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Gallery: 20 bad tech gifts to avoid giving during the 2017 holiday season

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To keep you from giving a tech gift this holiday season that's destined to collect dust in the back of the closet, we've compiled a list of wacky smart devices and other devices that are either overpriced, overcomplicated, or just plain pointless.

There are 10 new items on this year's list, and 10 that are still bad gifts a year after we first featured them.

Remember Snapchat Spectacles? Even the team here at TechRepublic got in on the hype, but now only a few months later no one remembers why those ugly (let's be honest) things were a fad.

If reports are correct there may be hundreds of thousands of pairs wasting away silently in warehouses because--surprise--no one really wants $130 glasses with video cameras capable of only recording 10 seconds at a time.

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About Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.

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