Gadgets and technology Christmas gifts for the whole family.
Everyone’s favorite new droid gets a battle-hardened look and a new wrist band that can move the droid without using the app on a phone or tablet. An emergent personality and interactive experiences make it great fun for the whole family. $200 at Best Buy
For the person who wants a fitness tracker, but can’t abide by a hunk of plastic around their wrist, there’s this little disc that attaches to the back of any watch. It tracks steps, syncs to your phone to send notifications and more. $100 at wearchronos.com
It’s faster, more powerful, thinner and lighter, but the real draw of Apple’s first MacBook Pro update in years is the new Touch Bar, which changes automatically to provide tools based on which app you’re using. $1,799–$2,799 at Apple stores
For those who always need a charge, provide the best-looking outlet around. Hand-built in Washington, it has two fast-charging USB ports and two three-prong outlets for getting all your gadgets up and running. The heavy-duty housing comes in fun colors with a coordinating 12-foot cord. $149 conwaygoods.com
Update their reading experience with the all new Kindle. It’s thinner and lighter than ever, with a glare-free screen that reads like paper. $80–$100 at amazon.com
This remote-controlled drone lets your budding Captain Kirk pilot the USS Enterprise. It features authentic styling, 10 lights and sounds, a faster “warp speed” and a display stand. $130 at at The Boeing Store (Seattle, Renton and Everett) and boeingstore.com
Start the family fun with this low-tech projector that creates big images. It provides 10x magnification, and the acoustics of the box also amplify sound. It’s easy to assemble and packs flat for portability. $34 at Fireworks Gallery
Google’s new voice-activated speaker answers questions, provides updates on weather and traffic, plays music and more — all in an attractive package that blends into most décor. $129 at Target and madeby.google.com
These new wireless, sweat-proof Bluetooth earbuds are small enough to wear with a ski helmet and hold a charge up to 8 hours. $130 at jaybird
All the world’s their stage with this locally designed camera that makes live-streaming easy. $199 pre-sale at shop.sioeye.com
You have hundreds, if not thousands, of beautiful digital photos — share those special moments with friends and family with a personalized gift of a calendar, memory book or fine-art print. The independent photo store can also provide personalized holiday greeting cards and photo prints. Starting at $20 at Omega Photo (Bellevue)
Cutting the cord doesn’t get much easier than using this TV that’s loaded with Roku’s apps and technology, plus 4K ultra-high definition and a feature-heavy remote you can point anywhere. $400–$600 at amazon.com
Note to readers: Store lists are not exhaustive. Please call for availability. Prices quoted are list prices. Savvy shoppers may find better deals.