Written by Benny Buljko, Level 2 Support Technician

Now that we’re closing in on the holiday season, it may not be too late to get that last-minute gift for a loved one. Although we all want the next best TV, newest smartphone, and most powerful laptop on the market, there are a few new tech gadgets to consider before making a decision! Our technology professionals at i3 Business Solutions have devised a list of “hot” tech gadgets that are rapidly gaining popularity. Below is a list of the top 5 hottest tech gadgets of 2016.

  1. Virtual Reality Headsets - $95 - $899

Virtual Reality is finally here! There’s been some major advancements in the virtual reality industry to allow several companies to manufacture their own virtual reality product. Companies such as Oculus (Facebook), Samsung, Google, and HTC have already set a high benchmark for this device. Virtual Reality, or “VR,” is an immersive experience in which your head movements are tracked in a three-dimensional world, making it ideally suited to games and even movies. This new technology can get pretty pricey with some of the more advanced units.

  1. Smartwatches - $270 - $400

Smartwatches have blown up in 2016. There are now over a dozen different smartwatches on the market. The most popular of the bunch are manufactured by Apple and Samsung. Smartwatches encourage a healthy lifestyle with their built-in fitness tracking software, along with several other useful applications to assist with day-to-day tasks. In addition, these applications can all be synced with your smartphone! Technology can now be integrated into fashion with the various eye-appealing designs available. The best part about these watches are their relatively inexpensive price!

  1. August Smart Lock - $229

Did you remember to lock the door on your way out? Well now there’s no need to second-guess yourself. The August Smart Lock provides an app-friendly interface (both iOS and Android) which allows users to view and manage their August Smart Lock. This gives homeowners the ability to monitor who accesses their home and at what time. In some cases, you can restrict access from specific people. Although the smart lock has a set of backup batteries in case the Wi-Fi or power goes out, it mainly runs off your home’s electricity and wireless internet. For peace of mind, the August Smart Lock can also be unlocked the conventional way; with a physical key.

  1. Tile - $24 - $89

Keys? Check. Phone? Check. Wallet? Where’s my wallet?

Everyone has experienced a moment of panic once they’ve lost, or forgotten, a necessity which they desperately need. The creators of Tile have devised such a product that pinpoints those necessities which ultimately resolves the problem of loss or forgetfulness. Once Tile devices are attached to your items, you will be given the ability to track these objects through the Android or iOS app! If you tend to lose items regularly, Tile is the answer you’ve been looking for!

  1. Google Home - $129

With the launch of Amazon’s “Echo,” Google has decided to make it’s way into the smart-speaker market. Although Amazon has revolutionized the market with their prior experience with smart-speaker technologies, one thing to keep in mind is Google’s history of search data. Amazon may have a head-start in the market, but Google’s vast collection of search data provides a significant competitive advantage in terms of features and usability.

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