Amazon’s director of entertainment Brigitte Ricou-Bellan on her favourite tech for 2019

It’s been an amazing year for tech, with so many innovative and creative launches. These are a few of my highlights — all of which would make perfect gifts for Christmas and beyond.

Bose Frame audio sunglasses

Bose’s Frame sunglasses in Alto (Bose)

At a glance these are regular sunglasses, but take a closer look and you’ll see the built-in Bose speakers. You can enjoy rich, immersive sound while wearing them, making it a great gift for music lovers.


Fire TV Cube

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube features Alexa for voice control (Amazon)

The Fire TV Cube is the fastest, most powerful Fire TV ever, offering more than 200,000 films and TV programmes across Prime Video, ITV Hub, Netflix, All 4 and more. Perfect for a cosy night in. 


The Velvetiser Hot Chocolate Machine 

For barista-style hot chocolate at home (Hotel Chocolat )

Enjoy velvety smooth hot chocolate at home with this revolutionary machine. Simply plug it in, choose your flavour — will you go for classic, milky or hazelnut? — and milk type, then press the button and enjoy.  


Withings Body Cardio Smart Scale 

Smash those January goals with the Withings wi-fi smart scale (Withings )

This wi-fi smart scale allows users to keep track of everything from heart-rate, cardiovascular health, body fat and water percentage to muscle and bone mass via the free app Health Mate. 


Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in three colours: yellow, grey and turquoise (Nintendo )

With exclusive games from franchises such as Super Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda and Mario Kart, the Nintendo Switch Lite isn’t just a great gift for kids — everyone can enjoy these timeless classics.


Fitbit Charge 3

The Fitbit Charge 3 features a 24/7 heart rate monitor (Fitbit )

A 24/7 heart rate monitor helps track calorie burn better, optimise workouts and uncover trends that inspire users to reach their goals, as well as understand sleep quality. 


Brigitte’s hit list 

Listen to it: Begin Again by Norah Jones

Norah Jones’s seventh studio album is remarkably harmonious and consistent from start to finish

See it: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum 

Encounter the beauty of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species 

Follow it: National Geographic, @natgeo

A few minutes on this Twitter page lets you globetrot to far-flung places

Brigitte Ricou-Bellan is director of entertainment media and consumer electronics at, @globalbribri

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