Wireless a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Tech Gear

Wireless is the word this holiday season.  Here are some of the hottest new products for streaming, remote controlling, connecting and getting your Bluetooth on for the tech geek on your gift list.

Speakers of the House

Give the music lover on your list something to sing about with Sonos.  This versatile wireless streaming speaker system, controlled by a simple app for MAC/PC, smartphone or tablet, allows you to play music in every room you have a speaker.  Play the same song, or a different song, from your music library or any podcast, Internet radio station or service like Pandora or I Heart Radio.  Give a Sonos PLAY: 1 Gift Pack ($199, including Sonos Bridge, http://www.sonos.com) compact speaker as a starter, which delivers powerful HiFi sound all by itself; or a pair it with a second speaker for truly rich stereo sound; or build it out year by year into an immersive multi-room set up that will rock the house.

Sonos is everywhere you want music to be

Sonos is everywhere you want music to be

My-Fi

For the frequent traveler on your list, keep them connected with Kanex mySpot ($49, http://www.kanexlive.com) a travel-sized access point that can turn a hotel live Ethernet connection into a wireless-g signal.  Plug mySpot’s USB cable into your laptop or charger for power, and with a click you can safely and securely connect all your wireless devices to your own personal wireless network. mySpot_Back

Holiday travelers can stay connected with mySpot

Holiday travelers can stay connected with mySpot

Lots of Hub Hub

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MediaShair Hub keeps those on the go powered up

Keep the plugged-in addict on your list powered up and connected on the go with the IOGEAR Wireless MediaShair Hub ($99.95, http://www.iogear.com).  The paperback book-sized device charges up – using USB or included cigarette lighter charger — and then serves as a hub for media storage devices to stream music, movies, photos and files to up to seven Wi-Fi enabled devices.  The hub doubles as an access point when connected to an Ethernet cable.  Equipped to stream from a SD card, flash drive or external hard drive using a USB connection, the hub’s built in power station battery can charge other devices and lasts for up to five hours.GWFRSDU_3

Three’s a Charm

The thrice-as-nice-as-the-original-Roku, Roku3 ($99, http://www.roku.com), raises binge TV watching to new heights.  For the show monger on your list who can’t get enough streaming video, this amazing and diverse palm-sized powerhouse delivers Netflix, HBO GO, VUDU Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and over 1000 other free and subscription services to any HDTV.  The simple hook up includes an HDMI connection to your TV and a wireless connection to your home network.  The sleek remote control handset comes with Roku’s signature purple earbuds for personal listening – ideal for late night viewing that won’t wake the rest of the house.  The improved and easy- and fun-to-use interface includes a one-stop search across multiple channels, so you can comparison shop those episodes of Breaking Bad or Downton Abbey.

For the Helicopter Parent (and Kids)

It’s been said the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys, but the MOTO TC and the HELO TC by Griffin Technology proves size doesn’t matter.  Designed for users age 14 and up, and coveted by men (and of course women and girls) of all ages, the toy remote touch control monster truck and helicopter utilize free apps for IOS devices for control.  Powered by a 4.8 V @ 600mAh NI-MH fuel cell, the Tonka-sized truck can slide, tilt and track with a virtual steering wheel and throttle or perform figure eights and laps.  The twin-rotored HELO TC indoor helicopter app can record up to three flight plans and use a touch control throttle and joystick or tilt-and-steer control to move the helicopter forward, back and side to side.  HELO TC’s built-in battery recharges from any USB power source. The Flight Deck module requires 4 AAA batteries.  (HELO TC $49.99, MOTO TC $59.99, www.griffintechnology.com and retailers nationwide).HELO RC

Griffin Technology's MOTO TC and HELO TC offer remote control play at its

Griffin Technology’s MOTO TC and HELO TC offer remote control play at its best

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About K. Pearson Brown

Writer, blogger, PR pro, traveler, tech geek, health and wellness believer, parent. Wrote my first book at age 5, still living my dramatic autobiography.

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