The Download: Hot for the Holidays - Petcube Bites, Merge VR, Sphero R2-D2

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 02:24 PM Updated: Nov 27, 2017 02:47 PM
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The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and News 12’s gadget guru Andrew Ehinger has great gift ideas for all the tech-lovers on your list! He's counting down the top 10 gifts that tech lovers say are hot for the 2017 holiday season. Watch all this week on News 12 Long Island!

Up first at Gift No. 10 is the Petcube Bites, for gadget fans with precious pets. Being away from your pet can be hard, but this tech can help. Petcube Bites lets you check in on and communicate with your pet from anywhere in the world through your smartphone. And most importantly you can also reward your furry from the built in treat dispenser. Petcube Bites is $179.

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At Gift No. 9 is the Merge VR goggle, which is made of foam and is virtually indestructible. Just place a smartphone inside and through special VR apps, you're transported to a new reality. Turbocharge your experience with the Merge Cube -- it turns your virtual reality device into augmented reality device. The Merge VR experience starts at just $15.

And if there’s a "Star Wars" fan on your list, these are the droids you’re looking for! At Gift No. 8 is Sphero's R2-D2. R2 joins BB8 and other Empire droids that can be controlled through an app or patrol on their own, and they even act along with "Star Wars" films on your TV. The R2-D2 is $130.

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