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