Holiday Gift Guide for the Digital Age

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Lifestyle Technology Experts at Living in Digital Times Offer Hot Picks for Every Family Member

Are you in search of something special for the gadget-lover in your life this holiday season, or a gift that will help make a loved-one’s life easier? The experts at Living in Digital Times have tested, toyed, and experimented with the latest innovations and technology and are letting you in on their top picks in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide for the Digital Age.

“The good news is that there are technologies to delight every person in the family. The bad news is that there’s an excess of riches. So many choices make the purchase of the right gift nearly impossible,” said Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times. “But with our help, you’ll have everyone on your gift list tech-happy.”

This year’s top 20 picks:

Digitally Connected Kids

GeoPalz - The first pedometer for tracking a child’s daily activity. The more steps kids take, the more pedpoints they earn. There are 26 unique designs that kids can trade in for prizes or time in the online arcade. Ages 5-12, $25.00

Wanderful Interactive Storybooks (Wanderful) - Educational storybook apps based on the classic LivingBooks titles, where every word and every page is interactive, enriching the reading experience and engaging kids for hours. There are six apps in all, $4.99 each.

Tablets - The hottest trend in kids gifts this year. An explosion of durable kid-oriented tablets that offer parental controls and family-friendly content have hit the market. Examples include LeapPad2 ($99) from LeapFrog, a first tablet for preschoolers, and the Kurio7 ($149.99) from Techno Source, an Android family tablet that allows parents to create up to 8 user profiles with custom settings.

Apptivity - Have fun while learning. Apps promote educational and social skills but the interactive features make them a lot of fun to play. Companies such as FingerPrint Digital offer 15 free engaging apps and Scholastic Apps, which offer a variety of book, reading, and gaming apps all under $10.

Students’ Campus Cravings

IZIP™ Electric Bikes (Currie Technologies) - A cool new alternative for commuting, getting around campus or having fun. A safe, reliable and emission free ride. $999 and up.

BookRenter™ - Make college a little less expensive. Open an account and let your student rent, buy or sell books with ease, while saving up to 80% off the costs of books at the campus book store.

SkyTM WiFi Smartpen (Livescribe) – Studying enters the digital age. This smartpen wirelessly records written notes and audio, digitizes the information and sends the notes to an online account. $170.

AfterShokz™ Sportz M2 w Mic - The next generation of open ear sport headphones. They sit comfortably in front of the ear and use bone conduction technology to keep ears open to ambient noises. Safely keeps co-eds connected to their music and social life while remaining active. $79.95.

Mom’s Digital Makeover

Samsung Galaxy S® III – Large easy to read screen, great sound and camera makes sharing memories and keeping up with to dos easier than ever. Preloaded AllShare® Play allows content to be sent instantly to friends and groups of devices. From $549.99.

AboutOne – Easily organize a busy family. An online family organizer that automatically organizes, stores, and shares family memories and household paperwork. The go to place to keep families running smoothly. Affordable $5 and $10 monthly plans available.

Agloves Sport - Thicker, warmer touch gloves will touch her heart and let her keeping typing at the same time. Comfortable, snug fit and 10-finger touchscreen functionality. Works on all smartphones and tablets, $25.99.

ZIP™ Wireless Activity Tracker (FitBit) – A boost for the active mom. Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and syncs stats to computers and select smartphones. The new Zip™ will encourage mom to set goals and challenge friends, turning everyday life into a social and achievable path to fitness. $59.95.

Dads Deserve a Digital Upgrade

Nexus 7 - This 12 oz. Android tablet is designed with 32GB of storage, and the ability to connect to most mobile data networks. It’s the perfect on the go companion. From $199.

BodyMedia® FIT - 2013 is the year to get fit. An on-body monitoring system that consists of the Armband monitor ($149), online Activity Manager ($6.95/month), an optional display and free downloadable apps for mobile device users. The Armbands automatically track the calories burned during daily activities and works as a fitness monitor to measure the intensity of workouts. It also monitors sleep quality.

WorkFit (Ergotron®) - An exciting line of sit-stand desks and mounting devices for the wall, ceiling and desk that adapts technology to dads’ physical needs, creating a healthy and comfortable work environment at the office or at home. Wide range of price points.

vFree Headphones (Velodyne) - Removes the constraints of wired headphones. Velodyne skins offer unique artistic designs and can be easily changed depending on mood or style. Offers Bluetooth connectivity compatible with iPhones, iPod Touchs, and iPads and apt-X® coding for true wireless sound reproduction. $299.

Seniors: Cloud to the Rescue

5Star Urgent Response System and Medical Apps (GreatCall) – A personal emergency system to help keep your loved ones feel safe and in touch, even when they’re out and about. Press the button and the service connects you to a GreatCall operator trained to help in emergencies. Enter your doctor’s name, family members and medical advice into their database and you can rest easier. $49.99 for 5Star device; $14.99/month for service.

PhotoBucket – A great way to keep close. Share your family photos with the whole family. Provides an easy way to upload, edit and share videos and photos from any device. Free sign-up. Manage remotely to update every occasion. Costs vary by storage space.

Biscotti™ TV Cam – Check in on loved ones from the comfort of your living room. The sleek, small device is easy to use and turns televisions into a giant, video phone - no computer required. $199.

Netflix - Instantly watch unlimited movies & TV show episodes streaming over the Internet to the TV via most internet connected devices. Service can be set up and managed remotely. $7.99/month.

Robin Raskin has been reviewing and writing about the most innovative technology and gadgets to hit the market for the past 30 years. She founded Living in Digital Times, which is at the frontlines of technology and how it impacts every aspect of our lives as digital consumers. She is also the former editor of PC Magazine and FamilyPC and has also been a columnist for USA Today Online.

About Living in Digital Times
Living in Digital Times produces conferences and exhibits throughout the year that bring together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations that intersect technology and lifestyle. Among their many goals is to help companies understand what it means to be a consumer in today’s digital world and stay a step ahead in identifying key trends in their given marketplace. Living in Digital Times produces the following summits and exhibitions at 2013 CES: CloudBase3, Digital Health Summit, Silvers Summit, Fitness Tech Summit, HigherEd Tech Summit, Kids@Play Summit, MommyTech Summit, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Mommy Tech FashionWare Show and KAPi Awards. Go to for additional information.

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