17 Terrific Tech Gifts

17 Terrific Tech Gifts

With Black Friday coming up very soon, the rush begins to get our loved ones the perfect Xmas or Holiday gift. At The iMums we love seeing all the great new technology that is being created, and seeing how the connected home is evolving year upon year.  We have been busy creating all our Holiday Gift Guides to showcase some of our favorite products and help you choose the perfect gift for your loved ones. Here are 17 of our favorite Tech products for the adults on your gift list, be sure to also check out our kids gift guide, our gifts for health and wellness, our gifts for parents and our gifts under $30.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

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Orbi- Whole House Wi-Fi

rbk50_lifestyle_livingroom_00820_medresThe single most important thing to keep all our connected home, computing and entertainment technology working well is a strong internet signal. With all the connected devices a typical household has competing for bandwidth, it is important to have a great router to optimize your Wi-Fi signal. The Orbi Home Wi-Fi system is designed to meet high demands for Wi-Fi connectivity, and comes with a base unit and a satellite. It is a mesh Wi-Fi system with a difference- the world’s first Tri-Band Wi-Fi system that has one channel dedicated entirely to connecting the router base unit and the satellite. What this means in practical terms it is delivers fast internet speeds without dead spots over a 4,000 square foot area. It is also incredibly easy to set up. As you move around your home your devices automatically switch to whichever unit is giving you the best signal, and the dedicated channel makes sure the Wi-Fi from the satellite is as strong as from the router. The Orbi router and satellite create a single high speed network where your devices can move between bands and to different parts of the home without ever having to reconnect. I love how the Orbi has eliminated Wi-Fi dead spots from my home, even in hard to reach areas where the signal has to go through interior and exterior walls. Available from Amazon,  Best Buy and other retailers  RRP US$399

 

SingleCue Gen 2

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Until recently the idea you could control your home entertainment with the hand movement was the stuff of science fiction but with SingleCue it is a reality. The newly released 2nd generation Singlecue allows you to control your TV and a whole host of other devices including Media Streamers such as AppleTV, Roku and Hulu; Cable TV boxes, audio systems; soundbars, and even your Nest Thermostat or Phillips Hue lightbulbs.  A full list of compatible devices can be found here, it doesn’t yet work with game consoles or DVD players but the manufacturer is working on adding new devices (Nest was only added this month.) You can set up shortcuts for your favorite combinations such as turning on your TV & Apple TV together and automatically switching the TV to the right output for the AppleTV. You can also mute your TV instantly with a simple ssh gesture.  You don’t need to wear any special ring or have anything in your hand, it is all controlled via simple finger movements picked up from the SingleCue box. SingleCue is a really cool device for your living room and saves hours of hunting under the sofa cushions for lost remotes! Available from Amazon for US$149

 

Sengled Pulse Link

sengledWith TV screens getting bigger and bigger we often find ourselves sitting further from the screen for an optimal viewing experience but that can lead to a less than optimal audio experience. The Sengled Pulse link is a simple solution providing surround sound without the need to wire in new speakers. The Sengled Pulse link starter set combines 2 products- a pair of Sengled Pulse Bulbs and a Pulse Link. The Pulse is an innovative smart bulb which combines a dimmable LED light and a JBL Bluetooth Speaker. The Link is a box that connects to your TV, via included 3.5mm or RCA cables. and allows it to remotely connect with the Pulse bulbs. They work with the Pulse app allowing you to control your lights from the app, listen to your TV through the Pulse JBL speakers and play music via Bluetooth from your phone or tablet. A really simple, flexible way to bring surround sound to your living room and play audio from your TV or audio device to JBL speakers . Available from Amazon for US$179.99

 

Petcube Play

petcubeplay The newly released Petcube Play might just be the ideal gift for the pet lover on your list. This new version of the Petcube is more compact and has an upgraded 1080 HD camera with night vision, 2 way audio and 3x digital zoom. It also features a built-in laser pointer controlled via the Petcube app so you can play with your pets when you are away from home, keeping them active and entertained. Even when your schedule is busy you can still get them playing by using the autoplay mode. The camera can recotrd 24/7 and for an extra fee you can subscribe to Petcube care for 10 or 30 day storage of recording history. Available from  Petcube.comAmazon , Best Buy and major retailers RRP US$199 BLACK FRIDAY SALE $50 OFF! $149

 

Drop Connected Scale

drop1The Drop Connected Scale is the perfect gift for the home baker or chef. The smart scale connects to the Drop Recipes app on your iPad or iPhone. Drop Recipes is an interactive cookbook with hundreds of tested recipes for Cooking, Baking and Cocktails. The Drop Scale weighs your ingredients accurately and can scale a recipe based on how much of an ingredient you have on hand. If you are out of an ingredient I will suggest substitutions, and there is even a community section in the app where users can upload and share their own recipes. Available from Amazon, Target and other retailers from  RRP $99.99 Currently US$78.99 at Amazon

 

Arlo Pro by NETGEAR

animated-arloIf you know someone who wants to keep a secure eye on their home inside or out, but wants the freedom to quickly and easily install cameras with the minimum of fuss the new Arlo Pro system from NETGEAR is a great gift. Like the original Arlo the cameras are totally wireless and mount via magnetic ball and socket style joint- making them a snap to install and move. The new Pro cameras run on rechargeable batteries with a staggering 5 MONTH battery life in normal use! The cameras are weatherproof and  have 2 way audio, night vision, motion detection, 130° camera angle, a smart siren, local backup option plus 7 days free cloud storage. A great gift for use in or outside the home  – for home security, watching a babies room, checking on a pet or elderly relative when you are away from home or a myriad of other uses. Available from  Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers systems from US$249

 

JBL Pulse 2  Portable Speaker + Light Show

jblpulse2The JBL Pulse 2 is a great sounding. splash proof,  portable speaker  with colorful light effects that make it fun to take the music with you where ever you go. It has a battery life of up to 10 hours and you can use it as a standalone speaker, or wirelessly connect multiple speakers via the JBL connect app. The Pulse2 can be used to answer calls and connect to Siri or Google Now. I really enjoy its interactive light show, which is also controlled via the JBL Connect app.  There are 8 different light shows to choose from including fire, rain, fireflies, stars, fireworks, traffic, hourglass and canvas- where you draw the light pattern. You can interact with each of the shows, for instance increasing the size of the flames, or the intensity of the rain or adding shooting stars. Many of the light shows also have accompanying sound effects. If you switch off the music you can listen to the sound of a fire crackling or rain pouring down as the light show mirrors the sounds. You can also change the light color to match a color in your environment by scanning it with the light sensor.  The Pulse2 is a 84mm diameter x 195mm tall (approx 3″ x 7.7″)  and weighs 775gm (approx 1.7lb)  A great gift for the music lover, this speaker sounds great, has a good battery life and some really fun interactive light shows with accompanying sound effects. Available from  JBL.COM, Amazon and other retailers RRP US$199.99 (currently on sale for $119.95)

 

Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater

moon_airplane-closeupFor the movie lover or serious gamer the Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile Theater is the ultimate gift. With the Royole Moon you can enjoy an immersive 3D cinema or gaming experience anywhere you wish. Two Full HD 1080p AMOLED displays at over 3000 ppi resolution simulate a giant 800” curved screen with stereoscopic 3D, and active noise cancelling headphones complete the experience. Moon’s screen is scalable, allowing full control over the screen size for a personalized viewing experience. It features a patented foldable design, ultra-soft headphone covers, and a premium breathable eye cover to ensure comfort even after long periods of continuous use. It also includes 32GB of internal storage and battery life of up to 5 hours of continuous video playback. Advanced optics allow most eyeglass wearers to enjoy Moon without their corrective lenses. Available www.royole.com and Amazon  MSRP  $799

 

01: The World’s First Dimensioning Instrument

instrumments_01_main_hero_rgb01 from InstruMMents is  billed as the world’s first dimensioning instrument. This makes it a great gift for anyone who wants to easily measure things- crafters, home handymen, and anyone who wants to design or create .01 rolls over straight, curved or contoured objects to intuitively capture, log, and share dimensions. Elegantly carved in aluminum, 01 is contained within a pen, pencil or stylus, and wirelessly connects to smartphones. Although it is currently being launched via Indiegogo it is already fully functioning and due to ship in time for the holidays.  Available from Instrumments.com or Indiegogo from US$159

Custom Made iPad or iPhone case from Dodo Cases

dodo-case-ipadair2_grandeEvery tablet or smartphone deserves a case to protect it. A really personalized gift is to have a case custom created just for your loved one’s iPhone or iPad. Dodo Cases is a San Francisco-based company that uses traditional book binding techniques to create iPad and iPhone cases, and offers a custom case making service. For the iPad cases you can choose from a range of solid or patterned fabrics or 4 colors of leather. You can choose a single or two-tone exterior. For the interior fabric you can choose from a variety of solid colors or patterns or  from a selection of city maps. The maps are a great way to personalize if you choose a city that has particular significance to the recipient. You can add final touches by picking the color of elastic and even have a name or message embossed on the front on gold or black letters. A truly one-of-a-kind gift! Available from DoDoCases.com custom iPhone cases start from $49.99 and custom iPad cases from $79.99.

 

SanDisk iXpand Flash storage for iPhone and iPad

ixpand1A problem most iPhone and iPad users suffer from is lack of storage space- unlike Android phones you can’t just slip in a micro-SD card to increase storage and it costs a lot to buy iOS devices with large amounts of internal storage. The iXpand Flash drive from SanDisk is a simple solution to this problem.  It is a very small, light flash drive that connects via the Lightning port of your iOS device.  It is very easy to transfer content from your iOS device to the drive to create space and you can then use its USB connector to transfer them to your computer. You can also set it up to automatically backup your camera roll whenever it s connected. If you are traveling and want to take a movie with you, you can load it on the drive from your computer and watch it directly on your device without ever downloading it ! It has a flexible connector that allows it to be used with most cases, and is available in 32GB, 64GB and 128 GB versions.  Available from Amazon and other retailers  from US$59.99

 

RazorPlatinum Powerbank from MyCharge

razorplatimunumOne of the cool features about the new MacBooks is that they can now to powered via a USB-C instead of needing a proprietary Mac charger. This opens up more possibilities for charging on the go. The new RazorPlatinum Powerbank from MyCharge has a built-in USB-C port and enough power to recharge a MacBook as well as USB-A port for your other devices. This 13400mAh Lithium Polymer battery has ultra fast charging and recharging. It measures 6.5 in x 4.8 in x 1.1 in and weighs in at under 1lb, making it very small and light for a battery of this capacity. Available from MyCharge.com and Best Buy for US$99.99

 

Amazon Echo

echoOne noticeable trend in the Connected Home market in 2016 is that more and more connected home devices are having Amazon Alexa integration . This means that if you have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot you can control them via your voice. The Amazon Echo is a pretty cool device all by itself but with the integration of other connected home devices its uses keep multiplying. The Echo has immersive 360º omni-directional audio with far-field voice recognition so it can hear you from across the room even while music is playing. It plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice, and controls a whole host of connected home devices. Echo also answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and lets you shop on Amazon using the Alexa Voice Service. Available from Amazon  for US$179.99 BLACK FRIDAY SALE $139.99

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo DotIf you already have a speaker system in the room you are using your Echo in, you may prefer to get the more affordable Echo Dot, as it can connect to your existing speakers via a 3.5mm cable. Apart from the large speaker it has all the other features of its bigger brother the Amazon Echo. Like the Echo it has far-field voice recognition and can plays your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. It also controls a whole host of connected home devices, answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and lets you shop on Amazon using the Alexa Voice Service. It has a small built-in speaker and you can use Echo Dots in multiple rooms to provide Alexa enabled control throughout the home. The Echo Dot is Available from Amazon for US$49.99 BLACK FRIDAY SALE $39.99 and is also available in 3 packs at a $20 savings or six packs where you buy 5 and get one free.

 

SMARTvr Virtual Reality Viewer from Dodo Case

shopify_smartvr-hero_grandeWith the invention of Google Cardboard there is more and more Virtual Reality content becoming available in iTunes and Google Play stores. This is great as it means more people can access Virtual Reality content without needing to buy an expensive VR headset like the Oculus Rift.   SMARTvr is a great way to access the content made available by Google cardboard on your smartphone, but using a more stylish and durable viewer than the original Cardboard. If fits most iOS and Android smartphones and folds to a flat package about the size of an iPhone 5  when not in use. The case is made from cast aluminum and ballistic nylon with a microsuede lens cover & light blocking shield. It is Google Cardboard certified and really simple to use You just unfold it, scan the QR code to link, slip the phone into the clips on the back, fold down the light shield, and you are ready to enjoy your VR apps. It is a great VR viewer- compact, portable, durable, affordable and flexible to fit different size smartphones

Available from DodoCase.com for US$39.99

Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar from Belkin

 

belkin_lightningaudiochargerockstar_1 The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus no longer have an audio jack as they are designed to use Bluetooth headphones. However, not everyone likes Bluetooth headphones, so there are several new headphones on the market that use the iPhone’s Lightning connector as an innovative way around the problem. This does however create a new problem- if your battery starts to run low you can’t charge the phone and continue to use your Lightning headphones at the same time. Belkin has solved this problem with the Lightning Audio Charge Rockstar which doubles your Lightning ports – providing one for listening and one for charging. RRP $39.99  Available from Belkin.com, Apple and other retailers.

VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite

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Do you have a friend or relative who still has lots of home videos lying around on VHS tapes or on camcorder tapes? This could be the perfect gift for them. Tapes deteriorate over time and it becomes harder and harder to find ways to play them, so its important to get them transferred to digital formats or you may lose the content entirely. Instead of taking them in to be professionally copied (which can be cost prohibitive if you have a lot of tapes to transfer) you can convert them at home with VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite. To use VIDBOX you need a VCR or camcorder that can play your tapes, and a Mac or PC. The Video Conversion suite comes with a key to download the software or you can install it via the included CD-Rom. The VIDBOX little white box is the key to connecting your video output device to the computer. You wire it to your VCR/ camcorder via RCA to RCA cables (included) or RCA to S-Cable (not included) and connect it to your computer via the included USB cable. Once it is connected launch the VIDBOX software and follow the on screen instructions. The video will record as a digital file on your computer in real time as it plays on your VCR/ camcorder. Once the recording is finished you can preview it and save to iMovie or iTunes (on Mac). The Video conversion suite includes software for both Mac and PC or you can buy Mac or PC only versions for slightly less. Available from VIDBOX.COM or Amazon RRP Suite $99.99 or PC or Mac only $79.99. Suite currently $69.99 on Amazon


For additional gift ideas check out all our Holiday Gift Guides

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
22 Terrific Tech Gifts- The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2015 Part 2

22 Terrific Tech Gifts- The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2015 Part 2

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As Thanksgiving dinners are being cooked across the USA thoughts start to turn to Christmas shopping and the hunt for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. To make it a little easier The iMums have come up with a great selection of tech- themed gift ideas. We have #connected home gifts, health and fitness monitors and gifts to keep your tech charged and clean where ever you are.  We have gifts for every budget including a selection of stocking stuffers at under $50. For more ideas you may also want to check out our 12 Great Christmas Gifts for Kids from Tots to Teens.

Hello Kitty MAX Flash Drive for iOS by PhotoFast
Hello Kitty MAX Product ImageThe Hello Kitty Max Flash drive is is a great option for adding additional storage to your Lightning enabled iPad or iPhone. It is incredibly tiny and light- approx. 2″ x 0.9″ x 0.3″ and weighs a mere 1/3 oz! The companion app offers a huge array of options to back up contacts, social media, photos, videos and music. You can automatically back up your Facebook photo album, instagram photos, Calendar, Tumblr, contacts, iOS device photo album, Google Drive and Dropbox. Read our full review. Available from:photofast.com in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128 GB. Price: $69 for 32GB version.

 

Activité Pop Smart Watch by Withings
Activité Pop Coral Pink KEY Visual_HDAt first glance the Activité Pop looks like just a colorful and stylish watch, but hidden inside is a tracker that works with in combination with a smartphone to monitor activity and sleep. It is durable, waterproof, has a vibration alarm and automatically records sleep and activity. The Activité Pop is the perfect gift for people who want to keep track of their activity and sleep but don’t want to wear an activity tracker. Read our full review. Available in a choice of 4 colors from Withings.com, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers RRP $149.95.

Petzi Treat Cam 

image001-5The Petzi Treat Cam is a a great gift for the pet lover. It is a Pet Cam with a difference as not only does it let you watch your pets, but it lets you interact with them too. You can talk to your pet, give them treats and take their picture all via the Petzi Treat Cam. The Petzi app also acts as a Social Media site for pet lovers allowing easy sharing of cute pet pics. Read our full review. Available from: Amazon and other retailers. Price: $169.99

MOCAheart Home Cardiovascular Health Monitor 

MOCAHEARThandMOCAheart  from MOCAcare is a very small lightweight hand held device that can help you monitor your cardiovascular health quickly and easily in your own home. MOCAheart measures heart rate, blood oxygen and the MOCA Index- which is a measurement of blood flow that is correlated to blood pressure. It works with its own app to track changes over time.  It is much simpler to use than a traditional blood pressure monitor and a great gift for anyone who wants to monitor their cardiovascular health status.  Read our full review. Available from: Mocacare.com

 

Griffin Twenty 2.1 Digital Audio Amplifier
Griffin twentyThe Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier from Griffin Technology makes a great gift for the music lover. It connects via Bluetooth from your phone to your speakers and streams high quality audio at 20 watts per channel. It has a  30-foot Bluetooth range, and is designed to work with your old speakers to bring them into the digital age. It can also physically connect to your AirPort Express or Apple TV, game console or TV via an included optical TOSLINK cable, for clear optical audio. Read our review. Available from Griffin Technology  and Amazon Price: US$149

Sengled Pulse Speakers
pulseDimmable LED light and with built-in JBL Bluetooth speaker makes this a perfect fit for the #connectedhome. Super easy to use, works in a variety of rooms and is easy to control with no wires!
Read our full review. Available from: Amazon Price: $149 for a pair
Bevy
press-photo-2Bevy revolutionizes photo storage by taking all of your photos from various devices like your smart phone, tablet, camera, hard drive and puts them all into one place.  This drive which comes in 1TB and 2TB options allows you to store everything and back it up in one spot.  You can plug Bevy into the TV via a HDMI cable and make a slideshow of photos. Read our full review and enter to #win! Available from Bevy.com. Price: $299 and there is a #blackfriday deal which includes a HDMI cable.

 

Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone
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The Energi Sliding Power case from TYLT is the perfect solution if you like a lightweight, protective iPhone case for every day use and the ability to have a backup battery case on days you need it. The set comes with a black power sleeve and 2 slim protective cases- one in black the other in an accent color. The power sleeve slides onto the protective case when you want to use it and has enough power to fully recharge your iPhone. Available from: TYLT.COM Price: $79.99.

Piper NV Home Smart Security System
Piper nv - Black - Front-1Piper NV is the gift of peace of mind. It is a DIY home security solution without any monthly fees. The 180 degree camera has day and night vision, 2-way audio, and automatically detects motion. It has a built-in 180db alarm and environmental sensors that monitor your home. It can be used with a variety of z-wave accessories including door/ window sensors, and smart bulbs. You can set 4 modes -stay, away, vacation and notification only and decide how Piper should react to movement, loud noises, or temperature changes. You can monitor Piper via your cellphone, view several cameras at once, pan around the viewing area and zoom in.  Read our full review.Available fromAmazonPriced from $279

Zuli Smart Plugs
ZuliZuli iPhone controlled Smartplugs allow you to create a #connectedhome using your regular appliances. Not only can you control and dim lights with Zuli, but you can also control a whole range of other appliances such as your slow cooker, coffee maker, heater or kettle and it integrates with your Nest thermostat. You can schedule your coffee to brew before you get up, or the heater to go on before you get home. If you have at least 3 Zuli Smartplugs it can also sense your presence and automatically adjust your connected devices to your preferences. ENTER TO WIN  Available from: Amazon or Zuli.com Price: $159.99 for Presence 3- pack or $59.99 for single smart plug.

Energi 6K Smart Charger
MIC-NRG6KTCBL-T_C_lThe Energi 6K Smart Charger is both a wall charger and a backup battery. To use it at home simply plug it into a wall socket and you can charge your device via its USB socket or built-in Apple MFI certified Lightning cable. To take it on the go unplug, fold the plug prongs away and it is a 6,000mAh back up battery. Available from: TYLT.COM.Price: $79.99 (Micro-USB version $69.99)

Kensington 48W 4-Port USB Charger
15344508038_89201e47b1_zThe Kensington 48W 4-Port USB charger provides fast, convenient charging for up to 4 devices at once. Each port delivers up to 2.4A and it is powerful enough to charge 4 iPads simultaneously. “Power Whiz” technology detects the optimum charging output for each device providing fast, safe charging. It’s compact form factor makes it a great option to use when traveling as well as at home. Available from: Amazon Price: $79.99

Kineta K1 (iKN150) Portable Bluetooth Speaker from iHome
kinetak1The Kineta K1 is a lightweight, rechargeable portable Bluetooth speaker with a difference. As well as letting you take your music anywhere with a battery life of 13hrs+ it also includes a removable K-cell battery that can be used to charge your smartphone or other device. It also has USB charging and a speakerphone. Available from: iHomeAudio and Amazon Price: $149.99

 

i-BRIGHT 7x 4ft Smart Surge Protector
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Great product that you never knew you HAD TO HAVE! I loved that I could bring one surge protector on vacation and charge my iPad/iPhone, boost my wi-fi and have more outlets at the same time!  Great way to save energy too by setting lights on a schedule and never come home to a dark house again!  Win win all around. Read our full review. Available from: Amazon Price: $109

B73 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Water-resistant Sport Earphones with Mic, Remote and Sport Clips from iHome
iB73BLC.jpg.450x400_q85A great gift for working out the new B73 Bluetooth sports headphones are iPX5-rated water-resistant to withstand sweat and the elements. Their rechargeable battery lasts 8-10 hours. They have a mic for wireless calls and an inline remote control. They come with a carrying pouch and a variety of cushions and ear clips for a good fit. Available from: iHomeAudio .Price: $79.99

Apex Stylus from lynktec
apexThis stylus takes note taking to a whole new level.  The Apex is rechargeable. It pairs to your device to allow you to handwrite notes on your device.  I used it with the Notes+ app and found that it recognized my handwriting and I didn’t need a notebook that day. You can use it for drawing and precision as well. Available from Amazon Price: $59

Stocking Stuffers: These gifts priced at under $50 won’t break the bank.

FLYP-DUO Reversible USB Charging Cable from TYLT
DUO-REV12RD-T_C_lWith the FLYP-DUO you no longer need to carry separate Apple Lightning and micro-USB cables as it works with both. The main cable connector is a micro-USB and it comes with a slip on Apple MFI certified Lightning adaptor which is connected to the cord to prevent you loosing it. It has a 1m long, tough, ribbon cable that is flexible and hard wearing and its reversible USB connector works either way up! Read our full review. Available from TYLT.COM and Amazon.

Kensington 10400 Mobile Charger

16309278996_fce6dfeb9b_qPriced at under $50  the Kensington 10400 back up battery is a great stocking stuffer. It is 10,400 mAh battery with a 2.1 AMP output and has enough power to fully recharge an iPad Air 2. It looks sleek and stylish and weighs about 9oz. Available from Amazon and other retailers. Price: $49.99

iHome WBT1 Clip on Mini Speaker with Speakerphone
iWBT1B_1.jpg.450x400_q85A tiny, take anywhere, hands free speakerphone and mini speaker the WBT1 is only 1.7″ x 1.0″ x 1.8.” It is designed to clip on the brim of a cap, clothing or car visor. It comes with a drawstring travel bag it really is a hands free device you can take anywhere. Available from: iHomeaudio .Price: $39.99

LensPen Carbon Lens and Screen Cleaners

Photo_LensPen_SmartKlear[09]LensPen screen cleaners are the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone
with a camera, smartphone, tablet or glasses. They use an invisible carbon compound that is wonderful at removing fingerprints and smudges. Their PEEPS eyeglass cleaner are my favorite eyeglass cleaner and they also make Original LensPen for DSLR cameras, SmartKlear for smartphone touchscreens and ScreenKlean for tablets. All of their cleaners have specially shaped cleaning pads that store neatly inside a plastic holder where their carbon compound is refreshed after each use. Available from Lenspen.com, Amazon, Best buy, Walmart and other retailers: Price from $14.95

Zus – Smart Car Charger
zusZus is a great car charger not only it will charge 2 devices at once, but it also helps you find your car! It is powerful enough to charge 2 iPads or an iPhone and iPad simultaneously delivering up to 4.8 A total. It stays cool when charging and its ports light up making them easy to find in the dark. I love how it saves my car location without me having to think about it, and that it does so without using wifi or cellular data. Read our full review. Available from: nonda.com . On sale for Christmas at $33.99

 

glovesPower Stretch Pro Contact Gloves 
Perfect for colder climates, these gloves from Rab using Polartec’s Power Stretch Pro fabric allow you to keep your hands warm and use your device! They have conductive finger tips which mean you can use your device and keep your hands warm at the same time. These snug fitting gloves are perfect for moms and dads while waiting for the train, shoveling snow or on your commute to work. Available from: Rab Price: $35.00

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 Petzi Treatcam by Petzila – Review

Petzi Treatcam by Petzila – Review



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What we love…

The ability to not only watch my pets when I’m way from home but also interact with them to “see, speak, snap & treat”

What we’d love to see…

Longer power cord,  separate containers for dog and cat treats.

Summary

The Petzi Treat Cam is a great pet cam, not only does it let you keep an eye on your pet when you are out of the house but also lets you interact with them too. The Petzi app also acts as a Social Media site for pet lovers allowing easy sharing of cute pet pics.

Our Rating

 

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The Petzi Treat Cam is a newly launched product for pet owners, it is different from a regular Pet Cam, as not only does it let you watch your pets, but it lets you interact with them too. Petzi’s tagline is it lets you “see, speak, snap & treat”. I love my dog Howie  & cat Buddy, so I was happy to get the opportunity to test it out with them.

To use the Petzi you need to first download the free app and create a free account – you create your own username and profile with linked profiles for each of your pets.

Set Up

Set up of the Petzi is pretty straightforward. You can put it on a table or other flat surface or wall mount it, then you plug it in to a power outlet and wait until the red light comes on to indicate the camera is on. The front cover comes off and you can add pet treats to the reservoir inside. If you have small hands you may need some help with this, my hand was only just big enough to press the tabs on both sides at once.

In the Petzi app you click on the list symbol to the left of the screen and select Petzi Treat Cam. From there you can “add a new camera” and you can personalize the Petzi’s name. To add the camera first you connect to the Petzi cam WiFi, then enter your own WiFi network’s password to connect. Once it is connected you just select this Petzi cam from the list, or from the camera button on the home page of the app. My one complaint about the set up is the power cable is a little short, with the camera on an end table right beside a power outlet (at ground level) it only just reached, any further way and I would have needed an extension cable.

N.B. The first time I tried to set up my Petzi I had a lot of trouble connecting, but it turned out to be due to my iPhone storage being full which was preventing the Petzi app from working correctly. Once I cleared some storage it was very fast and easy to connect, so if you have any issues I recommend checking your iPhone storage.

In Action

I tested out the Petzi with Howie the Labrador and Buddy cat when I was in a different room of the house, when I went out for few hours, and when I was away for a weekend and Buddy was home alone.

When the Petzi is not in use it is in a sleeping mode, once you connected to it via your phone it makes a chime sound that alerts your pet that the camera is active. Howie very quickly learnt that when he hears that sound it it worth going to the camera as he may get a treat !

See: I found once I connected via my phone it typically look about 30 seconds to fully connect so I could view the video stream. The picture quality is good enough to clearly see your pets and their reactions, but is not super sharp.

Snap: If you catch a good view of your pet you can press the camera button within the app to take a picture of it. You can save it to your camera roll or share via the Petzi app. This is a picture taken with the Petzi, it has been cropped to focus on Howie, but gives an idea of the image quality.

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Speak: To “speak” you press the microphone button and when you release the audio plays back through the Petzi a few seconds later. This got Howie really excited when he heard my voice through the camera. It comes through pretty loudly- which helps to summon pets if they are in a different room, and you can adjust the volume from within the app.

Treat: If you press the treat button (represented by a bone) in the app treats drop down behind a door in the Treat Cam then are launched across the room by a spring loaded barrier. The treat cam does make a mechanical whirring noise as it is preparing to deliver the treats which the animals learn to recognize. This really got Howie excited! He quickly learnt to come running when he heard my voice and the treat preparing, Buddy took a little longer to catch on. The treat dispenser is designed for treats less than 1″, I tested it with Meow Mix  Crunchy Irresistibles, Milk Bone Minis and dry cat kibble.

The Petzi says it delivers 1-3 treats at a time and we found for the Milk Bone Minis this was true. With smaller treats more came out each time, for the Meow Mix probably about 6-8 and the cat kibble even more. The animals had great fun searching around the room to find the treats. I would probably use regular treats in it most of the time, but if I was away for a weekend I would put some of Buddy’s dry kibble in the Petzi. This would keep him active hunting for the kibble and also let me give him some extra food if I saw he had eaten all the food in his bowl.

One additional feature I would love to see in a future version of the Petzi is separate dog and cat treat reservoirs, this would be great for households like my own who have both dogs and cats. When checking in you could see which pet was nearby and give the appropriate treat instead of having to alternate which type of treat to fill the reservoir with.

My kids helped with testing the Petzi and they loved being able to talk to Howie and Buddy when we were away from home. They really loved being able to give them treats and thought it was hilarious watching them hunt around the living room to find the treats.

Petzi Social App

The Petzi app  is also a social media app for pet lovers. It gives pet owners a easy way to share their favorite pet photos, both from their Petzi Cam and from their phone’s camera roll.  You can easily ‘Awww’ (like) or comment on others shared photos and follow your favorites too.

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Overall, the Petzi Treat Cam is a great pet cam, not only does it let you keep an eye on your pet when you are out of the house but also lets you interact with them too. The Petzi app also acts as a Social Media site for pet lovers allowing easy sharing of cute pet pics.

As well as being a fun way to interact with your pets this could also be a great help in preventing behavior problems in pets left alone. Popping in via the Petzi frequently to talk to them and get them hunting for treats could help alleviate boredom and prevent destructive behaviors.

 

Available from Amazon and other retailers, RRP $169.99

Petzi app iTunes Link Petzi – Petzila Inc.

Petzi
Petzi
by Petzila Inc.

Category: Social Networking, Photo & Video
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 51.5 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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