Augusta, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Some of the best Christmas gifts you’ll ever remember were probably surprises.
That one gift from Mom, Dad or Santa is hidden behind the last one you put away. It was something they never asked for.
Maybe it’s something you didn’t see or know. Let’s face it, those Christmas surprises are harder and harder as we get older.
We’ve rounded up a few tech gadgets that no one on your list will ask for because they probably don’t even know they exist.
The DIYer on your list might be frustrated trying to match a color without a barcode or color cap.
There is too much light or not enough, so it is impossible to match the color correctly.
The Nix Mini Color Sensor is a genius for the DIYer on your list. The small gadget has a light and color sensor, so no matter how much or how little light there is in the room, it will pick up the color on the wall. At least it’s close.
After you’ve scanned the original color, the Nix app searches the color palettes of most major paint brands and shows you the closest match. The app shows the paint, paint brand, and color code we took to the local hardware store for that color sample, and then it’s too close to detect.
The Nix color sensor does not read whether the color is glossy, satin or flat.
Smartphone glass protectors are often difficult to wear, but now there are liquid glass protectors on the market. Just clean your phone, apply the liquid glass, let it stand for a few minutes and then turn it off.
These are around $20. Anyone who owns or maintains a car should have an OBD reader handy. The tool plugs into the OBD port of most vehicles to scan for fault codes. If the check engine light is on, an OBD reader can tell you what’s causing it and turn it off, saving you a trip to the mechanic.
FIXD OBD2 Scanner is $40. Although they don’t have a so-called ‘smart home’, you can use these smart plugins to turn on and off a light or something else plugged into an outlet by asking Alexa or Google.
A pack of four is around $30. If you really want to blow their mind, check out these sunglasses with built-in speakers and microphones.
Soundcore frames come in dozens of styles, with mic and speaker trunks for playing music, podcasts, and making phone calls.
They sell for around $70. And all of these things are small enough to fit in a stocking, but cool enough to be a gift you’ll talk about and use all year round.
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