Gadgets & Love

February 14th, 2013

Every February, hearts and declarations of love overtake American aisles and websites. With reminder functions on every smartphone and email service, there's no excuse to forget if there is someone special in your life. If you and your sweetheart love gadgets like us at IOGEAR, there are plenty of ways to use technology to enhance the day -- even if it's last minute.

Couple on the couch

On-the-Go Planning

Apps have made almost every activity available through the touch of a finger. Order flowers, make dinner reservations and buy movie tickets all from a smartphone -- or even your car. Many major auto manufacturers have enhanced the in-car dashboard with connected telematics systems, including Ford's SYNC and Toyota's Entune. So even if you're in the driveway outside her house, you can still pull a date together in time.

Low-Key Evening

Maybe your sweetheart prefers an evening at home over the crowded restaurant. There are lots of ways your place can become romance central with a little planning. Start dinner cooking with by looking up a recipe on your iPad (there are tools to help keep it clean and upright). Stream a Pandora playlist from your laptop, and enhance it with IOGEAR's USB Theater Sound Xperience to create virtual surround sound through your stereo speakers.

IOGEAR USB Theater Sound Xperience

Pour a little wine and cuddle on the couch and cue up funny Valentine's Day sitcom episodes from your laptop on the TV, using your IOGEAR 2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel to make typing and searching for titles faster.


Don't know what to get the geek in your life? Luckily editors at Wired and Business Insider each put together lists to get you started. Particularly helpful is the suggestion of the Dyson heater if your date is giving you the cold shoulder.

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