Out of ideas and time for Valentine's gifts for loved ones and friends? Here are some tech options to check out.
Chipolo Valentine's Edition chips (US$50-US$115)
Connect these chips to items of value, like a purse, camera, or keys, and you can then locate them when they are lost or misplaced via a Bluetooth connection and app on your phone. You can also double press the device to ring your phone if you're misplaced the mobile device. They come in various finishes for Valentine's Day, including a white stylistic heart imprinted on red, white with an attached Swarovski heart pendant, or a set with individually printed personal messages on each. This special order is only available from the Chipolo Website.
Fujifilm Instax Square Share SP-3 Printer ($250)
This stealth-looking device prints photos via Bluetooth, untethered, thanks to its rechargeable battery. A new #Tag Print mode allows you to search and print photos using the same hashtag, and the Instax Share app customizes your snapshots with filters, or creative collages. It prints square 6.2cm x 6.2cm images on 8.6cm x 7.2cm Instax square print paper, and works with smartphones and compatible Fujifilm cameras.
Amazon eGift Card (Various Amounts)
Canadians can now send an Amazon.ca eGift card to friends directly via messaging, such as text, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and more. User and recipient must be Amazon.ca registered members. Gift givers can customize the gift from their mobile device by uploading their own images when ordering. Recipients receive a clickable image of the gift card in their app message to view and redeem.
Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Tracker ($150)
Get one for your love in delicious plum, or select from a variety of other finish options It's a no-nonsense wrist band that measures your heart rate, monitors sports activity, and more. When connected to your phone, it tracks GPS routes and receives smartphone notifications.
Read more from Steve Makris at his blog, www.techuntangled.ca.