Startland News presents its annual Made in Kansas City Gift Guide. Check out selections from the Kansas City tech category below. Have more ideas? Leave them for readers in the comments below.
Little Hoots keepsake quotes – $16 and up
Creatively capture your kiddo’s cute quotes with the Little Hoots app. The app allows one to store funny, wise, witty and weird memories, apply designs and then print them on mugs, posters, pillows, magnets and more.
ShotTracker basketball tech – $100
Make it rain! ShotTracker created some wearable tech that automatically tracks shot attempts, makes and misses. Made of three parts — an app, net sensor and wrist sensor — the ShotTracker is used by athletes around the world, including the likes of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
The FitBark 2 Dog Activity Tracker – $70
A graduate of the 2014 Techstars-led Sprint Accelerator program, Fitbark created a wearable tracker to help monitor your dog’s health and activity. The device straps onto a dog’s collar to collect data that is then transmitted via bluetooth to a smartphone app. The latest version — the Fitbark 2 — dramatically improved its battery life, offering six months per charge. A Fitbark also allows you to compare Spot’s activity to other similar breeds.
Move your stuff with Bungii – Cost varies
The struggle is real for truck-owners with friends. Buy those freeloaders the gift of moving their own stuff with Bungii. Download the Bungii app, snap a picture of what you need to be moved to get a quote and a nearby, vetted truck driver stops by to haul your stuff to its destination. As one user says “It’s like Uber, but for pickup trucks to help move stuff across town.”
You know a town is serious about barbecue when it yields a thermometer as advanced as the Fireboard. The cloud-connected, Wi-Fi-enabled device boasts an app for real-time temperature monitoring and supports up to six external temperature probes to separately check in on your ribs, brisket, steak and more.
VideoFizz video celebration – $5/video or $10/year subscription
VideoFizz takes a greeting or “happy holidays” card to new level. After downloading the iOS or Android app, a user selects from a variety of templates — such as holiday, anniversary or happy birthday — to purchase. The user then sends an invitation to desired participants to record a brief video. The app then compiles the videos into one message that’s sent to the recipient, providing a more powerful impact than a Facebook message or handwritten note.
The Rock 360 by FEWDM – $80
At 8 pounds, the Rock 360 weighs more than your average ab roller — and for good reason. The omnidirectional device not only is intended to serve as a weight for core exercises, but also as a mount for your smartphone. With the ability to hold your phone, the Rock 360 allows its users to play exercise games or access specific workouts via the company’s app.