12 tech toys to buy for the holidays
Bing Shopping: Logitech Harmony Touch
Stop looking for the Xbox remote in the couch cushions and the TV clicker under the table. The rechargeable Harmony Touch controls up to 15 devices, and its iPhone-like swipable panel displays 50 customizable channel icons, buttons, activities, and settings.
Harmony Touch, $249.99, Logitech.
Bing Shopping: Fitbit One
Not getting enough ZZZs? The Fitbit One monitors all the usual fitness stats plus your sleep cycle, graphing how long you snoozed, how often you woke up, and ultimately spitting out a sleep quality score, so you can see what's working and what's not. It then uploads wirelessly to an online dashboard and Android and iPhone apps. There, you can check progress towards weekly goals, earn badges, and connect with friends when they need a little cheerleading.
The One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker, $99.99, Fitbit.
Bing Shopping: Jawbone Jambox
For music buffs and casual listeners alike, the speaker to buy is bluetooth-enabled, boasts a built-in microphone, and plays as-good-as-it-gets sound. Now customizable with 13 grill and nine cap colors, it will amp up both décor and sound-quality.
Jambox Remix, 199.99, Jawbone.
Related: 3 Gadgets for a Better Night's Sleep
Bing Shopping: Kindle Paperwhite
How many times have you heard someone complain that every time they stay up late reading, their spouse claims that he can't sleep with a light on? Halt any further gripes with the newest Kindle, which has a dimmable built-in light for when you need it, but no glare for those days lazing on the beach with a hot new read.
Kindle Paperwhite, $119, Amazon.
Bing Shopping: Micro Juice Pack Reserve Keychain
Slip onto a keychain reassurance that your friend's phone will stop dying at the worst possible times. Two charging wires provide juice on-the-go with the click of a button.
Micro Juice Pack Reserve Keychain, $34.95, Mophie.
Bing Shopping: Slingbox 500
Whether it's the holidays at your in-laws or waiting to pick the kids up from practice, you can pick up exactly where you left off with your shows, movies, and sporting events. The Slingbox streams HD-quality live and recorded programming from television to smartphones, tablets, and laptops, meaning you won't get bored when everyone else is running late.
Slingbox 500, $299.99, Slingbox.
Bing Shopping: Swiss Army Victorinox Flash Alox
The man in your life will never feel cooler then when they whip out this combo USB drive and Swiss Army knife. Consider him officially well-equipped.
Victorinox Flash Alox, $90, Swiss Army.
Bing Shopping: Showers Speakers for iPod
Thanks to this waterproof, bluetooth-powered music player, she'll enjoy her only real alone-time of the day a little more when she wirelessly streams tunes from her iPhone, iPad or Android. The plan: to rock out while she rinses off.
The Bluetooth Shower Speaker, $99.95, Hammacher Schlemmer.
Bing Shopping: iPhone Keyboard
Make this the last time you receive a text warped by autocorrect. This combination keyboard and iPhone case makes typing as easy as on a keyboard and folds back during non-messaging time.
Spike 2, $60, SoloMatrix.