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The Gift of Technology

By Andy Baryer, 18 Nov, 2019

    Here are some excellent tech products to make you a top gift-giver this holiday season

    With the holidays around the corner, finding the perfect gift for loved ones can be tough. Thankfully, there’s a tech gadget for just about everyone. Whether it’s gift ideas for men or women, here’s some excellent tech products to make you a top gift-giver this holiday season:

    For Him:

    BioLite FirePit

    The BioLite FirePit is the perfect gift for an outdoorsman. It’s a smokeless wood-burning FirePit that burns charcoal or wood. The FirePit is equipped with a rechargeable battery that powers 51 air jets that inject oxygen into key locations around the fire. This creates a uniform temperature and dramatically improves combustion allowing for spark-to-fire in less than 30 seconds. The FirePit is Bluetooth-enabled and the flame intensity can be adjusted on a smartphone with the BioLite Energy App.


    MEATER Block

    If he needs help in the kitchen or behind a barbecue, the MEATER Block is an excellent choice. It’s a Wi-Fi enabled meat thermometer that works alongside a smartphone app to prevent overcooked meat. The MEATER Block comes with four rechargeable probes made with brushed stainless steel and heat-resistant ceramic. Each probe features dual temperature sensors on each side that monitor internal meat temperatures up to 212°F and external temperature up to 527°F simultaneously.

    The MEATER Block app connects to the prodes and provides estimate cook times and allows users to set up custom smartphone alerts on the cooking status. The Block itself – where the probes charge – has a Wi-Fi range up to 50m and includes a standalone mode with OLED display to cook without the app, touch controls, and speaker to receive audible alerts.


    Roku Ultra

    Entertainment lovers looking to cut the cord will love the Roku Ultra. It’s a streaming media player that connects to your TV via HDMI and provides HD, 4K and HDR streams optimized to your TV. The Roku Ultra provides access to paid streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video, DAZN (for live sports), and HBO Now.

    Users gain access over a half a million movies and TV episodes and free TV shows and movies through the Roku Channel. The remote is also voice enabled, and features a simple design for TV power and volume buttons. It includes JBL headphones that connects to the controller’s headphone jack for private listening. This is a great feature for night owls who binge watch when everyone else is sleeping.

    For Her:

    Lumee Duo iPhone Case

    For iPhone selfie lovers, the Lumee Duo iPhone Case is a great choice. The case features LED lights on the front and back to provide warm, natural lighting in any situation. Whether it’s selfies or videos, the front LED strip projects 90 per cent brighter light than the iPhone’s flash and fills in shadows to produce studio-quality lightning. The rechargeable battery supports 30 minutes of full brightness and the lights are activated by a push of a button.

    With its slim and sleek design, Lumee Duo provides bumper case protection to safeguard an iPhone and the outer shell comes in either a soft matte or a smooth glossy finish.


    Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

    For hair lovers, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is a premium gift. Unlike traditional hair dryers, the Supersonic’s motor is placed in the handle to rebalance the dryer’s weight and shape. It prevents extreme heat damage by measuring air temperature 20 times every second. The Supersonic also comes with magnetic hair attachments that allow users to dry and style simultaneously. Using heat shield technology, the surfaces of the attachment stay cool to simulate natural drying to reduce frizz and improve definition.


    Foreo UFO Smart Mask Treatment

    Professional facials are expensive, thankfully the Foreo UFO SMart Mask Treatment turns a 20-minute sheet mask treatments into 90-seconds. The Foreo UFO combines the activated masks with Hyper-Infusion Technology. This combines heating, cooling, T-Sonic pulsations, and LED light therapy for professional-level treatment at home. The heating opens the pores while the T-Sonic pulsations inject active ingredients into the skin. Finally, the cryotherapy seals the active ingredients and firms the skin – all in just 90 seconds. Each mask is paired with the UFO app controlled treatment routine to boost the effect of the ingredients to produce radiant, glowing skin.

    About the Author

    Andy Baryer (aka Handy Andy) is a technology journalist, gadget reviewer, and DIY-expert based in Vancouver, Canada. As an on-air technology expert, Andy is a frequent guest on GlobalBC Noon News and heard on CKNW and Kiss Radio.

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