These Are The Gadgets Tech Experts Are Hoping For This Holiday Season

he holidays are upon us, and shoppers are in the midst of researching the latest and greatest high-tech gifts. We decided to go straight to the source, asking top tech experts which gadgets they’ve had their eyes on this year. Whether they want to give these products as a gift or receive one for themselves, here are the products that top Forbes Technology Council members’ lists.

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1. Apple Watch Series 4

While many people have considered the Apple Watch to be superfluous, unnecessary technology for technology’s sake, the latest version is, in fact, a boon to geriatric healthcare. With fall detection and the ability to monitor your vitals and call emergency services, there’s now a much more fashionable alternative to “life alert” technologies that your grandparents may want to wear. – David Isaac Murray, Doctor.com

2. HTC Vive

An HTC Vive works well with everyone, ranging from adults to young children. I took my kids to a VR gaming arcade and it was heaven. My youngest doesn’t understand that it’s just a headset. He thinks he’s actually transported to a different world. It’s unreal! If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. – Matthew Barlocker, Blue Matador

3. Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat

It’s more on the wish list for Apple to release it than it is on my personal wish list. With a growing number of electronic devices, it has become cumbersome to keep track of different charging cables or even wireless chargers. The AirPower wireless charging mat is a nice initiative to remove the need for separate charging resources for multiple devices. Hopefully, it comes out this holiday season. – Vikram Joshi, pulsd

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This Startup Wants To Wean Kids Off Smartphones And Gadgets With Engaging Activities

Young students form a line as they walk to classes after morning assembly in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

In a world where kids already seem to be spending far too much time staring at screens, how do you keep them intellectually challenged without giving them any gadgets?

That’s the problem that Chennai startup Flinto Learning Solutions is seeking to address. Flinto is a reference to flint stones and how early humans created fire. It’s a nod to how the company would like to ignite young minds.

The five-year-old company that was founded by three dads has become a leading player in the early childhood education segment. It provides learning kits and activity boxes to children and to mom-and-pop preschools on a subscription basis. It’s raised $9.5 million in funding to date, the latest of which was a debt investment round in August. Flinto’s investors include venture capital firms Globevestor from the U.S. and India’s Lightbox.

Chennai’s Flinto Learning Solutions provides subscription-based activity boxes and kits for toddlers and kids up to the age of 12. (Source: Flinto Learning Solutions)Flinto Learning Solutions

Flinto said that it made $2.7 million in the past year, and is already profitable at the operational level. It’s looking to make $6 million in the upcoming year. It’s reached more than 500,000 children across 1,000 cities. Flinto is currently shipping to Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, the UAE, Laos, Indonesia and Kuwait. It sends out 80,000 kits a month, both domestic and overseas.

The company’s cofounders: Arunprasad Durairaj, 37, Vijaybabu Gandhi, 38, and Shreenidhi SP, 36, who had all worked for Tata Consultancy Services at one point, started Flinto when they realized that their own kids were in need of more intellectually stimulating activities. The three of them brainstormed and wanted to see if they could put together toys, activities and books that would help parents.

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Best Amazon kitchen gadgets

Best Amazon kitchen gadgets

Remember when recipes were on paper? Believe it or not, there was a time when Instant Pot didn’t exist and the simple task of cooking a typical weeknight dinner began mid-morning. A time when we had to manage our kitchen without the help of technology.

Thankfully, those days are long gone. Unless you’re intentionally living off the grid, hi-tech kitchen gadgets are at your fingertips and available at prices that the average family can afford. Whether you’re looking to improve a cooking skill, speed up a process, stay healthy, or impress dinner guests, there’s a gadget out there for you.

Need a little inspiration? Aimlessly searching for the perfect hi-tech kitchen gadgets online can be a daunting task. We’ve put together a quick list of some of our top picks at Amazon to get you started, plus a bonus from Komando Shop.

The Drop scale

Ever wish you had a sous chef to help out around dinner time? For those that just don’t have natural cooking abilities and find it challenging to “wing it” when substituting ingredients, the Drop Scale has you covered. This Wi-Fi scale, along with a handy recipe app, simplifies the kitchen experience.

The Drop Scale and accompanying recipe app combined can help you to find a substitution when needed and make the necessary measurement adjustments. As an added bonus, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for your recipe. With a recipe, a scale to ensure accuracy, and an easy to follow guide, what can’t you cook?

The iKettle

But for those who love their tea and simply don’t have the luxury of time, the iKettle is the way to go. Using Wi-Fi and a smartphone, you’ll be able to start heating up the kettle from anywhere, anytime. The iKettle also features 4 modes for even greater convenience.

The Wake-up mode allows you to set a time for the iKettle to start in the morning. The Home mode allows you to set a time for your water to be boiling by the time you arrive home. If you just want to keep the kettle on for a few cups in a row, the Keep warm mode will maintain the desired temperature for up to 40 minutes. New parents will rejoice in the last mode – Formula mode allows you to start boiling water remotely and receive a notification when the water temperature is ready for baby formula.

The NutraTrack Mini Scale

This little scale packs a lot of punch. In fact, it’s referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of Digital Scales. With 160 common foods printed right on it, the nutritional content of 999 pre-programmed foods built in, and the ability to add up to 999 of your own custom entries, it couldn’t be easier to manage your diet. On the other hand, it’s small and simple enough to use as a traditional kitchen scale or bring with you during travel.

Bonus: Bring a little heat to the party

Whether you’re hosting a party or bringing a dish to another, this little food warmer at the Komando Shop is a lifesaver. Heat up some queso dip for the Super Bowl party. Melt some chocolate for a romantic dessert.

Better yet, take things up a notch at your next get together with a little fondue. It’s sure to be a hit. Did we mention that this warmer is microwaveable, dishwasher safe and small enough tuck away just about anywhere?

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This Samsung exec wants gadgets to start talking to us like friends right out of the box

Gadgets of the future

It sounds incredibly dystopian, and like a nod to Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie Her, but Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus shared his quirky-sounding vision for the future of gadgets and machines during a discussion this week as part of the Samsung Developer Conference. One day, he imagines, you’re going to make a tech purchase of some kind, take it home, pull it out of the box, plug it in — and it’s just going to start talking to you. Politely, like a friend, in a kind of high-tech superseding of the days when you had to navigate start menus and read instructions. It will just know who you are, what you like (thanks to pre-loaded data), and will ask you what you want to do next.

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“I have a vision — and I think a lot of us here at Samsung share this vision — where it’s not just about buying a cool, shiny object anymore,” said Kittlaus, who’s also a co-creator of Apple’s Siri. “I can imagine a day where every time you buy a Samsung product, you literally take it out of the box, plug it in, authenticate yourself somehow and it says, ‘Hi Spike, how’s it going today? I just downloaded your favorite preferences. Do you have any questions on how to use me?”

The reference to Spike was because Jonze himself, along with Samsung CMO Marc Mathieu, were onstage with Kittlaus, who painted an ambitious future for a company that makes and ships 500 million TVs, dishwashers, appliances and other gadgets each year.

“It knows you,” Kittlaus continued, as reported by VentureBeat, “and that is sort of the first step toward moving from, ‘Wow, this is a really cool, shiny new device’ to creating an emotional relationship with a brand or a company that has gone so far as to take these ideas and really turn them into products, where it just makes you feel good when you pull it out of the box. And it knows you, and it knows your past and it can help you.”

It’s yet another radical vision of the future to come out of Samsung’s conference this week, the highlight of which has arguably been its long-awaited reveal of a foldable smartphone display. Samsung, however, also showed off a new version of its Bixby virtual assistant that’s based on technology developed by Kittlaus’ Viv Labs. Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh reiterated the 500 million shipments figure during the conference, and when you couple that with the company committing to put AI into all of its devices over the next two years, you quickly see how comments and ideas like Kittlaus’ this week shouldn’t be ignored. As he sees it, it’s a matter of when, not if, we’ll find it utter commonplace to talk to most, if not all, of our tech gadgets.

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