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Feb 12

4 Unexpected Electronics to help you connect on Valentines Day

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Feel like you're worlds apart this Valentines Day?

Valentines day is coming up, does it feel like your loved one is a little distant?

Is that distance literal rather than figurative?

If you’re stressing over missing your Valentine this year, here are four electronic devices from Vann’s that can help you bridge the distance.

XBox 360

Can your gaming console help you Kinect?

The XBox 360 may be the top rated gaming console for breaking up relationships more than saving them, as guys and gals spend hours with the controller rather than their significant other. But, when you add the Kinect motion sensor, you can do more than just get photos of you looking wacky playing games — XBox 360′s Video Kinect service allows you to get face to screen with the one you love.

The same gaming console accessory that lets you control without a controller uses its motion tracking camera and microphone for surprisingly good audio and video quality.

While it does require both parties have an XBox 360 with Kinect available, true love (with the help of a few quick clicks) always finds a way.

Skype Cameras

Only the best flat screen TVs have cameras

Skype seems to be on everything today — top rated gaming consoles, tablets, and smart phones all seem to let you get face to face via Skype. It should come as no surprise that your TV is in on the fun too.

By adding a Skype camera, you can turn your Sony or Samsung flat screen TV into a large screen love connection. Imagine staring into your Valentine’s eyes at 1080p and 60″ (and maybe even 3D) — you could actually get lost in them.

The downside to Skype is that you can’t always control the connection quality, so if your honey is a few bars down on their cellphone, or just on a computer with a spotty internet connection, every moment may not be picture perfect.

Reach out and iPod touch someone

It’s the classic scene in any modern romantic movie:

It’s February 14th, and your flight just got cancelled due to weather. Your phone battery is dead. The laptop isn’t quite working right. And you’re a million miles from the one you love. It may be the right time for a little FaceTime.

While the iPhone gets most of the press for this great app, you don’t have to sign a contract to get access to it when you have the iPod touch. Not just for music, a front and rear camera let you use its high-quality 3.5″ screen to talk with the love of your life even if other options have been closed off for you.

No, it’s not quite as dramatic as grabbing a cab and arriving at the last minute for a candlelit dinner, but it’s just as touching how prepared you were.

Send your love, and hit print

While video chat might be great, not every service is compatible with another. So what happens if your beloved is in front of the XBox and all you’ve got is a Skype app on your iPhone?

One of HP’s Wi-Fi printers may be the solution. While posting photos for the one you fancy on Facebook might be an option, there’s always. . . something about seeing it print, and with HP’s app, you can have the printer spontaneously spit out not only a photo showing how lonely you are without them, but a poem that expresses it.

Just keep it short. No one likes a long winded poet, and printer ink can be expensive.

Have you had a missed connection with the one you love that one of these solutions could have fixed? Let us know in the comments.

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