AR. VR. Get your holiday gear now!

Virtual reality. Augmented reality. VR. AR. We hear these terms thrown around everywhere these days, but it’s not until they’re incorporated into things that make our lives easier that we start to care what they really mean.

Well, you’re going to want to know more about them when it comes to some products we recently discovered at an event with the Consumer Technology Association and Techlicious in Atlanta.

Imagine wearing sunglasses that provide audio right from the frames to your ears. Or, step onto the beach without leaving your home but strapping on a set of goggles. Seriously. The new gadgets that incorporate VR and AR into your world are going to blow your mind.

Want to know more about these options?  Well, here’s a list of a few that are hitting the market that I’m sure will end up on your want list soon!

Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses 

These have miniaturized Bose electronics hidden in the glasses. It’s like tiny speakers in the frames that syncs with your phone’s bluetooth so you can listen to music, talk to a friend, or whatever else you’d use earbuds to accomplish. There are different frame styles and optional lenses.

You can find out more here:  

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

With these, you can take a call and know you’ll hear–and be heard–with a powerful four-microphone system for voice pickup while cancelling the noise around you. And, they work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can choose the right service for you in the Bose Music app. It’s a first-of-its-kind audio augmented reality platform that makes new audio experiences astonishing.

Find out more here:


This one will help ease stress away from your life in an instant.

It is an ‘extended reality’ kit with virtual, mixed, or augmented realities. It has software that works with wearables, like a Muse brain-sensing headband and virtual reality goggles. You just put the headband on, then put the goggles over the headband and secure it.

The idea is to relax, play a happy memory in your mind, and be rewarded with a great experience in the goggles. If you stop thinking about something positive, the experience stops.

Essentially, the patent pending technology helps shift brain patterns associated with stress. In the goggles, you’ll view things like a relaxing afternoon on the beach, hatch butterflies, light the sun and more. 


The Lenovo Star Wars: Jedi Challenge

Ever want to know what it’s like to fight like a Jedi? This Disney/Lenovo VR gaming gear lets you enter into a Star Wars world where you can use a handheld mini lightsaber to take on others. It’s going to be the hot gift this Christmas. Promise.

You can find out more here: 

Amazon Shopping App 

It lets you use your phone to see how products on Amazon will look before you buy them. Not sure about that chandelier you love? This shows you without having to order it and regret it later. Now just pull out your phone to find out. It works with Amazon Home products.

You can go here for more information:

There are many, many more products using AR and VR technology to make life easier and more enjoyable. But this handful will get your appetite going to want more, no doubt. 

Contributed by Desiree Miller. She is an award-winning freelance writer and television news journalist who loves to travel for business and pleasure, with family and alone.  She specializes in video on her newly-launched website, 60SecondEscapes, and share stories of inspiration, hope and humor on my personal site, Stress-free, Baby! (That comma changes everything, doesn’t it?)  She is the ‘Family Fun Mom’ on and often contribute as a guest writer to other travel sites on the web. 

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

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