Gifts for the techie in your life who has it all


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Everyone has someone on their Christmas shopping list who is difficult to buy. Usually, it’s because they aren’t interested in a lot of things, or they already have almost everything they want.

Well I bet they don’t have any of those tech gadgets that I’ve used in the past couple of years.

One of the most talked about gadgets is a new-age version of a very old game. Square Off chess is partly a classic board game and partly Harry Potter. The Square Off Chess Set is a very attractive mahogany chess board that looks good sitting on a side table.

You can play chess the traditional way with two people sitting across from each other, or play with someone from elsewhere in the world.

Connected to the Square Off app, your opponent is using another Square Off chess set or with the Square Off app. When they virtually move their pieces on your board, their piece magically moves to a new square. If you’ve seen the recent movie “Ghostbusters Afterlife” it sounds a lot like the game the girl plays with a ghost after moving into her grandfather’s house.

If your opponent captures one of your game pieces, it magically leaves the board before their piece captures you. It’s definitely a statement piece and definitely something everyone will be talking about. The Square Off chess set costs around $ 400 during the holidays.

You’ve heard a lot about NFTs or non-fungible tokens this year. Digital art that sells for millions of dollars at auction. Few people fully understand how NFT works or how it is viewed. Infinite Objects is a company that prints digital videos or GIFS, similar to NFT artwork.

Yes, this is a printed video. If you need a moment to figure that out, here’s what it looks like: art moves the same way you see in GIFs, only lasting a few seconds before it jumps back to the start.

Infinite Objects digital art is either one-of-a-kind limited editions or you can have them print your own short video. It’s really hard to describe it without seeing one.

An Infinite Object art display is framed and does not need to be connected to a computer, the internet, or an external hard drive of any kind. They have a battery inside or you can plug it into the wall. Art does not need to be turned on and works continuously. Imagine any painting on your wall that comes to life with movement. A small infinite object costs around $ 300.

When COVID first hit the United States, there was huge interest in disinfecting everything we touch. Alcohol wipes kill most germs, but a device called a “Phone Soap” would kill up to 99.9% of bacteria using UV light.

Phone Soap is a bit bigger than a smartphone. To disinfect a phone, simply place it in the device. UV light shines on all sides of the phone, killing off dead bacteria. You can also use the device to kill bacteria found on car keys or anything else that fits in the case. Phone Soap also has space for a cable so you can charge your phone while it is sanitized. It’s perfectly safe for phones and objects, but be careful not to look at the light as it zaps the phone.

AirCandy offers unique inflatable chairs for children and adults. The Light Up chair is controlled by a smartphone app to change the colors of the transparent inflatable chair. Lights can be programmed so that when turned on, the lights flash through a sequence of colors. It is large enough for adults or two children. I also discovered that AirCandy chairs float for use in a swimming pool.

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