What the Tech: Mother’s Day Tech Gifts


With Mother’s Day coming up Sunday many of you may want to find something other than the traditional flowers and greeting cards.

Like most people, moms like tech, they may just not want to tell you.

We found 5 tech gifts we think mom would love to unwrap this year.

1. The Apple Watch makes a great gift but if you don’t want to spend $300, check out the Ditto.
This notification gadget does much of what a smartwatch can do. The Ditto is not much bigger than a thumbnail; it connects to an iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth and sends a notification when a phone call or text message is received on the phone. If an incoming call
rings, the Ditto vibrates. Helpful for anyone who puts their phone down in another room out of earshot.

The Ditto is also programmable to vibrate when a Facebook Message, post, Instagram post, Uber notification and works with a handful of other popular apps. The Ditto also can tether to a smartphone, if the user puts it down and walks away, the gadget vibrates notifying the phone owner that they’ve forgotten their phone.
The Ditto sells for $30.

2. Amazon sells several different personal assistant gadgets for the home. The Echo plugs into a wall outlet and connects to the home’s wifi.
It is voice activated and will play music, answer questions, set alarms and read the news/weather reports just by asking it. Amazon more recently released the Echo Dot which does everything the original Echo does, but lacks the high powered speaker. It also connects to the home’s wifi and is voice activated. The Echo Dot will connect to an external bluetooth speaker.
The Echo is $180 and the Dot is $80.

3. The Lyve Video and Photo Manager is a device that sits on a table or desk and displays and stores photos. Using the free Lyve photo app, the manager can be set up to automatically store photos taken by a smartphone and stores 2 TB of media.
The Lyve video/photo manager costs $115 online.

4. Moms who are already plugged in and using an iPhone, iPad or other device will appreciate a new case to protect it. If mom rarely takes the tablet out of the house, a fancy sleeve may be a good choice. Sleeves protect the device but allows the device owner to easily remove it to use without a case. We found many tablet sleeves online for as little as $14 and some will fold into a stand for the device.

5. Amazon’s Kindle readers and fitness trackers are expected to be popular gifts this Mother’s Day.

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