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IT Insight: Top tech gifts for the holiday season

Consumers are expected to spend over $135 billion on tech gadgets this holiday season. Buying for someone who is on the cutting edge of technology can be difficult, especially with supply chain demands. If you haven’t started yet, hop online, and make the spend!

With the transportation rage and many shying away from mass transit, E bikes and E scooters conveniently fit the commuter lifestyle. The compact, Oslo E bike has a telescoping seat and handlebars and an easy folding aluminum frame. With the flip of a switch, your pedal ride becomes motorized. With its 250-watt battery stored under the seat, the bike can reach up to 20 mph with pedal assist and lasts 1 to 2 hours. Without the battery the Oslo Electric rides like a regular bike. At a significant lower price point, the Huffy 36V H350 Lithium Electric Folding Scooter with a removable  seat for adults has everything you need for your daily commute. The lithium battery is chargeable for 2 to 6 hours. This is a perfect solution for a campus commuter.

For wireless home security, SimpliSafe is essential. This DIY product will allow you to secure your home in less than an hour. Forget to arm your system or need to let a repairman in? Do it right from your phone anytime. It is customizable for your home and sets up in minutes. With the Smart Home Tech myQ app, you can monitor and control your garage door from anywhere! It connects to Amazon Key, a secure and convenient way to receive all your deliveries.

How about a car repair sensor for the driver in your life? The FIXD Car Sensor will save you thousands of dollars and works with any gas-powered car or truck built after 1996. Instantly decode that annoying check engine light and receive maintenance alerts all year long. It will even tell you how severe your car problem is so you know whether you should keep driving.

Getting and staying in touch, especially since the pandemic, could not be easier for your family with the Amazon Glow. This interactive device allows kids to interact with family members over video calls at a whole new level. Immersive projection, sensing technology and video is combined into a single 8-inch device which stands upright like a projector. Virtual activities like games, puzzles and art are projected onto a 19-inch touch sensitive mat for interacting virtually with your loved ones. Adults can customize the experience via an app on their tablet. Safety features allow children to only connect with those that a parent or guardian has configured within the software. Games like checkers, chess or go fish are standard and it ships with “Glow Bits,” tangram like pieces for the child uses to solve challenges while the remote family member plays along using digital puzzle shapes on their tablet’s screen.

For those that took up music this past year, why not offer them some lessons via Fender Play, a streaming music lesson service from the guitar company. Fender Play is easy to use and enables your musician to understand videos and sheet music with instructions for popular songs from hundreds of famous artists. It makes practicing their favorite songs or honing some technical skills simple. It includes 3,000 lessons for guitar, bass and ukulele exist and the ability to watch them anywhere on a smartphone or computer.

For $100, the Nothing Ear 1 wireless earbuds offer active noise cancellation, ambient noise transparency, wireless charging, and great sound. Their comfortable design and amazing sound quality are a bargain. Low-key/high-tech at a deal.

How about a gift for the insomniac? The Dodow is a scientifically designed metronome light that promises the best quality sleep of your life without additional sleeping aids. The hypnotic light and guided breathing will soon lull into your own natural sleep rhythm with regular use. Inhale, exhale, sleep. We all deserve better rest.

With thousands of gifts for your tech savvy friends and family, you’ll be the hero and your holidays will shine!

Happy Holidays and a healthy, Happy New Year from your friends at PCGiT!

JoAnn Hodgdon is vice president and co-founder of Portsmouth Computer Group (PCGiT) with her husband David. PCG provides comprehensive managed IT services, business continuity, security, cloud computing and Virtual CIO services to their clients.  You may reach her at joann@pcgit.com  or at www.pcgit.com