That special day when we honor those who brought us into this world is almost upon us. For some, gone are the days where a gift of flowers and chocolate is enough to suffice. If your mother is anything like mine, then she's getting increasingly digital. Keeping with the spirit of Technocentric , I bring you the ultimate gift guide for the tech-savvy mother.
My mother's number one complaint when we switched from a standard film-based camera to a digital camera was, and I quote, "but I never see the pictures once the vacation is over!" With digital cameras becoming increasingly affordable, more and more families are joining in the digital age and recording their memories on flash-based media - not film. If your mother suffers from the same fears as mine, a Pandigital touch-screen photo frame will go a long way towards alleviating her angst.
The PanTouch series contains three sizes of photo frames with varying amounts of built-in storage and screen display capability. However, connectivity to the device from your camera or memory card is a snap. The PanTouch line looks smart, has a great feature set, and is affordable. The perfect combination to alleviate mother's fears over her pictures disappearing into the void that is the family computer. (Buy here .)
As time goes by, we try and cram more and more into our already time-deprived lives. Chores, work boiling over from the office into the home life, and even the weekend to-do list all are making greater demands on our time. Time is perhaps the greatest gift you could give any busy mother. Since we haven't invented a workable time machine yet, we'll have to settle from finding newer and more creative ways to trim excess tasks from our day in order to take back that precious time.
House chores? Who will actually say that they wish they had done more cleaning when they are at their deathbed (incidentally, that's another one of my mother's favorite phrases)? Manual vacuuming? How droll! Give your mother the gift of a robotic helper to do the vacuuming for her! The little guy can be programmed to go to work when no one's home, vacuums, and returns himself to the base station for recharging. Never have to vacuum your own house again! (Buy here
Live far away from home and your mother? As long as she has a high-speed internet connection, you can get her set up with a free Skype account and then set her up with one of these beauties. The Skype cordless phone from Netgear is a great way for her to use the emerging VoIP technology in a way that may be more familiar to her. Sure you could get VoIP service from your local cable provider and use a standard telephone, but you will definitely be paying more per month for that service than you will for Skype - especially if she can call you on your own Skype account. Save cell phone minutes, long distance charges, and heartache by using Skype to communicate with your mother on her special day. (Buy here .)
My mother is a veritable wealth of information on new and wonderful television shows. The day she received her TiVo was the day she felt liberated from the evil dictator that is live TV programming. If your mother is a television aficionado, or even if she just likes to follow one or two shows, the TiVo is an invaluable addition to any home. No longer do you have to watch your favorite shows when the station says they are on. No longer do you have to miss that great play in the game because you were in the other room frantically trying to refresh the bean-dip (don't be a hero), simply use your TiVo to rewind time and see that action again.
On top of its wonderful properties for watching TV, TiVo has evolved into so much more. Now with the ability to listen to podcasts, get weather and traffic information, and download movies from Amazon.com's Unbox service, TiVo has become a new home media center that can even play music and videos from your home computer. (Buy here)