There’s not long now until Christmas so you really should be thinking of getting your presents sorted.
With so many products available it’s hard to know what to buy.
If you’re looking for tech ideas then we’ve got you covered with our top 10 favourites below.
Anki Overdrive brings videogame racing to life with robotic cars and physical tracks. It’s Scalextric but updated with all the latest technology. A huge variety of tracks can be created in seconds. More complex tracks can be made as you add extra packs to your starter kit. Watching the cars race around tracks you have created is mesmerising. Best of all is that you can use your smart phone or tablet to control the speed, track position and weapons to do battle with the AI cars and other players. Check out our Anki Overdrive review to see what we thought of it in action.
£149.99 for the Starter Kit, £49.99 each for extra cars. Expansion packs cost £19.99 – £29.99
Microsoft Band 2
If you’re buying for someone who is into fitness or someone who is looking to get into shape in the new year then you might want to consider the Microsoft Band 2. With 11 advanced sensors the Band can track your every movement. It monitors your heart rate, number of steps, distance moved, calories burnt and even elevation and the UV index. It can be linked to most phones via Bluetooth where you can check out even more statistics. The Band 2 will also inform you of incoming calls, text messages and a whole lot more. As well as tracking a whole variety of sports it even has the ability to guide you through workouts. Check out the Microsoft Store for more information or to order a Microsoft Band 2. Be sure to check out the size guide before ordering!
Meet MiPosaur, the future of prehistoric, with 3 different ways to play! Featuring gesture sense technology, MiPosaur responds however you want it to, with simple hand movements. MiPosaur will turn, spin, move forward and sit for you. Stroke its head, and MiPosaur responds playfully, but pull its tail and MiPosaur becomes annoyed. Comes with a Trackball that can activate 6 different modes – use it as a leash, train MiPosaur to hunt, and feed MiPosaur, just like a real pet… Download the app for even more interactive features. Drive MiPosaur with the multi directional controls, feed it, and go one-on-one against another MiPosaur using the battle feature. MiPosaur can even be trained to follow a set path and also performs its own dance routines. Check out the official MiPosaur website for more information.
£99.99 RRP. Age 8 years+
At only 4.5cm wide and weighing only 11.5g, it is possibly the world’s smallest Quadrocopter and offers perfect fast flying fun for 15+ age users. This 4-channel ready-to-fly remote control model features LED lights, a 2.4 GHz-Controller and easy battery charging. The package includes Quadrocopter, a 2.4 GHz-Transmitter, a USB charging cable, a set of spare blades and multilingual instructions. It’s great fun to play with and currently available at half price for just £14.99 at Argos until the end of December.
£29.99 RRP. Age 14 years+
NOW TV box
A great gift for TV fans. Simply connect the NOW TV box to a Wi-Fi network and you immediately get access to a whole range of apps including BBC iPlayer, ITV, All 4, Demand 5, YouTube and even FAcebook, Spotify and Flickr. You can also purchase passes for Sky Movies, Entertainment and Sports. For more details check out the official NOW TV website.
REV (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles)
Combine speed and combat to create the ultimate racing battle experience. R.E.V lets you take control with your smart device and pit your car against Artificial Intelligent opponents in a series of app-controlled mini duels. The ultra-responsive A.I car will track, chase, and attack your vehicle with offensive manoeuvres and virtual laser shots. Or do battle with your friends as they take control, and add more cars to create a huge multiplayer experience. Drive, blast and outlast your opponents to unlock weapons and upgrades within the app. Each pack contains two cars, simply download the app to a smart device to take control. App-enabled smart devices control one car each at a time. Check out the official REV website for more information.
£99.99 RRP. Age 8 years+
Scooby Doo Crazy Legs
One for the younger kids, the ever popular character comes to life in this brilliant tech toy. His paws spin independently to move him here there and everywhere, bumping into things and spinning around with crazy laughs and sound effects. Tap Scoobys head and his feet start spinning – he moves forwards, backwards and 360 degrees. Its foot twisting, crazy legged, laugh a minute fun! Including sound effects as he moves such as ‘boinnnng, boinnnng, boinnng’ and ‘Scooby Doo he he he’.
£29.99 RRP. Age 3 years+
The Portajoy allows you to connect a device via NFC, Bluetooth or audio cable and features fantastic sound quality with a thumping bass. You can carry it with you thanks to its genuine leather strap and fully charged it will give you around 25 hours of use. A great gift for any music lover, it also works well as a soundbar for a tablet. You can even use the built in mic to make hands-free phone calls.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Teksta – the ultimate Dreamtoy and Toy of the Year 2014. Now, the Teksta world is about to get a little bit fiercer, sharper and faster with the latest addition – The Scorpion… A mighty creature that’s ready for battle! A great choice of present for kids, the Scorpion is sure to impress as its movements can be controlled using a wireless device that straps to your hand.
£39.99 RRP. Age 5 years+
Y-Cam HomeMonitor HD
There’s never been a more affordable way to keep an eye on your home. With free cloud storage the Y-Cam keeps a week long archive of all goings on. You can setup notifications to come to your phone and view the archives and even a live feed whenever you like. There’s even an automatic night vision feature. It’s a great way to keep an eye on your home, pets, kids or business. Check our our Y-Cam HomeMonitor HD review to see what we thought of it.