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Merry Tech-Mas! A Gift Guide Brought to you by Cypress

If you’ve got a techie on your holiday gift list, you know you can’t get away with just the latest smartphone or tablet to delight your best gadget geek. This year think about upping your gift game with some different products and inventions we’ve seen from our view in the tech trenches. Some of them might not be quite yet available in your local Target or even on Amazon, but that could be just the stocking stuffer to bring a smile to a technophile who wants something different.

Drum roll, please little drummer boy … here’s a sampling of products and projects we suggest:

5 Golden rings anyone?

Let’s start with one of our favorites — the Oura ring. It combines two things that would seem at odds: connectivity and serenity, and packages them in a classic wearable styling. The Oura uses advanced sensing technology to monitor various aspects of your life, including sleep habits, to help guide you to a healthier lifestyle. To stay in the holiday spirit of the 12 Days, buy 5 in the gold color.

Screen share without the hassle

The holidays are all about sharing, so here’s a neat way to share your techy self, or at least the screen that presents it. Airtame is an innovative device for wirelessly sharing screens from any device for group presentations or company meetings. Their products let you get rid of a bunch of messy cables and make projecting to a screen an easy and seamless task. It’s even a good way to show your summer vacation pictures on your big screen TV to entertain your visiting relatives over the holidays.

I spy a cool new video camera

Don’t want to miss one second of Instagrammable of YouTube’able fun over the holidays? Consider the Opkix camera, a tiny wireless and wearable video camera that will take your social media game to a whole new level. It’s a slick hardware/software package that delivers a brand-new way to collect, edit and share video in an ultra-portable device. The Opkix promises to change grandpa’s holiday home movie genre forever.

Mobile gaming has never been better

For the long drive over the mountains and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday, make sure everyone in the car (except the driver) has a Nintendo Switch to keep them occupied. The ultimate mobile gaming machine (it also connects quite nicely to your home TV), this powerful little gadget is the perfect gift for the gamers on your list. The flexible JoyCon controller is feature-packed and delivers a super user experience for individual or multi-layer fun, plus, embedded connectivity allows up to 8 devices to connect at once or compete online vs. players anywhere. Pokémon, anyone?

WASS up with better performing wireless earbuds

Wireless earbuds are awesome, but annoying connection interruptions and lack of synchronization between the buds can ruin the effect. Cypress’s WASS offers a breakthrough way to enable great cross-body performance and give users uninterrupted audio on their earbuds — and it operates at 50 percent lower power consumption, enabling twice the playback time or the use of smaller batteries in sleeker form-factors. So, if high-performance wireless earbuds are on your shopping list this year, look for a pair that are WASS-enabled. 

Jam out underwater

For the aquatic music lover on your list, check out the Megablast speaker from Ultimate Ears. Not only does it provide super rich sound with extremely reliable connectivity through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, it sets a new standard for durability and portability. Its big claim to fame is the fact that it can be immersed for a full 30 minutes in one meter of water, making it ideal for those unique pool parties you have planned for next summer. And of course, it comes with Alexa built in, as well as supporting other popular voice activation and music streaming services.

Automate your holiday cleanup

Home robots are quite a thing this holiday season, and while this one may be a little harder to find, unless you’re personal friends with the maker, we couldn’t resist adding it as we think about cleaning up after the holiday festivities. It’s got a ton of bells and whistles, including a vacuum and integrated spray cannon for washing floors, and even has its own laser-equipped guidance system. We love the creativity of the maker on this one.

A whole new level of street smarts

Keeping with the robot theme, how about hacking an off-the shelf remote control car to give it a bit more street smarts? This little beauty from maker Troy Gentry uses Cypress technology to convert a stock RC toy into a smart robot in a way that even NASCAR fans would appreciate. The key is the flexibility and programmability of the Cypress P-SOC platform, which Troy used to give his monster truck a mind of its own.

A SOC’ing stuffer for every maker

A common thread in most of these fun products and DIY projects is the power of the Cypress P-SoC family of programmable system-on-a-chip architectures and supporting development tools and environment. Whether you are developing the next bestseller on Amazon or creating a customized DIY gift in your basement lab for that special someone, there is simply no faster way to configure the perfect device, develop application code, then build, debug and deploy an embedded design. It’s the perfect way to bring smiles this holiday season.

All of us here at Cypress wish you the safest and happiest of holidays and look forward to working with you in the New Year to enable your most creative ideas.

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