Father’s Day Gifts for the Tech Dad
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Because he makes Dad jokes, gives the best advice and reminds you when it’s time to change the oil, treat Dad to a gift that will make his inner geek smile. This Father’s Day Gift Guide is focused on the Dads who like their gear and gadgets to be on the innovative side.
Let Dad light up the night while ensuring his smart phone doesn’t run out of juice with the rechargeable BioLite AlpenGlow. These semi-compact lanterns provide well dispersed lighting with an easy to adjust brightness button and a “shake the lantern” for an instant rotation of fun colors and light modes, while also offering a USB output that allows him to recharge a phone, portable speaker, headlamp or any other small devices. A built-in hook at the bottom of the AlpenGlow lets him hang it up almost anywhere in the backyard or in his tent if he is camping, and they have an IPX4 rating so they can withstand rain and splashing. So whatever lighting situation Dad finds himself in, he can be sure that the BioLite AlpenGlow will adapt to it. Available in two sizes, the AlpenGlow 250 and 500, the main differences being the lumens and battery size. MSRP $59.95 – $79.95 bioliteenergy.com
Skullcandy TW Grind
The Skullcandy Grind is a feature rich truly wireless earbud that will fit naturally within Dad’s everyday lifestyle. With the Skull-iQ Smart Feature Technology, the Hands-free Voice Control gives Dad absolute authority over his audio, using only his voice, meaning that he never needs to drop what he is doing to play, pause, adjust volume, skip tracks, answer calls, launch Spotify®, activate Stay-Aware Mode and more, all without ever touching his device. Grind delivers a whopping 40 hours of listening time between the charging case and buds. Plus, the earbuds will tell him how much battery is left every time he removes them from the case. And with the built-in Tile finding technology it is easy to track down the buds if they happen to go missing. MSRP $99.99 skullcandy.com
Jack Wolfskin SparkSling
When Dad is out on his bike in the dark, you want to make sure he stays visible and seen. One of the easiest way to do this is with the Jack Wolfskin SparkSling. With built in LED illumination by OSRAM, this sling pack really stands out in the dark. The LEDs are powered by a user provided battery pack and can last for several hours depending on the size of the battery pack. The SparkSling has two zippered compartments, a small one for the LED battery pack and the main compartment containing two stash pouches where Dad can store all of his essentials. The innovative three point strap attachment system will keep the bag comfortably secured to Dad so that the LEDs are always visible. MSRP $109.95 us.jackwolfskin.com
Trayvax Venture Billfold
Rubber bands, plastic bags, free range….Dad has likely tried all the alternatives to bulky wallets, but Trayvax has engineered a better way with the Venture Billfold. Constructed of saddle stitched premium leather and a precision machined aluminum frame, this full featured wallet will fit Dad’s cash and cards in a slim sophisticated profile. A full sized note section stores flat bills with ease and a 3 card internal stash pocket holds Dads less used cards, while its unique, built-in magnetic closure automatically engages with a distinctive click for worry free security. And the feature that Dad will really dig is the 6-7 main card pocket where he would leave his daily cards in for quick, easy and secure slide out and in access thanks to the clever magnetic closure system. The Trayvax Venture Billfold is ready to class up Dad’s money holding game through its clean and innovative design. MSRP $109.99 trayvax.com
Designed with the needs of swimmers in mind, the Shokz OpenSwin brings audio to the water and comfortable listening to Dad’s daily swim. Delivering the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and performance, Dad will want these bone conduction headphones to accompany him during all of his open water swims or daily laps in the pool. The OpenSwim is completely waterproof and submersible, and features four gigabytes of on board storage, which is enough space to hold about a 1000 songs, allowing Dad to tackle even his longest workouts. They’ve got a full eight hours of playtime ensuring that he can stay ready for both short and extended swims. But all this talk about functionality wouldn’t mean much if the sound quality wasn’t up to par and thanks to Shokz’s 7th Generation Bone Conduction Technology, music produced by the OpenSwim delivers a grand listening experience and impressive volume for in water entertainment. MSRP $149.95 www.amazon.com/shokz.
Livall EVO21 Smart Helmet
Combining technological and safety features, the Livall EVO21 Smart Helmet is an upgrade to the standard cycling helmet. With a plethora of safety options and a sleek design, this helmet is the right fit for any caliber of cyclist. The EVO21 is equipped with 360° lighting with a brake warning light and turn signals for visibility from all directions as well as fall detection and SOS technology, route tracking, fitness tracking and full customization with the LIVALL Riding App. The EVO21 takes things to the next level with the all-in-one handlebar remote. With the press of a button, Dad can send an SOS alert with his GPS location to an emergency contact, should he find himself in trouble or needing help. And it is not all just fancy tech, the Livall EVO21 delivers comfortable wearing with a proven impact management system that comes with dual protection systems designed to keep Dad safe. The EVO21 will make Dad hard to miss on the road and he can ride with peace of mind as well as in style. MSRP $149.99 www.amazon.com/livall.
If Dad is always posting on the socials or takes a lot of online meetings, the Pivo Pod will help make his life a little easier. The Pivo Pod is an all-in-one tool for creating, capturing and sharing videos. With powerful tracking software, it’s like having a personal videographer following his every move. The body tracking will detect the shape of his body and quickly react to his movements. Great for training, if Dad wants to check his running form, weightlifting posture or even review his tennis swing, the possibilities are almost limitless. For video calls and content creation, the Face Tracking will keep him centered in the frame, making his message more engaging and video conferences more natural. MSRP $149.99 www.amazon.com/pivo.