Motherís Day is fast approaching! If you slacked on finding the perfect gift for mom, Iíve got some last-minute tech gifts to keep her connected and make her life easier (because isnít that least you can do for mom?). Here are my favorites... and mom doesnít even have to be tech-savvy to use them.
Striiv Smart Pedometer
The Striiv Smart Pedometer is more personal trainer than pedometer. It learns your behavior and says all the right things to help you move more, eat better and reach all your health and wellness goals. The color touchscreen provides instant feedback and encouragement throughout the dayó and you can even make free donations to charity just by staying active. Perfect for any mom who thinks she's too busy to go to the gym.
Mom might need to carry around her laptop, but that doesnít mean she wants to look like a cookie-cutter cubicle dweller going it. Chuck her black nylon laptop bag and get her a gorgeous bag from Alesya instead. Her laptop will be snug and easily accessible from the side zipper, plus thereís plenty of room for peripherals and girly things. From the outside, no one will know itís not the ďitĒ bag of the season.
With a life always on the run, you can fault mom for losing the occasional phone, wallet, pet or child... avoid all such mishaps with the Bikn system. Install the Bikn app and then add tags to up to 8 things that matter most to her. Now the phone finds them, and they can find the phone when one goes missing. So simple, I wish I had thought of it.
Somewhere in between a smartphone and a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note knows how to multi-task just like mom does. Use the pressure-sensitive ďS PenĒ to draw, sketch, or handwrite a note with ease, and the super-large screen means she can catch up on TV shows in the carpool line.
Momís always in the car, and people are always trying to reach her. Bad combination, if you want to drive safely. Motorola solves this conundrum Roadster, a hand-free bluetooth speaker that reads your texts to you, and allows you to dictate your response. Now she can drive with little distraction (unless you factor in the raucous group of kids in the backseat).
Iím a big fan of gadgets that do one thing really well. So, in spite of my love for tablets, I think that when it comes to reading, eReaders are the best experience. However, they have one downfalló nighttime reading, which to me, is the best kind of reading. Barnes & Noble has reinvented the Nook by adding a glow that you can adjust for optimal viewing at night, while still enjoying the glare-free clarity of an e Ink eReader. Late nights with 50 Shades of Gray never looked so good.
Moms usually assume the role of Chief Memory Officer (in other words, she's behind the camera, not in front of it). Get her ready for her close-up with theSwivl, her own personal cameraman. Drop your iDevice into the base station (works with iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch) and the Swivl will follow your every move, panning and tilting to keep you in frame while you chase after the kids, move around the kitchen, or multitask while video chatting with the grandparents. A CD quality microphone ensures you capture the best possible sound even if your'e moving further away from the camera.
Carley Knobloch is a personal tech expert, mom of two, and founder of Digitwirl. Digitwirl is the go-to source for busy women who want to save time and simplify life with technology. She hosts, directs and produces the weekly web show, which brings together her passion for problem-solving and her knack for finding ďthe app for that.