Every fall, shoppers are inundated by a flurry of high-tech product promotions, beckoning buyers into their stores. But which products should you pick this season? Here are a few of this year's high-tech products that caught my eye.
Who needs to spend money on palm readings and psychic tellers when you can buy the new Digital Decision Maker? "This entertaining gift has (you) ask a question, touch a digital screen and wait for (one of 12) answers, ranging from 'Go For It' to 'No Way,'" says Things Remembered, a retailer of this product. The Digital Decision Maker doubles as a clock and pen stand and includes a sleek silver pen. To personalize this gift, engrave the plate with a clever message of your own. This $35 gift will save you from calling on the spirit of old Aunt Myrtle to answer all of your life's hardest questions.
Shine a little light on the subject with the LED Bookmark, also offered by Things Remembered. "Help (the person on your list) keep his place while reading at night or on the plane. An energy-efficient LED book light extends from an engravable silver-plated bookmark. The bookmark offers lots of space to engrave a favorite quote or another inspired message." $12.
Preserve lasting memories of the holiday season with the dual camera Xacti. It takes high-definition video and is pocket-size, hand-held and watertight. It "takes underwater full HD video to a whole new level," says Sanyo, the maker of the Xacti. It "records more than 480 minutes of 1080p full HD video on a single 64-gigabyte SDXC memory card and 14-megapixel photos from 10 feet underwater to the top of the slopes. Because it uses a convenient MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, sharing videos online, on blogs or on other multimedia sites is simple. The media created can also be easily edited and exported to portable media devices and displayed in full high-definition resolution on HDTVs. The take-everywhere camera for water, snow or land." $349.
"For a super-rugged portable hard drive, look to Iomega's 1-terabyte eGo BlackBelt portable hard drive, which comes with Iomega Drop Guard Xtreme protection for drops of up to seven feet (twice the industry average)," Iomega says. "With triple interface versatility and super-compact design, this drive allows you to carry up to 400,000 photos, 250,000 songs or 385 hours of video with you at all times." $220.
La Bonte's is known for its unique holiday gifts, and this year doesn't disappoint. "The Bedol water clock keeps perfect time without requiring batteries or electricity," says Art Silver, the store's owner. "Just unscrew the base and fill with tap water, which converts ions in the water to clean energy power. Water won't need to be replaced for 12 weeks or more. The colorful droplet-shaped clock features a daily or hourly alarm and an easy-to-set 12- or 24-hour clock." $29.
Those of us with fat or feeble fingers may enjoy the Moshi alarm clock. It is a voice-activated alarm clock that changes the time, sets the alarm and plays soothing sounds or a variety of alarms, all with voice instructions from you. $24.95.
Now that the gifts for your tech-savvy loved ones have been purchased and wrapped, all you need is a safe and reliable way to transport the goods. What better way than Briggs & Riley's redesigned Transcend series of fine lightweight rolling luggage with contemporary styling. The generous lifetime warranty provides for free repairs, no matter how the luggage is damaged. Sizes range from a shaving kit to a large suitcase. They are nylon with leather trim. $39-$389.