Valentine’s Day is just around the bend and for better or worse every other company has been making sure that no one forgets about it. It has been called a Hallmark and Archie’s conspiracy by some, all unconfirmed rumors of course. That does not allow those with a special or better half, in some cases, to forget about it. While you may not say goodbye to those inevitable flowers and chocolates, gifting someone a snappy gizmo is not considered geeky any more. It’s just in keeping with the times. We’ve made a list of tech toys that might be appreciated as a Valentine’s Day present in case you need any help with ideas.
Transcend PF810 digital photo frame: Yes, we know how difficult it is to get a sweetheart’s face out of our minds. How about placing it by the bedside or office desk too? We’re talking about a digital photo frame. Transcend has an 8″ offering of this kind dubbed the PF810. The TFT LCD panel delivers an aspect ratio of 4:3, plays music through its in-built stereo speakers or 3.5mm headset jack and 2GB of internal memory. It also acts as an FM radio, alarm clock, video player and calendar. Eight touch sensitive menu buttons with LED lights and a remote allow for user friendly navigation through its various functions. The onyx black colored frame accommodates photos transferred via USB flash drives, SD/SDHC/MMC/CF/MS cards as also direct PC transfers through its USB 2.0/1.1 connectivity. It can be ordered from the company’s official website for approximately Rs.5,175.
Speakal iBoo iPod dock: Have a Pacman fanatic for a Valentine? Doesn’t this Speakal iBoo iPod dock remind you of a Pacman ghost? Sure, you could probably find an iPod dock in pink or luscious red, but in keeping with our theme of avoiding romantic clichés this year around, here’s an idea in a shade of blue. This iPod docking station can play and charge the iPod mini/nano/classic/touch and iPhone, while it can only play an iPod shuffle. The 4-pounds light device integrates three 2.1-channel 15W speakers and lends support to touch control of the iPod and volume. It is also attributed with a 3.5mm AUX input jack for use with other gadgets such as TVs or gaming consoles. Amazon has this iPod dock on sale with a remote control for approximately Rs.3,000.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 Hello Kitty camera: Instant cameras can be quite charming, especially a Hello Kitty themed one. Hope we don’t sound too traditional when we say, hunt down at least a dozen girls who won’t find it cute. Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 25 Hello Kitty can be purchased in a special gift pack at Light in the Box for about Rs.9,700. It utilizes Fujifilm Instant Color Film instax mini to reproduce instant credit card-sized color photos. The camera features a collapsible lens, self-shoot mirror, a close-up lens and intelligent flash. Its shutter is devised for allowing users to take landscape and portrait pictures. Can’t think of a more endearing way to preserve those special Valentine’s Day memories? The gift pack comes with the camera, two CR-2 batteries, a close-up lens, a pouch, sign pen and three packs of Instant Film.
Logitech Driving Force Wireless: Attached to a spouse who fancies themselves as a speed racer? Gift them an immersive way to burn rubber on the PlayStation 2/3 console with Logitech’s Driving Force Wireless gaming wheel. It requires no console cord and functions via 2.4GHz wireless technology that permits playing from a distance of 30 feet from the gaming unit. Titles such as Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Midnight Club Los Angeles, Need for Speed, Sega Rally Revo, Burnout Revenge, Stuntman: Ignition, Auto Modellista and many more are supported by this wireless one-piece wheel. It practically lets users feel the road with force feedback rendered for weight shift, surface conditions and traction loss. Logitech’s official website is extending this gaming peripheral for Rs.4,660. A good idea for a present, so long as you don’t give your Valentine cause for complaint regarding backseat driving.
Hybra Advance ORB Bluetooth headset: If you ask us to mention any ring suited to this occasion, it’d be the Hybra Advance ORB Bluetooth headset. This waterproof headset folds into a ring that can be worn around the finger when not hanging from the ear. The voice annihilation DSP technology-enhanced device vibrates to notify owners regarding incoming calls and messages. The base model which was supposed to be out this January sports an e-ink display that shows caller ID, calendar reminders and text messages. It comes with a price tag that reads at around Rs.6,000. The deluxe and limited edition designer models won’t be out until this April. It is crafted in different sizes intended for both men and women in four finger sizes. All have spring prongs, an expansion hinge and adjustable adhesive soft pads on the interior edge for a secure and cozy fit. Not a ring that can be tossed away lightly, according to us.
Tyme Machines Twilight New Moon Sculpted USB drive: We really don’t know why a girl would want to gift this particular USB drive to her special one, but we can explain why you should give this to your significant other if you’re a guy. It’s that ultimate way of putting your foot down and asserting that Robert Pattinson a.k.a. Edward Cullen does NOT make you feel insecure or jealous. A 4GB version which is capable of holding 33 hours of MP3 music costs just Rs.1,630. What’s more, it comes pre-loaded with the New Moon soundtrack featuring music by Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers and others. Tyme Machines also sells them in capacities of 8GB and 16GB. If you’ve already bought a USB for her to celebrate the occasion, we could almost lay money on the bet that it’s a red/pink colored and heart-shaped drive. Surprise her with this one instead.
Samsung Corby S3653: Cupid Pink’s the right color choice for your loved one if you’re picking up the Samsung Corby S3653 to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. The full touchscreen handset can be bought for a little over Rs.7,500 from most phone dealers. Its display measures 2.8″, while the onboard and expandable memory capacities are cited at 68MB and 8GB, respectively. Pictures can be snapped with an in-built 2MP camera that lends fun effects to them like watercolor, sepia, negative as also black and white. The phone extends TV-out, Bluetooth, WAP, USB, Wi-Fi, AGPS and various other connectivity options. Embedded Java games, FM radio, a media player and so on are bundled in with the 103mm x 56.5mm x 12mm handset. If pink’s not your color, this Corby is also painted in shades of minimal white, Jamaican yellow and festival orange.
Heart-shaped USB lamp, speaker and pen holder: Lastly, for those who just cannot imagine a Valentine’s Day present that isn’t heart shaped and pink, here’s heart-shaped USB lamp cum speaker cum pen holder. It’s pink colored, though it may also be purchased in white. We spotted it on Gizfever for Rs. 650. This device works with three AAA-sized batteries if you can’t find a USB port to plug it into. The lamp lights up with five LEDs and may be switched on or off with the button placed near its base. As the name suggests, it also functions as a speaker and pen holder. A 3.5mm jack hosted on its exterior permits users to connect it to a PC or music player and listen to music emanating from the incorporated speaker. The device is packaged with a power cable and couldn’t look any prettier by the bedside or PC.
If you’ve finished adding the aforesaid devices to your list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas, its time to go shopping. Like they say. ‘Hell hath no fury like a Valentine scorned’…or something along those lines. That’s why we keep reminding readers about these special occasions.