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Star Wars BB-8 Droid, App-Enabled

This app-controlled droid is modeled after the Star Wars BB-8 Droid from the latest movie.

It doesn’t just roll around your apartment looking cute, there are some pretty high-tech features.

The BB-8 Droid has voice recognition, allowing it to respond to voice commands.

It also has the capability for holographic messaging! Crazy right? You can record and view virtual holographic videos with the BB-8. If that doesn’t impress your friends, there isn’t much in the tech world that will.

This Droid gets even more advanced though. It’s programmed with an adaptive personality. It learns from its interactions with you and its behaviors will evolve as you interact more and more.

This product is a very cool experiment in artificial intelligence while also being cute, fun, and a great tech gift idea.

The BB-8 can be guided with your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet and also acts based on autonomous or automatic behavior- it has a bit of a mind of its own when you’re not controlling it directly! this makes it more fun and exciting to play around with.

The droid is quite small, so it’ll fit well into any indoor room (you can check out the video above to see the exact size), and of course you can take it outside as well if you prefer.

The BB-8 Droid has a top speed of 4.5 mph (faster than most people walk normally) and a Bluetooth range of 100 feet.

 

The Daddle

So, the Daddle concept is a bit odd but relatively easy to understand. What’s harder to explain is that it’s actually out of stock right now on Amazon!! We trust it’ll be back relatively soon, since we’re posting this three days after Christmas. Just trust that it’ll be available soon and place your pre-orders now. The Daddle is the best (and probably the only) way to become a human-equine hybrid and allow your kid to ride you around the house until your knees are scraped and your back aches with pain.

Sounds delightful right?

The Daddle can be bought on Amazon and the reviews are worth checking too! Here’s an excerpt:

At first I thought this product was wonderful, but oh how things change. Don’t be deceived by the joyful picture, this is a hazardous product that should not be sold without severe warning. After a long day of being ridden by my children, I was grazing on some nearby greens when my daughter dropped a dish on the ground. It broke and the noise of it spooked me, causing me to rear back and kick my son in the head. Now he talks with a speech impediment and has a wonky eye.

 

Baby Mop Onesie

Don’t let your kid be a free-loader, teach them a strong work ethic from a young age! Your baby can have free roam of the house, cleaning up his or her own drool, plus whatever else is on the floor.

The baby mop onesie is ideal for cleaning hardwood, tile, brick and any other flat surface.

The onesie is hand-made in the US and makes a great gift for your own home, or for somebody else’s baby shower.

Here are some bonus cute baby pictures. We know that’s what you clicked for. Remember to click the picture at the very top, or the button at the bottom of this article to view the actual product on Amazon.

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Map of the World Wallet

This inexpensive and stylish wallet by the British travel company Stanfords is the perfect gift for an avid traveler.

Use it as a casual wallet on the weekends, or when traveling around the globe.

It’s made from a single piece of high quality material without any stitching or glue, which is great for durability. It won’t rip, tear or break down along the seams over time.

The wallet is very thin and light but still feels durable in your hand. The material actually feels a lot like smooth paper, while somehow being very strong. We didn’t get the impression that this wallet’s materials would rip or tear whatsoever.

 
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The wallet has two full sized partitions for banknotes and papers, and two front pockets for all of your cards.

The map design that’s used for this wallet is a vintage map based on the world in 1920. So the world won’t look exactly as it does today, which makes this a pretty interesting collector’s piece, or a gift that’d be appreciated by somebody interested in geography, history and travel.

 

Lily Camera Drone

Lily is a flying camera that follows you automatically. No need to be a great drone pilot, you can now let Lily fly itself and capture amazing videos/photos of any outdoor activity imaginable.

Lily is small enough to fit into a backpack and take anywhere you go. It’s roughly 3 inches tall and 10 inches across, including the blades. Total weight is 2.8 pounds (1.3 kg).

It’s very simple to use. Toss it into the air and its motor automatically kicks in and begins flying.

Because the body of the drone is completely sealed, you can fly it in rain or snow, or even toss it directly into the water (you’ll see this in the youtube video below).

Unlikely other drones, you don’t fly and steer Lily from a remote control or smartphone app. Instead, you strap a small tracking device to your body and Lily automatically follows it.

This tracking beacon is waterproof too, so you can use it while swimming, boating, etc.

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Lily’s tracking device w/ waterproof housing.

 

The wearable tracker also captures sound, which is a brilliant move by Lily’s engineering team. A drone flying 30 feet away from you isn’t going to be able to capture high quality sound. By putting the sound recording technology in the tracker that you’ll wear on your wrist, you can get great sound quality while filming from far away.

Lily doesn’t just follow behind you either. The tracking device is also a remote controller to adjust the settings mid-flight. Lily can follow behind you, hover ahead of you while filming you from the front, circle around you while capturing a panorama shot, and much more. Check out this youtube video to see how it works:

 

A mobile app lets you program other flight paths if you want more customization or more control over the camera angles.

Wondering about the camera quality? The built-in camera uses the same Sony camera technology that you’d find on GoPro Hero 3. It captures still photos in 12 megapixels and is capable of recording video in 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. If you want a higher framerate for slow-motion video, you can get 120 fps by reducing the video quality to 720p.

When compared to other  drones on the market, Lily is a bit more limited in the flight range, since it’s designed to follow you during activities, not be flown far away from you. It has a maximum height of 50 feet above your current location, for example.

Still, it’s perfect for filming action shots without needing a second person, and its top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) ensures it can keep up with almost anything from white water rafting to snowboarding.

With other drone models, you’d need a second person to capture this type of footage. Being able to film these activities solo is one of the biggest benefits that Lily brings.

The drone is powered by a lithium-ion battery within the body. It takes 2 hours to fully charge and can fly the drone for 20-25 minutes on a full charge. We’re guessing they’ll improve the battery life with future versions but 20 minutes should be enough to capture a decent amount of footage.

Lily is currently on pre-order with a discounted price. The planned launch is February 2016 and the retail price after launch is expected to be $999.

 

Occam Coffee Table

The simplest solution is always the best. If you’re going to be eating, reading a book, or enjoying a drink in the living room, why not have a table that can accommodate all of this?

It’s about time we get a table that adjusts depending on what you’re using it for.

Eating in front of the TV isn’t taboo when your table has a lift top that raises to lap-level. And serving drinks to guests without even going to the kitchen is easy when you can store glasses underneath.

There’s plenty of room under the lift top for other items too- plates, books, magazines, the TV remote, or whatever else you keep in your living room.

Install a small sound system. Use it as a hidden wine cabinet. There are a ton of options. You could get pretty creative with the storage space that this table provides.

The Occam Coffee Table could be used in any size home, but seems best for an apartment or smaller home where each living area is used for multiple purposes. Since most apartment dwellers get more than one use out of each room, why settle for a coffee table that only provides one single use?

The Occam Table is also a great gift idea, especially if you know somebody that’s moving into a new place.

Here’s a photo showing how the table looks when closed. It’s a great sleek/modern look:

 

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Here are the features/specs:

  • 47.24 x 23.6 x 16.33 inches (120 x 60 x 41.5 cm)
  • The table’s surfaces lift from 16.33 inches up to 21.45 inches ( 41.5cm to 54.5cm)
  • Almost no assembly required- 10 minutes out of the box
  • Extended 3 year warranty to cover mechanical components (hinges, etc.)

 

It’s worth noting that your order can be customized as well. If you want the tabletop to lift in the opposite direction, just tell them and they’ll make it. You can also request different colors/finishes. The standard is material is Walnut with a white gloss painted finish.

 

360-Degree Camera

This camera is called Panono. It’s designed to take full 360-degree panorama photos when thrown into the air.

There’s nothing else like this on the market right now and the quality of the photos is incredible. The final photo combines images captured by small cameras that are spread across the surface of the sphere and the end result is a picture that’s 100 megapixels in size.

There’s a ton of impressive tech within this product, from a sensor that automatically snaps your photo when the ball is at its highest point, to a system that instantly sends photo previews to your smartphone so that you can see what your picture will look like.

To receive the final version of your photos, you can transfer them to your computer via Wifi or USB when you get home, or view and manage them in Panono’s cloud servers. The camera itself can store up to 400 photos at a single time without transferring out, which should be plenty for a single trip or event.

This is one of those inventions that makes people say ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’  It’s one of a kind and easily made our list of the 5 best tech products of the year. 

There’s a near-endless list of places and events that Panono’s camera would be ideal for but here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Weddings
  • Sporting Events
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Vacations
  • Road Trips
  • Festivals
  • Parties
  • Concerts

 

3Doodler, 3-D Printing Pen

This is the second version of the world’s first 3D printing pen, 3Doodler. The most noteable improvement is the size- it’s much thinner, sleeker, and easier to grip than the previous version. Like the original, it’s a great product for artists, designers, architects, or anyone that enjoys technology and gadgets as a hobby.

This product was also featured on our list of the 5 best tech gifts of 2015. 

The 3Doodler works by extruding heated plastic filament that cools down almost instantly when it comes in contact with the air, quickly turning into a stable structure that holds its form. The pen allows you to draw in 3 dimensions, creating whatever designs or shapes you can imagine out of thin air.

This could be used to create artwork, homemade jewelry, architectural designs, product designs, prototypes, etc. It’s pretty versatile and could probably be applied to a number of professions and hobbies. The pen is capable of creating very detailed work once the user develops a certain level of skill and precision with it.

Considering how new 3D printing technology is, it’s impressive how small and compact this device can be, while keeping the costs relatively low as well so that the average consumer can try this out- the price is $99 at the time of this writeup… not bad!

If you’re curious what the first version of the 3Doodler looked like, you can check it out here.

 

Spartan Knife Block

Crafted 100% by hand in the USA and made out of Maple & Walnut, this knife block can hold up to 6 large knives.

If you’re going for a unique or eye-catching style in your kitchen, this is a pretty good start- you’ll definitely get some comments and questions about this knife block. It’s an instant conversation starter.

It could also make a great gift for the right person or occasion.

Unfortunately the knives aren’t included so you’ll have to do a bit more shopping to complete the look.

 

Smartphone Paper Airplane

This is the world’s first remote controlled paper airplane conversion kit, called PowerUp 3.0. Bluetooth technology allows you to control the airplane right from your phone while viewing information like battery level and current distance/range.

The kit comes with special crash-resistant design, template paper for folding the airplane, a micro USB cable for charging, and a spare propeller and rudder to ensure you don’t have to stop after an unfortunate accident!

The airplane kit has a flying range of 180 feet or 55 meters and can fly for 10 minutes on a single charge, which should be enough to do some pretty creative flying in parking lots, fields, or off of a balcony.

This was originally launched as a Kickstarter campaign. Here’s a video of a test flight, which gives a good idea of the speed and range that the plane travels at. For a paper airplane, both are quite impressive.

 

The phone app (iOS and Android) is pretty sophisticated, including a feature that allows you to tilt the phone to control the airplane’s turning.

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Image source: Kickstarter.com