Sengled Pulse LED & Wireless Speakers – Review

Sengled Pulse LED & Wireless Speakers – Review



What we love…

Super easy to stream music, adjust lights on the go using Bluetooth with no cords, no wires, no fuss!

What we’d love to see…

ability to use it in an outside setting without fear of water, didn’t fit into every light socket in my home (although it did fit into most)

Summary

Dimmable LED light and JBL Bluetooth speaker makes this a perfect fit for the #connectedhome.  Super easy to use, works in a variety of rooms and is easy to control with no wires!

Our Rating

 

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Pulse is an innovative smart bulb which combines a dimmable LED light and a JBL Bluetooth Speaker to provide a listening experience that allows you to adjust light and sound from your tablet, iPhone, computer or other Bluetooth enabled device.  There are no wires, power cords or even the need for a remote control, everything you need is inside the lightbulb which you can either put into a recessed light or an existing lamp while listening to your favorite music, podcasts all while being able to adjust the lighting on the fly.

I loved how easy it was to stream music and turn up or down my kitchen lights while cooking dinner. You can install the Pulse into any standard light socket, and adjust light and sound from a Bluetooth enabled device without needing wires, cords or a remote.  The light quality given by the LED is bright and cheery and more than enough light given to cook, or watch TV by.  I also loved that you could dim it down easily in order to watch a movie on TV or simply if you didn’t need as much bright light.  Out of the box, the install of the app was simple and intuitive as was the installation of the bulbs.  I installed them in my kitchen as I love to stream music and cook at the same time but wasn’t able to find a great spot to put a Bluetooth speaker due to limited counter space and the fear of spills.  I also tested them in my living room and home office as well and was able to adjust the lighting on the fly while listening to music which I could quickly shut off if I needed to via the app.  I also tested them in my kids rooms as well where I streamed music via my iPhone on wi-fi to help soothe them to sleep after a long day.   When I used it to stream music, you could hear the base and the music was true to what I would typically hear with my higher end speaker setups.  You could hear sound from both the master and the satellite bulb which meant the two had to be in proximity but gave an overall stereo type sound, which was unlike many tabletop Bluetooth speakers that I have tested.  Perfect accessory for the #connectedhome. You can add up to eight bulbs to get surround sound in the house – I tested it with the master and satellite on the first floor of my home. I also liked that I didn’t have to worry about running speaker wire in my house so that I could listen to my music. It’s the perfect gift for a mom who has everything!

In terms of enhancements, I would love to use these on my patio but I was afraid to do so for a party because of the fear of water getting into the sockets.  Instead I brought out two lamps and put those on the deck with the lightbulb/speakers in them for music – which worked nicely but defeated the purpose of having no wires, no fuss, no muss.  They also didn’t fit into every single type of light socket in my house – but did fit into most standard lamps.  I would not suggest using them in a ceiling fan due to the momentum caused by the movement of the fan.

Overall, this is a great investment if you want to listen to music or podcasts in a part of the house where space is at a premium.  Adding the lighting component to the speakers using LED ensures a long life as well as the ability to listen to music on the go.   This is a great accessory for the #connectedhome and for music lovers.

Available from Amazon and a variety of retailers for US$156


Sengled Pulse
Sengled Pulse
by Sengled Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.

Category: Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 31.38 MB

$FREE

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.


Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
The iMums Favorite Travel Tech Products, Part 1-Mary’s Must Haves

The iMums Favorite Travel Tech Products, Part 1-Mary’s Must Haves

It is summer again and for my family and many others that means time to go on summer vacation! I have always loved traveling and before kids I visited many places around the world. Since having kids my travel is not quite so footloose and fancy free, but we still love to travel as a family. Every year we go on transatlantic flights to visit my family back in the UK and Ireland, and closer to home we also love to go camping and spend days at the pool, beach or lake.

In this article I want to share some of my favorite travel products that make my life easier every time I travel, including products I use in the car, on the plane, camping and at pool, beach or lake.

1. Back up Battery

myCharge_Razor_Max_6000_mAh_poratble_battery_charger_hero_largeOn long plane journeys and other times when electricity isn’t readily available a good back up battery is essential for keeping everything charged. I find this especially important for keeping the kids iPads charged during our 10 hour plus transatlantic flights and for keeping my phone charged during our camping trips. There are many back up batteries on the market and features I look for include: keeping their charge for long periods when not in use, multiple outlets so I can charge more than 1 device at once, powerful enough that I can use for an iPad when needed and not too bulky or heavy. A good choice is the RazorMax from myCharge it is a 6000mAH battery, with 2 USB ports a combined 2.4A output, and is quite slim and light for it’s output. It is 4.4 in x 2.6 in x 0.5 in and weighs 0.38 lbs. Available from myCharge RRP $69.99

2. External Storage for my iOS Devices

SanDisk-Connect-Wireless-Media-DriveDuring long car or plane journeys a great way to keep the kids happy and entertained is to bring along their favorite movies and even some ones they’ve never seen before. Movies can quickly fill up your iPad storage so I load them onto an external storage device. For movie watching and streaming my favorite storage device is the SanDisk Connect Media Drive. It streams up to 8hrs, connects to up to 8 devices at once and can stream 5 different movies simultaneously. For me it is a must-have travel accessory for families on the go, and it is very reasonably priced for the amount of extra storage you get. I especially love how you can add even more storage capacity very economically using SD cards. It is available with 32GB or 62GB memory. Available from Amazon.com and other retailers from $69.99 for 32GB version. Read my full review.

3. Car Charger

 

ribbn-car-charger-lightning-2-4a-charging Another must-have is a way to keep my iPhone and other tech charged whilst on the road and I’ve found the RIBBN car charger from TYLT is a great choice. It delivers 4.8 Amps – making it powerful enough to charge 2 tablets at once. It has a built-in charging cable and a separate USB charging port. I use the lightning version – it has a built-in lightning cable that I use with my iPhone, iPad Mini or iPad Air (a version with a Micro-USB cable is also available.)  The charging cable is flat and tough and never gets tangled.  I use the 2nd USB charging slot with my own cables to charge a variety of other electronics. Available from TYLT.com for US$49.99

4. Mobile Hot Spot

When I’m away from home I find a mobile hot spot is the best way to ensure I have a reliable internet connection. I have AT&T phone service and find the NETGEAR Unite Hot Spot a great choice as I can add it to my mobile phone service. But if a hot spot is not something you use year around getting one on contract may not be the best option for you. The Around Town from NETGEAR is a great option in this situation as not only does it not require a contract but there is an option to buy data for it that never expires! The Around Town is a 4G LTE mobile hotspot that allows you to securely connect up to 10 devices and its battery lasts up to 10 hours, it uses the Sprint network. It comes with 1GB of data, additional data can be purchased. Available from Amazon and other retailers for US$199.99

 

5. Headphones

iB37B-blue.jpg.450x400_q85For the sake of my sanity I always make sure to pack several pairs of headphones when traveling with the kids. That way each of them can watch their own movies or play their games without me having to listen to them! It also means that I can chill out and relax to my own music in the evenings after they have gone to sleep. A current favorite in our family are the iB37 Color Changing Headphones from iHome. They are adjustable enough that they fit my 8 year-old daughter and yet are comfortable for me to wear too, do a good job of blocking out external noise and sound good. A fun extra (that we don’t use in the car or on the plane) is the color changing option. Coming soon from iHome RRP US$49.99

 

6. Solar Powered Light

imageI recently discovered the Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern and it is a great addition to our family camping equipment. It has 10 bright LEDs and requires no batteries as it runs entirely on its own solar panels. It makes a great backpacking light as it weighs only 4 oz and folds to 1 inch thick. It takes a few seconds to inflate to lantern mode or it can be kept folded to use as a flashlight. Available from Amazon, Big 5 and other retailers for US$14.99


7. Wet Electronics Rescue Pouch 
8577726251_21e3c33567_zOne product I carry with me when I go to the lake, beach or pool, but hope never to have to use is the Evap Wet Electronics Pouch from Kensington. If your mobile phone accidentally goes for a swim the Evap pouch can be a lifesaver (or at least a phone saver!) It contains a drying agent that is 700% more effective than using rice at removing moisture. You simply remove your phone battery and Sim card, wipe off any surface moisture and place in the pouch between to 2 pouches, seal and wait 24 hours or until the moisture indicator shows it is ready. Available from Kensington.com and other retailers RRP US$14.99.

8. Rugged, Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker

If you are looking for a tough  Bluetooth speaker to take with you the iBN68 from iHome is a great choice. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, its rechargeable battery lasts up to 14 hours and it will even recharge your smartphone too! RRP $119

Where ever you go it is fun to be able to listen to music even when you are away from a power source. My favorite “take it anywhere” speaker is the iBN6 Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker from iHome. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means you can even submerge it in water. It has a rubberized exterior to help it withstand knocks and as it is dust and waterproof it is a great choice for a camping trip or day out at the beach, pool or lake. Its rechargeable battery lasts up to 14 hours and it will even recharge your smartphone too! Just in case you get thirsty it has a carabiner with a built-in bottle opener too.  Available from iHome, Amazon and other retailers  RRP US$99

9. Added Peace of Mind at the Pool, Beach or Lake

Goggles and bands 1My 3 kids love to play in water, but as a parent I can find it very stressful, especially as I have 1 non-swimmer. A product which helps to give me peace of mind is iSwimband. It does not replace proper adult supervision around water, but is designed to give you an extra early warning system should your non-swimmer fall in the water or your swimmer stay submerged too long. iSwimband is a wearable sensor that works in conjunction with a smartphone app. In can be attached via a wrist strap for non-swimmers (such as toddlers) and a headband/google strap for swimmers. Available from iSwimband.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP $59.99.Read my full review

10. Smartphone Mount for the Car
17743670533_1e1e30e6e6_z When traveling by car I often use my cellphone as a GPS navigation system, and to do that I need it securely mounted where I can see it without taking my eyes off the road. The Universal Car Mount from Kensington is a great solution for this, and is really flexible, working with different vehicles and phones.It mounts in 2 ways- either via a 12 inch long flexible arm attached to a powerful suction cup, or via a vent clip. The mount works in both portrait and landscape mode, and releases with a touch of a button. I love that it is really easy to adjust and will work with lots of different size smartphones up to and including the iPhone6+. Read my full review. Available from Kensington.com for US $29.99.


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Of course you need a great navigation app to go with your smartphone, and my favorite navigation apps are the CoPilot series by ALK Technologies. They are available for US and Canada as well as many other countries, you can read my review of the UK and Ireland version here. I love that they can be used off-line, saving precious data (especially important with international data roaming charges!) They are regularly updated, have clear directions, alternative route options and you can also get live traffic updates.

These are some of my travel “must-haves”, what are yours? I’d love to hear about how you like to spend your summer, and what products you have found most useful on your travels.

Note: Some of the products included in this article were supplied by the companies for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received. Their inclusion was the decision of the author, all opinions stated in the article are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
10 Great Gifts For Dads and Grads – 2015

10 Great Gifts For Dads and Grads – 2015

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June is a busy time of year with Graduations, school year ending and Father’s Day. If you are looking for a gift for the special man in your life we have put together some great ideas. For female graduates you can find great gift ideas here and also in our recent iThe iMums 10 Great Gift Ideas for Moms. We have gifts to suit all tastes – including an iPhone  case that can recharge by solar power, a fun Bluetooth speaker that will make you do a double take as it what it is, a great gift for the Minecraft fan, a product to improve sleep, gifts for the music lover, the man who needs a little help with getting fit and losing weight and lots more. Be sure to check out the full list and let us know what you’ll be buying for your dad or grad- does something on the list catch your eye or do you have other ideas?

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The iBT12 Flask Shaped Wireless Bluetooth Speaker from iHome is a fun yet practical gift. Available in Silver or Black this wireless Bluetooth speakers looks just like a hip flask and is small enough to fit in a pocket and weighs less than half a pound. It connects to any Bluetooth device to play music on the go and even acts as a speaker phone. It comes with a custom carrying case with carabiner so he can take it anywhere. Despite it’s small size it packs a punch with plenty of volume and sounds surprisingly good for a sub $50 speaker. Available from iHome.com and other retailers RRP US$49.99


Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™ for iPad Air™ 2  keyfolio

The KeyFolio Thin X3™ for iPad Air™ 2 from Kensington is a great gift for the iPad Air 2 owner. If you have an iPad Air 2 then you want a light, slim accessories to go with it. The KeyFolio Thin X3™ is a great choice, it weighs approximately 15 oz and not only is it a case and keyboard, but it also acts as a backup charger for your iPhone! One feature I love is the keyboard automatically switches on when the iPad is in the magnetic stand, and switches it off when it is taken out, saving the battery. The Quikfold design lets the keyboard fold under the iPad when you want to use the iPad without the keyboard. Strong magnets hold the case firmly shut when it is closed as well as automatically activating the iPad’s sleep/ wake modes. The case looks professional and has a textured surface making it easy to carry without dropping. Available from Kensington, Amazon and other suppliers for US$$99.99

Griffin Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier 
Griffin twentyFor the music lover the Twenty digital audio amplifier from Griffin Technology makes a great gift. It connects via Bluetooth from your phone to your speakers and streams high quality audio at 20 watts per channel. It has a  30-foot Bluetooth range, and is designed to work with your old speakers to bring them into the digital age. It can also physically connect to your AirPort Express or Apple TV, game console or TV via an included optical TOSLINK cable, for clear optical audio. Available from Griffin.com and Amazon for US$149, if your speakers need upgrading it is also available bundled with NHT speakers.

EnerPlex Surfr Case for iPhone 6 Surfr-Iphone-6-Family (1)
The Surfr iPhone 6 Case from EnerPlex is a great iPhone case for keeping his phone charged no matter where he is. It has a 2,700 mAh backup battery built-in to keep his phone charged all day even under heavy usage. As well as charging conventionally via a mini USB/ USB charging cable it also features a built-in solar panel for emergency charging when he is off the grid. Especially useful for those who enjoy the great outdoors, this case is useful for anyone  to provide an emergency backup as even when the backup battery has been used the solar panel can recharge it enough for a quick phone call after 10-15 minutes. Available from Enerplex.com  for US$99.99

GameBand +Minecraft 
The GAMEBAND-BIG_1Gameband + Minecraft  is the perfect gift for the Minecraft fan, it is both a fashion statement and a secure way of backing up Minecraft worlds and taking them with you wherever you go. As well as the physical backup on the Gameband there is also a backup via the cloud to the Gameband servers so if you ever lose or damage your Gameband you can still recover your worlds. It is very easy to use, and you can customize the display with your own Minecraft themed animation. It can also display the date and time, doubling as a digital watch as well as a cool wearable. Available from Target, Best Buy, Gamestop, Microsoft shops and other retailers for US $79.99. Read our full review

 

Sleep Companion from Holi

sleep_bulbGetting a good night’s rest and waking up feeling refreshed is one of the most important things we can do for our health and happiness. The Sleep Companion by Holi can’t make you go to bed any earlier but is can help you relax at bedtime and set the right spectrum of light to naturally prepare your body for sleep. Then 20 minutes before your alarm is due to go off it will gradually come on with just the right color lighting to decrease your melatonin ready to wake up feeling refreshed. It has an alarm feature that works with your phone to wake you up with a choice of 3 gentle audible alarms. It can also monitor how much sleep you re getting, so you can track it over time.  Available from Holi.com US $99, and available for pre-order on Amazon

 

 

Kiqplan Beer Belly Blaster Kiqplan Beer Belly Blaster_1
If the man in your life needs a little help getting on track with his fitness and weight loss goals the Beer Belly Blaster from Kiqplan may be just what he needs. instead of buying yet another activity tracker it will work with the one he has- whether that be a Jawbone UP, Fitbit, FitBug Orb, Nike+ Fuelband or many more. You get an individualized exercise and nutrition plan, with recipes, workout videos, daily targets advice and feedback.  This is  a 12 week plan available from kiqplan.com for US$19.99


scupltMicrosoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop
Ergonomic wireless keyboard incorporates a split keyboard with seperate keypad desgined to reduce wrist fatigue and position arms and wrists in a more natural position.  Includes a “Windows” button on the mouse which provides one click access to the desktop/start screen.  Great battery life and comfortable to use for hours. Available from Amazon for US$87.00


back3D Back Massage by Brookstone
The 3D Back Massager by Brookstone is a portable back massager that features built in carry handles, twelve “massage” nodes featuring the Shiatsu method and provides a deep massage to your back.  If you sit at a desk all day, or have a sore back from shoveling show and ice, you may notice tension and some back fatigue.  This massager which fits on any chair or couch moves up and down, side to side and front to back while providing a massage that loosens your sore back or body.  One direction massages toward the spine, and the other massages away from your spine.  You can flip the massager from top to bottom which allows for a more focused massage on the lower back. Available from Brookstone for US$119

 

371027-just-mobile-alupen-digitalJust Mobile AluPen Digital Stylus
Lightweight stylus with a 1.8 mm tip is made of hard plastic and feels more like a ballpoint pen when using it compared to a traditional stylus.  I used it comfortably on my iPad Mini covered with a Griffin Survivor – and you could definitely “hear” the audible tap when it made contact with the screen, but with contact I found better precision and  Available from Just Mobile for US $39.99

 

For additional gift ideas check out these articles from The iMums: iThe iMums 10 Great Gift Ideas for Moms.  Awesome iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Kids, Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and Cool iPhone & iPad Accessories for Men.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
The iMums 10 Great Gift Ideas for Moms

The iMums 10 Great Gift Ideas for Moms

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast and The iMums have come up with some cool gift ideas that are bound to be popular with the women in your life. They are definitely gifts we’d love to receive this Mother’s Day! From a stylish bag through fitness, mobile storage, iPhoneography and home accessories we have gifts to suit all tastes.

Poppy Cross-Body Satchel from Mia Tui
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Every woman needs a good bag and Mia Tui make great bags! These are the most organized, practical bags on the market. The Poppy is a great bag for the woman who wants the signature Mia Tui organization, but in a more compact package than bags like the Grace, Sofia and Olivia Mia Tui bags we have previously reviewed. You will still find the unique pink Mia Tui interior, with an interior pocket for the included clutch bag, key clip, pen and smartphone holders, and a zip pocket on the back of the bag. A full-sized iPad will fit in the main part of the bag or an iPad mini will fit in the interior pocket.
 Available from Mia Tui USA, in Pink, Pewter, Brown or Black for US$53. Get a 20% Mother’s Day discount on any bag from Mia Tui USA with code imum

iBridge Mobile Memory from LEEF
leef2Many moms struggle with having enough memory in their iPhone or iPad and the iBridge from LEEF is a tiny solution to a big problem. It is small and light enough to keep in her purse at all times, weighs only 10 grams (less than 1/2oz) and measures 63 x 19 x 18mm- that’s about 2.5″ x 0.7″ x 0.7″. Many portable memory solutions rely on Bluetooth or wireless connections to connect to your iOS device but the iBridge simply plugs in to the lightning connector.  It will store music, photos and videos and you can even take photos directly onto the iBridge by-passing the iPhone’s storage completely. – this is a lifesaver when you need to take a photo but your iPhone is full.  Read our full review. Available from Amazon or LEEFco.com from US$59.99


Screenguardz Pure® with the Crown™ Premium Glass Screen Protector  iPhone case from BodyGuardz
 ScreenGuardz Pure® with The Crown™ Premium Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 6
The Crown™ is a solution designed to protect the curved edges of your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+ with an aluminum rim combined with a Screen Guardz Pure protector which offers edge to edge protection for your device in case of drops, collection of dust and debris (which can get in under the protector).  The Pure and Crown provide coverage for the entire screen and all four corners of the device adding very little “bulk” to your iPhone 6.  This ensures that your phone is protected, even when your kids use it or if you have greasy or sticky fingers touching your device.
Available from Amazon, BodyGuardz  for US$25.00 – $39.99

iPro Trio iPhone Lens Kit from Schneider Optics

iprolens41HYz-XeIZLThe iPro Trio Lens Kit from Schneider Optics, is a great gift for the iPhoneographer mum. It provides a good selection of high quality add-on lenses including a macro, wide angle and 2x zoom, plus an iPhone Case, lens cap and handle. The handle is both a really useful accessory and a great way to store and carry the lenses. This kit is currently available for the iPhone4/4S, iPhone5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone6+ and Galaxy S4. Read our full review. Available from  Schneider optics, Amazon and other suppliers  RRP $229


[EXPOSE] Smart Video Light for iPhone from KNOG
[expose]The [expose] from KNOG is a great gift for the mom who loves to take photos and videos with her iPhone, but is unhappy with the results when she takes pictures at night. The [expose] a tiny iPhone Flash that packs a lot of light. It has 9 LEDs and a total output of up to 130 lumens which is 6x as powerful as the iPhone’s built-in flash. The [expose] has a built-in rechargeable battery, so it won’t run down her iPhone battery and can be used for both video and still photography. Available in Black or White RRP $59.99 from Knog.com and other retailers.

Mpow iSnap X One-piece U-Shape Selfie Stick
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Do you love taking photos but find as a mom that you are often not in any of them because you are taking them of your kids?  The iSnap allows you to attach your smartphone or tablet to a “selfie stick” which then allows you to take photos of your family and include you as mom!  It connects to your device via Bluetooth with a switch on the tripod which allows you to actuate your photos without having to touch your device.  Available from Amazon for US$20

Mio Link Heart Rate Monitor from Mio Global
MiolinkFor moms who like to work out the Mio Link is a great gift idea. To get the most benefit from exercising it is recommended that you monitor your heart rate so that you can stay “in the zone”. The Mio Link is a really comfortable, easy to use heart rate monitor that you wear on your wrist, eliminating the need for uncomfortable chest straps. The Mio Link uses a series of color coded lights to let you know what “zone” you are in, and you can also view your exact heart rate on your iPhone. Read our full review. Available from  the Mio Global website, RRP $99 

Fitbug Orb Activity and Sleep Tracker

fitbug orbFor the mom who wants to improve her fitness using a fitness tracker can be a first step on in providing an incentive to exercise more. The Fitbug Orb from Fitbug is a small, versatile tracker that tracks both activity and sleep and can be worn in a number of ways. It comes with both a wrist strap and a clip, so you can choose different ways to wear it. It comes with a watch-style battery that lasts approximately 6 months so you don’t need to recharge it. You can track your fitness data both via an iOS app and online and can also enter your food intake to track calories and join the Fitbug online community for support. Available from Amazon and other retailers RRP US$49.99

Pulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, Powered by JBLsengled
Pulse Dimmable LED Light with Wireless Bluetooth Speakers (Pair), Powered by JBL from Sengled The Sengled Pulse is a smart lightbulb which includes an LED light with an embedded JBL Bluetooth speaker which allows you to control both the speaker and the light from your Smartphone. I loved how easy it was to stream music and turn up or down my kitchen lights while cooking dinner. You can install the Pulse into any standard light socket, and adjust light and sound from a Bluetooth enabled device without needing wires, cords or a remote.  Available from Amazon  for US$156

Withings Aura Smart Sleep System
AuraWhat better gift is there for a busy mom than a good nights sleep? With Aura Smart Sleep from Withings is a system that not only tracks her sleep in detail but also provides tool to help her fall asleep and wake up better both from a night’s sleep and from a nap. It includes an under the mattress sensor that measures movement, heart rate and breathing to analyze her sleep. This connects to the bedside unit and includes a smart light, speaker, clock and USB charging port. The system works to lull her to sleep with soothing sounds and red light, and gradually bring mom to her light sleep phase in the morning before waking her with blue lights and gentle wake up sounds. Available from Amazon and other retailers RRP US$299

 

For additional gift ideas check out Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women.

We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend. Products may have been received from companies for review purposes, no other compensation was received.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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