Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020: unique gadget gifts for Moms

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020: unique gadget gifts for Moms

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020: unique gadget gifts for Moms

Trying to decide on a gift for a parent or significant other can be difficult even during the best of times. So with the help of The Verge’s staff, we’ve come up with a list of things we think would make great Mother’s Day gifts or might give you some inspiration for your own unique gift idea.

These are things that have either served the staff well or things they wish they had. Compiled below is a list of eight items, ranging from Hario V60 gooseneck kettle ($45) to the Apple Watch (around $400), that would be great gifts for any parent.


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

For years, Amazon’s Kindles have ruled the e-reader space. And for nearly as long, the Paperwhite has been the model that nearly everyone should get. With an integrated light, a crisp display, and a virtually endless battery life — and only slightly more expensive than Amazon’s entry-level model — it’s not just the best e-reader; it’s almost better than physical paper. Price: ~$130

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Apple Watch

If you’ve got an iPhone, there’s basically one smartwatch to get: an Apple Watch. The latest model has an always on display, works well even when you don’t have your iPhone handy, and can track basically all your fitness activities right from your wrist. Price: ~$399
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Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

If there’s one single pot that can transform your kitchen, its Lodge’s cast-iron combo cooker. It takes a little more work to take care of, but the case iron pot is perfect for making everything from casseroles to stews to homemade sourdough, while the lid actually doubles as its own cast iron pan. It’s two great pots for the price of one! Price: ~$45
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Fitbit Charge 4

Keeping track of your health has never been more important, and the latest Fitbit Charge 4 is the best that company offers in one tiny tracker. You can use it to control Spotify songs, make contactless payments, and track your location without ever bringing a phone along. Price: ~$150
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Hario V60 Gooseneck kettle

There are many cheaper vessels for hot water, but Hario’s V60 Gooseneck kettle heats quickly, and rarely needs to be cleaned. What’s best, though, is that it delivers a perfect, measured pour so you don’t get carried away with a delicate drink. Price: ~$45
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Tissot Everytime Swissmatic Watch

Smart watches may be all the rage, but a good mechanical watch will outlast them all. Tissot’s Everytime watches offer a classic design that looks good with nearly everything, while the Swiss-made movement will keep ticking without any batteries, chargers, or even solar panels — just wind it and you’re good to go. It’s the kind of watch that lasts a lifetime, instead of just until the next hardware refresh. Price: ~$255
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Allbirds shoes

Beloved by Silicon Valley startups, Allbirds are basically the internet’s favorite shoes. But if you can get past all of the social media hype, what’s left is actually a really comfortable, easy-to-clean pair of shoes that are great for the office or a walk in the park. Price: ~$95 to $135
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Madewell Medium Transport Tote

This leather tote bag not only offers ample room for all your everyday stuff, but is also big enough for carrying a laptop while still having room to spare. Then if things happen to get a bit too cumbersome you can attach the shoulder strap for additional support or just to free up your hands. Price: ~$158
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Hack your home workouts with this groundbreaking gadget

Hack your home workouts with this groundbreaking gadget

Here’s the secret about getting in shape quickly: To see real results, you don’t have to necessarily work harder. The key is to work smarter.

What exactly does that mean? Working smarter translates to investing in products that will help amplify your workouts so that even a quick circuit training session can leave a lasting impact on your well-being. Take, for instance, the Power Plate MOVE, a whole-body vibration trainer that can turn a quick 15-minute workout into a heart-pumping, sweat session.

The plate delivers high-quality vibrations from 30 to 40Hz while users perform their typical workouts on its surface—crunches, pushups, bicep curls and all. These vibrations can activate their muscles quickly and naturally, and, because every targeted muscle in your body is engaged and working harder for the duration of the workout, your results will be magnified.

Many Power Plate users report significant weight loss, the reduction of both body fat and cellulite, as well as toned muscles by using the device. Moreover, the vibrations produced by the Power Plate will help strengthen your core, as well as improve your balance and mobility.

Other notable features of the product include its six different frequency modes which range from a relaxing massage setting to an intense workout one and its lightweight design that allows you to move the Power Plate from room to room in your home with ease. Its customer reviews don’t hurt either, with current customers singing its praises. As one current Power Plate user notes, “I use Power Plate with everyone that comes in the gym. It’s useful as a warm-up or cool-down tool as well as intensifying almost any standard exercise movement.”

If you needed any more incentive to add a Power Plate to your exercise routine, shoppers who use the code POWERPLATE15 at checkout can get an additional 15% (or nearly $450) off their Power Plate purchase, making the final total just $2,545.75.

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Wild VR gadget makes virtual objects feel solid at the touch of your hand

Wild VR gadget makes virtual objects feel solid at the touch of your hand

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University want to make virtual reality a little less virtual and a lot more physical with a device that puts the feel of solid objects at your fingertips.

Wireality is a shoulder-mounted haptic system that uses retractable wires attached to your hand to provide feedback during a VR experience. It works by stopping the motion of your hand to match the geometry of the virtual object you are “touching.” A video shows the device in action.

“Our system enables tangible interactions with complex geometries, such as touching non-perpendicular, flat, and curved surfaces, wrapping fingers around railings and poles, and touching irregular objects,” wrote lead engineer Cathy Fang on the project website.

Wireality builds on a concept that has already been explored—the use of strings to create haptic feedback. Previous takes on this idea used motors to control the strings. “The downside to motors is they consume a lot of power. They also are heavy,” said Fang in a release on Tuesday.

Fang’s version of the string-machine uses spring-loaded retractors—like the kind that keep ID badges attached to their owners—combined with a ratchet mechanism. “Only a small amount of electrical power is needed to engage the latch, so the system is energy efficient and can be operated on battery power,” said Carnegie Mellon.  

Wireality is lightweight and would be relatively inexpensive to produce. The research team estimates it could be built at scale for less than $50 (£40, AU$75). Fang sees a variety of potential uses for the system in gaming, visiting virtual museums or checking out retail goods.

The researchers published their work this month in the Association for Computing Machinery’s Digital Library.

Virtual-reality equipment has been heading in the direction of providing more immersive physical feedback to users. We’ve seen haptic vests, tactile gloves and a full-body suit in recent years. 

Engineers are still far from creating a full-on Star Trek holodeck experience where the virtual feels entirely real, but at least we’re heading in that dreamy sci-fi direction.

Add M.2 NVMe SSDs to Older PCs With Icy Dock's Latest Gadget

Hot-Swap M.2 NVMe SSDs With Icy Dock’s Latest Gadget

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Icy Dock’s latest gadget, the ToughArmor MB840M2P-B, is a great way to add an M.2 slot to an older system. But this model also adds another important feature that your motherboard probably doesn’t support: Hot-swapability. Provided your SSD supports it, this feature allows you to pop the M.2 SSD out while your system is still running, enabling true M.2-on-the-go capabilities.

Icy Dock’s expansion card converts four PCIe 3.0 lanes into an NVMe M.2 SSD bay and appears quite simple, but it has more features lurking underneath the surface than one would suspect. Icy Dock equipped it with a hot-swap design that allows you to pull out the M.2 drive in a jiffy and built the cage with a tool-less installation mechanism. The chassis is made of aluminum and comes with a thermal pad for cooling your M.2 drive. It even has a header to connect to the HDD activity LED in your PC case.

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Add M.2 NVMe SSDs to Older PCs With Icy Dock's Latest Gadget

Add M.2 NVMe SSDs to Older PCs With Icy Dock’s Latest Gadget

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We’re not all lucky enough to afford the latest motherboards that come with their plethora of M.2 slots, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any of the multiple gigabytes-per-second fun that modern NVMe SSDs have to offer. Icy Dock’s latest gadget, the ToughArmor MB840M2P-B, is an expansion card that converts four PCIe 3.0 lanes into an NVMe M.2 SSD bay. This is a great way to adding an M.2 slot to an older system.

PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 NVMe SSDs can easily push up to 3.5 GBps in read and write speeds nowadays, with entry-level M.2 drives pushing around 2 GBps at friendlier price points. Meanwhile, their SATA counterparts typically cap out at around 500 MBps throughput. This makes an upgrade to M.2 very interesting,, especially if you’re into video editing or even if you just want your games to load faster.

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