Just in Time for Black Friday. Latest technology this holiday season!

By Joey Pepka of Peptronix

The latest tech gadgets always make for a great gift. Why? Well, no matter what their interests are, there’s always something out there that’s perfectly tailored to what they love. Here are some items that caught our eye this year.

1. Rocketbook Notebook
Students and avid note-takers you care about will undoubtedly be impressed by the Rocketbook smart notebook. Available in many colors, the reasonably priced product will allow them to take notes the old-school way, then scan them for easy sharing or cloud storage. We like that its reusable pages are easy to clean via a bundled microfiber cloth, too.

2. HP Portable Photo Printer
The HP Sprocket Select compact photo printer is one of the best tech gifts you can get for the Instagram aficionado in your life. The stylish gadget is capable of printing 2.3 x 3.4-inch photos on water- and tear-resistant paper.

3. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
This high-tech mug from Ember is the perfect gift for coffee and tea drinkers. It keeps any beverage warm, and you can control all the settings directly through your smartphone via a mobile app. Thanks to a built-in battery, the gadget will maintain the drink’s temperature for up to 1.5 hours.

4. Goal Zero Portable Solar Panel
The Goal Zero Nomad 10 solar panel is an excellent tech gift option for outdoorsy personalities. Its onboard USB output allows it to easily charge phones, backup battery packs, and other small gadgets. The Nomad 10 also has a foldable design, an adjustable kickstand, and a built-in hook for attaching it to a backpack.

5. LARQ Self Cleaning Water Bottle
The sleek PureVis water bottle by LARQ is a surprisingly high-tech gift, thanks to an onboard UV-C light. The nontoxic technology will allow users to seamlessly sanitize the bottle’s interior, as well as the water inside it. The process takes only a minute to complete.

6. Click and Grow Smart Garden
Is there someone in your life who feels like they can never keep their herb garden alive? This nifty smart garden will solve that problem for them. The kit includes the planter base, which features a built-in water reservoir that holds a month’s worth of water, an LED lamp to make sure the plants are getting enough light, and some basil starter pods so the recipient can start growing their indoor herb garden pronto.

7. SAMSUNG The Frame Smart 4K TV
Samsung’s The Frame 4K TV is a splurgeworthy tech gift that, in addition to elevating the recipient’s home-entertainment game, will also improve their home decor. As its name suggests, the product looks like a picture frame with swappable bezels. It can showcase over 1,000 classic and modern works of art when not in use.

8. Apple Air Tag
The Apple AirTag is a great tech gift for anyone with an iPhone. The gadget will allow them to keep tabs on their item via the Find My app. The AirTag has a water-resistant build and battery that can last up to a year between replacements.

9. Meater Smart Meat Thermometer
Meater’s smart thermometer is an equally great tech gift for beginner and advanced home chefs. The Bluetooth-enabled cooking gadget will allow them to always cook meat to perfection. It has a companion app giving users step-by-step cooking instructions and notifying them when their food is ready.

10. Rubik’s Connected Cube
A smarter take on a legendary toy, the Rubik’s Connected Cube is a cool and memorable gift option. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and a companion app, the interactive gadget can literally teach players how to solve the challenging 3D puzzle. Avid players can also compete with other Rubik’s Connected Cube owners.

11. Nanoleaf Essentials A19 Smart Lightbulb
riced like an impulse buy, the Nanoleaf Essentials A19 smart lightbulb is a wonderful tech gift for anyone with an iPad, a HomePod mini, or an Apple TV. The smart home gadget is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit standard and will allow the recipients to control it with Siri voice commands or from their iPhone’s control center. It doesn’t require an additional hub.

12. Chef IQ Smart Pressure Cooker
The Chef IQ smart cooker will take their kitchen game to a whole new level. Equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an LCD color display, the connected gadget will help the recipient conquer hundreds of recipes. Its companion app brings access to recipes, how-to videos, and settings, among many other bits.

13. PhoneSoap Pro UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Charger
The PhoneSoap Pro is also a thoughtful tech gift. The must-have gadget will keep the recipient’s smartphone and other small everyday items consistently germ-free. It has a fast-cleaning cycle and powerful light.

14. UBTECH Astrobot Series JIMU Robot Kit
The JIMU Robot by UBTECH is a great gift for young tech enthusiasts. The app-controlled STEM learning kit will allow them to build three different robots. It consists of almost 400 parts and connectors, as well as LED lights and a Bluetooth speaker. Best of all, the JIMU will also allow kids to learn about coding via app-enabled challenges. It’s suitable for gearheads aged 8 and up.



About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com
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