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Tech Gifts With a Twist

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This holiday season, there are some gifts that look like common tech items everyone owns, but on a second glance, they are far from it. NY1’s Adam Balkin filed this report.

A camera, a keyboard and a few cell phone cases. Chances are you and everyone you know already have versions of these, but not quite like the ones we are about to show you, which is why they might be decent holiday gifts

For the worrywart on your list, you can go with the Pong Radiation Protection Case for between $20 and $130, depending on which phone or tablet you are protecting. Specific to each device, engineers at Pong devise antenna systems for inside the case that take the radiation typically shot through your head and redirects most of it away from you, while boosting your signal a bit. Pong claims those features have been independently verified.

For those concerned about privacy, check out the Vysk case. At $100 it has backup battery power but also a little camera shield.

“People can hack into your phone by spoofing apps that you have on there, turn on your camera and microphone if they want, you’ll never know. Now you can make sure now someone who’s following me, someone who’s stalking me, someone who’s trying to find out what I’m doing can’t see what I’m doing," says Victoria Cocchia of Vysk Communications.

On the other hand, if you want everyone to see everything you are doing, or at least when you are doing something cool, Kodak’s has a $350, 360-degree mountable camera called PixPro SP360.

"You can pan up, down, left, right, so you get all different kinds of vantage points using the curved lens. You can look behind you, on the sides, forward, up, down, you’re really not limited," says Tracy Christall of Kodak.

Finally, so that you are not limited while at work, Logitech’s K480 is one Bluetooth keyboard for all of your devices all at once.

“You can hook up your laptop, you can hook up your tablet, as well as your mobile device and this way when you’re typing at work and then you get a text, you don’t have to pick up your phone. You can just switch it,“ says Wendy Spander of Logitech.

The keyboard works with Windows, OS X, iOS and Android devices.

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