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Show #2018-244 December 6, 2018

We’re looking at the tech toys that could make wonderful Christmas presents.

One company to keep an eye on is Nest. The company that’s also known for making smart thermostats was acquired by Google earlier this year, so its products now seamlessly integrate with Google Assistant. Their new toy this season is their video doorbell. Of course, at $300 plus all the additional stuff you need to get it working, it might be cheaper to hire a butler.

Another fun add-on gift for someone with a digital assistant in their home would be a colour-changing LED light bulb, like the Philips Hue. Just connect to your Echo, Google Assistant, or even Apple HomePod, and you’ll be changing colours and getting brighter faster than Timothy Leary at as acid tasting event. The good news is that no matter how wasted you get, you’ll be able to control the everything in your home with your voice. It comes with specific programs for nighttime, morning, or even party time, if that’s your thing.

Another hot product for this shopping season is “truly wireless” earbuds. These are headphones that only connect to your device via Bluetooth, with no cords whatsoever. The front-runner in the space are Apple’s AirPods, those would be the white, wireless headphones that you’ve probably seen at the gym or around town. But those only connect to Apple devices, and there are some complaints about sound quality, so if you’re looking for Android-friendly or non-Apple alternatives, have a look at Bose. They have a long history of making high-quality, truly wireless headphones.

Drones were another popular holiday gift last year, and it looks like it’ll continue to be a strong sector in this year, with expected sales of 1.5 million unions.  Drones are getting smaller and more portable, with the ability to fold up for easy carrying.

Keep in mind that there are a slew of new regulations about flying a drone in Canada.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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Show #2018-244 December 6, 2018