The 2020 IoT Gift Guide from IoT For All

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‘Tis almost the season for giving, and this year has given us more reasons than ever to remember our friends and loved ones. Perhaps you have an avid gardener in your family, or an early adopter gadget geek whose garage isn’t quite all the way full yet. If either of these gift-giving scenarios sound familiar, or you have anyone for whom it’s hard to buy, IoT for All is here to help with our 2020 IoT Gift Guide . 

Our editors have spent hours playing with evaluating this list of cool IoT-enabled gifts and have determined conclusively that they rule. If you want to be the coolest gifter on the Holiday Zoom, read on, dear friends. And have a happy and safe holiday, from all of us at IoT for All. 


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Holiday Decor

Twinkly LED Strings – Generation II

Twinkly’s string lights combine adjustable RGB, RGB + W, and AWW LED lights that are both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled to be controlled in users’ hands via their smartphone application.
Check it out.

Within Twinkly’s app, users can select the color, animation, and design projected on the lights displayed inside or outside of their home. The lights can also be connected to smart home assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for easy management. Additionally, Twinkly devices can be synchronized together in groups (up to 4000 LEDs or 10 devices – in good wi-fi coverage) for impressive scenery installations.


Toys

Roybi Robot

The world may not be ready yet for Wall-E or Baymax, but the next best thing might just be the Roybi Robot. This AI-powered educational smart toy for children 3 and up is focused on language learning and basic STEM. Check it out.

Named one of the Best Inventions of 2019 by TIME Magazine, Ryobi has more than 500 lessons across topics in math, science, space, tech, habitats, geography and more. Parents and educators get regular smart reports to track learning progress and they can even play, schedule, and check their lessons on companion mobile apps. 


intelino Smart Train

Casey Jones doesn’t have to watch his speed with the Intelino J-1 Smart Train and neither will you. This intelligent toy train uses advanced robotics to help kids develop coding and STEM skills. Check it out.

Kids can program the Intelino J-1 Smart Train using colored tiles placed on the tracks that change the train’s speed as it passes, steer it left or right at track junctions, stop it, uncouple a car, and more than 10 other actions.

With the intelino mobile app, kids can race trains at up to 1 meter per second, create custom commands, and eventually, take full control of the train through block-based programming. 

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Osmo Coding Starter Kit

The Osmo Coding Starter Kit combines Coding Awbie, Coding Jam and Coding Duo (non longer sold separately) to make learning to code accessible and fun through hands-on games for kids aged 5 to 10. Check it out.

Featured in Amazon’s 2020 Toys We Love list, the Osmo Coding Starter Kit enables children to learn coding concepts like problem solving, computational thinking, and coding fundamentals, before moving to more complex concepts like sequencing, looping, logic thinking, and pair programming.

The kit includes durable, new coding blocks/game pieces for all 3 games and the introduction of sequenced learning via 3 game levels and is available for iPad and Amazon Fire.


Smart Home

Lorex Home Center

It is the Lorex Home Center and it speaks for your house. This home monitoring solution puts its controls in the consumers’ hands with its touch screen interface that allows users to view and customize its two included Smart Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Security Cameras. Check it out.

Commands can be issued through the Lorex Home Center or the new Lorex Voice Assistant. When away from home, use the Lorex Home App to control all of your security products. The cameras are Lorex’s first Wi-Fi cameras featuring Color Night Vision and include motion-activated LEDs, two-way talk, and a siren. 

(Lorex Technology is offering $100 off the Lorex Home Center for the rest of December and up to 50% off promotional products)

Get smarter, my friends, with the YoLink Smart Home Starter Kit. It’s made for homeowners looking to increase security and maintenance of their home, without having to worry about bandwidth or power. Check it out.

YoLink uses Semtech’s long-range, low power LoRa technology to keep devices connected. The kit features long battery life, set-up in the YoLink app, and includes the following products: YoLink Central Hub; Wireless Door and Window Sensor; Water Leak Sensor; and a Smart Plug Mini, compatible with voice control from Alexa or Google Assistant.

Available on Amazon, the YoLink Smart Home Starter Kit will be 50% off from 11/29-12/5, retailing for just $49.99 using code 50STARTLORA.


Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit

Let there be smart lights this holiday season, with the Philips Hue Starter Kit. Each kit includes four smart and energy-efficient LED bulbs in different color ranges and the Hue Bridge, which acts as the brain coordinating the lights and the Hue app. Check it out.

Add color to any room with the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit. Turn on a movie, music, or game and watch the lights mirror the colors and rhythm, or set your lights to slowly brighten in the morning and in the evening help you unwind, relax and prepare for a good sleep.


Enbrighten Plug-In Mini WiFi Smart Switch

Smart home tech can seem overwhelming, or too complex. Well, not anymore. The Enbrighten WiFi Plug-In Mini Smart Switch is an affordable, compact way to turn any outlet into a smart switch. Check it out.

The simple design of the Embrighten Plug-In Mini WiFi Smart Switch allows users to plug it in and get started, without having to tinker with any wiring. The plug only covers one outlet, allowing the second to remain free. The plug-in can be used in apartments or homes. The plug connects to the Enbrighten App, where users can turn plugged-in devices on and off, and set timers and schedules. Shocking.

Also check out the Outdoor 6-outlet WiFi Smart Yard Stake, and Outdoor Plug-In 2-outlet WiFi Smart Switch!


Smart Home Controls

ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control

Finally, a tool designed so dads can yell directly at the thermostat. The ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control is designed to help homes stay comfortably and save on electricity bills automatically. Check it out.

Users can experience more comfort at home and reduce energy use when they’re away with the Smart Home & Away feature that detects the presence of people and automatically adjusts the temperature. In addition, the included SmartSensors help keep users comfortable wherever they are through occupancy detection. Instead of relying on the temperature of the room the thermostat has been installed in, the sensors activate the thermostat when key rooms’ temperatures pass set parameters.


Sense Home Energy Monitor

Sense answers the questions, “What’s using energy in my home?” and, “How can I reduce my utility bill?” The Sense Home Energy Monitor shows your home’s activity, and helps you identify ways to reduce energy expenses. Check it out.

The Sense Home Energy Monitor installs in the electrical panel and uses machine learning to identify connected devices and track activity. In the paired Sense app you can not only view your current usage and cost projections – you can see if you turned off the clothes dryer, or set an alert to tell you if the coffeemaker is still on. 

Use promo code SENSE60 to take $60 off Sense and Sense Solar for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, November 23 to December 3.


Tempest Personal Weather System

Tempest is a personal weather system that connects to your smart home, and uses its app to leverage real-time data, advanced forecast modeling and the oversight of in-house meteorologists and advanced machine learning algorithms. Check it out.

Data is checked for accuracy daily, allowing regular calibrations and improvement of the forecast over time. Great for everything from lightning detection and managing a garden to saving energy. Tempest gives you the most accurate personal weather forecast guaranteed or your money back for six months.

20% off site wide for Black Friday (11/24-12/1)


Gardening

Tertill — The Garden Weeding Robot

Thanks to Tertill, the weeding robot, your garden can finally come out of its shell. Created by the inventor of Roomba, Tertill lives in the garden, runs on sunshine, and weeds every day so gardeners don’t have to. Check it out.

Tertill keeps weeds from sprouting robotically without spraying herbicides, hauling mulch, or putting down ugly plastic films. With its unique sensor technology, the weeding robot patrols your garden and prevents weeds from growing by churning up the top layer of soil to keep weeds from taking root. If they manage to make it above ground, Tertill unleashes its onboard string trimmer. Welcome to our robot overlords.


ēdn SmallGarden

The ēdn SmallGarden may be smol, but it is mighty. This smart indoor garden is designed to give anyone an instant green thumb, bringing nature to life indoors in an accessible, effortless way. Check it out.

The Wi-Fi powered garden delivers optimal light and nutrients to plants so they can grow and thrive. With the ēdn app, users manage the lighting schedule, see garden alerts, and get guidance on the growth of plants. The ēdn SmallGarden recently joined Apple HomeKit as an accessory, and now offers integration with the Home app for a cohesive smart home experience via Apple devices and accessories.


Smart Appliances

Roborock S6 MaxV Vacuum

Watch out, Roomba. Roborock S6 MaxV says it is the most perceptive, intelligent robot vacuum system on the market, and it’s constantly learning. Check it out.

The Roborock S6 MaxV features ReactiveAI technology that enables it to automatically dodge obstacles. Using dual cameras for stereoscopic vision, this robot vacuum has depth perception to recognize and avoid common home hazards from items as small as a toy block or pet waste – and it’s constantly learning to improve object recognition. With 25 percent more suction power, secure remote viewing features and a powerful Qualcomm processor, the S6 MaxV is the strongest and smartest Roborock vacuum ever launched.


CHEF iQ Smart Cooker

The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker is designed as a marriage of hardware and software that equips users with the ability to create restaurant-quality meals at an accessible price. Check it out.

The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker is the entry point to CHEF iQ’s connected kitchen ecosystem that provides a simplified cooking experience for the inexperienced to the most sophisticated user. Wireless, over-the-air updates allow the CHEF iQ Smart Cooker to constantly evolve, listen, address, and anticipate user needs. In tandem with the free CHEF iQ app, features like a built-in scale, auto pressure release, and guided cooking, users are empowered to discover their inner chef.


Aura Carver Digital Photo Frame

With a sleek design inspired by minimalist architecture, this artificial intelligence-powered digital photo frame is sure to please even the pickiest of friends and family. Check it out.

The Carver digital frame is equipped with Intelligent Photo Pairing that intuitively pairs portrait photos side-by-side through proprietary, AI-powered technology. It also enables users to remove photos using the single-touch bar at the top of the frame and unlimited photo storage makes it so you don’t have to worry about memory. It takes just two minutes to set up a new frame. Just plug it in and download the app. Picture perfect.


Nixplay Smart Photo Frame

A picture is worth a thousand words, and high-def cloud-enabled pictures can make Tolstoy blush. This frame allows you to upload photos instantly from anywhere in the world and display them in crisp HD. Check it out.

Nixplay’s Smart Photo Frame is designed to display your most cherished memories in HD, Full-HD, and 2K and upload those photos instantaneously from anywhere around the world using the Nixplay app. This lets far apart families share photos and adventures form anywhere. Since it comes in a variety of sizes and colors, such as sleek black matte, wood and metal; you’ll never have to worry about matching your home décor. It looks like it’s time for your closeup. 


Home Security

LOCKLY Vision

LOCKLY Vision combines the best features of both a smart lock and an HD video camera. Check in at home, talk to visitors, and access footage from anywhere. Check it out.

LOCKLY Vision is both a highly secure smart lock and an HD video camera that streams live footage to any iOS or Android mobile device while also recording locally to an SD card. The integrated microphone offers two-way audio capabilities, allowing users to have real-time conversations with anyone who approaches the door. Unlock LOCKLY Vision five different ways: the hack-proof PIN Genie digital touchscreen, voice, 3D fingerprint reader, LOCKLY mobile app, or with a physical key. Generate offline access codes without an internet connection using the proprietary technology for last minute visitors, service providers and more.


Level Touch

Are you ready for that sci-fi lock you’ve been wishing to have since you were 6? No? Only me, then? Well, fine. I guess only I get the Level Touch, a perfect smart lock for tech rookies or lovers. Check it out.

The Level Touch opens at the touch of a finger (thanks to its capacitive touch abilities) and can be unlocked by using the programmable key cards for phone-free access or through the Level Home app. Level Touch is designed for standard exterior doors that meet ANSI specifications and requires a properly operating door and latch. 


Ucam – Private Home Security Camera

Ucam was co-developed by Tenvis, a security camera manufacturer founded in 2005, and IoTeX, a leading privacy-focused technology platform. This Internet Protocol (IP) security camera received the CES Innovation Award 2020 for Cybersecurity & Personal Privacy. Check it out.

Ucam has 1080p HD video, motion detection, night vision, and two-way audio, and uses blockchain, edge computing, and end-to-end encryption, to allow users to own their data and privacy. The system also lets users give and revoke access to the camera feed at will. With complete control over both the camera and videos, Ucam is offering user-centric smart devices that let you, the user, #OwnYourData.


Konnected Alarm Panel 2

This home alarm panel will transform any pre-wired security system into a home security solution without the fees of legacy monitoring, and is compatible with the leading smart home platforms. Check it out.

This security panel box is designed to be simple to switch out for customers with varying DIY skills. You can use a smartphone app to auto arm and disarm and the interoperability with smart lights and thermostats integrates security into your smart home. Perfect for the tech enthusiast, family DIY-er and IoT or Smart Home beginner, it is also compatible with Home Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Hubitat, openHAB, MQQTT, and Mozilla IoT.

Free 12 pack of magnetic standoffs with every kit order (while available), on the Konnected website from Black Friday through Cyber Monday

10% off Konnected’s Amazon storefront until11/30

15% off all Konnected products on Amazon on Black Friday (11/27) and Cyber Monday (11/30)

20% off entire store (except Panel Pro and Panel Pro Kits) starting until 11/30 @11:59pm


iota Security Kit

When you give an abode iota this holiday season, you’re giving the gift of home safety and security. iota is an all-in-one DIY smart home security device that includes a built-in 1080p HD camera, motion sensor, and two-way voice communications. Check it out.

The iota Security Kit has out-of-the-box native app support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. It supports hundreds of smart home security devices making it the perfect system for homeowners looking to easily install a security system that will work with existing smart home technology. Homeowners have access to live video feed at any time through the built-in camera that captures occurrences in real time. 


Life in Motion

Konnect-i Backpack

The Konnect-i backpack with Jacquard by Google is an everyday bag that connects with a wearer’s smartphone. Making moving around the city streets easier than ever, this bag allows users to perform actions and receive alerts while on the go. Check it out.

These abilities and alerts include tasks related to audio, such as play, pause, next track and what’s playing, and communication, including receiving phone calls and texts. Dropped pins and saved locations are also available. Not stopping there, the app can activate a phone’s camera and trigger a photo countdown, offer a summary of the day, and ask Google Assistant questions.


FIXD Sensor

Imagine the end to the mystery of the dashboard light (sorry Meatloaf!). FIXD is the perfect gift for road-trippers, car enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to wave goodbye to the “check engine” light dread. Check it out.

This sensor diagnoses 7,000 car problems and explains what’s happening under the hood, how serious it is, and how much it should cost to put right. It can also remind you of regular maintenance needs, determine if your car will pass its emissions test, and even predict likely repairs in the future. It’s perfect for anyone with a car, really.


Nexar Beam GPS

Beam is Nexar’s most popular dash cam. It’s tiny and easily concealable behind the rearview mirror. Beam records crisp 1080p full HD video and comes equipped with a suction cup mount and built-in GPS. Check it out.

All Nexar dash cams pair with the Nexar app, and provide automatic recording to your phone, free and unlimited cloud storage, emergency contact alerts, accident reports, easy editing and sharing of driving clips. Want your next road trip to be as cool as the Trans-Siberian Highway? Now’s your chance. 


HidrateSpark STEEL

HidrateSpark STEEL is a smart water bottle that tracks water intake and lights up to remind you to drink through the HidrateSpark app. The app calibrates daily to give you a custom hydration goal based on factors in your life, like height, weight, sex, and elevation. Check it out.

Everyone needs to keep hydrated, and many people need help remembering to grab that H2O. HidrateSteel will glow and send smart reminders to keep you hydrating throughout the day, and calculates a custom hydration goal every day, based on your life. The stainless steel vacuum insulated bottle keeps drinks cold up to 24 hours.  


Trova GO

Are you a spy? Do you like to cosplay as one? Now’s your chance. TROVA Go is a discreet portable biometric safe designed for daily use. Check it out.

This physical storage device prevents access to valuable or private objects. Perfect for pockets, handbags or athletic gear it is designed to be overlooked, mimicking a hard drive or battery and give you worry-free mobility. It is constructed of strong Aluminum Alloy with a high quality precise premium CNC finish, it is wirelessly connected via Bluetooth to the TROVA app and then accessed through your phones native biometric verification.


SPOT Gen4

Finally, a modern IoT solution for the kid’s backpack in The Family Circus. SPOT Gen4 offers affordable personal tracking, one touch check-in and S.O.S. emergency response technology. Check it out.

Users can view live or historical tracks and share their location or trip with others in the SPOT Mapping interface. The SPOT Gen4 is part of an award-winning product portfolio that provides a vital line of communication with friends, family, and the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) using GPS location and satellite connectivity powered by Globalstar. 

(All Spot devices are $50 through the end of December)


Carta

Digital mapping just got an upgrade. With Carta, measure and map any space directly on your phone to create a digital map. Check it out.

Carta is an outdoor digital measuring wheel powered by AR. Capture the path a user walks, including a full perimeter and sections within a specific area, then import the data into the LetsPlott app where instant calculations are made.


Smart Sound

IQbuds² MAX

Nuheara’s IQbuds² MAX is a smart truly wireless earbud that won 3 Innovation Awards at CES 2020. They’re enabled with a suite of features that empower the users to customize the sound to their personal hearing preferences, including hybrid Active Noise Cancellation. Check it out.


Rayz Pro Smart Headphones

Life is unpredictable, and you deserve a headphone that can adapt with you. Check it out.

Rayz adaptive technology ensures that you’re getting the most effective sound quality and noise reduction whether you’re working from home or in a public space.


Soundhaven Wireless Earbuds

Headphones with Diamond Drivers: Take the Sharper Image Wireless Earbuds with you anywhere! Diamond drivers improve stabilization for clearer audio, even at higher frequencies. Check it out.


Smart Lifestyle

Wireless PlayMakar PRO Electrical Muscle Stimulator

The PlayMakar PRO Muscle Electrical Muscle Stimulator allows athleteS to massage their muscles with 6 EMS programs targeted to warm up muscles throughout recovery/pre and post workouts. Check it out.
Don’t miss the MVP Percussion Massager, a great gift for beginners or the professional athlete.


Popl

Popl is the modern business card that allows people to connect fast, easy, and contactless. Popl allows social media, contact information, websites, payment platforms and more to be exchanged instantly, through just the touch of a cell phone using NFC. Check it out.


Fiora’s Ultraviolet C Sterilizer & Wireless Charing Station

The Ultraviolet C Sterilizer & Wireless Charging Station not only charges your cell phone, but clinical studies have shown it to kill 99.8% of E. Coli and other harmful bacterias with Ultraviolet C Light technology. Check it out.

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IoT For All is creating resources to enable companies of all sizes to leverage IoT. From technical deep-dives, to IoT ecosystem overviews, to evergreen resources, IoT For All is the best place to keep up with what's going on in IoT.

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Ken Briodagh
Ken Briodagh
Ken is Editorial Director at IoT for All. He loves all forms of technology, because he's into fantasy more than sci-fi and even Arthur C Clarke admitted that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." So, where's that ...
Ken is Editorial Director at IoT for All. He loves all forms of technology, because he's into fantasy more than sci-fi and even Arthur C Clarke admitted that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." So, where's that ...
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Ryan is IoT For All’s Head of Business Development. Prior to helping create IoT For All, Ryan has served as a founder, early stage employee, and start-up advisor -- helping to build, market, raise funding for and launch technology related products...
Ryan is IoT For All’s Head of Business Development. Prior to helping create IoT For All, Ryan has served as a founder, early stage employee, and start-up advisor -- helping to build, market, raise funding for and launch technology related products...