Life in Mascara: Merry Techmas Gift Guide

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry Techmas Gift Guide

special treat coming at you guys today. guest blogger Francisco Platt from INFO INNOVAMODE:

We are only 20 days away from Christmas!  Are you ready? Because if not, you still have time to shop, add to your wish list...and go tech.  Here are four holiday gift ideas that INFO INNOVAMODE recommends.

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Microsoft enters the wearable tech community with the Band.  The Microsoft Band is a thin black bracelet with multiple functions and ten built-in sensors.  For example, it has a built-in GPS system, a personal fitness tracker and it monitors the duration and quality of your sleep.  The Band also has popular notification alerts regarding emails, calendar, weather and incoming calls. It retails for $199 and is available online and at Microsoft stores.
Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo refers to their products as “Lifewear. Clothes for a better life for everyone, every day.”  A regular in using innovate textiles, this season Uniqlo reissues their HEATTECH line with a new collection for men and women.   These staple items are able to retain body warmth and neutralize odor from perspiration.  The women’s line has an added bonus by having camellia oil woven into the fabric  to enhance softness against the skin.  The collection consists of basics such as long sleeve crew necks and tights and come in a variety of colors.  HEATTECH is priced competitively (i.e. $12.90 for a v-neck t-shirt) and is available for purchase either in store or online.

American menswear designer, Michael Bastian, and Hewlett-Packard have taken a classic timepiece and updated it for today’s techno savvy market.  The MB Chronowing vibrates for incoming emails, text messages and other notifications connected to your favorite apps. The watch is controlled by three separate buttons as opposed to a touchscreen.  It is water-resistant and made out of stainless steel with a battery run of 7 days between charging.  MB Chronowing retails for $350 on and you can pick the color and material of its straps (black rubber, olive green nylon or brown leather).  A limited luxe tech edition (sapphire crystal with alligator straps) is priced at $650 with only 300 available.


And last but not least:
Can designer headphones enRICH the music you listen to? That could easily be the case if what you are sporting is a pair of headphones by megabrand Chanel.  This year the French authority on luxury collaborated with California-based Monster Inc. to produce headphones like no other. Your $5,000 purchase at a Chanel boutique consists of a black quilted pair of headphones with an accompanying case…both with the double C monogram, natch.  The clout of a great luxury brand embracing technology is a sure sign that a seismic shift in fashion is on the horizon.
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