Great Gadget Gifts for Dad

Dads don't want ties for Father's Day..... Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg,author of "Gadget Nation," stopped by to show us what dads really want!

You'll find more information on Steve's blog.

For Active Dad-- Fitbit Flex – is a wrist band activity tracker that tracks your daytime activities such as steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and active minutes. At night, it measures your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and can even be set to wake you up in the morning. What’s great about Fitbit Flex is that it is with you at all times; you can even wear it in the shower. Fitbit Flex is fully focused on helping you achieve your fitness goals. You can set your own goal (such as walking 10K steps/day) and its bright LED indicator lights will illuminate to show you how your day is stacking up against it. It’s the first all-day wristband that wirelessly syncs all your info via Bluetooth 4.0 to select smartphones (including Apple and Android devices) and computers, giving you access to your stats on the go without ever having to plug it in.  Flex comes in 5 stylish colors – black, teal, slate, navy, and tangerine - and allows you to easily switch wristband colors to match your daily style.  $99.95

For the Couch Potato Dad-- Boxee Cloud DVR –lets you stream broadcast TV channels to any device and gives you unlimited recording space in the cloud. It means you can record as much as you like and watch on any screen. Just connect Boxee Cloud DVR to your TV, an HD antenna and broadband internet to start building your personal recordings library. Unlike a traditional DVR, Boxee Cloud DVR records to the cloud—so you have access to unlimited storage and you can retrieve your recordings from anywhere you have Internet on any device (smartphone, tablet, PC) with no required monthly fee.  $99

For the Dad that wants to Clean Up-- Dyson DC50 --is the newest Dyson product—just launched. And studies show—Dad’s that help with housework are sexy Dads. This DC50 is a compact vacuum with the performance of a full-sized upright.  It is mounted on a ball for maneuverability and a self-adjusting cleaner head maintains constant suction at the cleaner head, across all floor types. DC50 is the first Dyson upright vacuum cleaner with patented carbon fiber brush bar technology. On carpets the stiff nylon bristles remove dirt. On hard floors the ultra-fine antistatic carbon fiber filaments remove fine dust.  $499.99
For the Dad on the Go-- Magellan® SmartGPS --is the game-changing GPS device that delivers current and localized social media (including reviews and tips from Yelp and Foursquare), fuel prices, weather, traffic events and speed camera warnings, directly onto the navigation map.  Combining the reliability and safety of a dedicated GPS device, with the content & mobility of free smartphone apps, the SmartGPS transcends traditional GPS solutions.  The Magellan SmartGPS lets you sync with your smartphone using free Apps for iOS (Magellan Roadmate On-the-Go) or Android (SmartGPS).  $249 (MSRP)
For the Outdoor Dad—Mosquito Mister Lantern and SideKick Mosquito Repeller-- This summer it’s easier than ever for Dad to “beat the bite” of the menacing mosquito with two NEW, all-natural solutions by Universal Pest Solutions - the portable, battery-powered Terminix ALLCLEAR Mosquito Mister Lantern and the personal Terminix ALLCLEAR SideKick Mosquito Repeller. The Lantern is perfect for dads who love to spend time outside grilling, relaxing in the hammock or enjoying time with friends and family patio-side. The Lantern quickly and safely repels more than 95% of biting mosquitoes, gnats and other nuisance insects from areas up to 300 square feet, (about the size of an average deck or patio). It works by automatically misting a 100% all-natural lemongrass formula (included) that is safe to use around children, pets, and food; is non-toxic; contains no synthetic chemicals or residues, and is safe for the environment, too. It even comes with a pocket-sized remote control that lets you control how often to mist! And, the NEW SideKick is the only all-natural, clipable mosquito repeller on the market today that delivers personal protection you don’t have to spray on your skin. Just clip the SideKick at your waistband, attach it to a chaise, or hang it on a beach chair and its fan-based diffusion technology goes to work to protect your personal space for hours. One refill cartridge (included) lasts 18 hours – 50% longer than leading chemical competitors. Both the Lantern and the SideKick come complete with everything you need to start repelling mosquitoes right out of the box.  The Lantern costs $59.99 and the SideKick is $9.99.
For the Gadget Loving Dad—check out GADGET NATION.  The book contains over 100 garage inventor stories.  From Bird Diapers to Sleepers with Headlights, learn how these inventors took turned their ideas into products. Gadget Nation is available in hard cover, paperback and as an eBook. For more info go click here.


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