5 Connected Gifts Sure to Wow This Holiday Season (2015)

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

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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.

Nest Smart Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat is a smart new thermostat technology that allows you to control the temperature of your house right from your smartphone. If programmed correctly, the Nest can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.
The Nest Learning Thermostat auto-scheduling feature learns what temperatures you like and turns itself down when you’re away. The remote control functionality allows the thermostat to be be controlled from anywhere over WiFi. Easy installation allows you to have the Nest up and running in about 30 minutes. The Nest thermostat is compatible with 95% of low voltage systems. Designed to be simple and more easy to use, the Nest is a revolutionary change for thermostats.

Apple Watch

Happy Holidays!


4 thoughts on “5 Connected Gifts Sure to Wow This Holiday Season (2015)

  1. lferrari812 December 10, 2015 / 12:24 am

    It is amazing the way the Internet of Things is growing and changing our lives from increasing efficiency in our homes to turning skiing into an even more entertaining event. It will be interesting to see how brands begin to monetize enchanted objects by selling advertising space or marketing opportunities. I think we will see this slowly growing as we saw ads creep onto social media — remember when Facebook was ad and marketing free? For example, the snow googles could include a sponsored game and you could ski over branded products for points.


  2. bmschmidt2015 December 12, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Think of all the data that can be collected with the smart technology you described! Do you think as more devices become smart and connected that there will be too much data for analysts and marketers to handle? It becomes really important for marketers to know what they want to track and what they do not need to track. Otherwise, that could become overwhelming and could sidetrack the marketing team.


  3. Katy Alley December 19, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Hi Bruno,
    What a truly cool list of potential Christmas gifts! You have some lucky friends and family if that is what you have ordered!
    The IoT is truly changing the way we live our lives. It is amazing how our “dumb” appliances and technologies can now be upgraded to this smarter wave of the future. The question now is, are we giving up too much in order to make our lives easier? Are we paying the price of security and privacy for the dissolution of a few minor steps we would take with our “dumb” appliances and objects?

    A lot to consider before diving in head first into a the world of IoT and enchanted objects!


  4. Valerie Lee Ater December 19, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    A great blog!! It never ceases to amaze me how much technology can be interjected into simple things such as a thermostat. With the integration of this technology will undoubtedly come new uses for marketers. One such potential is through the Nest Learning Thermostat with heating and cooling companies and products. Although marketers need to be well versed on the most up to date digital tools that one might access from a smart phone or tablet, they also need to use some discretion in placing too many ads- the potential for the consumer to feel intruded upon could easily over shadow the potential to gain new business.
    Personally, I would love a device such as Nest Learning Thermostat for the mere reason that I would never have to come home to a cold house.


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