19 Top Tech Gifts – The iMums Holiday Gift Guide 2017

19 Top Tech Gifts - The iMums Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Stanley Stand by Distil Union

The Stanley Stand by Distil Union is a leather device that bends to hold your device and accessories while cooking, serving as a portable charging station, holding your tablet and more.  Stanley Stand is made of leather, merino wool felt and heavy steel.  

Kwilt Shoebox

Kwilt Shoebox is a novel solution for storing and accessing your mobile photos.

iFrogz Impulse Duo - Dual Driver Bluetooth Earbuds

The iFrogz Impulse Duo are wireless Bluetooth earbuds with dual drivers. Each earbud has two 6mm neodymium drivers.

EYEQUE Personal Vision Tracker

The Personal Vision Tracker from EYEQUE is a device that works with a smartphone to check and track your vision in between trips to the eye doctor.

Stud Satchel

Stud Satchel is a great ‘man bag’ perfect for carrying a tablet, camera, book, wallet and all his other everyday essentials.

SnapPower Safe Light

SnapPower Safe Light is an easy to install wall replacement switch that not only childproofs but adds lights so you don’t need to take up one of the outlets with a nightlight.

Buff Quick Cloth by Microfiber Wholesale

Buff™ Quick Cloth by Microfiber Wholesale is a ultra fine microfiber cloth that will  not only remove smudges, dirt, dust and debris – it will  also clean and polish your device. 

iXpand Base from SanDisk

Xpand Base from SanDisk is the perfect gift for fast easy foolproof back up of the photos, videos and contacts from an iPhone or iPad

iFrogz Impulse Wireless Headphones

iFrogz Impulse Wireless headphones have a well padded headband and AeroFoam padding earpads for comfort and passive noise resistance.

Blink Wireless Home Security

Blink Wireless Home security from Blink is a wireless home security camera that sends alerts to your smartphone or tablet via motion-activation or HD video. 

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame brings photo frames into the 21st Century.  It is a touchscreen device that acts as both a photo frame and smart digital photo album.

myCharge Portable Power Outlet

Portable Power Outlet from myCharge is a portable power bank in class of it’s own. It has both a charging hub and an inverter so it can provide both AC and DC power.

Smarter iKettle Wi-Fi Connected Electric Kettle

iKettle from Smarter is the intelligent way to heat water, whether it is for brewing the perfect cup of tea or heating a baby’s bottle.  

invisaWear jewelry for personal security

Invisawear is a wearable jewelry that includes an integrated battery that allows you to press a button which utilizes your smartphone to contact emergency services in an instant. 

MyCloud Home

My Cloud Home from Western Digital provides a secure place in your own home to store and access all your digital files so you no longer need to use 3rd party cloud services.

Touchjet Wave

Touchjet Wave turns a flat screen TV or monitor into a giant tablet. It can be used with any monitor or flat screen TV from 20-65″.

Arlo Pro 2 Wirefree Security Camera System

Arlo Pro 2 cameras can record in 1080p HD- giving high quality images, the cameras have a wide viewing angle – 130° and night vision is automatically triggered in low light conditions.

PicoBrew Pico Model C Beer Home Brewing Machine

Pico Model C from PicoBrew is the perfect gift for the Craft Beer affectionado.

Apple Watch

The brand new Apple Watch 3.0 is a perfect companion to your smartphone. You can listen to music, use apps, view and respond to text messages and make phone calls all from your wrist.  

The Holidays are almost here, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales looming, Christmas shopping season will soon be in full swing. The iMums have been publishing gift guides with our favorite gift ideas since 2011, and are we are proud to present our 2017 18 Top Tech Gifts. Amongst this year’s picks we have included new tech that can turn your TV into a giant touchscreen tablet, a smart Kettle that can help you brew the perfect cup of tea, the latest in wireless home security systems, a power pack that can power a TV, some great solutions for backing up and organizing your digital media and many more. Many of these items will be on special sales for Black Friday or Cyber Monday so make sure you don’t miss out! Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Shopping! When shopping for kids please also check out our latest Kids Gift Guide and other gift guides.

Gifts Under $50

Stanley Stand by Distil Union

Stanley StandThe Stanley Stand by Distil Union is a leather device that bends to hold your device and accessories while cooking, serving as a portable charging station, holding your tablet and more.  Stanley Stand is made of leather, merino wool felt and heavy steel.  The Stanley Stand is covered on the outside by leather in your choice of color (black, brown, gray, lime, aqua, red) and on the inside is Merino wool felt.  They cover up a piece of steel inside which bends to make the Stanley stand usable in so many situations.  Each stand has light grey Merino wool felt which has white stitching, and the darker stand (black) has darker grey felt with black stitching.  The stand features a small hole in the back designed to feed your cables through so they are not in the way of your device.  Read our full review. 

Available from Distil Union Amazon and other retailers for $49.99

Kwilt Shoebox

Kwilt Shoebox is a novel solution for storing and accessing your mobile photos. It is a small device that acts as a bridge between your smartphone and whatever storage device you attach to it. To use the Kwilt Shoebox you download the Kwilt app on to your phone, plug in the Kwilt Shoebox and connect it to your home WiFi. It has no storage of its own but acts as a bridge to whatever storage you attach to it- whether that is a 16GB USB stick or a 2TB hard drive. Any photos, videos or files that are on the attached storage device can be accessed and viewed from the Kwilt app on your phone, without using any of your smartphone’s storage.  Within the app you can view photos by location, date or album. You can access Kwilt where ever you are, as long as you have an internet connection. If you find your Smartphone storage is full you can download all your photos and videos via Kwilt at the tap of a button. Your photo and video storage is in the safety of your own home and there are no subscription fees to pay. If you run out of storage you can just add another hard drive (multiple storage devices can be accessed at once if you use a USB hub.

Available from kwiltshoebox.com for US$49.99

 

 

 

iFrogz Impulse Duo – Dual Driver Bluetooth Earbuds

The iFrogz Impulse Duo are wireless Bluetooth earbuds with dual drivers. Each earbud has two 6mm neodymium drivers. This gives a larger dynamic range and richer sound quality than single drivers. The wireless controller is nicely designed acting as controller, shirt clip and cable management system. The controller has 3 clearly demarcated zones that each have dual function. A press is used for volume up, play/ pause and volume down; whilst a long press is used to switch the earbuds on/off and go forward or back a track. The controller has a soft flexible magnetic clip that can both be used to clip the controller to clothing and to organize the earbud cable when not in use. The Impulse Duo Earbuds come with 3 sets of soft earbud tips so you can get the best fit. They are rated IPX-2 (sweat-resistant) to keep them working through your workout. With Apple discontinuing the earphone jack from iPhone 7 onward, these Bluetooth headphones are a great alternative to Apple’s Lightning EarPods or wireless AirPods. 

Available from Zagg.com or Amazon for US$44.99

 

 

 

EYEQUE Personal Vision Tracker

The Personal Vision Tracker from EYEQUE is a device that works with a smartphone to check and track your vision in between trips to the eye doctor. It consists of a miniscope, a safety strap and an iPhone or Android app. To use the Personal Vision Tracker: download the app, create an account and connect the scope to a smartphone using the included strap. The user then takes 3 full eye tests, these consist of of overlapping a red and green line perfectly to make a yellow line at 9 measurements of each eye. The EyeQue cloud technology processes the results providing EyeGlass Numbers. EyeGlass Numbers are spherical, cylindrical, axis, and astigmatism information  which is the same information in your eyeglass prescription. The Personal Vision Tracker is a quick and easy way to check your vision in between your annual vision tests with an eye doctor – so you can see if there are any vision changes occurring and to provide you with up to date vision information for ordering eye glasses online. The Personal Vision Tracker does require an annual subscription ($4.99) for each user, fIrst year is included free for the first user. Available from EYEQUE.com for US$29.99 

 

 

 

Stud Satchel

It can be hard to find an men’s shoulder bag that is suitable for carrying all his tech, a comfortable size to carry and masculine enough that it doesn’t look like a ladies purse. The Stud Satchel is a great ‘man bag’ perfect for carrying a tablet, camera, book, wallet and all his other everyday essentials. Crafted from waxed canvas and leather the stud satchel is equally at home in the office or on the go. It is available in olive or navy and can be personalized with up to 8 letters at no additional charge. At 15” L. x 4” W. x 13.25” H it is big enough to fit a laptop, but small enough to be carried as an everyday bag. It comes with both a handle and an adjustable shoulder carrying strap. There are enough compartments to keep all his tech organized with two snap closure front pockets, a zippered back pocket, two open inside pockets, one zippered inside pocket,  and a magnetic snap closure flap.

Available from GroovyGroomsMenGifts.com for US$49.99 

SnapPower Safe Light

SnapPower Safe Light by SnapPower is an easy to install wall replacement switch that not only childproofs but adds lights so you don’t need to take up one of the outlets with a nightlight.  As a mom of a toddler, I increasingly found myself telling my son “no” when it came to power outlets.  I remember childproofing with my first involved cumbersome outlet covers or the little white outlet covers you would remove just so you could vacuum and then stick back in.  I knew that there had to be a better solution.  At our house, in addition to needing to childproof, many of our outlets had nightlights plugged into at least one of the outlets.  We have some pretty dark corners, especially at the bottom of the stairs.  Other products in the lineup include switch plate covers for light switches  Read the full review.

Available from Amazon or SnapPower RRP $17.00 USD for a single or 10 for $140 USD

Buff Quick Cloth by Microfiber Wholesale

Buff™ Quick Cloth by Microfiber Wholesale is a ultra fine microfiber cloth that will  not only remove smudges, dirt, dust and debris – it was also clean and polish your device.  This double sided cloth also cleans and polishes glasses, tablets, and lenses.  Included in each package are two 5″ by 7″ cloths which are stored inside a handy case.  There are four different designs and can be washed when they get dirty.

Available from Amazon or Microfiber Wholesale RRP $5.98 USD.

 

Gifts $50- $100

iXpand Base from SanDisk

The iXpand Base from SanDisk is the perfect gift for fast easy foolproof back up of the photos, videos and contacts from an iPhone or iPad. It is a charging station and backup solution in one. Set up takes just a few minutes and after the first time whenever you plug your phone in to the iXpand Base it will start charging and simultaneously scan your phone. It will then automatically back up any new items it finds. The iXpand Base can be used to back up multiple iPhones/ iPads and you can then choose which back up to restore from- making it easy to transfer contacts, photos and videos to a new iPhone. It has a removable SD card which you can then use to transfer your photos and videos to a computer.The iXpand Base is available in 64GB, 128 GB or 256 GB.

Available from Amazon, SanDisk.com or other retailers from US$69.99

 

 

 

iFrogz Impulse Wireless Headphones

The Impulse Wireless Headphones from iFrogz are an over the ear Bluetooth headphone that won’t break the bank. The Impulse Wireless headphones have a well padded headband and AeroFoam padding earpads for comfort and passive noise resistance. The headphones fold up for travel, have on-ear controls and a built-in microphone on the earpiece. They boast an impressive 12 hour battery life and recharge via the included micro-USB charging cable. When you do run out of charge unexpectedly you can plug in the included cord to convert them to wired headphones (this is great as an emergency back up but I wouldn’t recommend for regular use as it it very thin and lightweight.) The headphones have 40 mm drivers and deliver good sound quality for the price. Overall, the iFrogz Impulse Wireless Headphones are a great value for over the ear Bluetooth headphones that offer good sound quality, comfortable padding and portability at an affordable price. Available in black with red accents or white with tan accents.

 Available from Zagg.com or Amazon for US$59.99

 

 

Blink Wireless Indoor Security

Blink Wireless Home security from Blink is a wireless home security camera that sends alerts to your smartphone or tablet via motion-activation or HD video.  The product utilizes a hub and cameras powered by lithium batteries to secure your home.  The batteries can last up to two years.  When utilizing Blink to check on your home, a LED light comes on to indicate the camera is recording.  An alert is sent after motion is detected to your smartphone and you can play back the video.  You are able to arm the motion alerts via your phone.  Blink also offers an XT camera which can be used outside.  It is quick and easy to set up.  After setting up the cameras, you take a photo using Blink of the room it will be placed in – you then can access the camera using your smartphone or tablet to view the room at any time.  Blink integrates with Amazon Alexa as part of your smarthome and can be operated using voice commands.

Available from Blink for US$99.  You can save 15% and get free shipping by using code. EARLYTHX 

 

 

Gifts $100- $200

 

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame brings photo frames into the 21st Century.  It is a touchscreen device that acts as both a photo frame and smart digital photo album. You can link each PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame to one or more SmartPhones, tablets or computers. From the PhotoSpring app you can choose photos to send to the Smart Frame or you can set it up to automatically send every new picture you take. You can connect multiple frames to your app allowing you to send  the same or different photos to different frames. You can also connect multiple accounts to one frame, so lots of different family members can all send pictures to the same frame.

The PhotoSpring makes it really easy to enjoy and share family photos. The auto-update feature makes it effortless to constantly update the frame with new pictures. It brings photos off your SmartPhone and into your living room with minimal effort on your behalf. It makes a great gift for moms and dads as an easy way to view family photos at home or in the office. It is also is a great gift idea for grandparents, as many different family members can connect to their PhotoSpring and easily keep them updated with family pictures even if they live a long way away or even in a different country.

Available from PhotoSpring.com  or Amazon with 16, 32 or 80GB storage from $149. Read our full review .

 

 

 

myCharge Portable Power Outlet

myCharge Portable Power Outlet Laptop chargingThe Portable Power Outlet from myCharge is a portable power bank in class of it’s own. It has both a charging hub and an inverter so it can provide both AC and DC power. It is a great on-the-go power solution for camping, tailgating  and travel. It is also a very useful addition to a home emergency preparedness pack, as an emergency power source during power cuts. The Portable Power Outlet has a capacity of 20,800 mAh and features an AC charging port as well as 3 USB charging ports  (2x USB-A 1X USB-C.) This provides enough energy to power a 32″ TV or a laptop computer. Although it has a large capacity it is relatively small and light weighing only 1.5 lbs and measuring 5″ by 5″ by 1″.

When you switch it on a small LCD screen shows the battery level (in 8 increments.) There are also USB and AC plug icons with ON or OFF showing to indicate if they are in use. The maximum power output is 65W, if the output between the USB and AC ports exceeds this the USB ports automatically turn off. If the AC output exceeds 65W the AC port will switch off. The Portable Power Outlet has a built-in fan to prevent overheating when in use. I have charged my MacBook Pro and iPhone 7 at the same time and it is capable of charging them together. The 20,800 mAh capacity is enough to charge the average smartphone 10+ x, Tablet 2x, Laptop 1.5x or run a 32″ TV for 4 hours.

Available from myCharge.com or Best Buy for US$179.99. Currently on sale at Best Buy for $89.99 ! Check myCharge.com for Black Friday sale.

 

 

 

Smarter iKettle Wi-Fi Connected Electric Kettle

iKettle from Smarter is the intelligent way to heat water, whether it is for brewing the perfect cup of tea or heating a baby’s bottle.  Different varieties of tea have different ideal brewing temperatures and the iKettle allows the user to select the temperature they want to heat the water to for the prefect brew. You can control the iKettle from anywhere.  iKettle can be set to heat on a schedule to switch on before you get up or to be ready when you come home. Once heated it will maintain the desired temperature up to 40 minutes. IFTT allows integration with other smart home appliances so you can switch it on via Amazon Alexa or Google Home or program it to be triggered by movement on a Nest Baby Cam. 

Available from Best Buy for US$149.99

 

 

 

invisaWear jewelry for personal security

Invisawear is a wearable jewelry that includes an integrated battery that allows you to press a button which utilizes your smartphone to contact emergency services in an instant.  The jewelry uses an integrated app where you can push the button for emergency services even when you are away from your phone.  You can also dial using your smartphone and the app which will provide locations services to help the police more easily find you.  You can also configure an emergency contact list – where a text is sent with your location to your contacts.
Available from Invisawear for US$129 starting in January 2018 via Indegogo. Recommended for teens through adult.

 

 

 

MyCloud Home

My Cloud Home from Western Digital provides a secure place in your own home to store and access all your digital files so you no longer need to use 3rd party cloud services. My Cloud Home is connected to your home router and is simple to set up using your smartphone. With the My Cloud mobile and desktop apps you can access your photos, videos, music and files from anywhere you have an internet connection. You can set up your smartphone to automatically back up to My Cloud Home, making it easy to free up space on your devices. You can also have all the family computers backing up to it. Every member of the family can have their own private space on the family My Cloud Home, they can manage, access and share their content how they wish. A USB port makes it easy to download and transfer files to and from external storage devices. It is available in a variety of sizes to suit your family’s storage needs- single drive from 2-8TB and dual drive (mirror backup) up to 16TB.

Available exclusively from Best Buy from $159.99

 

 

 

Gifts Over $200

Touchjet Wave

Touchjet Wave turns a flat screen TV or monitor into a giant tablet. It can be used with any monitor or flat screen TV from 20-65″. It allows you to stream music & movies, play your favorite mobile games, create interactive presentations and collaborate on a huge digital whiteboard all using the biggest screen in your home. TouchJet Wave has Android built-in so you can download apps onto the Wave and play them on your TV. To use it you clamp the Wave to the top of your TV, plug it in to a HDML port, calibrate and you are ready to go. You can use your finger on the touchscreen, or use any soft touch stylus and when you want to sit back and relax you can also use your SmartPhone as a remote control. Wave uses a projector and infrared technology to track finger movements and taps translating them into Android commands. It is great for home and office – both work presentations and collaborations and your favorite mobile gaming apps can be played on the big screen. You can have a 65″ virtual tablet with Touchjet Wave without breaking the bank!  

Available from Touchjet.com or Amazon for US$299.99

 

 

 

Arlo Pro 2 Wirefree Security Camera System

 

 

Arlo Pro 2 weatherproof

 

The Arlo Pro 2 security system from NETGEAR is the latest high definition wireless camera system in the Arlo range. We reviewed the original Arlo in March 2015, it was a great system then, and has had lots of upgrades and improvements since. Arlo Pro 2 cameras can record in 1080p HD- giving high quality images, the cameras have a wide viewing angle – 130° and night vision is automatically triggered in low light conditions. They come with rechargeable batteries and can be used totally wire free or can be plugged in.  The Arlo magnetic mounting system makes installation very easy and moving cameras is a breeze. The Arlo Pro 2 cameras are rugged and designed to withstand the elements with an iP65 weather certification. They have 2-way audio, sound and motion detection.  A siren is built-in to the base station, and can be triggered remotely if you see any suspicious activity.

A rolling 7 days of motion and audio triggered recordings are stored for free on the Arlo server, paid plans are available if you want more storage. You can also store videos locally by attaching a USB to the base station. ARLO PRO 2 system has lots of optional accessories available including a solar charger, dual battery charger, security mounts, skins and extra rechargeable batteries.

The Arlo Pro 2 system is a very flexible WiFi HD security camera system. With it’s magnetic mounting system and rechargeable batteries it can be used almost anywhere. The system integrates with Amazon Alexa, Smart Things, Stringify and IFTTT to be an integral part of the Smart Home.

 Available from Amazon, Best Buy, Staples and Costco. RRP for starter set of base station and 2 cameras US$479.99 . Look out for great Black Friday Deals at Costco and Best Buy !

 

 

 

PicoBrew Pico Model C Beer Home Brewing Machine

The Pico Model C from PicoBrew is the perfect gift for the Craft Beer affectionado. The Pico Model C is a countertop home brewing machine that makes it easy to brew craft beers in the comfort of your own home. There are over 100 different “PicoPaks” available from a wide range of variety of craft breweries, there are Kombucha PicoPaks available too.

Each PicoPak is created to order and delivered to your door, so that the ingredients are at their freshest. Each PicoPak allows you to brew 5 litres of craft beer, and is packaged in a compostable container. The brewing process takes about 2 hours and then the beer is pumped into a keg to be fermented and carbonated. It is ready to drink in 6-14 days. Once the beer has been pumped into the keg the Pico C can be used to brew another batch of beer or Kombucha and can even be used as a Sous Vide cooker too. 

Available from Picobrew.com, Best Buy, Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma, Amazon for US$549

 

 

 

Apple Watch Series 3

The brand new Apple Watch 3.0 is a perfect companion to your smartphone. You can listen to music, use apps, view and respond to text messages and make phone calls all from your wrist.  Available from Apple.com, Target , Verizon Wireless and other retailers from US$329

 

 

 

 

 

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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).

Ebates Holiday Survey: Top Gifts of the Season



Survey reveals that age matters when it comes to smartphone preferences

SAN FRANCISCONovember 8, 2017—In the battle between Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy, American teens and adults are split on which one they want as a holiday gift. Over a third (35 percent) of teens said they either want the pricey iPhone X or the Apple iPhone 8. Only 20 percent of adults want the iPhone X, with a slightly higher percentage (22 percent) wanting the iPhone 8. Overall, adults said the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the smartphone they’d prefer to unwrap (38 percent). The national survey was fielded among 1,034 adults and 507 teens by Propeller Insights on behalf of Ebates, a leader and pioneer in cash back shopping and subsidiary of the global internet services company Rakuten.
 
Which smartphone would you most like to receive?
Percent of adults who said this
Percent of teens who said this
1.      Samsung Galaxy S8
38 percent
28 percent
2.      Apple iPhone 8 Plus
23 percent
25 percent
3.      Apple iPhone 8
22 percent
35 percent
4.      Apple iPhone X
20 percent
35 percent
 
 
The Trendy Teen Gifts Are…
If you’re planning to buy your teen a pair of Beats wireless earbuds, as 28 percent of American parents are, you’re in luck—at 44 percent, it’s the number one trendy teen gift that teens most want to receive.
 
Teen boys also want a drone (47 percent), while girls want a Polaroid camera (52 percent). Other trendy teen gifts for both teen boys and girls are:
 
Which of the following popular gifts is at the top of your wish list?
Percent of teen boys who said this
Percent of teen girls who said this
5.      Beats wireless earbuds
38 percent
49 percent
6.      Nintendo Switch
38 percent
30 percent
7.      Bose portable speaker
28 percent
25 percent
8.      Amazon Echo
26 percent
24 percent
 
However, while 27 percent of parents think that fidget spinners are still a hot gift for teens, only 15 percent of teens put this on their wish lists.
 
Non-Electronic Gifts Are Popular, Too
When asked which non-electronic gift Americans most want to receive, the most popular choice was a gift card—for both adults and teens (both 77 percent). Adults also put clothing (49 percent), shoes (35 percent) and accessories (31 percent) at the top of their list. Teens agreed and also listed clothing (63 percent), shoes (55 percent) and accessories (44 percent) as their most desired gifts.
 
Getaways were also a popular choice for Americans (32 percent). In fact, almost three- quarters—72 percent—would forego a gift in exchange for a holiday getaway.
 
When it comes to which type of gift card Americans would most like to receive, money in the form of a Visa, Amex or Mastercard (72 percent) was the top choice. This is followed by a gift card to a restaurant (59 percent), a retailer (51 percent) or for travel.
 
And men should take note: one-third of women also selected a gift card for a spa treatment (35 percent).
 
One-in-five Americans also plan to spend between $250-$500 on holiday gifts this year, and almost as many will spend more than $1,000 (18 percent) or $750-$1,000 (17 percent).
 
“Our holiday survey found that, when it comes to holiday gifts, you can’t go wrong with a gift card—although a laptop or earbuds are also safe choices,” said Amit Patel, CEO of Ebates. “At Ebates, we want to make it as easy as possible to purchase all your gifts and save money while doing it. From gift cards to fidget spinners, our retailers have you covered.”
 
From now through Christmas, shoppers can receive up to double cash back on select retailers via Ebates. For more details on specific retailers participating in the special offer, visit Ebates.com. Shoppers can also download the free Ebates.com app at Google Play and the AppStore.
Check out The iMums Gift Guides for more ideas on holiday shopping
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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).

InstruMMents​ ​launches​ ​Olie:​ ​Intelligent​ ​Lighting​ ​Collection Designed​ ​to​ ​Elegantly​ ​Integrate​ ​Wireless​ ​Charging​ ​and​ ​Voice​ ​Activation​ ​into​ ​Every​ ​Room

MONTREAL​ ​–​ ​November​ ​15,​ ​2017​ ​–​ ​InstruMMents, an innovation company founded by the creators of Misfit Shine and 01, introduces Olie, an intelligent lighting collection. Carved in metal, and exuding minimal elegance, Olie lights are designed to fit any room. The collection discretely hides a suite of powerful and intelligent features beneath the surface, including wireless charging and voice assistance, focused on delivering smart features exactly where you need them. The Olie collection is available for pre-order today on Indiegogo with limited early bird units starting at $64.

“Our interior spaces are ready for a serious overhaul,” said InstruMMents founder, Mladen Barbaric. “But we believe this overhaul requires designing elegantly, not adding dozens of strange new devices and wires. Technology should disappear into life.”

The Olie intelligent lighting collection consists of table and floor models, and comes in either spot or area light configurations, creating solutions for every desk, bedside table, living room or kitchen. The table models feature Qi wireless charging bases for mobile phones, and come with an option to include Alexa or Google Assistants. The floor models feature an option of Voice Assistant.

 

“We wanted to create iconic intelligent lights to compliment any interior. We wanted to declutter desks, tables and floors, give people profoundly useful technology features, provide a touch of luxury, and do all of this at a price everyone can afford.” said Min Choi, Chief Designer at Pearl
Studios, the award winning brand and product development firm responsible for the design of the Olie collection. The introduction of the Olie Intelligent Lighting Collection comes just as InstruMMents wins the prestigious CES Best of Innovation Award for their 01 Dimensioning Instrument.

The Olie collection is available for pre-order now on Indiegogo with limited quantity super early bird units for as low as $64, and a retail price starting at $129.

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).

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame- Photo Frames brought into the 21st Century


What we love…

Easy to set up and use. Auto update feature allows it to automatically upload and display new photos without any effort

What we’d love to see…

Ability to create own albums and tag and search photos (planned in future updates)

Summary

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame is an effortless way to bring  family photos off phones and computers and into everyday lives.  It provides an easy way to enjoy and share  photos and memories with family and friends near and far.

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As children my siblings and I loved seeing the new pictures every time we got a roll of film back from the developers, and we loved reminiscing as we looked through them together. We had albums of family photos lying around that we loved to look through whenever family or friends visited. With my own children most of our family photos have been taken on digital cameras and, more recently, on cellphones.  We take way more pictures now, but we never see most of them – they stay trapped in a digital graveyard on our computers and phones. I really that feel we, as a family, are missing out by not looking at family photos together and enjoying the memories they bring, but any solutions I’ve tried have just been too time consuming, and end up getting dropped after a few months.

I recently started using the PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame and I love how it has brought our family photos off our phones and back into our everyday lives.  When I heard “digital photo frame” my first thought was of a frame we had years ago that required downloading photos onto an SD card, which was then inserted in it to view the pictures. This was OK the first time we did it, but we rarely got around to creating new cards for it so the same pictures stayed on for years. Comparing the PhotoSpring to that is similar to comparing a Prius to a Model-T – they are both digital photo frames but otherwise have little in common. The PhotoSpring is so easy to use, and once set up it can keep adding new photos as I take them, without any effort on my behalf.

Our PhotoSpring is on a bookshelf in the living room and I’ve set it to automatically switch on in the mornings and off around our usual bedtime. It has a nice sharp display screen and a wide angle of view so you can see the pictures from where ever you are in the room. It is currently rotating through around 1,600 photos taken on my iPhone 7 and my husband’s iPhone 6 over the last year. I love that we are now seeing these pictures and that the kids will often comment about pictures they see and reminisce about the times they were taken.

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If a particular photo catches our eye we can take the PhotoSpring off it’s stand and use it as a digital photo album to look through the photos surrounding it at our own pace. It is easy to mark favorite pictures to make then easy to find later or to delete or hide photos we don’t want on display.

My favorite feature is that with it set on auto-update all the new pictures I take on my camera automatically appear on the PhotoSpring without me needing to do anything. As a busy mum of 3 I always have good intentions about making photo albums, printing photos etc but never quite find time to get it done. With PhotoSpring I no longer have to feel guilty about not being more organized with our family photos -PhotoSpring gets our family photos out and on display for without any effort on my part and that is priceless!

 

Unboxing

In the box is the photo frame, charger and stand. The PhotoSpring looks similar to a 10 inch iPad or Android tablet, but slightly thicker. It has a clean look with no buttons on the front and a white border around the screen. The stand works in either portrait or landscape mode. The charger can be connected to the stand to charge whilst displayed, or directly to the PhotoSpring. It has a nice long cord so I had no problem reaching an outlet.

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Set Up

Set up for the PhotoSpring is very quick and easy.  I had mine up and running in about 5 minutes.
1) Connect PhotoSpring to power and wait for it to turn on.
2) Connect PhotoSpring  to your home WiFi network. PhotoSpring will then download the most current version of it’s software.
3) Name your device (e’g Mary’s living room PhotoSpring) then enter your name and email address to get a PhotoSpring account invitation.
4) Respond to the email to create a free PhotoSpring account.
5) Download the PhotoSpring companion apps for iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows to start uploading photos to your PhotoSpring.

You can connect your account to more than one PhotoSpring and invite multiple friends and family to connect to your PhotoSpring. This is great for keep family connected. You can have PhotoSprings at home and work to easily access your photos in both locations. It makes a great gift for Grandparents or other family members because even if they live a long way away you can easily share photos across the miles.

The PhotoSpring comes preloaded with a slideshow that runs you through the features of the frame and how to use it, as well as some art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Sending Photos

There are 2 ways to send photos to your PhotoSpring:

1) Manually: To send photos you open up the PhotoSpring app on your device, select the photos you want to send, and choose which PhotoSpring(s) connected to your account to send them to.

2) Automatically: choose “auto-update” and the PhotoSpring app will automatically upload new photos from your phone (and thus to your PhotoSpring) whenever you have the app open. You can choose to do this only via WiFi or via WiFi and cellular. For iOS you do need to also give permission for PhotoSpring to use location services for this to work.

The photos get sent to PhotoSpring cloud server and from there they are downloaded onto your PhotoSpring for local storage. This does take a little time, it only takes a minute or two for one picture, but large numbers of pictures can take a while to appear.

I send my photos via the auto-update feature as it means I don’t even have to think about uploading my pictures they just appear, my husband prefers to send his manually.

 

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In Use

Once the photos appear on the PhotoSpring they are automatically sorted and duplicate pictures are removed. It will place the pictures in smart albums based on the place they were taken, if they are geo-tagged and location service permission was granted. If you have multiple people connected to your PhotoSpring it will also create albums based on the person taking them.

When playing a slide show you can display either: a) all the photos on the PhotoSpring,  or b) all of a particular album or c) or you can apply one of these 3 filters:

1) Favorite photos- you can mark these by taping on a heart symbol.

2) People- PhotoSpring automatically detects pictures with people in.

3) Best quality- PhotoSpring assesses the picture quality and marks with a lightning symbol those that it considers the best quality.

The PhotoSpring is available with 16GB, 32GB or 80 GB of memory. How many photos it will hold depends on the size/ quality of your images, mine is a 16GB currently has 1,600 photos on it that were taken in an iPhone 7 and is about 25 % full.

The PhotoSpring is a also a touchscreen device, it has a 4 hour battery life so you can remove it from the stand to look through your photo albums and remove, hide or favorite pictures. You can select individual photos or whole albums when hiding, deleting or marking as favorite. When looking at an album the pictures are organized in date order of when they were taken, and you can choose to see them newest first or oldest first. On the side there is a timeline arrow that you can move up or down to easily find photos from a specific date.

In the evenings I like to sit and look through my photo albums – it is a great way to really enjoy the pictures but also lets me easily weed out pictures I don’t want on display and to highlight favorites that I might want to print or create a photo book from later. I would love a way to easily create my own albums as I do this so, that I could create separate slideshows with a theme e.g. vacations, kid’s art work, Scout trips; I am told that the company has plans to add this feature in the future, along with the ability to tag and search.

Currently PhotoSpring only supports digital photos, but video support is due to be added in the next few weeks. The PhotoSpring has built-in speakers ready for video support. When the company updates the software to add new features it automatically updates via WiFi so you don’t need to check for updates to access the new features.

Summary

I love our PhotoSpring – it makes it so easy to enjoy and share our family photos with very little time or effort on my part. The auto-update feature makes it effortless to constantly update the frame with new pictures. My whole family is enjoying  it. We all get to enjoy our family photos and gives us many opportunities to easily took through photos and share memories together. It makes a great gift for moms and dads as an easy way to view family photos at home or in the office. It is also is a great gift idea for grandparents, as long as they have a WiFi connection, many different family members can connect to their PhotoSpring and easily keep them updated with family pictures even if they live a long way away or even in a different country. Highly recommended !

PhotoSpring Smart Digital Photo Frame is available from PhotoSpring.com with 16, 32 or 80GB storage from $149

 

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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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