p PoE & Wi-Fi Wireless Video Security Bullet Camera outdoor camera is weatherproof and offers night vision up to 100 feet. I am so excited to get this set up. I had planned on setting up at our door but then it started snowing and I didn’t think I should be on a ladder in the snow and ice. Safety girl took over and didn’t let me near the ladder. LOL!
For those of us who live in an area that gets a wide range of weather this camera is built to work in extreme indoor and outdoor temperatures from -22°F to 140°F.
TrackR pixel, a small, coin-sized Bluetooth tracking device that lights up and easily attaches to all of your important items — backpacks, wallets, laptops, etc. — to make sure they never get lost.
Once you pair your TrackR pixel with the free iPhone/Android app, you can use your phone to locate any item immediately. If something goes missing, you can also check the in-app map for the last place you were within Bluetooth range or you can engage every open TrackR app to anonymously search for your lost item. When your item comes within range, you’ll get an update with the last-known location of your lost item. Plus, with Family Sharing, you can leverage a “group effort” approach to finding items by allowing multiple people to track multiple devices. This is especially helpful for shared items like car keys, the TV remote, even the family pet.
I want to attach these to everything! I have a big fear of my camera going “missing” while I am traveling let alone my phone, keys, wallet and everything else we use on a daily basis. I love that the TrackR pixel is super tiny. You can easily attach it to items and not have to worry that it is bulky or going to get in the way.
Cujo Smart Internet Firewall – One of the security concerns I have had for a long time is all of the viruses that can attack our computers and smart home tech. I was overwhelmed thinking about how to protect the computer and everything else while still working for hours a day on the computer. Enter Cujo into my life and I feel so much better! Cujo is a Smart Internet Firewall that not only protects your computer but all of your smart home tech. I honestly didn’t realize how many tech things we had connected until I saw the list on the Cujo app.
Cujo has some of the best customer services I have ever experienced from a company. I thought Cujo was set up until I got a call from the company asking if I needed help because Cujo was offline. I didn’t even realize it. They walked me through the steps of getting it set up and have checked in other times when we have lost power and the system went down.
I have been using a HP Spectre Laptop for over a year. I am really hard on laptops! They have to handle traveling around the world, getting tossed in my travel bag, and being used non-stop. I have been nothing but over the top impressed with the HP Spectre Laptop. It has handled all of my travels without any issues and still works like a champ. Check out our full HP Spectre Laptop Review for more info on this killer laptop.
If you are like me you have more pictures, videos, and stuff on your computer than it probably needs to have. I recently went to our favorite Best Buy to ask about my best options for external storage and they set us up with this My Cloud Home which gives you cloud storage from your home! You can access your documents, photos, and videos from anyplace in the world. The My Cloud Home is wireless, and provides easy searching and streaming while on the go! You can access your docs from your phone, laptop or anywhere you have an internet connection.