Top 5 Alternative Tech Christmas Presents For 2014

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Everyone has someone in their family that is difficult to buy for at Christmas.  Instead of socks or slippers, take a look at the list of my top 5 alternative tech presents for some inspiration and to get them something useful or enjoyable!

  1. Wireless Game Controller For iPhone and iPad

For anyone that loves gaming on their phone or tablet, and mobile gaming is by far the fastest growing area of gaming, the biggest difficulty is playing anything more complicated than Angry Birds on a touch screen where handling multiple controls is difficult.

SteelSeries has solved that with the Stratus XL, the first full sized gaming controller designed to work with the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It mirrors the familiar, comfortable size and layout of console controllers and features a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), four pressure-sensitive action buttons and a total of four shoulder buttons, including two pressure-sensitive top shoulder buttons and two analogue bottom trigger buttons.

STEELSERIES Stratus XL Wireless Game Controller For iPhone and iPad

In addition to dual analogue sticks, the Stratus XL includes a dedicated pairing button to connect to iOS devices via Bluetooth. Powered by AA batteries, the Stratus XL will deliver an estimated 40 hours of game play.

  1. One For All Smart Zapper

The One For All Smart Zapper converts your tablet or Smartphone into a fully functional remote control for all your home cinema equipment. Working as a ‘bridge’ connecting your Smartphone and an Infrared transmitter, the Smart Zapper has nine physical programmable keys for power, volume, channel up/down, play, pause and mute – and more advanced options via the Nevo App for your phone.

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You can pre-define up to twenty different activities on your tablet (five on a Smartphone), such as Listen to Music, Play Games, Go to Bed, Watch Nickelodeon or Listen to iPod Dock.

The Smart Zapper (URC8810) is priced at £34.99 from Maplins or One For All’s website


The Q-PIC is the easy way to take the perfect selfie every time. A must have at Christmas parties and perfect for capturing those New Year’s eve antics, this colourful, wireless camera remote will enable ‘selfie’ lovers to effortlessly take photos and videos of themselves without any awkward wrist and hand contortions that often result in blurry photos.


Working with any Bluetooth phone the Q-PIC can be used to discreetly snap pictures without the awkward ‘arm in the shot’ view.

Available in orange, green, pink, blue and black the Q-PIC costs £19.99 and is available from

  1. Water Dancing Droplet Speakers

For music lovers that want something visually appealing, check out these speakers from Red5.

The Water Dancing Droplet Speakers will not only provide the sound for your party but some of the lighting too! Packed into these cool speakers are colourful LED’s along with some very special water.

water dancing droplet speakers

Once your music starts playing, the speakers will send colourful jets of water up and down in time with the beat. Powered simply by USB, you can connect any device to the speakers with the included 3.5mm audio cable.

The Droplet Speakers are available from Red5 for £24.95

  1. Jawbone UP

2014 is the year of personal fitness, with Apple releasing Healthkit in its iOS8 release and numerous fitness bands being released from the likes of Microsoft, LG and Jawbone. One of the better devices, the Jawbone UP, is both simple to use and fashionable at the same time.

jawbone up

The Jawbone UP uses advanced sensor technology to track your sleep and activity, is fully waterproof so you can shower and swim with it on, and syncs all the data back to a dedicated App on your Smartphone for weekly and monthly comparisons. Perfect for those taking on New Year’s resolutions to get fitter!

Buy the Jawbone UP from Amazon for as little as £39.99

This post was written by Rob Gordon, an IT geek, gadget lover and blogger. Rob has been using the internets since 1994 when the only streaming video was that coffee pot in Cambridge (rip).... Follow Rob on Twitter - @robgordon -