With the holiday gift-giving season upon us, we spent some time scouring the tech shelves to bring you the most interesting hi-tech gift ideas we could find. With these devices, those on your gift list will better share home video with friends; use an iPad as a productive tool; route audio and video over their home networks; talk on their cell phones—handsfree—with absolutely no background noise; get an extraordinary 3D TV experience bigger than ever before; and never get lost again.
3M Camcorder Projector
The new Camcorder Projector from 3M blends mobile projection technology with a digital camera capable of capturing HD video and 5MP still images. Perfect for capturing footage from kids’ soccer games, school plays and concerts, or holiday celebrations, the Camcorder Projector from 3M makes it easy to shoot – and share – photos and videos at the touch of a button, virtually anywhere. Available in white with red or black accents for an estimated price of $299, the Camcorder Projector from 3M also features a built-in speaker and microphone.
Belkin Keyboard Folio
The iPad is a wondrous device, but typing on its virtual keyboard doesn’t give the same tactile response a normal keyboard does. Plus, they’re going to have to get some sort of a case for their iPad anyway. For just $99, you can get them the Keyboard Folio, an all-in-one Bluetooth keyboard and protective folio solution for the iPad 2. The Keyboard Folio features TruType keys for a comfortable, computer-style typing experience and complements the functionality of the iPad 2 with separate, adjustable modes for viewing and typing.
D-Link HD Media Router 2000
These days, TV sets can pull programming off the net, mobile devices can communicate wirelessly with home networks to display audio and video on big screens, and of course there’s still the traditional ways to use the Internet—all going on at the same time—over the same router. Designed to optimize a home’s Wi-Fi signal and provide increased and continuous Internet strength, the HD Media Router 2000 offers advanced wireless connectivity enabling seamless high-quality HD streaming, gaming without lag time and uninterrupted VoIP calling. For $169.99, D-Link’s new HD Media Router 2000 also provides increased signal strength and uninterrupted streaming of HD videos and music across the home network, or extra bandwidth for secure, fast connectivity to otherwise hard-to-reach places.
The first Bluetooth telephone headset incorporating Active Noise Cancellation technology, the Jabra Supreme actively reduces background noise, to enhance the listening experience during a call. Its wind noise reduction technology also makes calling in windy weather conditions smooth and hassle-free. The patented Flip-Boom arm unfolds to switch the Supreme on. Folding it back switches it off for storage. The $99 Jabra Supreme’s adjustable headset to achieve the best fit and placement according to individual needs. Its flexible ear hook is easily adjustable and its on-the-ear shape sits securely in place – ensuring maximum comfort for all day usage.
Mitsubishi 3D DLP Home Cinema TV
Those New Year’s bowl games and holiday specials will look absolutely spectacular on a new $2599, 73-inch, MITSUBISHI WD-73840 3D DLP set. And, if 73-inches isn’t big enough, how does an 82- or even a 92-inch screen strike you? Mitsubishi’s DLP screens deliver a high quality picture, ideal for fast action like sports, gaming and movies. Complete with Internet connectivity, Mitsubishi’s 3D TVs can stream the latest content from the Web or a compatible mobile device. Further, DLP TV technology delivers the most compelling 3D pictures, and is the same technology used in 90 percent of 3D movie theaters.
TomTom GO LIVE 1535 M
The world’s first portable navigation device to come with a suite of popular travel apps, the TomTom GO LIVE 1535M combines the most comprehensive road and traffic information from TomTom HD Traffic—with the insight of travel-related apps. These new features provide the information needed on a dedicated device designed to offer the best navigation experience. With these apps, users can read restaurant reviews, find hotel availability, or automatically tweet arrival times without ever leaving the car. Additionally, they’ll have access to updated fuel prices, weather forecasts, and Local Search. The $249 TomTom GO LIVE 1535M comes with a free 12-month subscription to TomTom LIVE Services.