Top Tech Gifts for the Holiday Stocking

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-12-17 Email

"All I want for Christmas is …a light saber?"  Yes, actually, many American adults admit that they'd like to see the iconic Star Wars creation under the tree this season—not to mention other franchise goodies, like a hover bike, landspeeders and even droids! This is among the many fun findings revealed about the most-wanted tech holiday gifts in a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll for myDevices, an Internet of things (IoT) solutions company. However, much of the research focuses on technology that's more fact than fantasy, especially when it comes to IoT advances. Top IoT products on gift lists include smart TVs, streaming media players and smart watches. And if Santa could come up with a device that could clean up the house and change light bulbs, well, there are plenty of shoppers out there who are more than willing to buy one. "Soon, Americans' households and workplaces will be full of smart devices that make their lives easier," said Kevin Bromber, CEO of myDevices. These include "thermostats that intuitively control a home's temperature [and] devices, report on the functionality of HVAC systems, automatically contact a repair man when the system breaks, and report back to the manufacturer about why it broke and how it's been performing. That's just one simple example. We're on the brink of another technology revolution that will change the way we all live and work. In five years, 100 percent of Americans will have connected devices in their homes." As a bonus, the findings reveal which current presidential candidate would make for the most tech-savvy POTUS—and the result may surprise you. A total of 2,020 U.S. adults took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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