The Best Gifts for Techies
At NeuEon, we live and breathe technology as we help to create high-performance development and IT teams. These teams work tirelessly to create high-quality products and propel their companies forward. This time of year, it’s nice to show appreciation for all their hard work. Here are some great gift ideas that most technology lovers would really enjoy (and won’t break your budget!)
Give your tech lover a simple way to order more of what they need. Put these buttons where they will be most handy and with one press of the button, more snacks, detergent and even tech services are on their way! The Amazon Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders your favorite product with the press of a button. With each button, the user also gets a $4.99 credit for their first order from Amazon. Cost: $4.99
Bare Conductive Electric Paint Pen
Unleash your inner artist and engineer! Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint lets you paint wires or sensors directly onto almost any material around you, including paper, wood, plastic and glass. Electric Paint is great for prototyping and is safe for makers of all ages. Once applied, the paint dries quickly at room temperature and can be removed with soap and water. Cost: $9.80
Turn any glove into a touch-sensitive glove so you can work your smartphone in the cold! Nanotips will work on all materials, even thick bulky gloves. With over 30 applications in each bottle, you can make all your garments “touch friendly”. Cost: $14.49
Anyone with an iPhone will appreciate this gift. After all, being without a charging cable is always a concern. The NomadKey is shaped like a key and fits easily on your keychain. You’ll never leave it behind. Cost: $19.99
A pen that doesn’t need ink and can work on any surface! It lays down a gray line like a pencil but it doesn’t smudge or erase. Made of anodized aluminium, it doesn’t need sharpening and claims to work in any weather condition. Cost: $23.30
The Tile is a little square you can stick on anything you don’t want to lose that allows you to use your phone to locate it (like your car in a crowded mall parking lot). The new version, Tile Slim, is thin enough to slip into a wallet or adhere to the back of a tablet. Use your smartphone to make your Tile Slim ‘ring’ when it’s nearby but out of sight. If you can’t find your phone, double press the button on your Tile Slim to make your phone ring — even when it’s on silent. Cost: $29.95
Never worry about being without a phone charger and be environmentally friendly at the same time. The convenient suction cup allows you to stick your charger to a window so even while you’re indoors you can recharge your battery. Cost: $33.99
Ok, first you need to know that this really works! Second, it will shock people when they first see a shark flying through your office or home. It does need helium, of course, but it’s pretty durable, so enjoy. Cost: $44.95
A fairly small, quiet, powerful fan with a remote. It has an adjustable thermostat, which turns on the fan when the room reaches a preset temperature. Cost: $49.99
Taking pictures with your phone is fun but even fancy phones don’t work well at a distance. The olloclip gives you four lenses that enhance your iPhone 6 (‘S’ and plus versions too) so they can take much more interesting pictures. Cost: $79.99
- Fisheye: Gives you 180° of vision.
- Wide-Angle: Doubles the field of view to squeeze everything in.
- 10x Macro: Huge increase in detail at a distance.
- 15x Macro: Great for long-range photos or close-ups with a shallower depth-of-field.
This year, you’ve probably seen all the Virtual Reality ads. It’s certainly going to be a popular item, but it can get pretty pricey for the high-quality ones. If you have a Samsung phone, this one is the right balance of cost and quality.
Turn your compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a completely portable and wireless virtual reality machine. It has a wide field of view, precise head-tracking and low latency, which brings reality to the virtual. Be transported to amazing new worlds in games, video and images (thousands of 360 degree panoramic photos available). Compatible with: Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Cost: $95.25
This is a rugged, loud, waterproof bluetooth speaker that floats in the pool or sits at the beach, hangs out in the shower or sits by the campfire–anywhere you are! Cost: $138.99
In our business, bringing people closer is critical, so we here at NeuEon find this to be a pretty cool tool. At first glance it will seem like science fiction, like a Star Trek feature or the Babel Fish from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (yeah, you know the one). The Pilot claims to use the latest technologies in speech recognition, machine translation and the advances of wearable technology.
All we know is you stick this in your ear and you understand what people around you are saying in languages you don’t even understand. Watch the video on the link above and see what it’s all about. Cost: $199.00
At only two inches, this futuristic-looking box can display an image up to 120 inches and comes bundled with an HDMI cable for connecting a cable box, game system or computer.
The Rif6, like many portable projectors, is not going to replace a full-size projector, but it is extremely easy to carry around and as long as you have a fairly dark room, it looks good. The battery lasts around 90 minutes and it comes with a USB charger and remote control as well as a mini tripod. Cost: $261.60
Fine print: This time of year prices go wild, so these were the prices found on Amazon or the vendor site as of the writing of this post.
We hope you and your team have a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to all of the innovation your teams will accomplish in the New Year. If you have any ideas for gifts you would like to share, let us know. We’d love to hear from you!