According to the Consumer Technology Association, this holiday season's technology spending is projected to reach a record-setting $96.1 billion in revenue in the U.S.
A holiday purchase-patterns study, which the organization conducted this past September, says 164 million adults plan to purchase a tech product as a gift this year. The study indicates a record amount will be spent on such items as smart speakers, smart-home devices and smart watches.
Do you consider yourself technologically savvy? Even if you do, deciding what to buy for the technophile on your list can be challenging, considering all the new high-tech gadgets hitting the market right now.
You can read product reviews, but how do you decide if the "Next Big Thing" is right for your gizmo-loving grandson?
Count on Worthington Libraries for help with high-tech holiday shopping.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., will hold a Tech Petting Zoo at which you can, literally, get in touch with new technology.
Ready to get in on the smart-home craze?
Test drive the Amazon Echo and Google Mini smart speakers, plus smart plugs and smart LED light bulbs.
There also will be e-health tech devices like a wireless blood-pressure cuff, cardio scale, mobile ECG monitor and the Leapband activity-tracker watch for kids.
If you haven't cut the cord with your cable company but are considering doing so, the Tech Petting Zoo will have plenty of streaming devices -- such as a Roku Express, Amazon Fire TV stick, Chromecast and Apple TV -- for you to compare.
You'll also be able to investigate such gaming systems as the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality, plus wearable tech like the Merge Cube and Snap Spectacles, glasses that let you take pictures and record audio.
Robots, e-readers and tablets also will be at the event.
If you need guidance with the gadgets, don't worry: Library staff members will be available to answer questions throughout the event, which starts at 1:30 p.m.
A similar program will be held Feb. 9 at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.