10 Gadgets to Add to Your Holiday List

 

Book of Spells for the PlayStation 3

The world of “Harry Potter” isn’t done with us yet. The Book of Spells game is one of the first to utilize PlayStation’s new Wonderbook controller, and the experience is pretty fun. Players get to wave a magic wand over a spellbook and practice casting magic spells.

Though the book is just a piece of tech and the wand a PS Move controller, the Eye camera makes the magic happen. It transforms a plain old person and regular controllers into a book filled with illustrations and a Potter-style wand. Players will be able to see themselves in the game as they play.

Price: $39.99 (game only); $79.99 (bundle)
More info: From PlayStation (game only)

 

 

Kobo Mini e-Reader

In addition to the Kobo Glo backlit e-reader, Kobo also recently introduced the Kobo Mini. This tiny E ink e-reader has a 5-inch display and fits into even smaller pockets. Like other Kobo products, it operates via touch and has interchangeable backs for personalization.

Why pick a smaller e-reader? It’s great for people who don’t have pockets, kids with smaller hands, or people who carry impossibly tiny purses. Plus, the price is great for readers on a budget.

Price: $79.99
More Info: From Kobo

 

 

Parrot Zik Headphones Designed by Stark

The best thing about these new bluetooth headphones from Parrot isn’t the design (though they are really good-looking), the lack of wires, or even the concert hall quality audio and noise cancelation. The Zik is out to impress you on a deeper level.

To start, you can pair the headphones via NFC. Just tap your phone to the cans and you’re going in a few seconds. You can control the music and volume without ever touching your phone. Swipe up or down on the right earpiece to raise or lower the volume, and swipe right or left to change tracks.

A motion sensor inside can detect when you take the headphones off, pausing the music automatically.

Price: $399
Buy It: From Amazon

 

Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip

The newest generation of Fitbit trackers make it easier to see how far you are toward meeting your daily movement goals while you’re on the go. Now the One and Zip can connect and send real-time data to bluetooth 4.0-enabled iOS devices (iPad third generation, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5) without putting a huge drain on either battery. The updated iOS app now shows stats, badges, and leaderboards without needing to connect the Fitbit to a computer.

In addition to sleep tracking, the Fitbit One also acts as a silent alarm clock. When you wear it with the wrist strap, it can buzz you awake without disturbing anyone sleeping in the same bed.

To get stats from the Fitbit Zip, simply tap the face to see how many steps and stairs you’ve taken, distance, calories burned, and how close you are to your goal.

Price: $99.95 One; $59.95 Zip
More info: From Fitbit

Philips ShoqBox SB7200 Series Bluetooth Speaker

Most bluetooth speakers wouldn’t survive a day in the rugged outdoors, even if they are portable and run on a battery. The Philips ShoqBox is shockproof, splashproof, and even comes with a loop so you can clip it to your backpack (or bag). The rechargeable battery lasts about eight hours.

Besides being rugged, it delivers good, loud audio from two speakers. If you want a stereo effect, you can pair more than one ShoqBox to the same device. For making those awkward “I need an airlift off this mountain” calls, the ShoqBox also includes a microphone.

Price: $179.95
Buy It: From Apple

 

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K. T. Bradford is a mobile technology geek with a passion for pocketable gadgets and anything that makes her life better without making her bag too much heavier. In addition to being a tech reviewer she’s also an unabashed geek with a love of all things science fiction and many things science fact. You can follow her at  @K T Bradford.

K. T. Bradford
K. T. Bradford
K. T. Bradford is a mobile technology geek with a passion for pocketable gadgets and anything that makes her life better without making her bag too much heavier. In addition to being a tech reviewer she's also an unabashed geek with a love of all things science fiction and many things science fact. You can follow her at  @K T Bradford.
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  • Andy_Avantgardian

    That headset looks awesome!