Sony Aibo $2,899
You don’t need a robot dog, but you want it
What’s a better gift than the future? These are the innovative gadgets and services reviewed over the past year that would make a good holiday gift, some for those who have everything, others who like the latest in tech.
Which brings us to Aibo.
Sure, nobody needs a robot dog. But you will want one after meeting Aibo, the rebirth of Sony’s iconic robot companion from 1999.
Aibo’s new litter comes with remarkably lifelike mechanical movement, its own cellular connection and artificial intelligence that learns faces and grows with you.
Also: You will never have to take it for a walk — though it can still simulate taking a tinkle.
Oculus Go $199
This truly is a gift worth the money
The Oculus Go Reality Headset is the first virtual-reality gadget you might actually gift.
It has no cables and requires no additional hardware. And it’s good for more than just games.
It’s a self-contained portal to 360-degree experiences, from concerts to meditation experiences.
Curl up and watch TV virtually with a faraway friend. Or on a long flight, you can use one as your private movie theater.
iRobot Roomba i7 $949.99
This robot maps your house to clean floors
The next-generation robot vacuum cleaner from iRobot has gained remarkable skills.
Like a self-driving car, it creates its own map of your house to clean more efficiently — and so it can take commands to vacuum just one particular room. Even better: The i7 has a docking station that empties its own dustbin.
Watch out, Rosie from “the Jetsons.”
TCL 6-Series Roku TV $649.97
This TV is half the price of its rivals
You might not be familiar with the TCL brand, but don’t let that turn you away from this amazing value.
The 6-series TV boasts picture tech that rivals what you can get from bestseller Samsung — and costs half as much. It’s not only 4K, it supports high dynamic range (HDR) content.