Christmas is coming up fast, and I thought it would be fun to share my Christmas wishlist with our readers. Some products are just that – a wish with no expectations to get one due to it’s price or availability. Other products could end up being under my tree.
Oh, the excitement!
One product I’ll get next month if I don’t see it under the tree is the Nest Protect.
The Nest Protect is one device where I feel it’s just something I should have to help protect my family – specifically the fact it’s a carbon monoxide detector – something I do not yet have in my home.
The fact it can be a nightlight and smoke detector, as well as figuring out if you’re just burning your dinner, are all perks that get the tech lover in me all excited.
The Nanoleaf series are pretty cool in my books. You piece together triangles in whatever fashion you desire. Then, mount it on the wall, turn it on, and enjoy the show!
The Nanoleaf lights will pair to your Android smartphone using their own app on the Google Play Store. You can change brightness, colours, and even let them react to sound. Oh, and they play well with both the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
There’s no doubt you’ve heard of the Roomba by now. If anything, you’ve seen a cat riding one of these across the kitchen in a YouTube video or GIF.
I really wouldn’t mind a vacuum in my home which is automated and can just go about its day, cleaning up the crumbs and dust from the floor. The only reason I don’t own one yet is because it’s been a lower priority item on the wish list.
Recently, Google has said the Roomba will be compatible with Google Assistant. “Okay Google. Vacuum my floor!”
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
I will assume you will wonder why I did not choose the Nest thermostat. Well, if I was gifted it, I would use it, yes. However, I’ve heard too many issues with the Nest thermostats over the years, especially people who have found themselves without heat during the winter. Being Canadian, this just cannot happen.
Honeywell thermostats have been around for a very, very long time, so I have a bit more faith in them. That’s not to say they’re flawless, but I’d rather gamble with the one with a longer track record.
The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is well reviewed, and is also compatible with Google Assistant, which makes it a good fit for my home.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter Drone with 4K Camera
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone could be under my “Toys” subheading, but I am being honest when I say I’d use this for work more often than play.
These devices are incredible and capture great video. The quality and value speaks for itself as you look up example footage on YouTube. Even famous YouTube celebrities, such as Casey Neistat use this drone.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with someone who owns one of these during a project at work. You can see the result on my workplace’s website.
Don’t judge me. I may be a grown man, but I still enjoy some toys as much as my own two kids.
If one toy stands out that I actually did put on my own Christmas list, it’s Cozmo.
Cozmo by Anki is a tiny toy robot with a huge personality. He reminds me a lot of Wall-E from Disney because of how he’s been programmed to act, as well his voice.
Cozmo pairs to your smartphone, including Android devices, via their app. From there, you can play games, type things in that he will speak in his own voice, move around, and more.
The way Anki created his face on the screen, as well his actions, voice, movements, and playful nature is what really made me (and my wife and kids) say, “I want him! He’s so cute!”
What’s on your list?
Feel free to share! Have some fun with it! Let’s have a wish list going in the comment section!