High- tech gifts for the holidays

Are you in the mood for something high tech as a holiday gift? You’re in luck. The market is flooded with ideas that should delight any high-level executive.

And, just because we know it’s sometimes tough for busy execs to go shopping, there’s even an item your kids might like.

But first let’s look at holiday gifts for executives that won’t break the bank.

Here are some suggestions to consider from items either reviewed by us or demonstrated in person:

Cobra JumPack CPP 8000

OK, it’s the one thing any of us hate to be without: juice for our devices. The Cobra JumPack CPP 8000 helps with that problem. This ultra-compact portable and emergency power device has enough juice to charge any mobile device and even jumpstart most vehicles multiple times on a single charge. The Cobra JumPack CPP 8000 is available at retail pricing of $119.95.

Fizzics Universal Beer System

Fizzics is the kind of thing nobody needs — but once you sample it, you want it. This could be the perfect gift for the beer drinker on your list. It creates a draught pour from any variety of beer that comes in a bottle, can or growler. It lets you pour precisely to suit your taste by allowing you to choose the level of foam head you desire and offers the ability to refresh the froth as often as you like from any beer you like. Price is $169.99.

Wocket Wallet

OK, to be frank, the name doesn’t do much for me and neither do its celebrity spokesmen: Joey Fatone or Vinny Paz. But the Wocket Wallet, introduced at CES in January, seems pretty ingenious. You simply swipe and save your cards into Wocket once and they are secured with PIN and biometric voice print technology. Without ever needing a smartphone, you can choose a card from the touch screen and Wocket programs its single, smart card (Wocket Card) to match your selection. From there, you just swipe as you normally would virtually anywhere that credit cards are accepted today. It even stores bar codes into the device. It retails for $179.

Activeon CX Gold

The Activeon CX Gold is a premium action camera that features image stabilization, high‐definition recording up to 60 frames per second for slow‐motion effects and a built‐in two‐inch color touchscreen with a custom designed user interface for quick and easy navigation during on‐the‐go recording. It is powered by an 1100mAh, two-hour removable battery that can be swapped with accessory replacement batteries and feature a six-element F/2.4 high precision bright glass lens that provides a 160-degree field of view. Those are all features not available on some better known cameras. The Activeon CX Gold includes an 8GB microSD memory card and carries a suggested retail price of $249.99.

Epson Runsense SF-110 GPS watch

The Runsense SF-110 GPS watch combines a highly accurate GPS and fitness tracker. The watch tracks daily steps and calories burned, plus a host of stats to help evaluate runs and improve overall performance. It’s not for the technologically faint of heart, though. There is a learning curve. Price is $169.99.

Snap LED & IP Camera

Snap provides peace of mind by connecting an internet protocol camera, microphone and speaker to an energy-efficient LED bulb that is rated for 25,000 hours. Snap records video and stores it in the cloud, so no matter where you are, you can monitor your home. Use it indoor or outdoor for enhanced home security and control it all from our app on an iOS or Android device. The company says its features include facial recognition and motion detection. One of the best things about it is zero installation cost, assuming your recipient can screw in a light bulb. Power comes from the socket. It also features a booster for increase WiFi capacity. Prices vary, from $149.

Tranquil Moments Pro Sleep System

What is better than giving someone the gift of a better night’s sleep? High tech retailer Brookstone has dubbed the Tranquil Moments Pro Sleep System as one of its “Top 10 Wow Gifts for the Holidays.” This touch-screen-based bedside system claims it can help users fall asleep faster, sleep through the night, and wake more refreshed. It includes doctor-developed sleep sounds, active sleep coaching, gentle wake-up lighting and alarms — and even a blue-enriched white “Energy” light to help users feel more refreshed and alert in the morning. Of course, it’s available at Brookstone. The cost is $199.99

Philips Izzy BM5

The Philips Izzy BM5 is a way of simply providing a network of sound in your home without complicated wiring. It is a compact multi-room speaker with a clean appearance that seems as if it could work in any environment. It has a simple interface that connects easily to your choice of playback device using Bluetooth.

Each individual speaker can be used alone or paired with up to four other Izzy speakers by pressing the ‘Group’ button. There are no apps and no passwords, so the BM5 can be used straight out of the box. Suggested retail price is $129.99.


This is the gift for kids (say 10 and up). It combines a silicone slap-on bracelet mated to a Bluetooth speaker. It’s nice because it takes the headphones out of your kid’s ears. Of course, the bad thing is you now have to share in their music. It puts out a nice sound and my 11-year-old daughter gave it two thumbs up. It looks clunky but she didn’t mind the size. Retail price is $32.99.

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