4 IoT Gifts to Put under the Christmas Tree

Last updated: 22 December 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is here, but have you got your presents sorted yet? Or are you one of those enthusiasts/masochists who leaves shopping for the very last moment? If you’re still wondering what to get your loved-ones, worry no more! We’ve got you covered with our list of last minute IoT gifts.

For those new to the world of IoT, these are devices that are connected to the Internet and communicate to each other through a network controlled by an automated hub. IoT devices have already started to make a great impact in our lives, making everything a little more convenient.

So, why don’t you gift your loved-ones with one of the most popular trends in technology this Christmas? Here’s our list of 4 IoT gifts that will look great under your Christmas tree.

Is this the droid you’re looking for?

Everyone has a friend who is a true Star Wars fan, so this Sphero BB-8 Remote Control droid is the perfect gift for them. You can not only guide its movements using your smartphone, but it also listens to and responds to your voice. On top of this, it can record and view virtual holographic videos. What’s really great about the BB-8 is that its personality evolves as it interacts with you – and it has a mind of its own too – so there’s an unpredictable element to keep things interesting. So, let the force be with you!

Be on top of the wearable game

You have that one friend who is a fan of wearable technology, then Apple’s new smart watch is the perfect gift for them. The Series 3 is no ordinary smart watch because of the range of new features it has. This watch has capabilities of a smartphone, enabling you to make calls, send text messages and emails, listen to music, regulate your health while working out and talk to Siri. It’s most important new feature though is cellular connectivity and is able to function completely independently from your iPhone thanks to an embedded eSIM.

A connected suitcase, because who doesn’t travel for Christmas?

This is for the friend who always travels for Christmas – be it to see family abroad or just to escape from the cold and celebrate the holidays on a desert island. The smart suitcase by Bluesmart is the perfect gift for them. It has a build-in GPS, it’s controlled by a smartphone app and it also has a build-in power bank for charging your phone. On top of this, this suitcase has a built-in scale which will notify you if you’re exceeding your airline’s luggage allowance. What a great gift for the holiday-goer!

One for the music lover

Christmas is time for celebrations, which means that good music is a must. The Sonos Play:1 compact wireless speaker is the perfect gift for everyone who loves music. This speaker can be hooked-up to the Internet, which means that you can listen to music from streaming services such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Apple Music, if you’re a subscriber. The Sonos Play:1 can also be synchronized with other speakers in the home and can be controlled through voice controls like Siri and Alexa.

There are more and more IoT gadgets available as the world embraces the Internet of Things. These four are just some of our top picks, but we’d love to hear your ideas too. Let us know by commenting below or tweeting to us @Gemalto.

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