I hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, and lots of turkey! The day before Thanksgiving my friend threw a Friendsgiving dinner where we all picked names out of a hat in preparation for our Secret Santa gift exchange. While I was on a gift hunt, I couldn’t help but notice a pattern in the kinds of gifts I was gravitating towards – they were all tech-based! So for the second last post, I thought why not create a gift guide for this holiday season! We have had extensive discussions on how different industries have digitized to enhance the consumer experience so for the gift guide I wanted to keep it strictly to physical products.
Here is a round-up of niche products to consider when buying gifts during this holiday season!
What if I told you there is a smart collar out there that can track your dog anytime, anywhere. Fi uses GPS technology and cellular data to remotely track your dog 24/7. This collar has a dog walker monitoring device that allows you to see who is walking your dog and tracks their location, similar to the find my friends feature. It’s especially beneficial when you leave your dog behind with a friend or at doggy day care when you go on vacation! Besides location tracking, this collar can help keep your dog in good shape by tracking their steps and comparing it against the needs of that specific dog breed based on age, size, and past data as well as compared to other dogs that use the Fi collars across the country. Fi monitors your dog’s resting behavior based on their nightly sleep and daily naps. Fi has created its community for dogs around the neighborhood using this collar, allowing you to connect to your dog’s Instagram and share pictures. It’s basically a smartwatch for your dog! The series 2 collar is priced at $149.
I have been through several apps and different types of water bottles attempting to keep track of my water intake. The apps notify me every 2 hours to drink water, an ineffective feature for me. The water bottles I’ve bought have motivational markers which are also ineffective after some time. I know many share the struggle to account for our water intake without having to input it or keep track of it. “Hidrate Sparks 3 Smart Water” bottle helps track an individual’s water intake. The water bottle glows to remind the user to drink water and is connected through the Hidrate app. It seamlessly syncs your water intake via Bluetooth (how much water drank and how many refills throughout the day) and inputs that data into the app. It increases awareness of how much water you’ve been drinking over the past few weeks/months. It also has a GPS location tracker for those that are forgetful – all for $59.95! (I sound like an infomercial)
Remarkable is an E-ink cloud-connected writing notebook that allows you to take notes on PDFs and organize them across your devices, granting you access from anywhere. Its goal is to provide a paper-like experience without any paper waste. Remarkable is great for sketching, reading documents, and note-taking. This is a eco-friendly gift for your “more conscious consumer” and is priced at $399.
Since the pandemic started at-home workouts have become increasingly popular. These workouts are great but they do not give you insight on if you have the correct posture. Nadi X offers wearable yoga pants that provide form guidance through sensors, gentle vibrations, and audio cues to make sure your posture is correct during the yoga session. This tech-enabled yoga classifies itself as “a private yoga experience on your own terms” and uses patient technology with integrated sensors and haptics that serve as feedback to help improve your yoga workouts at the comfort of your own home. It’s compatible with their app which allows you to pick between different yoga workouts based on your preferences and goes for $249 a pair.
Take your meditation sessions to the next level! Muse 2 provides real-time brainwave feedback (EEG) that teaches you the art of focus through its multiple sensors. You can access your heart rate which optimizes performance, it allows you to see how your meditation posture can bring you physical relaxation, and keeps track of your breathing during the sessions. With our busy lifestyle, it’s important to tune out all the busy noise and disengage from our surroundings to find inner peace. It’s on sale right now for $199.99!
These are some of the many different products I found during my research. Based on the discussions we’ve had in class I thought these 5 items are most relevant to us as consumers.
It was interesting to see a variety of different niche products that have come out in the past couple of years. Would you guys consider buying any of these items?