People look forward to the Christmas period each year, hoping to take time off from work, spend time with loved ones, and perhaps even get a fun gift or two. The season can bring out the best in people and even businesses that revel in the festivities. Even Zoom calls had their 40-minute limit removed for all Christmas video calls for three periods in December and January 2020.
While on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas Day, thousands of people will be hoping to get big-ticket tech items – like OLED TVs, PlayStations, Nintendo Switch consoles, and high-end laptops – tech is playing an increasingly large role for people in the run-up to the big day. Companies, events, and entertainment mediums are all leveraging new-age tech to deliver Christmas-themed products and experiences to anyone who wants to try them out.
Going far, far beyond merely getting WhatApp stickers in a Christmas theme, here’s a bunch of tech solutions that will fill your day with Christmas merriment.
Leveraging live streaming to deliver Christmas action
Live streaming isn’t anything new, but over the last few years, it’s certainly become a behemoth of popular tech. Far from platforms like Twitch, there’s a host of venues utilizing live streams to offer an in-the-moment look for anyone who happens to be online. A fine example of this comes in the form of the Santa Claus Village webcam, which allows you to instantly see what’s happening in Lapland.
A lot of live streaming is fairly passive, beyond conversation streams, in which the viewers tune in to watch events unfold. Especially for this festive time of year, Betway roulette has pivoted its interactive live-streaming tech to offer the merry Real Christmas Roulette game. Here, you play roulette in real-time with a human croupier through the stream, and all in a distinctly Christmas setting.
Getting Christmas entertainment in the best possible quality
Right now, the biggest, best, and most sought-after form of television is the 8K. An unheralded tier of image quality, the only issue with being an early adopter of the very expensive sets is that there’s such a limited amount of 8K content out there – particularly in the realms of entertainment. While you can watch a London Christmas lights time-lapse in 8K on YouTube, more common forms of entertainment are yet to make it to 8K. This year, however, several Christmas classics will be coming to the next best thing: 4K Ultra HD. Check out this Comicbook article to see if your favorite Christmas classics are coming to 4K for the first time in 2022.
Fully customisze your Christmas decorations through an app
Every year, we go up into the attic, dust off an old box, and spend hours both unraveling and laying out our Christmas lights and decorations. Most people put up the same stuff each year, with perhaps the most advanced solutions being Christmas lights that can automatically alternate their colors and patterns. They certainly make for a nice change of imagery, and are good enough to be present for a month, but there is now some truly innovative lighting tech.
The Twinkly tech offers a tremendous range of colors and customization options that give you the most control possible over your Christmas lights, and all from a specialized smartphone app. You can wrap and hook up the lights as you normally would. Next, you use the app to scan the lights, to give a unique virtual display of your layout. From there, you can customize every element of the lighting, including the colors, intensity, speed, palette, patterns, effects, and even some text if you so choose.
Change your reality to explore Christmas
There’s been an increasing amount of discussion around virtual reality in 2022. While Sony’s headset opens the door to a big library of premium VR games, for Christmas, sometimes you just want to be whisked away on a whimsical wintery experience. Venturing through the VR stores, you’ll find more and more Xmas-themed games rising up the rankings around this time of year. Of course, if you want something a bit more edgy than merry, test your nerve in Chained: A Victorian Nightmare, which is a distinctly horrifying twist on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
If not keep an eye out for VR-based events, pop-ups, and venues that are getting in the Christmas spirit. VR hire firms will certainly be on the lookout for opportunities to immerse patrons in virtual and interactive Christmas environments over the coming months. Or, you could seek out VR Escape Rooms, which will certainly be offering holiday-themed experiences too.
If you’re looking to infuse some tech into your holiday season, check out the options picked out above.