2012
05.09

This Mother’s Day, show mom that she’s special. After all, she’s not just “mom,” she’s a woman with unique interests and hobbies, and a bouquet of carnations (while lovely) doesn’t always drive that message home. Luckily, there are plenty of gadgets that will not only make mom smile this Sunday, they’ll show you really know her as a person. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Buying for a busy, occasionally absent-minded mom? Consider the ZOMM Wireless Leash, a small keychain device that will pair with any Bluetooth-enabled phone to alert mom when she’s walked off without her cellphone.

For moms with young children at home, the Withings Wi-Fi-connected Smart Baby Monitor is a perfect solution for keeping tabs on baby from a smartphone. Be sure to keep a look out for up-and-coming products such as connected baby pajamas and sensor solutions that teach kids how long to brush their teeth, such as the Toothbrush Kit from GreenGoose.

For the stylishly connected mom, consider accessories such as a Swarovski Crystal iPhone case from Concord Keystone, or a solar-powered SolarKindle lighted cover from Solarfocus Technologies. You may also want to look at the iWatchz nano clip system, which turns an iPod nano into a wristwatch for tracking time, fitness goals via the device’s accelerometer and Nike+ app, and of course, for keeping tunes close at hand (pun intended).

A connected photo frame would be great for photo-loving moms, who may not have time or energy to keep the photo albums updated. There are plenty of Wi-Fi-enabled options from companies like Ceiva, and Kodak, and some devices like chumby8 and Sony Dash act as photo frames plus so much more.

No matter what you decide on this Mother’s Day, considering 80% of women are interested in consumer electronics, a connected device may be the brilliant idea you’ve been waiting for. For more ideas, browse through the pages of Connected World or search through our Web archives.

Also, don’t forget to register for this year’s Connected World Conference (and bring mom!). You might just walk away with a free gadget, courtesy of our Gadget Giveaway. Come to our exhibit hall and you’ll like what you see (connected Porsche, anyone?). Exhibit-hall passes for Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 are free!

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