Here are our picks for the best gadgets, gizmos and toys from this year, so far. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, parent with a hobby or you have a grandchild’s birthday coming up; 2017 has some amazing pieces of tech available already.
Nintendo has always pushed the box on what home entertainment means for children and adults. The Switch offers players their choice between projecting the game onto their television or taking their game on the go. Don’t let the small size deceive you, this is a full-blown console that Nintendo has delivered. Play on-the-go at 720p, or dock it into the station to play at 1080p on your home TV. The Switch is so popular that they sell out in just a few hours at all stores. This is one you’ll want to keep an eye out for and swoop up your own console when the next shipment goes out.
If hearing aids and earbuds combined in the future, they would look like the Here One earbuds from Doppler. Having trouble hearing your spouse at a birthday party? Crank up the volume! On an airplane with a crying baby? Turn down the volume or even play your music. The sound cancelation on these bad boys is awesome and they make you the true master of your audio world.
Although Snapchat may not be for everyone, there’s a one in three chance that the teen in your family does. These fancy sunglasses are easy to sync with your phone and video quality is not half bad. In a time when camera companies like GoPro are struggling, Snapchat can’t seem to make enough of these Spectacles!
Sphero BB-8 Droid
Looking forward to seeing Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi? This remote-controlled BB-8 can help the whole family build the hype! Controlled by an app on any iOS or Andriod device, this guys follows directions, plays Star Wars sound effects and can even record holographic messages for your loved ones!
Amazon Echo Dot
The dot offers all the power of the original Amazon Echo at half the cost, only $50. Alexa can become a huge asset to everyday life once you master the commands. There is an ever-growing library of third-party “skills” that can be added to bring even more functionality. Stream music, set timers, look up facts, set an alarm or even have Alexa tell some terrible jokes and this time for half the cost. The Dot is a must-have.
Hopefully this list can give you some great ideas for gifts, either for yourself or your family. 2017 isn’t over and we should be getting a bunch more tech as time goes on. For all the latest tech, gadgets and toys be sure to sign up for our GreatGiftsForKids.com newsletter!
July 13, 2017