The holidays are almost here, and you've likely filled out your Christmas wish list already. Though you're probably excited to get some of the latest gadgets, you actually might want to hold off just a bit longer. Sure, the new technology items available for Christmas certainly sound like intriguing gifts, but the really good stuff is yet to come. If you can summon the patience to wait a few more weeks or months, you'll quickly find some highly sought gadgets coming out in early 2015. Here are just few you'll want to keep an eye on.
Announced earlier this year, the Apple Watch (shockingly not called the iWatch) is Apple's latest tech offering. Since it's Apple, you know the release is going to be big, but it's not all just hype. The Apple Watch will come with a sleek rectangular design reminiscent of other Apple products like the iPhone. This wearable gadget will behave similarly to a smartphone, providing social media updates, email messages, and Apple's vaunted app store right from the get go. The Apple Watch will feature its own line of innovative apps and programs while being more convenient to use than your average smartphone. Expect the Apple Watch to make a bigger splash than other smart watches that were released earlier due to having an already devoted fanbase. You can also expect to see the Apple Watch in the office as part of the growing BYOD movement in the business world.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Amazon Fire TV Stick looks to combine elements from two competitors -- Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. The Amazon Fire TV Stick plugs into your television and runs a modified version of Android that allows you to stream media and even games. The device also lets you run the Fire OS software, giving easy access to all of Amazon's apps and media. That means Amazon's extensive movie and television offerings can be streamed directly to your television with little difficulty. If there's any any criticism of the Amazon Fire TV Stick, it's that Amazon's app store is limited compared to Google, but that may likely change as time passes.
Many people know about the Fitbit, but there's a new, improved device coming out soon -- the Fitbit Surge. Described as a "fitness super watch," the Fitbit Surge is much sleeker than previous Fitbit products, offering a more smartwatch-type look with a touchscreen that allows for low light visibility. The smartwatch design also extends to some of the device's functions, such as receiving notifications for calls and texts. The big new additions to this latest Fitbit offering are an optical heart rate monitor that's running 24/7 (called the PurePulse) and GPS. This allows the Fitbit Surge to track your exercises and heart rate more accurately. The gadget can also track a large variety of different activities, from how many calories you burn to how many steps you climb to even the quality of your sleep.
Everykey is a startup that's looking the change the game on wearables. Instead of focusing on music, exercise, or texting, the Everykey wristband places its emphasis on security. With bluetooth technology, the Everykey wristband can be used to unlock a variety of gadgets, from smartphones to computers. Encryption keys are stored in the gadget and specifically chosen devices. Essentially, the wristband acts like a password manager that's with you at all times. The Everykey wristband also forgoes any biometric component that could possibly lead to difficulties authenticating the correct user. While some security concerns have been raised over the possibility of the device getting stolen, Everykey assures that in just such an unfortunate scenario, the device can be deactivated just like a credit card.