5 of the Top 2014 Tech Gifts

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Once again it’s that time of year!

Check out a few of the Future of Smart’s picks of some of the hottest 2014 gifts.


The 2014 Fitbit Line

With over 65% of the fitness tracker market, Fitbit is the must have tracker for both exercise novices and diehard athletes. Their new line includes exciting products like Charge, their update to last year’s Force. In addition some models include call notifications, heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking. Their flagship model, Fitbit Surge will also include Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant. Read our post about the new Charge here and check out Fitbit’s newest line here.


Chromecast

Despite new entrants into the TV dongle arena like the Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast is still the undisputed king. Between it’s ease of use, Android and IOS integration, and frugal price point, Chomecast is the perfect addition to any entertainment system. With the addition of new games like Dance Dance Revolution and Monopoly, Chromecast keeps delivering. Purchase Chromecast here.


DropCam Pro

Dropcam, now owned by Nest, is a Wi-Fi based cloud recording video monitoring service that makes it easy for anyone to install and implement a live video monitoring system. And with features like smartphone control and scheduling, Dropcam won’t bore even the more experienced techies. Check it out here.


Belkin WeMo Smart LED Lightbulb

Who would have thought a light bulb could be so cool. Besides being much more environmentally friendly, Belkin’s WeMo bulbs are enabled with a plethora of neat features like smartphone control and scheduling. Features coming in 2015 even include the ability to flicker your lights as a notification too. Check out the starter pack here.


Adidas MiCoach Smart Soccer Ball

It’s not often that smart objects are meant to be kicked as hard as you can. Adidas’s new Smart Soccer ball however is meant just for that. Using several sensors as well as a Bluetooth connection and paired app, Adidas’s new ball promises to train you to kick farther, more accurately, and give you on the go coaching. Learn more about it here.

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MaxMyTV: A Home Automation Dashboard for Your TV

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Many of us are aware of the devices like Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV which use a dongle to bring smart capabilities to televisions with HDMI ports. MaxMyTV has put its own spin on these devices by releasing a smart hub that promises to put all aspects of your connected life within reach.

MaxMyTV is a Kickstarter campaign  which hopes to release an Android device which can automate your home, display security camera feeds, and even display your social media content. The brain of the device is a router like device which serves as a smart hub. When paired with matching accessories like power outlets, remote controls, and an IP camera.

As of today, the device is still short of $250,000 goal. The device is available to early backers now starting at $99.