Christmas tech gifts you didn’t think of
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Some of the best Christmas gifts you ever remember were probably surprises.
That one gift is hidden in the back for mom, dad or Santa that they saved for last. It was something you never asked for.
Maybe something you didn’t dream of or even knew about. Face it, as we get older, those Christmas surprises are harder and harder to come by.
We’ve rounded up some tech gadgets that no one on your list will ask for because they probably don’t know they exist.
The DIYer on your list has probably gotten frustrated trying to match the paint without a barcode or paint cap.
It is almost impossible to match the color exactly because there is either too much light or not enough.
The Nix Mini Color Sensor is genius for the DIYer on your list. The little gadget has a light and color sensor, so no matter how much or how little light there is in the room, it can capture what color is on the wall. At least, it’s close.
After scanning the original paint, the Nix app searches the color palettes of most major paint brands to show you the closest match. The app shows the color, paint brand and color code, which we took to a local hardware store for a sample of that color, and then it’s close enough not to be noticed.
The Nix color sensor does not read whether the paint is glossy, satin or flat.
Smartphone glass protectors are often difficult to put on, but now there are liquid glass protectors on the market. Just clean your phone, apply the liquid glass, let it set for a few minutes and then polish it off.
It’s about $20. Anyone who owns or maintains a car should have an OBD reader handy. The device plugs into the OBD port in most vehicles to scan for any fault codes. If your check engine light is on, the OBD reader can tell you what’s causing it, and turn it off, saving you a trip to the mechanic.
The FIXD OBD2 Scanner is $40. Even if they don’t have a so-called ‘smart home’, they can use these smart plugs to turn on and off lights or anything else plugged into the outlet by asking Alexa or Google.
A pack of four costs about $30. If you really want to blow their minds, check out these sunglasses with built-in speakers and microphones.
The Soundcore Frames have dozens of styles, the microphone and speakers are in the stems to play music, podcasts and take phone calls.
They retail for around $70. And all of these things are small enough to fit in a stocking, but cool enough to be a gift they talk about and use, all year long.
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