Tech Tarts

It has been a bad start to the millennium for guys. With equal pay in most sports between the sexes, guys could at least rest content that all things tech was still safely in their domain. But with a plethora of gadgets now in bright pink, flowers galore and even decked in shiny stones, is nothing sacred anymore? Here are some that even your mum might dig.
What is it? This is a TV courtesy of Taiwanese brand Hannspree’s style range.
Why Your Mum Will Love This? This design focused TV does not have anything out-of-this-world about it in terms of hardware, but any girl who has a Little Mermaid inside them (and who does not) will love the seashell inspired design on the back of this TV.
The Details. $999. Best Denki, #05-01/04 Ngee Ann City Podium, 391 Orchard Rd., 6835-2855.
What is it? Part of the Asus’s collection of leather-bound notebooks.
Why Your Mum Will Love This? This 11.1 widescreen, Pentium powered compact laptop is a winner of the Red Dot design award, and with leather crafted onto the aluminum body, this is a fashion statement for mums who want to flaunt their girliness at work, too.
The Details. $3,888. All authorized dealers at Sim Lim Square (1 Rochor Canal Rd., 6338-3859) and Funan Digitalife Mall (109 North Bridge Rd., 6336-8327).
What is it? One of Samsung’s latest BluetoothTM headsets.
Why Your Mum Will Love This? Weighing in at a mere 11 grams and with around six hours of talk time, your mum can do what she does best, and gossip over the phone and still look stylish with this number—after all what need is there for earrings when she can adorn her ears with this pink number.
The Details. $98. Samsung Flagship Store, #02-28/29 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6376-9150.
What is it? Three-piece powered satellite speakers and subwoofer system from the people at JBL.
Why Your Mum Will Love This? Why get her flowers when you can get her this floral-inspired sound system? They will not screw with her sinuses but will pound out rich sounds to drown out her nagging—priceless.
The Details. $218. Song Brothers Marketing, #04-13 Sim Lim Square, 1 Rochor Canal Rd., 6339-8622.
NOKIA 7373
What is it? This 3G mobile phone is part of Nokia’s l’Amour collection.
Why Your Mum Will Love This? Because the ethnic and tribal inspired design is one which any self-respecting guy (and even metrosexual) would not touch with a barge pole.
The Details. $558 without operator plan. Nokia Concept Store, #03-29/30/31 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd., 6738-0618.
For those who forgot their mum’s special day, try telling her that you were waiting for these oestrogen packed devices not yet available in Singapore:
These laptops are made to look like handbags and the screen can be turned to an all important make-up mirror, courtesy of an on-board camera. Not only will the design bring a tear to the mascara-ed eye but so will the price—the diamond-encrusted version retails at around $500,000.
Sashaying into stores in Aug, this range by Philips and Swarovski adds the bling factor to the humble USB memory stick and in-ear head. No longer will ladies have to endure the ignominy of using a plain-looking USB memory stich when transferring data with a Swarovski be-jewelled memory stick.