GIFT GUIDE De­vices to please tech lovers

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Blaine Kyllo his hol­i­day sea­son, en­hance the sound and vi­sion in your life—or the lives of those you love—with these tech prod­ucts.

ROOMBA i7

The first ro­bot in many homes was a Roomba vac­uum, and the lat­est ver­sion, the i7, has more suc­tion and bet­ter map­ping tech­nol­ogy than ever be­fore. And with the Clean Base Au­to­matic Dirt Dis­posal, the i7 emp­ties its own bin ev­ery time it re­turns to the base. The i7 is priced at $900, $1,250 with the Clean Base.

AP­PLE WATCH

The Ap­ple Watch got a re­design for Se­ries 4 ($519), mak­ing it lighter and more com­fort­able than ever. It’s an ideal wear­able, pro­vid­ing health and fit­ness in­for­ma­tion as well as be­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice. The Se­ries 3 ($369) model is still avail­able and has most of the same func­tion­al­ity. PHILIPS HUE PLAY

The lat­est ad­di­tions to the Philips Hue lineup are the Play LED light bars ($170 for two), which are per­fect for do­ing some light­ing de­sign at home. You can prop these on coun­ters or cof­fee ta­bles, you can mount them on walls, and you can clip them to the back of your TV or com­puter mon­i­tor for some nice bias light­ing. EDIFIER BOOK­SHELF SPEAK­ERS Some­times you don’t need a speaker that’s smart; you just want good room­fill­ing sound. The Edifier R1850DB book­shelf speak­ers ($250) are de­signed with a slight an­gle, push­ing sound a bit up in­stead of straight out. With Blue­tooth 4.0, your smart­phone will stay con­nected to the speak­ers even if you’re on the other side of the house.

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