Top five tech stocking fillers: Paul Briden
Paul Briden runs through his top mobile tech stocking fillers for Christmas
Coming up with big, flashy and expensive tech presents for Christmas is relatively easy - we all know what we want to spend the big bucks on. Finding smaller stuff as stocking fillers is the tough part.
Fortunately for you we've done a bit of the legwork on your behalf.
Angry Birds Flash Drives - £15
Aah novelty USB sticks. You can never have too much portable storage, but it might as well be interesting, right?
If you’re a fan of the Angry Birds games these fowl-shaped storage drives might appeal, but even if you prefer the recent Bad Piggies spin-off there’s a bright green King Pig, complete with crown, just for you.
Syma S107G remote controlled helicopter & Syma smartphone transmitter - £20 + £3.99
The Syma S107G is the second-generation of this R/C helicopter – it’s made from aluminium alloy and has some enhanced gyros to improve on the original design.
This chopper can be radio controlled conventionally but if you get the Syma smartphone adaptor you can control it from a phone or tablet.
It works with iOS or Android devices, plugs into the audio jack and is rechargeable via USB.
Tankbot - £25
Perhaps you like the idea of controlling a vehicle from your phone but don’t fancy it being airborne? Enter the Tankbot, a USB-chargeable tank.
This cheerful little plastic fella not only allows you to control it remotely via your smartphone or tablet, but also has two further settings – touchless navigation means that if you want you can make a maze and set the Tankbot free into it. It’ll use its sensors to figure out where the obstacles are and navigate its way around.
There’s also a free roam mode where you can let it do its own thing.
Best of all, the different coloured Tankbots operate on different frequencies - meaning you can race them, play chicken or whatever you like really.
Belkin LiveAction camera remote - around £18
We’ve all been there, either you’re trying to take a group shot and realise your phone doesn’t have a camera timer, or for some reason you can’t get the timing just right – either you’re snapped running into the picture or everyone holds their smiles for a little too long.
Worry no more because Belkin’s LiveAction camera remote lets you control your smartphone camera directly from up to 30 feet away with wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
As well as controlling the shutter, it also has multiple controls to allow you to switch between still images and video.
One for the chaps here. The dapper, tech-savvy man about town needs something to stop his sleeves billowing uncontrollably and what better than a pair of phone-style links to do the job?
Currently there appear to be three broad phone variants covered by a variety of online retailers – a very convincing looking iPhone, a decent looking BlackBerry and something which is suspiciously iPhone-shaped but doesn’t commit to it completely and could just as easily be an Android device.
Alternatively, you could opt for some Angry Birds cufflinks featuring the yellow bird, or there’s even a few pairs using the Apple logo.