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What to get Dad? This is a NO-TIE ZONE

published on May 28th, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

It’s hard to shop for dads and grads– I can tell you they do NOT want a tie (even a cool wooden tie) –the guys in your life want tech—and I’m working with some great companies to come up with some non-tie suggestions

For example—check out the new Samsung NX-300 3-D Camera ($749).  This takes Dad’s photography to a whole new level.  The super-fast shutter speed and auto focus mean that he’ll never miss a moment of the action. The NX300 also has built-in Wi-Fi so Dad can quickly connect and share his photos on Facebook and other social networking sites, or via email. It even has a Direct Link button on the top so Dad can pair his camera to another connected device, like a tablet or smartphone, and instantaneously stream images and videos. BUT that’s not all– with this 45 mm 2D/3D lens (sold separately) he can even take incredible 3D images and videos. Now that’s cool Dad. You can find this at

For the guy who loves his soda—this is a no-brainer—its SodaStream’s NEW Revolution Home Soda Maker ($199 other models start at $79) Voted Product of the Year in the Home Appliance category—this is SodaStream’s first plug-in model.  One touch activation (demo); Choice of 4 carbonation levels; LED display; and even shows your CO2 Usage Status.  With SodaStream you can choose from over 60 soda flavors—from All Natural to popular Diet flavors –and it’s important to note– ALL of SodaStreams flavors don’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup or Aspartame. You can find out more at

And for the Dad who always wants to look cool—check out Wahl’s Lithium Ion Beard and Stubble Trimmer ($46.99).  It has 8-settings including a stubble setting so Dad has that “Dude, Am I Cool Or What” look. And since it’s Lithium Ion—that means it has 3 times the run time and 2 times the torque of non-lithium ion shavers.  And by-the-way this Stubble Trimmer joins Wahl’s other Lithium Ion groomers including their Lithium Ion Clipper, to look good on top, and Lithium Ion Shaver, for the clean shaven look. They’re all available for under $70 at retailers nationwide and at

And of course my book, GADGET NATION—now available in paperback and as an eBook makes a great gift for Dad 🙂

What to Get Dad? Different Dads Want Different Things

published on May 18th, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

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.  Fitbit Flex is available on for $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. The Boxee Cloud DVR is $99 to learn more visit

For the Cool Dad– Dyson AM05/The Dyson Hot + Cool™ Fan Heater –is dual purpose fan and heater, appropriate for year round heating or cooling. It heats up a room evenly, and faster than any other fan heater, and it’s energy efficient.  Dyson Hot + Cool costs approximately 30% less to heat a whole room than conventional fan heaters, and can lower energy bills by 20% if used with air conditioning. The Dyson Hot + Cool™ fan heater is currently available at and major retailers for $399.99

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). The SmartGPS is currently available from Best Buy for $249 (MSRP), and at

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 – 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. 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 more information visit

For the Golfer Dad– EEZ READ Golf Tool –This is the perfect Fathers’ Day gift for the Dad who loves golf. This little device called EEZ-READ is the fastest way to lower your score and have more fun playing golf. What it does is it shows you the break on the green, and once you know the break, it is so much easier to sink the putts. Basically it’s a high accurate level mounted on a stainless steel base. Get one for dad and one for his golfing pals, they’ll love it!  Normally there $14.99 each, but you can get a 4 pack for $39.00….that’s a saving of over $20.  Just type in the promotion code “Dad” when you order at

For the Gadget Loving Dad—check out my book, 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 to and

For the Dad that wants to Clean Up– Dyson DC50 –is the newest Dyson product.  It’s 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.  DC50 Animal is available beginning May 13th, 2013 for $499.99 at and most major retailers.

For the Eco-friendly Dad– WIN-WIN For The Environment AND YOU –Thinking of upgrading to the new Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5?  If so, did you know that you can trade-in and recycle your old phone AND receive money or credit to use toward your new one?  Trade-in programs, like those run by CExchange, the leading provider of electronic trade-in, recycling and asset recovery services,  offer top dollar on used devices like smart phones, tablets, laptops, iPods/MP3s, GPS systems, cameras and more. And, CExchange partners with major and familiar retailers like eBay Instant Sale, RadioShack and Wal-Mart to help consumers trade current devices easily and conveniently.  The best part – consumers can have peace of mind knowing that all the data is securely cleared from any traded or recycled item and the environment is protected.  To CExchange, matters of reuse and recycling are about environmental stewardship, social accountability and risk management.  Their commitment to safety and security regulations serves as an example for the electronic trade-in industry.  Visit the CExchange website to learn more and find a list of their retail partners.

For the Health Conscious Dad– Tinké from Zensorium–A wellness & stress monitor for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that tracks and measures heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen level and also your stress levels derived from your heart rate variability.   Using optical sensing technologies, Tinké captures blood volume changes and quantifies your cardio-respiratory fitness and stress levels.   Tinke calculates your Vita Index and Zen Index.  Vita Index is a personalized cardiorespiratory score that is created by piecing data collected from heart rate, blood oxygen level and respiratory rate.  The Zen Index uses heart rate variability as a basis, a personalized score for your stress levels is determined from analyzing the rhythm of your heart rate.  Tinke is $119 for more info go to

For the Road Warrior Dad– Trakdot--First-ever luggage tracking solution keeps you connected to your valuables. Just place the palm-sized device in your luggage and it will send you a text reporting the real time location of your luggage to any mobile, Apple, Android, or SMS capable devices upon arrival.  Uses cell technology to triangulate the city or airport location of your bag, even if it does not arrive at the airport with you.  Trakdot is $49.95 (activation fee: $8.99, annual service fee: $12.99) and there’s more info at

For the Biking Dad– boomBOTTLE from Scosche is a Weatherproof, sport wireless media speaker that fits in most bikes’ water bottle cages.  Dual 40mm drivers produce rich, deep audio with amplified acoustics for even the loudest of outdoor environments. The one of a kind speaker was designed with a durable, non-slip and shock proof TPU exterior, strong enough to withstand drops or vibrations caused from rough terrain riding.  Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge.  Doubles as speaker phone with a built-in microphone to deliver crisp, clear echo-free phone conversations.  The boomBOTTLE is $149.95 at Walmart and at