5 tech toys to put on your Christmas list
Each year Christmas comes around and with a new selection of must-have gadgets and toys. As we get older we inevitably lean towards to the same old sensible (boring) stuff...
But who really wants socks, gift vouchers or another terrible jumper? Unleash your inner child and feast your eyes on this festive fivesome of tech toys for grown ups.
Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset
Price: 2500CZK (94EUR)
Virtual reality is the all the rage at the moment, most notably with Facebook ploughing lots of time and money into what they believe is the future of gaming and social interaction. The Samsung Gear Headset works with your Samsung Smartphone to provide a completely immersive experience.
At only 2500CZK (94EUR), it is a pretty affordable gadget for your chance to experience the future of gaming. As with a lot of technology, the Samsung gear is only as good as the apps it’s compatible with but the VR headset comes with over 100 apps and not all are games, the VR Headset also provides new ways to learn and interact with others.
For the price and the chance to glimpse the future, the Samsung Gear Headset should be top of your Christmas list.
Price: 15000CZK (550EUR)
Another of this year’s crazes, amplified by the recent ‘Back To The Future Day’, hoverboards are seemingly the must-have gadget this Christmas. With a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner, the hoverboard’s appeal just keeps on rising. We admit that it’s pretty cool to whizz around on these futuristic transportation devices but being based in Prague we already spend most of our time avoiding tourists on segways and aren't’ sure we want to add hoverboards to the mix.
Also, they don’t hover.
Still, these space age boards will almost certainly be on a lot of people’s Christmas lists. At around 15000CZK, you’d better hope your friends and family have been saving up!
Parrot Bebop 2 Drone
Price: 12000CZK (440EUR)
OK, so the Parrot Bebop 2 Drone is pretty cool.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is one of the most advanced drone products on the market, allowing you to take stunning photos and explore the world around you, all from your smartphone or tablet.
The Bebop 2 features a 14 megapixel ‘fisheye’ camera which records amazing videos (which you can upload straight to YouTube) and takes incredible photos from positions you could never normally reach. The drone can even double up as a WiFi hotspot in case you need to check Twitter whilst you’re out flying.
You can set a ‘home’ location so that when you’re finished having fun with your drone it will automatically return home without the need for you to do anything. It’s a very smart piece of kit for anyone with a spare 120000CZK and can provide some pretty awesome photos and videos.
Retro Duo Portable NES/SNES Game System
Price 2500CZK (90EUR)
This Christmas you can take your retro gaming on the road with this portable NES/SNES gaming system which allows you to play all the Nintendo classics on the move.
Instead of (unethically) downloading an emulator for your PC, this portable console allows you to play all your own old Nintendo games with the added bonus of button mashing rather than tapping your laptop keyboard. Play Nintendo and Super Nintendo games plus with an additional RetroGen adapter you can play Sega Genesis games too!
All in all this is a great Christmas gift for nerds who love to game like it’s 1993!
Sphero BB-8 Droid
Price: 5000CZK (180EUR)
And finally our personal favourite, the Star Wars BB-8 Droid. We’ve had the little guy in our office for the past few months and we’ve completely fallen in love with it. You can control the BB-8 using an app on your smartphone, using Bluetooth to guide the droid around your office or home. If you get tired of steering BB-8 yourself, you can put him onto ‘patrol’ mode and let him explore by himself, watching how he carefully avoid collisions with walls, chairs and cats (mainly).
The BB-8 Droid toy is great fun, if a tiny bit overpriced at nearly 5000CZK, but well worth the money for a little bit of Star Wars in your home.
So there you have it, 5 tech gifts to put on your list to Santa this year!