On the 3Squared Christmas wish list…

11th December 2013

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We at 3Squared are self-confessed technology geeks and gadget lovers. And with our Christmas tree firmly up and the sound of Santa’s sleigh bells not too far away, we thought we would check out the must have techy toys for this Christmas.
If you haven’t seen daylight since the release of the Xbox One, and don’t want yuletide family visits to get in the way of your gaming, then the Vanguard should be top of your Christmas list. The carry case opens up to reveal a 19-inch LCD screen, stereo speakers and a games console of your choice including the new Xbox One. Whilst travelling to said Aunt’s house, why not keep yourself entertained with free TV on your iPad or MacBook. The Elgato EyeTV doesn’doesn’t use any data and even lets you pause and rewind live TV or record and view later on a different device.

eyetv-mobile-elgato2013 has seen a huge wave of interest around wearable technology, with Sony and Samsung among the manufacturers to bring out their smart watches this year. Even animals are getting in on the wearable technology scene, with Whistle, an on-collar monitoring device for dogs. It allows the user to track the dog’s behaviour, monitor health and of course post social media updates through the accompanying app. If a watch (or dog collar) doesn’t quite cut it for you, you will have to wait for Google Glass in 2014, unless you happen to know one of the lucky Google Explorers.

If you use an iPad for anything other than Angry Birds and Candy Crush, a stylus might come in handy. This one even includes a pen on the other side, if you fancied practicing the ancient art of writing on paper.

For the traditionalists amongst you, why not opt for an 8-bit watch? The Icon Watch is as simple as they come and despite looking like a Lego accessory, its actually made from stainless steel. Old-school gamers can find comfort in the dark with either a Pac-Man ghost lamp or Minecraft Torch, depending on your mood. To finish off the retro look and hide your love for all things Apple, then grab an Audio Tape Phone case.

helicopterRemote control toys have been around for years, but none are quite as cool the Bladez Toyz Water Blaster, a helicopter equipped with a water pistol. At just £40, it’s a small price to pay for hours of fun annoying next doors dog.

If you already have all the gadgets, you may need some help keeping track of them. Hippih pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled toys and alerts you if the two are separated. Fantastic if you have one too many the office party and leave your phone unattended. The Glif is a great stocking-filler for smartphone fans, which acts as both a tripod and a stand for almost any smartphone.

For the junior techy, why not give them a lesson in coding, with Rasberry Pi. The hackable computer is a great place to start and even allows the user to create their own devices.

Better get these presents ordered quickly, seeing as Amazon Drone won’t be delivering for a good few years yet.