Mother's Day tech guide

Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.
 
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01.Top tech for mum

Surprise the most important woman in your life with a tablet cover instead of a toaster, or a fitness tracker in place of fluffy slippers this Mother's Day. Here are our picks for useful, quirky or cute tech gifts for mum.

Kensington KeyFolio Exact - Thin Folio with Keyboard for iPad Air

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$130

Find it online or at electrical retailers

A folio-style cover for mum’s iPad Air wraps up her favourite device.  It has a detachable Bluetooth keyboard for writing in bed, on the lounge or when she can grab a quiet 10 minutes with a coffee in her favourite café.  It comes in six colours – emerald, purple, blue, pink, chartreuse and black.

Fitbit Flex

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$130

Find it at sports stores, electrical retailers and online

Life’s busy and tracking everyone’s schedule is a job in itself. But keeping tabs on her own fitness can be a little easier with a wearable monitor. Fitbit Flex fitness tracker wristband which will count calories, measure steps and distance and log hours of sleep. Set your goals and then check online or using the Fitbit app for iPhone and Android. The Flex comes in eight different colours, including pink, green and blue. It can be worn day and night and will link with other apps such as RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal.

Panasonic Wireless Speaker System SC-NP10

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$229

Find it at electronics retailers such as Betta Electrical, Harvey Norman and Myer and eBay

If mum can’t get near the TV, then why not turn her tablet into her own miniature home theatre. There should be no arguments next time mum wants to watch the latest episode of The Good Wife.  The 21W wireless speaker dock connects via Bluetooth for playing music or movies from a tablet (or smartphone). It has a sub-woofer and two front speakers and runs on mains power and can charge using USB.

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

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$60

Find it on the Belkin website and online retailers Dick Smith and Harvey Norman

Mum is the eyes on the home and the WeMo can control home electronics from a smartphone. The newest model is the Insight Switch which will be out soon and uses the 3G and 4G mobile networks as well as Wi-Fi wireless internet to turn connected devices on and off through an Android or iOS phone or tablet app. You can take automation to another level by using If This Then That so events such as weather or time of day will trigger the WeMo. Look out for appliances like crockpots and coffee makers that will link with the WeMo Insight Switch to activate.

Jabra Sport Wireless+ Bluetooth headphones

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$129

Find it at online electronics retailers

Mums who have tried running or walking with a pram know the hassle of headphone cables. Enter the wireless headphones that won’t get pulled out by little hands or get caught as you lean over the pram. On the market at the moment is the Jabra Sport Wireless+ which has wind-noise reduction technology, a microphone for answering calls, seven eargels for a comfortable fit and a built-in FM radio.

BeLuvv Guardian

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US$30

Find it online

Keeping tabs on wandering toddlers isn’t always easy and if you’re at a big shopping centre, resort or foreign place, it can be a real worry. The Guardian is a safety bracelet that shows the child’s location and sends an alert if they leave a set zone. It’s compatible with iPhone and iPads running iOS7. 

Otterbox Commuter Wallet

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$45

Find it online and local retailers

Cash, cards, phone? Check. A phone case that lets you slip a note or a card in the back means mum can ditch the big wallet and grab a small clutch for that next date night. The Commuter Wallet is suitable for iPhone 5 and 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4 and has a sliding rear drawer that fits three cards. It is made of a polycarbonate shell as well as a screen protector.

Tile

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$20

Pre-order on the Tile website

No mum enjoys that final frantic 10 minutes searching for keys and getting kids to leave the house. Now there’s a new breed of tracking tool to solve one of modern life’s problems. Tile is a small Bluetooth token that helps you locate everyday items like keys, laptops, iPads, wallets and so on.  It works with iPhones and iPads and up to 10 individual tiles can be registered and located using the app. It has an in-built speaker so you can activate it to ring it and hear if it’s within earshot.  Choice has reviewed Trackr, which does similar in helping you to find your gadgets.

Kogan Bluetooth Smart Bangle

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$39

Find it on the Kogan website

If you often see mum rummaging in her handbag to find a ringing phone, this could be the answer. The Bluetooth bangle connects to a smartphone and will vibrate when there’s an incoming call and show the caller ID on the display. It has a call reject button and if you’re worried about being separated from your phone, it will vibrate when you’re more than 10 metres away from your favourite device.

Parrot Flower Power

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$80

Find it at Apple, department and gardening stores

Plants suffering from a little neglect? Get some help with the Flower Power wireless sensor. It connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and sends notifications about the plants through the companion app. It monitors soil moisture, fertilizer, ambient temperature and light sensitivity and matches that with the plant’s needs in the database of 3000 different species of plants, trees and vegetables. There are no excuses for not having a green thumb.

 
 

 

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