Gene Valaitis: For the Love of Tech

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Photo: Elaine CK

It’s hard shopping for a Valentine’s gift for that special someone in your life. The good news is that the best tech doesn’t always have to blow a hole in your bank balance either, here are some suggestions we think you’ll like:

Gifts | For Gadget Lovers

  • Shower Speaker, water resistant Bluetooth: $50
  • Virtual assistant:  The New Amazon Echo: $130
  • The New Fitbit Fitness Tracker:  $150
  • Personal Safety Smart Tag and Alarm: $160
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3 – Rose Gold: $250

Gifts | For Long Distance Gadget Lovers

Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger: $ 123 – https://en.lovebox.love

Send heartfelt messages to loved ones—anytime, anywhere in the world with this kinetic, modern take on the classic love notes. Better than a box of chocolates, and the gift keeps on giving. It’s a great way to send notes to your Grandmother who doesn’t do technology and for anyone else you want to engage and send short notes When you send a new message through the easy-to-use app, the heart on the beechwood box spins to alert the recipient. Then, the object of your affection opens the box to read the sentiment on the mirrored screen inside. They can return the virtual embrace by spinning the heart to send a shower of digital hearts to the sender’s screen.

Long Distance Touch Lamp: $93 – $186 (for a pair) – http://bit.ly/2BKGliO

Light up a loved one’s life—across town or across the country—with two or more of these in-sync lamps. When you turn one on with a simple touch of your hand, its mate emits the same ambient glow, no matter where it is and who is on the other end. Parent or grandparent, niece or nephew, or long-distance significant other. Each person sets up their lamp via Wi-Fi, then reaches out and touches the lamp whenever they want to let their loved one know they’re thinking of them. No need to choose a color: with every touch, the lamp cycles through a rainbow of them, one at a time. Sold individually or in pairs.

Pillow Talk: $240 – www.littleriot.com

Pillow Talk transmits the sound of one person’s heartbeat to another so you can feel in real time the heartbeats and movements of your otherhalf at night as if you were sleeping together. Your unique bracelet connects to a case placed under your partner’s long distance pillow to transmit your pulsations and vice versa. Result: you have the illusion of being together in the same bed… What is more romantic than that?

Bond Touch: $88 (for a pair) – www.bond-touch.com

A small bracelet that closes big distances. You keep one, and you give one to your dearest. When you touch it, they feel it. No matter where they are on the planet. The bracelets are linked to each other via the Bond Touch app. Once you pair your bracelet with your smartphone via bluetooth, your touches are transferred over cellular data or Wifi.

LoveLife by OhMiBod: $120 – www.ohmibod.com

LoveLife is smart kegel exerciser that is connected to your iOS or Android device through bluetooth and controlled via an app. The smart kegel exerciser offers a unique take on the fitness quantification trend, by making it easier for women to strengthen their pelvic muscles.  It’s bluetooth-enabled, so you can connect it to the smartphone app and operate it from anywhere around the world. There’s also a built-in “chat” function on the app, so you can send sexts while controlling the vibrations. OhMiBod was named winner of the “Digital Health and Fitness Product.”

Lush: $120 – www.lovense.com  

A vibrator that talks to not only an Apple phone, but also an Apple Watch. The maker refers to such tech as “teledildonics.” The sex toy can be controlled by a partner over short ranges or even longer ones, via an app. But can this really help a couple separated by several thousand kilometers? Although only the lady feels the vibrations offered by the Bluetooth vibrator, the one who controls the sex toy remotely enjoys just as much to surprise her partner and give her a treat.

Pulse III: $160 – www.hotoctopuss.com

Duo Marketed as the “world’s first Guybrator”, the Pulse 3 Duo is a male stimulator that uses oscillations to stimulate the man. It claims to have been built based on medical research that shows specific oscillations can make a man ejaculate involuntarily. The Duo model has a remote control and comes with a vibrating underside specifically designed for couples. This multi-award winning male toy features patented PulsePlate Technology™, will reinvent the way you masturbate.

Kissenger:  kissenger.mixedrealitylab.org 

World’s first mobile kiss messenger. High precision force sensors are embedded under the silicon lip to measure the dynamic forces at different parts of your lips during a kiss. The device sends this data to your phone, which transmits it to your partner over the Internet in real time. Miniature linear actuators are used to reproduce these forces on your partner’s lips, creating a realistic kissing sensation. Kissenger provides a two-way interaction just like in a real kiss. You can also feel your partner’s kiss on your lips when they kiss you back.

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