Tech Toys: More ideas for dad

 

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If you’re running before dawn or after the light fades, anything that helps you be seen is a useful addition to your running gear. Griffin has come up with a running case in an armband that protects you as well as your phone. The armband, dubbed the LightRunner, has three LED light settings including a continuous light, repeating or flashing lights. The armband is neoprene with a touch-through window protecting your phone that lets you use the touchscreen while it’s in the case. It fits the iPhone 6, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and smartphones up to 4.7-inches. $40 US. Check it out at griffintechnology.com.

SensoGlove Digital Golf Glove

We covered the fishing/tennis playing dad last week, but if your dad is happiest on the golf course, check out this digital golf glove that could help improve his game. It’s made of cabretta leather and its built-in sensors measure the pressure of the golfer’s grip. If you loosen the death grip, it’s supposed to help your golf swing so this glove will give clues about what you’re doing wrong. Dial in the pressure you want to achieve and the glove delivers audio feedback so you’ll get a warning when your grip is too tight. The pressure reading is delivered on a little screen on the back of the glove, so you can see how you need to adjust your grip. $90 US at www.sensoglove.com.

Lunatik Epik Apple Watch Case

If you have deep pockets, you could shell out upwards of $450 and more for an Apple Watch for dad, although if you want a watch that isn’t limited to the iPhone, check out a Pebble instead, with the Pebble Time the latest. However, with a little luck dad has already bought an Apple Watch for himself, in which case you can be a hero and order the Epik, which is designed to protect the 44-mm Apple Watch from an untimely end. It includes a case and band and comes in two versions: Aircraft-grade aluminum and reinforced polycarbonate. Created by Lunatik, the Epik watch case is the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign that closes June 15, with the case starting at $100 US. Shipping is in September so you’ll need to put a picture in your Father’s Day card. Find out more at www.lunatik.com.

Nikon Coolpix AW130

A good choice to stick in your pocket for summer photo fun, the AW130 is meant to be outdoors. Unlike some other cameras, it doesn’t need any casing to use it in water. It’s waterproof to 30 metres so it’s it’s great for snorkelling, scuba diving, boating and the beach. It takes 1080p HD video, it has a 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, five times optical zoom and a three-inch OLED display screen. It has built-in GPS plus Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication so you can transfer photos directly to your smartphone or tablet. Available in red, blue or yellow, its list price is $380 but I saw it on sale this week for $300 so check for deals. nikon.ca.

Other World Computing USB-C Dock

With Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, that company has been in the news and you may be thinking it’s time to spring for one of the new MacBooks that have a USB-C port. OWC’s USB-C Dock turns that single port into 11 different connections with everything from USB 3 ports, to a built-in SD card reader, gigabit Ethernet, an HDMI port that supports up to 4K resolution, two audio ports — an audio in and audio out — and others. Enough for even the most gadget-laden geek. It’s available for pre-order now for $130 US, with delivery in the fall. At macsales.com.

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