By GREGG ELLMAN— Twitter.com/greggellman
When it comes to technology and holiday shopping, my best advice is to make it useful, not useless. Just because you think something is cool, new or great doesn’t mean it will be an appropriate gift.
As usual, this holiday season there are an endless number to choose from. Here are a bunch of electronics-related gadgets that I think will fit most any user or any budget.
TPKparis has a new USB 2.0 key ring flash drive built into a carabineer so it can be clipped or unclipped to most anything, including-tunnel equipped earlobes.
It weighs just .529 ounces and is stainless steel, making it durable for any weather. The pin and spring have been company-tested to be opened up to 10,000 times.
www.pkparis.com 16GB $26.76 and a 32GB version for $40.22
There’s gonna be an iPad Air in most every house and Kensington has the perfect accessory with the KeyCover ($79.99).
It’s a hard shell cover built with a wireless Bluetooth backlit keyboard inside. The case can hold your iPad Air handsfree in both vertical or horizontal positions.
A big brother model, the KeyCover Plus ($99.99), lets you order and personalize your case in a choice of seven colors.
With both models, if you order before Dec. 31 of this year, you’ll get a promo code for a free SkinIt. They are great sticker coverings, available in an endless number of designs and combinations.
The Minx Go is a portable wireless speaker good for any age in any room of the house.
It’s an amazing sounding desktop speaker, which uses Bluetooth to broadcast your audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device.
The setup take seconds; just press the power button once to turn it on and a second time to activate the Bluetooth setup.
You can connect up to eight devices at once and you’ll get 18 hours of music before the speaker needs a charge or if you leave it in one place just use the included power cord.
www.cambridgeaudio.com $149 available in black or white
Soundcast Systems Melody wireless speaker produces simply amazing sound coming from a rugged 360-degree speaker.
Inside are four full-range speakers for sound in any direction with a weather-resistant enclosure enabling it to operate indoors, outdoors, cold, hot or moderate snow and rain conditions.
The 9-pound speaker has a carrying handle and a high capacity lithium-ion battery should give you about 20 hours of sound before a charge is needed.
Urban Xplorer’s HalfPack RT messenger bag is an attractive over the should bag made with nylonUX ballistic fabric, which can also work as a backpack with attachable straps.
It has an endless amount of pockets, compartments, zippers and storage areas for more electronics gadgets and accessories then any tech head would need to carry. It’s described perfectly by the company as, “a classic bag that incorporates modern day functionality with vintage style.”
www.xplorerbrand.com $198 available in bronze, black and burnt orange
Simple, cool, wireless and reasonably priced are how I would describe the HMDX Jam Fusion Bluetooth stereo headphones.
What makes them unique is if you have a pair of them, you can connect them both to listen to the same music, all wireless via Bluetooth.
They have a built-in mic for handsfree calls and a rechargeable battery that lets the music play for six hours before a charge is needed.
www.hmdxaudio.com $89.99 available in black, purple, red and white
The ThinkGeek Radioactive Elements Glowing coaster are a set of four 3.75-inch squares, which glow in a different color (green, red, purple and yellow) when you place your drink on them.
A small replaceable battery comes in each, good for about 4.5 hours of constant use.
Go with one SmallHands or TwoHands with the felix smartphone and tablet stands.
The SmallHands ($14.99) is a portable stand good for holding smartphones in horizontal or portrait positions.
For the bigger tablets, the TwoHands ($24.99) will also hold them handsfree in both positions.
www.Felixbrand.com each available in six different colors
The MeCam is a wearable hands-free video camera that comes in 4GB ($49.99), 8GB ($59.99) and 16GB ($69.99).
It measures just short of 2-inches round and has built-in LED infared technology, which enables it to be used in still or video modes in lowlight or daytime condition.
All control buttons are on the side, the rechargeable battery is good for about 80 minutes of use and video is taken at 720p or still images at 5 megapixels.
www.mecam.me available in five different colors
Powerocks Super Magicstick 2800 is a great portable charging solution. With 2800mAh of power, you can charge just about any portable electronic gadget with a USB connection.
The pocket sized device measures just 3.5 x 1-inch round and has an LED indicator to view the status of your charge and remaining capacity of the battery.
They are available in many color choices and include a velvet carrying bag.
For any photo enthusiast, Lightroom 5 from Adobe is an outstanding choice, especially from me considering it’s one of my favorites for digital image work flow.
Just as Adobe says, “it’s really a great to tool to help aspiring and hobbyist photographers organize and edit their images.”
There’s two great things I can say about Lightroom, it’s easy to use and the results are amazing.
The LifeLink is described as the worlds thinnest smartphone cable, measuring 3.35 x 0.98 0.87-inches and weighing just 0.21ounces.
Its so portable you can just carry it in a wallet and is available in microUSB, Apple Lightning or 30-pin cable connections.
www.getlifelink.com preorder for $14
The Moshi Revolt Duo USB car charger has a pair of high-output USB ports and comes with a detachable Apple lightning charge/sync cable for the latest iOS devices.
It plugs into any car’s 9V (cigarette lighter) plug and gives full-speed charging of smartphone, tablets, or any other USB power hungry device, which charges using a standard USB cable.