The Newest and Hottest Tech Gifts for Dads and Grads • June 6, 2014
With Emmy Award winner Mario Armstrong
Technology & Digital Lifestyle Commentator
Savvy dads and grads will love some of the latest tech gifts out there, many of them brand new for the 2014 graduation and Father’s Day gift season. The possibilities run the gamut from gifts that make life more productive and efficient to ones that are fun on the go and at home.
Renowned Emmy Award Winner and tech & digital lifestyle commentator, Mario Armstrong offers his top gifts picks that dads and grads are sure to appreciate, wherever they are.
With Windows 8.1 you can tap, swipe and zoom around to create a personalized computer experience. Customize your Start screen with your favorite apps and sites, and stay current with constantly updating live tiles. Bing Smart Search will quickly help you find things across the web, apps and your PC. And OneDrive will enable you to store your files and photos in the cloud so they’ll always be accessible.
Powered by Windows 8.1 and pre-loaded with Office 2013 RT, the Surface 2 can go from plaything to workhorse in an instant. Pop out the kickstand, attach a keyboard and suddenly you have a mobile workstation. Detach the keyboard, put your feet up, and play your favorite Xbox Live games or watch up to 10 hours of videos. And with a full-size USB 3.0 port and Bluetooth 4.0, you’ll enjoy clutter-free connections. Mighty yet mobile, the Surface 2 is one device for everything in your life.
Starting at $449
Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme
Tackling the world’s toughest jobs in the harshest conditions calls for the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme. Built to withstand severe temperatures, this convertible notebook/tablet’s touch screen recognizes intuitive gestures even if you’re wearing thick gloves. The RGB backlit keyboard works in all lighting environments and should you suddenly need to go incognito, you can set it to “instant stealth” mode. Guaranteed to be reliable, secure and manageable under punishing conditions, this device will keep you connected anywhere from the boardroom to the battlefield.
Starting at $3,649.00
Toshiba Encore 2 (8 inch)
Hold the features of a full PC in the palm of your hand with this lightweight 8” tablet powered by Windows 8.1. With 10 hours of battery life, you can catch up on work or play all day. Enjoy side-by-side views of apps, documents and more. Email and take notes easily using the optional detachable keyboard and optional active pen support. And expand your world to include an HDTV, printer, or network with HDMI and USB 2.0 ports. Perfectly balancing value and performance, the Encore 2 lets you show off your style with its sleek, modern design while keeping you productive on the go.
Starting at $199
For more information about the latest devices and apps, visit Windows.com
LG’s new Lifeband Touch features an OLED touch display that allows users to monitor key performance indicators on a real-time basis with a high-quality display. These indicators include heart rate, time, distance, speed, number of steps taken and more. Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth allows users to check incoming call and text notifications, control their music, and transmit data straight from the device to the corresponding smartphone app for an even more in-depth analysis of their activity.
This “life device” has two built-in sensors to provide the most accurate data at all times, which allows users to see how much harder they need to push themselves in order to meet their goals, or if they have already succeeded. Lifeband Touch is compatible with heart rate monitors already on the market as well as the LG Fitness App and other popular fitness apps, allowing users the convenience of choice.
LG Lifeband Touch retails for $149.99
The Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat is more than just another thermostat, it’s a comfort controller. Along with its Wi-Fi enabled app, Sensi thermostat lets you control your home’s heating and cooling system, anytime you need it, from any device (your smartphone, tablet or computer), avoiding wasteful energy expense.
The app-based approach makes it easy and intuitive to install and use. If you want to program it, you can, but even here Sensi thermostat is different. Unlike other thermostats, which give you only a week/weekend choice, Sensi lets you customize by day. Plus, you can over-ride the program from anywhere if your schedule changes. And because you control the app, you don’t have to worry that your “smart” thermostat guessed wrong.
Sensi thermostat is available starting at $159.99 in the U.S.
To learn more, visit: sensicomfort.com
Dad knows there’s a right tool for every job, so this Father’s Day, give him the one device that controls everything in the living room – the Logitech Harmony Ultimate ($349.99). It’s compatible with over 225,000 devices and with just one touch on its 2.4” color touch-screen, Dad can control everything – including devices hidden behind cabinets or walls and Philips Hue lights. With the Harmony Smartphone App, he can even turn his smartphone into a personal universal remote. With the Logitech Harmony Ultimate, Dad will have something he’s always wanted – ultimate control of the living room.
Pricing is $349.99 USD.
The Logitech® Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 is designed to enhance your connected-TV experience. It’s the best way to wirelessly control your computer when it is connected to the TV, allowing you to access your favorite TV shows, music and movies, or share your photos with family and friends, from the comfort of your couch. For recent grads, this is a perfect way for them to share graduation photos, watch videos throughout their college experience on the big screen and reminiscence on their favorite memories.
The keyboard has backlit keys, and the brightness of the keys automatically adjusts based on the amount of light in the room, allowing you to easily type in the dark. By combining a traditional keyboard and touchpad into one device, you get streamlined navigation for your connected TV. The touchpad is smooth and responsive with accurate cursor control and enhanced gesture functions for easy navigation. Plus, the built-in touchpad gives you precise cursor control from up to 33 feet away.
With its combination of premium textures, metal-like finish and a specific key design crafted into a compact, solid form, the keyboard will complement any dorm, apartment or condo that your grad is moving into.
The selfy™ ecosystem is a family of products designed to allow greater ease and flexibility when capturing photos and videos with mobile devices. At the core of this ecosystem is selfy™, the world’s first case with a built-in wireless camera shutter designed to deliver the stylish protection consumers demand together with a wireless remote shutter to allow greater flexibility for capturing perfect selfies and group photos, anytime, anywhere.
The remote shutter is integrated into the back of the case, so consumers always have it with them and it pairs to the mobile device wirelessly via Bluetooth®. No app is needed.
With selfy™, consumers can take great selfies, photos and videos without straining their arms or struggling to reach the camera button on their mobile device.
Selfy™ is available for the iPhone 5/5s, Samsung GALAXY S5, iPad Air and iPad mini and the ecosystem includes a mini tripod, car mount, bar mount, helmet mount and vented helmet strap. Using an intuitive interlocking mechanism, the selfy™ accessories attach to the selfy™ case easily and securely, allowing consumers to capture everything from great family moments to exciting outdoor adventures.
For more information visit www.iLuv.com/selfy.