With the holidays just around the corner, here are some unique British Columbia tech gift ideas for a range of budgets.
Thanks to our thriving technology sector, these made-in-B.C. products offer something special and local for the tech-savvy person on your holiday list this year.
For the coder-in-training, this interactive card game - created by parents and now selling in 36 countries - allows children to explore and master the world of coding.
Use this social-gifting app to buy friends, family and clients food or drink – virtually, from anywhere! They receive your personalized message and a virtual gift certificate that can be redeemed at any participating watering hole.
Mio heart rate monitors:
Pioneering health-and-fitness heart-rate technology, these high-tech wristbands from Vancouver-based Mio, track pulse, distance, calories and more, making them a great homegrown gift for the athlete in your family.
From fitness enthusiasts to pro athletes – this smart eyewear is an ideal gift as it delivers an instant stream of data to the user’s eyes, such as power, heart rate and cadence, providing vital information with no disruption.
For the person bitten by the travel bug, Flytographer gives the gift of memories. This B.C. company’s services, recently named by Forbes magazine as the top travel gift, connects vacationers worldwide with picture-perfect moments, changing the way people remember their vacations. Redeemable in over 150 cities, their gift cards are perfect for your loved one’s upcoming holiday.
For those with discerning palates, this product is perfect as its unique coffee brewer with a two-stage micro-filter keeps all sediment out of your daily brew for a smooth and satisfying taste.
This stylin’ line of sportswear couldn’t get much more West Coast. Strongbody uses ChitoSante, a non-toxic, antimicrobial nanotechnology made from crustacean shells. The clothing is designed and made right here in B.C.
This product combines leading-edge 3D printing technology with health, fitness and custom coolness. Wiiv’s first product is a made-for-you, custom insole that you capture using a smartphone app that seems to have travelled back from the future. The breakthrough design of the insole was created in conjunction with biomechanics experts to maximize comfort, promote alignment and lessen foot fatique.
Quick Facts about B.C.’s technology sector:
- Government recently announced the creation of a $100 million venture capital fund – the BC Tech Fund – to support the growth of local tech companies. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015MTICS0033-001951
- Produces $23.3 billion in annual revenue – up 5.2% in 2013.
- Supports 86,800 jobs throughut the province, with wages 60% higher than the average wage in B.C.
- Over $3.48 billion in total exports (over $1 billion in goods and $2.45 billion in services).
- A total of 9,738 established technology companies operating in 2013 – showing growth for the second consecutive year.
Mio heart rate monitors: http://www.mioglobal.com/
Recon jet: http://www.reconinstruments.com/
Espro Press: http://espro.ca/
Strongbody Apparel: http://www.strongbodyapparel.com/