6 Ways to Work Tech into Your Valentine’s Day

For the high-tech romantic, gooey chocolates just won't do.

In case your calendar still says January (as in January 2013), we wanted to remind you that Valentine’s Day is coming like a freight train.

Of course, you still have time to grab some wilted flowers or last year’s candy hearts. (Mmm… crunchy.) However, there are plenty of high-tech ways to set a romantic mood.

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Now, it’s hard to think of technology as being romantic. Manufacturers can douse gadgets in bright red and spin it 10 different ways, but it’s still really hard to think of any electronics as “sexy.” Shiny maybe. Definitely sparkly.

Still, that doesn’t mean that you can work a little technology into your Hallmark holiday and have it actually been seen as a thoughtful gesture.

Check out our slideshow on 6 Ways to Work Tech into Your Valentine’s Day.

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  • and some wireless) whole-house music and support for all sorts of third-party products that can stream stored music, as well as something like Pandora's "80s Love Songs Radio" or Spotify's "Bridget Jones’ Single Ladies Playlist." If you don't have the time or money to get an installer in before the big day, opt for something like Sonos (pictured). This wireless solution can be integrated into a bigger setup later on, but because the products are wireless, it can be ready to rock one or more rooms at a moment's notice.

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  • Lutron and Somfy are two of the top makers of motorized shades. Hunter Douglas also offers a few popular motorized shade options, including the battery-powered PowerRise and PowerGlide, both of which can be controlled through the company's Platinum App.

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  • rom-zom-coms? You can call all of those up and more, using a little box from Roku or the Apple TV. For something more impressive, pre-load all of those flicks onto one of Kaleidescape's media servers, so each one is available at your fingertips without all of the fumbling. Kaleidescape has options for multiple rooms and even remote access, via an iPad or iPhone. It also allows you to create a romantic highlights reel, if you want to bookmark all of your favorite scenes in advance.

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