Futuristic technology gifts excite ahead of Black Friday

Posted at 5:27 AM, Nov 14, 2017

Black Friday is still more than a week away, but tech experts say it’s time to make purchases if you’re looking to ensure you get the must-have tech gifts this season.

Cherlynn Low, a reviews editor for Engadget, told ABC News that techie gadgets are becoming more and more futuristic.

That includes a 27-inch Duo Computer complete with artificial intelligence. At first glance the item looks like a mirror, but a closer look shows how it can control your in-home climate control, control lights, and play/stream video and music.

An introduction video shows a young man getting lesson on how to tie a bow tie by asking “Albert” for a refresher lesson — the computer promptly pulls up a YouTube video inside the mirror-like wall-mounted computer.

If the Duo Computer seems too George Jetson for you, perhaps a simple set of ear buds will suffice for your techie friend — of  course, “simple” isn’t so simple anymore.

The new Aftershokz Trekz Air look like your typical airbus until you take a closer look — they actually radiate sound through bone conduction. You read that correctly: the ear buds don’t sit inside your ear, but just outside.

The ad explains: “Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

Even FitBit is becoming a bigger tech item than the days of old.

“It has features like FitBit pay,” said Low, pointing out that the fitness app has moved past its original purposes of measuring steps, heart rate and sleep patterns.

“The temptation is always there to wait for Black Friday to do your shopping and you think you’re going to get a great deal, which is awesome; but a lot of these do sell out really quickly,” said Low.


Leaked ads have already popped up in anticipation of big doorbuster this Holiday shopping season — Best Buy’s ad appeared on featuring a Chromebook computer for just $99. A second computer just missed the sub-$100 mark at $119.


If the ad is real — it’d mark the lowest computer price we’ve seen too date for a doorbuster this season.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart has already released it’s big deals for Black Friday highlights by a Sharp 55” 4K Smart TV coming in at $298, and a few other low-priced TVs — They’re also offering up deep discounts on Google Chromecasts, Google Home and an HP Stream 14” Laptop at $179.

Sears is offering up a Kenmore French Door Refrigerator for $899 — half-price from it’s current price, and a number of tools such as a Craftsman 22 in. Snow Thrower marked $399 down from $699.

K-Mart isn’t offering up computers in the latest preview of their Black Friday deals like some of the other big box retailers — but does have a 55” Samsung 4K TV listed for $499.