High tech gadgets for Father’s Day

High tech gadgets for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and if your Dad is tech-savvy not these new products are unique enough to get his attention. Dads all over the world crave the cool gadgets and here at CDN we looked around for some that can fit that bill. We have a personal robot for example. A smart watch that can actually do things besides tell time. We even have something for the germaphobe Dad. So if you’re stuck on a gift idea look no further than this slideshow.

CDN has spanned the globe in search of the perfect high tech gadget gift for your Father. Some of these high tech gadgets are pricey. Some are not so pricey but all of them will be special.

So have a Happy Father’s Day and click ahead to the next slide.




 A Useable Smart Watch

Smart watches are getting a lot of buzz and what Dad wouldn’t want another watch to add to his collection?

But the latest crop of smart watches are just show off type gadgets. This particular one from Samsung, the Gear 2 comes with the Tizen operating system instead of Google’s Android and an app called Omlet. The Omlet app could be a game-changer for smart watches.

Typically smart watch users complain that there are no compelling apps to use on the device. Omlet is a new messaging app for chatting, sharing photos and videos, along with the ability to create content on the fly. Omlet could possibly make the smart watch come alive. It is able, for example, to respond to notifications you wish to receive on your watch and send photos directly from the watch.



 Watch this video on Samsung Gear 2. 

The Digital Golf Glove

The Sensoglove digital golf glove is made of cabretta leather just like other top-flight golf gloves, but just near the wrist area there is a built-in computer that constantly reads your grip pressure.

According to the company, using a small sensor the digital glove provides audio and visual feedback about a player’s exact grip pressure on the club.

Sensoglove officials say that every golfer wants to hit the ball far and the natural instinct is to swing harder and faster. But trying to swing with more power causes what the company calls “a death grip”. The death grip creates tension in the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders. The result is a less than smooth swing and tightened muscles. Tight muscles results in slower club head speed, the company said.

Just in time for Father’s Day, Sensoglove is reducing the price on its digital golf glove by 20 per cent. It normally retails for $89.



Your own personal robot

Japan’s SoftBank Corp. plans to start selling the Pepper personal robot starting early next year. So get your orders in now and surprise your Father with his own man-servant.

Now SoftBank is positioning Pepper to address labour shortages and to aid the aging population so you best not inform your Dad what it was really meant for. You don’t want him to feel old.

Pepper has a mobile phone and Internet connection and goes for just under $2,000. It is capable of learning and expressing emotions so it could keep your Dad coming during the up-coming NFL season.


The Padfone

Why would your Dad need a device that could convert his smartphone into a tablet? Because its cool and fits in well with other stuff Dad gets during Father’s Day. The ASUS Padfone is a handset that converts into a tablet by docking it in the back. The smartphone would then operate the tablet. Believe it or not this device sold close to one million units so far and not all of them for Father’s Day.

The 32 Gbit version is priced at just under $1,000.


Motorhead headphones make it loud

Legendary heavy metal band Motorhead has new headphones that were actually developed by frontman Lemmy Kilmister and his band mates Phil “Wizzö” Campbell and Mikkey Dee.

So if you have a Dad who used to rock the night away the Motorheadphones are ideal for him because this headset is all about attitude and are targeted to people who want to enjoy the same listen quality that musicians get in the studio.

The new product features professional audio quality, tooled to reproduce rock music or any played music. Motorheadphones give smooth warm bass, bombastic drums and clear mid-range plus distinct high-end because of the 40mm neodymium high power speakers that takes 6-10 times more power than a standard headphone.

Motorheadphones are smartphone enabled and are also equipped with the newly developed microphone “Controlizer” which is an advanced remote control. The Motorheadphones will set you back between $49.99 to $129.99.


 Smart socks

Besides the traditional tie, the gift most often given to a Dad on Father’s Day are socks. You would get noticed if you gave your Dad smart socks especially if he is a runner. If you’re a runner or a fitness enthusiast, the Heapsylon smart sock with electronic magnetic anklet that tracks activity and communicates data to external devices like a smart phone.

Smart socks are made by a company called Heapsylon? Smart sock come with a big price tag at $149. Even expensive socks from Brioni are only $55. But can the Brioni socks do this: an app that comes with the smart socks acts as a virtual coach, the activity tracker analyzes where runners land on their feet, how they stride, and can help them reach their goals while lessening injuries.


 Read this story on Wearable technology.

Keyboard for germaphobe

Is your Father a germaphobe? This new product is perfect for him on Father’s Day. Adesso Inc. announced a SlimTouch 222 Antimicrobial Waterproof Flex Keyboard. This keyboard is best suited to the Dad who enjoys the outdoors. The slim, lightweight product is also durable and highly flexible. It can be folded or rolled up like a blanket. It’s water resistant, dust-proof, and contaminant-proof. The product is made from advanced silicone material that offers protection from buildup of germs. It’s also easy to clean with soap and water or a disinfectant.

Price is $29.99.



3D printing goes mobile

First came Thingiverse and MakerBot’s Desktop 3D Printers, then the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, then the MakerBot Thingiverse app, and now MakerBot Mobile! MakerBot has announced access to the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem right in the palm of your hand – on your smartphone! MakerBot Mobile is the first mobile app that gives you the power to monitor and control a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and access all things MakerBot from a mobile device. So if your Dad enjoys building things, like most, the MakerBot Mobile app uses the cloud to access personal 3D printing library and Thingiverse, and to print files on Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. The price is right at free, but the MakerBot 3D printer will put you back $3,000.


Read this story on 3D Printing

Surface Pro 3

Can the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft be the tablet that replaces the laptop? Maybe you should let your Dad figure it out before you. According to Microsoft, the new Surface Pro 3 has been designed for people who want that premium laptop experience. Surface Pro 3 has a large, 12-inch ClearType Full HD colour-calibrated display, a continuously adjustable kickstand, improvements to processing power, upgraded cameras and it is still only 1.76 lbs. The Surface Pro 3 comes with the all-new Surface Pen, cased in aluminum and with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for a precise writing and drawing experience. The Surface Pen actually looks like a fountain pen. The Surface Pro 3 also comes with a new, larger Type Cover with trackpad. The new Surface Pro 3 starts at $799.

Read this story on the Surface Pro 3


Happy Father’s Day from CDN!


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