Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone but many of you are still holiday gift shopping for the special people in your lives. While Amazon is likely your go-to destination, why not look local when trying to fill out your gift list.
Here are five gift ideas from Canadian tech companies that would love your support this holiday season. Either add them to your wish list or surprise a loved one with some local tech.
Bikebac Tracker – CAD $39
The four founders of Whistler startup Bikebac got tired of hearing about expensive bikes going missing, so they set out to solve the problem using technology. The Bikebac Tracker is a purpose-built tracker for bikes that works with Apple Find My and allows you to easily locate your bicycle on a map.
RYSE SmartShade – CAD $199
RYSE offers a range of smart retrofit solutions that allow home dwellers to transform their existing window shades into smart home gadgets. RYSE’s easy-to-install and one-size-fits-all solution can automate existing window shades in minutes and can be conveniently controlled from a smartphone or voice speaker.
FORM Smart Swim Goggles – CAD $339
As the first premium swim goggles with a see-through, augmented-reality display, FORM Smart Swim Goggles allow swimmers to view performance metrics like split times, distance, stroke rate, pace per 100, and calories in real-time, as they swim. Swimmers can enjoy the benefits of the FORM goggles in the pool, or outside through GPS open water features.
Stoko K1 Tight – CAD $398
Vancouver startup Stoko has developed technology that embeds the comfort of a knee brace into tights. The K1 supportive tight mimics the natural support structures within your body to give your knee all the support of a traditional brace with unparalleled comfort. Earlier this year the Stoko picked up three awards for their K1 Summit base layer.
Glüxkind Ella Smart Stroller – USD $3,800
Designed by “parents with sky-high standards,” Glüxkind’s AI-powered Smart Stroller includes features like Automatic Rock-My-Baby and a built-in White Noise Machine—as well as essential low-tech features like ample storage, modular components, and telescoping handlebars.