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The Download: Hot for the Holidays: Swagway electric skateboard, Whistle pet GPS and health monitor, Sphero BB-8

Tech gifts are certainly popular for the holidays, but with all the choices out there, how do you figure out what's the best? News 12's tech reporter Andrew Ehinger has a few suggestions in his annual

News 12 Staff

Dec 3, 2015, 3:40 AM

Updated 3,123 days ago

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Tech gifts are certainly popular for the holidays, but with all the choices out there, how do you figure out what's the best? News 12's tech reporter Andrew Ehinger has a few suggestions in his annual series - The Download: Hot for the Holidays.
Suggestion number four is the Swagway electric skateboard. 
The self-balancing two-wheeled boards take a little time to get the hang of, but can be lots of fun. And even though some communities are trying to figure out how to regulate their use - in certain places they can be a blast. The Swagway ranges between $350 and $400.
Lots of people wear activity trackers to monitor their health, but how about one for your pet? The Whistle is a tiny clip-on fitness tracker for your four-legged friend. 
The Whistle can also help you find your pet if it wanders off. It has a built-in GPS and will alert your smartphone when your pet leaves a preset area - all in real time. It costs $99 with a small monthly monitoring fee.
The remote control BB-8 app-enabled Droid from Sphero is one of the hottest Star Wars toys this season. You control BB-8 from your smartphone and it can do all sorts of fun things. It can even roam around on its own - using "The Force." The Sphero BB-8 is $199.

 
Editor's Note: This story was taped and aired before reports surfaced about possible safety hazards with "hoverboard" devices. Consumers are urged to independently research all products before purchasing them.


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