Consumers Want More Affordable Technology-Inspired Gifts This Holiday Season

With technology products entering the market at an ever-increasing pace, every day seems like a holiday, a time to buy the latest gadget or work-saver. So the traditional holiday season becomes a time to focus even more closely on the amazing range of new tech devices becoming available, like those being offered by New Kinpo Group (NKG).

NKG product design labs and manufacturing facilities are the places where “emerging technology” first emerges and where consumer trends often begin. This year, those trends favor highly affordable devices that are responsive to consumer demands for lower price points, along with the ability to customize a wide range of products. With such customization, consumers in effect are creating gifts of their own using their own technology.

One remarkable development that is stimulating consumers to create and personalize products on their own is the emergence of 3D printing for homes and schools. NKG subsidiary XYZprinting produced the first affordable line of consumer 3D printers and now leads the global market in 3D printer shipments.

The latest affordable 3D printing device from XYZprinting is the $199 3D scanner, which allows anyone to scan three-dimensional objects for 3D printing and customization. The scanner turns physical objects into digital replicas that can be modified in size, shape or other dimensions for 3D printing by using a computer.

More customizing is on its way with tabletop, do-it-yourself robots from NKG. Teens and adults alike now can build their own humanoid robots and program them to carry out commands that can be created and edited with software available as a tablet app or through a remote control. Each of these small robots is equipped with 18 powerful servo motors, allowing for the programming of human-like movements. Consumers even can create their own designs for the robot’s armor and use a 3D printer to produce other unique parts for their robots.

Wearable devices, which largely originated as technology related to sports and leisure, now are evolving more toward overall health, a more customized use that helps individuals reach personal health goals. Rock Health reports 17 percent of the U.S. population already is tracking a key health factor in a mobile app. Much of this tracking now is shifting toward wearable devices, from wristbands to smart watch. Additionally, 63 percent of those who have purchased wearables say they did so to become active, and 42 percent did so to lose weight.

For youngsters, the line between learning and play always has been vague, but now the difference becomes nearly indistinguishable as they learn to make their own tech play items. XYZprinting STEAM offers an online curriculum exchange program for incorporating 3D printing into the classroom. Many youngsters will be building some of their own holiday presents—from drones and model rockets to robotic-type toys—using what they learn from these classes and employing 3D printers.

For adults, the Maker Movement extends the evolution of learn/play to people who become 3D printing artisans, with new products produced cost-efficiently.

In all, this holiday season will be spiced up by affordable trends and DIY devices that let anyone become a maker and that make our lives more connected.