With the Holidays rapidly approaching finding original and amazing gifts can become somewhat of a last minute headache, but thanks to the awesome sauce of the Internet of Things many ordinary products are ordinary no more and pack absolutely amazing features sure to “wow” friends and family.
Take a look at some of the neatest IoT and connected gifts of the season:
RideOn Augmented Reality Snowboard/Ski Goggles
The RideOn augmented reality goggles is an interactive navigation tool for skiers and snowboarders. The hands-free RideOn experience features the ability to gamify your journey down the slopes in regards to time and accuracy, while it also helps you navigate between runs, lodges and nearby restaurants or bars.
The RideOn augmented reality ski goggles also have interactive features so that you can the location of friends and communicate them through audio or video. You can also throw a virtual snowball at any friends also using the goggles. The play feature also allows for the projection of a virtual slalom track, turning any run into your own customized race. You can also chase the shadow of your favorite professional ski athlete down the mountain. Pretty amazing!
Preorder them at www.rideonvision.com
Ember, The Intelligent Coffee Mug
For the coffee lover in your life, the Ember coffee mugs are highly intelligent and high-tech devices, offered by California-based Ember Technologies, that are designed to keep your coffee at the perfect temperature for around two hours. The mugs uses special phase-change heat and cooling technology to optimize the temperature of your brew so that it won’t scald your lips or indeed be disappointingly lukewarm when you sip on it.
These coffee mugs work in conjunction with a companion app, that notifies you via your smartphone when your beverage has cooled sufficiently to drink. They take a proactive approach by bringing your drink down to the pre-set temperature rather than waiting for it to cool naturally. It also allows you to set different temperatures for different beverages. Hooray for connected coffee!
Order yours at http://www.embertech.com
94Fifty Smart Basketball
Make every shot count with the most high-tech basketball you’ve ever played with. The 94Fifty Smart Basketball senses what you’re doing right and wrong with every shot and dribble, giving you feedback to make you a better player.
This basketball is loaded with sensors to count dribbles, force, shot release speed, shot arc, backspin and more. It can be used both indoors and outdoors and connects to both iOS and Android devices. The app will even give basketball skills drills and workouts in addition to giving you feedback on your game. The wireless rechargeable battery lasts for eight hours and the ball connects to your devices via Bluetooth.
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