GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. "GADGET NATION: A Journey Through The Eccentric World of Invention" author Steve Greenberg offers up his top tech picks for this holiday season.
Appy Petz - My Appy Petz are the most expressive, huggable pets you can have. Collect all four -Appy Monster, Appy Puppy, Appy Pony, and Appy Bear. My Appy Petz, on their own they are fun and cuddly, BUT add the magic of your iTouch or iPhone, and they come to life right before your very eyes. It's $19.99 for more information go to www.myappypetz.com
FitBit One - Fitbit One is now available for the holidays. The newest Fitbit Tracker, Fitbit One is a small, discreet, easy to use, wearable wireless activity monitor that tracks steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed and calories burned -and this FitBit also monitors sleep. It lets you know how long and how well you slept and has a built in Silent Wake Alarm that vibrates so you wake up your partner does not.
It's $99.95 and is available at www.fitbit.com, Best Buy and Apple Stores.
Acoustic Research MVP Portable Wireless Speaker with customizable Skinit Skin- The AR MVP Portable Wireless Speaker lets you take your tunes wherever you go. The ultra-portable and weather resistant speaker streams music wirelessly through Bluetooth enabled devices or through a 3.5mm jack. It's perfect for all smartphone, tablet or mp3 users and great for tailgates, dorm rooms or parties at home. With personalization by Skinit, you can customize the speaker with your favorite team, college, Hollywood Icon or personal photo. It's $129.99 and available at Best Buy, Lowes, RadioShack, hh greg. www.mvpspeaker.com
Audiovox Car Connection-
is a revolutionary Telematics device lets the consumer Monitor, Manage, and Maintain their vehicle's health, driving habits, location, and through optional ZoomSafer technology, even restrict cell phone usage while driving. Car Connection is a Do-It-Yourself device that simply plugs in under a vehicles dashboard in the OBDII port which is available on all cars post 1996. It's $169.99 and available at Sears and Pep Boys. For more info go to www.mycar-connection.com
SodaStream Source-Just out this month, SodaStream has partnered with Yves Béhar, world-renowned designer and social entrepreneur - the result is the new Source, an elegantly-designed soda maker that combines beauty, functionality and efficiency. Slick and sophisticated, just push one button and you turn water into cheaper and healthier soda.
Source, is priced from $129.99 and is available at top department stores and retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy's, and other fine retailers. Visit www.sodastream.com to learn more.
Cell Lock-Up - From EB Brands, this jail throws the book at annoying cell phone interruptions: no more calls during dinner...no more on-the-sly texting and game playing...no more distractions to family quality time. Cell Lock-Up is just that - a jail cell just the right size to imprison up to six cell phones at a time, complete with bunk beds and stanchions. To maintain the peace, cell phones are sentenced to 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes with an easy-to-use push button timer. Cell Lock-Up will be available at retail stores including Bed Bath & Beyond and at www.celllockup.com $19.99
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