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Hottest holiday high tech gadgets

by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 24 at 1:31 AM

PHOENIX -- It's a good bet that lots of folks will be asking Santa for some new technology this year!

High tech gadgets are among the most popular Christmas gifts.  The folks at Data Doctors gave us some guidance about what's hot this year in high tech toys.

Even if you don't want to break the bank, you can find plenty of cool gadgets for under $50. "Technology has gotten cheaper over the years," says Ken "Spanky" Moskowitz of Data Doctors.

If you love using Instagram or taking pictures, a new camera may be for you. The Lomography Diana+ will set you back about 49 bucks. It uses regular film, but offers two image sizes: full frame or square. It also gives photos that offer that soft Instagram quality.

If you eat near your computer, or have kids who do, you know how irritating it can be to get all those crumbs in the keyboard. Now, there's a keyboard you can wash right along with your dishes. That's right. The Logitech Washable Keyboard goes right in the sink, and is a perfect gift for anyone who's a germa-phobe.

Any athlete out there would love to find the Hydracoach Water Bottle under the tree. The $24 bottle makes sure you stay hydrated by actually monitoring your water intake. "It's technology meets water," says Moskowitz.

Also under $50 is the Liquid Image Camera Dive Mask, perfect for a beach vacation.  "Instead of lugging your underwater camera, let your dive mask take the pictures for you,"  Moskowitz tells us. The camera is in the mask, and can shoot both still pictures and video.

If you're looking to spend a little more, we got some ideas for gifts that are a little pricier but still under about $100.

Get a jump start on your new year fitness goals with the Fit Bit Zip. It's a high tech pedometer that connects wirelessly to your iphone.

"It will synch your stats to your computer and your iphone and it will help you keep track of your movement throughout day," says Moskowitz. The Fit Bit Zip sells for $60.

And how about the hidden radio speaker? It's a bluetooth speaker and radio all in one. But best of all, it's tiny. "To turn it louder you just turn it one way, to turn it lower, you turn it the other way," Moskowitz instructs. The device lasts 15 hours on one charge.

Finally, are you tired of losing the TV remote? Then try the "voomote zapper". It attaches to your phone or iPad, and turns that device into a universal remote. 

Happy shopping!

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