We have all officially entered the holiday season but many still have some shopping left to do. It can be an extremely busy and hectic time of year and we at Connected Planet would like to help out with some IoT gift ideas, here are a few of some of Connected Planet’s favorites
Amazon Fire HD 6
The Amazon Fire HD 6 is great value for those looking to get someone a high power tablet for very little money. The Fire HD 6 features a 6” 1280 x 800 high definition display with a pixel density of 252 ppi. The Fire HD 6 also features a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and free unlimited cloud storage for all of your media. Best of all, the HD 6 retails for $99 on Amazon’s website.
The iGrill Mini is a great gift for the cook in the family because it allows them to add wireless temperature monitoring functionality to a grill they already own. Cool features like Bluetooth app connectivity and proximity device wake up set the iGrill Mini apart from the rest. Connecting to the iGrill app allows the user to connect multiple iGrill devices simultaneously, set timer alarms, set min/max temp alarms and participate social sharing. You can find the iGrill Mini for $39.99 on iDevices website.
$250 and under
Motorola Moto 360
The Moto 360 is one of the most gorgeous and functional Android Wear devices on the market today. The Moto 360 features a display with a 1.56” 320 x 290 backlit LCD with a pixel density of 205 ppi. Other goodies include a TI OMAP 3 processor, 512 RAM and 4GB of internal storage. This is more than just a watch though, as some of the included sensors are a pedometer and a heart rate monitor. The Moto 360 can be found on Best Buy’s website and starts at $250 on a Horween leather strap.
Here is a gift that could potentially help whoever receives it make their holiday shopping list next year! Here’s why, the Echo is just like Siri or Cortana in that you can talk to it and it will use the web to add items to a shopping list. It will also play music via the two 2.5” speakers and look up any questions you ask it. Echo retails for $199 and $99 for Amazon Prime members. To request for an invite to purchase one, check out Amazon.
$500 and under
LiFX WiFi Bulbs
LiFx Wi-Fi bulbs make a great gift for the person who wants to make a smart home improvement. The lights are similar to the Phillips Hue in that they are both LED and are controlled by an app. Where LiFx is different is how they connect to your phone or tablet. Where Hue uses a hub connected to your router to “talk” with each light, LiFx designed each light with its own WiFi antenna. This means that you eliminate the added setup and clutter of an additional hub. Specs include: 17W producing 1,017 Lumen, 16 million possible colors and LEDs rated for 40,000 hours. The price of 23 years of life and the ability to change color like a chameleon isn’t too bad either, $380 for a pack of four on the LiFx website.
Parrot Zik 2.0
The Philippe Starck designed Zik 2.0 is the gorgeous follow up to the original Zik with a few improvements. Still intact from the original, is the touch sensitive ear cup for controlling your music, noise cancelling and NFC connectivity. The Zik 2.0 takes everything up a notch or two with 18 hours of battery life, 3 more microphones for a total of 8, 17% lighter for longer lasting comfort and multiple artist EQ presets. Parrot’s Zik 2.0 is available in six vibrant colors and is sure to brighten up anyone’s cold winter months and is available on Amazon for $399.