For those who make fitness a priority, consider Garmin’s Vivosmart activity tracker. Wear it on your wrist to monitor your steps, distance and calories. Note: this one does not keep tabs on heart rate. Vivosmart has lots of other features to make up for that. Synced to your smartphone, it can notify you of calls, text messages and emails. Use touches and swipes to see the information in the (small) display area. Vivosmart also can display notifications. Wake up the OLED display by giving it a tap to check for updates.
Vivosmart also can sync your fitness data to the Garmin Connect app, which uses charts, maps and graphics to convey data. $170 at buy.garmin.com.
OM Audio calls its OM/ONE wireless sound maker “the world’s first Levitating Bluetooth speaker.” After a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $800,000, OM Audio is taking orders this holiday season for the device, which includes a base and the floating, spinning orb for streaming music.
OM/ONE is portable and has a lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 15 hours. Output is 110 decibels with a 3-watt RMS amplifier. The device works with Bluetooth 4.0. Link together two units for stereo sound.
The system also can be used to answer a call, to hang up or for conference calling using the built-in Type 1 microphone. The base has a USB port for charging other devices. It comes with a carrying case, charging cable and stand. $199 at www.omone.com.
See the light
The ZeroHour XD Flashlight gives you a portable backup power source and a 1,000-Lumen tactical-grade LED flashlight that can throw a beam 1,300 feet or more. Use the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries hundreds of times for charging USB devices when you are on the go. It keeps power available for smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, digital cameras and camcorders, portable speakers and many Bluetooth-enabled devices.
ZeroHour is waterproof and has a toughened glass lens as well as low, medium, high, full and strobe modes. Remove the batteries for recharging in a lithium-ion charger that supports 18650 batteries. $225 (with lithium batteries) at www.zerohourxd.com. ZeroHour is also available as a flashlight only or power source only.
Protect and decorate your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus or an iPad Air 2 with X-Doria’s Engage Folio.
The protection comes from a clear, hard polycarbonate back that still lets you enjoy the design of the smartphone. An anti-scratch coating is translucent enough to keep the screen clear and visible.
The folio’s cover is the screen’s real protection. On the inside, it has a place to store credit cards or your ID. $30 for an iPhone cover, $35 for iPad at www.x-doria.com.
Bring on the bass
Place the Sonos Sub subwoofer anywhere in the room – horizontally or vertically – and pair it with other Sonos components for deep hi-fi sound.
Sonos Sub works with the wireless streaming music amplifier called Connect:amp. Pair it with any Sonos speaker to get the bass in your favorite songs. Combine Sub with Playbar Wireless HiFi Music System for a 5.1 home theater surround sound system.
The one-button setup means you won’t have to deal with wires and programming. The system adjusts the audio settings of the speaker you are pairing it with, balancing and optimizing the Sub’s sound, too. $699 at www.sonos.com.