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Six technology gift options for your smart office Christmas wish list

While you will likely be at home for the holidays, you can still take advantage of some of the sales on technology to find useful items for your smart office! Here are six options for this year's tech under the tree:

1. Tile – Do you frequently misplace your keys or gadgets in your smart office? Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker that you can attach to items to help to keep track of them with a smartphone app. You can ring items within a 100-foot range and the app keeps a record of where you last placed items. Tile costs $25 for one, but you can save on bulk orders.

With the plethora of devices that you have, a charging station is a must-have for your smart office. The options are endless, but for as little as $54.95, you can get a station to meet all your charging needs.

2. Universal Charging Station – With the plethora of devices that you have, a charging station is a must-have for your smart office. The options are endless, but for as little as $54.95, you can get a station to meet all your charging needs!

3. Nest Cam – The Nest Cam is easy to setup and use—it is accessible from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. You can also set alerts for motion or sound, and listen or speak. It can easily stand, connect to a magnet, or attach to a wall or tripod. The device does require wireless internet connectivity and retails for $199.

4. Apple iPad Pro – The iPad is a staple for many farm offices—especially when you are on the go. The iPad Pro offers a 12.9-inch Retina display, faster performance than the iPad Air, is 6.9 mm thick, 1.57 lbs., and has between 9 and 10 hours of battery life depending upon the model and usage. You can also purchase many complementary accessories. The iPad Pro is available for as little as $799 for 32GB Wi-Fi only, and up to $1,079 for 128GB with Wi-Fi and Cellular connectivity.

5. Surface Pro 4 – If you have been looking for a tablet that works with all of the Microsoft software that you are accustomed to in your business office, the Microsoft Surface is the device for you! The Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3-inch screen, is 8.45 mm thick, 1.73 lbs, and offers 9 hours of battery life depending upon usage. The device includes a surface pen, kickstand and keyboard. The Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 for 128GB, and up to $1,299 for 256GB.

6. AgBOT™ – The AgBOT is an unmanned aircraft system that meets FAA requirements intended for precision agricultural analysis. It can fly 26+ minutes at a top speed of 38.4 mph and range of 16.6 miles. The drone's manufacturer, Aerial Technology, offers agricultural drone solutions to help your smart office to identify and assess insects, watering, crop yields, harvest, livestock and inspection of fields. Prices vary by options and specifications of each drone. There are several other manufacturers in the agricultural drone market—shop around to find the drone and price that best meets your needs!

What is on your smart office wish list? Tell me about it in the comments below, on Twitter @nerdsquawk or via email at [email protected].

The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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