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Hey there, listeners. It’s Brett Molina. Welcome back to Talking Tech. Christmas is fast approaching, the holidays are getting closer and closer. Some of you may be planning to travel, some of you may be planning to stay home. We’ve been hearing a lot of news lately about the Omicron variant of COVID 19. And between that and maybe the headaches that you might face traveling, whether it’s because you have to get tested or things like that, a lot of people may be thinking, “You know what, I’m just going to stay home for the holidays again this year.” That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while you’re staying at home with your family.
My colleague Marc Saltzman writes about this in a column that’s published on tech.usatoday.com. It’s called Planning a holiday staycation this year? Affordable tech can help entertain the family. So he breaks down a couple cool gadgets to consider if you’re looking to stay home and you’re looking for some ways to entertain the family. Top of his list, and this is one that I think obviously a lot of people are going to think about is streaming. You’re probably going to want to stay inside, find your favorite TV show, favorite movie, things like that. I’m assuming a lot of you have already got potentially some form of streaming device.
But for those listeners out there, that don’t, one that jumps out that Marc points to is the Roku Stick, specifically the Roku Streaming Stick. The Roku Streaming Stick 4k, it’s a for $40. It has stronger wifi, it also supports things like Dolby Vision and HDR10+, so you get a really great picture. I personally have two Roku Streaming Sticks at home, I love them. Super affordable, they plug right into the back of your TV so you don’t even see them. But really great you get pretty much all the services you would want are available there as long as you have a subscription. So things like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, what have you, it’s all there and it’s all available to you. So really great device. I highly recommend it.
Another device Marc mentions though is the Kodak Luma 150 Portable Wireless Projector. It’s this gadget that beam 16:9 video content from an iPhone or an iPad or another device wirelessly, and it gives you this really huge 150 inch picture. It sounds incredible, definitely something to consider if say you’re looking for a really cool movie experience at home. If you want to try something different beyond just streaming, there’s also obviously games and books. The one service that Marc mentions related to book reading that I think is really interesting and I’m curious about it’s called Libby by OverDrive. It’s this app and what it does is it gives you access to books from tens of thousands of supported libraries around the world. So if you’re just looking for something to read, like an audio book ebook, you can go to this app and you can pull up any one of these books from any of the libraries around the world. It sounds really cool and definitely something I think that I’m going to consider this holiday as I’m stuck at home.
There are a lot more gadgets, a lot more devices that Marc mentions. You can read more about them in his column on tech.usatoday.com. Listeners, let’s hear from you. Do you have any comments, questions, or show ideas, any tech problems you want us to try to address? You can find me on Twitter @BrettMolina23. Please don’t forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, anywhere you get your podcasts. You’ve been listening to Talking Tech. We’ll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech.