WiFi HiFi Gift Guide - A Mixed Bag of Gadgets

Steve Makris

Published: 12/20/2016 10:01:34 AM EST in Electronics

WiFi HiFi Gift Guide - A Mixed Bag of Gadgets

Technology writer Steve Makris offers his picks of some great gifts for everyone on your list.

ExoLens Wide-Angle Lens Kit

With optics by ZEISS, this device adds DSLR aspherical lens technology for the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus. The ZEISS Mutar 0.6x Apsh T* Wide-Angle Lens is virtually distortion free, has exceptional edge-to-edge contrast, and showcases stunning picture quality. It's matched with the precision-machined aluminum ExoLens bracket that includes soft interior liners to ensure a perfect fit and protection from scratches. The bracket also features an integrated standard tripod mount (1/4"-20) and cold shoe mount, so you can easily use favourite accessories such as tripods and exterior flashes. It comes with a protective aluminum lens hood and lens cap. $269.95 Exolens.com

iHealth Wireless Pulse Oximeter

Available for iOS and Android, it's a fast and non-invasive way to measure oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse rate (BPM) and Perfusion Index (PI) when gently clipped to your fingertip. It can then send the results wirelessly via Bluetooth to the free SpO2 app on your smartphone or tablet. It's great for checking your blood oxygen level while exercising, and can help you monitor your body's reaction to increased physical activity to help avoid life-threatening situations. It is the most accurate consumer oximeter I've tested to date. $69.95 Ihealthlabs.com

Nomad Accessories for iPhone

Nomad accessories for Apple iPhones and the Apple Watch are in a class of their own, and the new rugged, military-grade charging cables for Lightning, as well as microUSB and Type-C devices, are top tier. The flexible cables are made from kevlar and ballistic nylon. The Universal Cable (US$35.95) works on any phone, including Type-C devices, while the Battery Cable US$39.95 for Lightning includes a built-in 2,350mAh backup battery for boosting your device's battery when away from power outlets. Both come with a 1.5-metre cord. The advanced trackable 9,000mAh PowerPack (US$99.95) has a USB 2.4-Amp and Type-C 3.0-Amp out and integrated Bluetooth finder that also works with Tile trackers (which also appear in some of our gift guides). Hellonomad.com

Saeco GranBaristo Avanti Espresso Maker

The Bluetooth 4.0-connected Saeco GranBaristo Avanti Espresso maker lets you start your coffee brewing from the comfort of your bed. Using the Saeco Avanti app on your iOS or Android device, choose the type of coffee from 18 options, select your desired strength and milk volume, and get perfectly brewed java by the time you arrive downstairs. For parties and get togethers, you can also take your guests coffee orders through the Queue Order function, fully customizing each drink to their preferences on the app, before even leaving the dinner table. The app also guides you through step-by-step maintenance and cleaning. $3,000 Philips.ca

Caseco Blu-Toque

Premium made and fashionably knitted, the Blu-Toque from Canadian company Caseco features built-in re-chargeable Bluetooth-connected speakers and a microphone for answering or making phone calls between songs. It comes in dozens of designs and colours. The Bluetooth speaker modules can easily be removed so you can wash the toque. It's a great gift for someone who often commutes by public transportation in the typical cold, Canadian winters. About $30 Caseco.ca

Check out more from Steve at his blog www.techuntangled.ca.

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