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What’s New for Dads (and Grads)

published on May 9th, 2014 . by Steve Greenberg

 

Anki DRIVE –is the ultimate gift for any dad who’s a kid at heart or is looking for new fun ways to spend time with his kids. It’s a racing game that he can play on the living room floor. Only, unlike the slot cars of his youth, these cars are souped up with artificial intelligence and robotics.  It’s part racetrack– part combat zone– all out high-speed fun.  The computer smart cars don’t just try to outrun you, they try to outsmart you as well. To get started, simply roll out the track and pick a car. Then power up the app and engage your weapons. Dad’s now ready to battle it out with up to four family members (or friends), or he can play against the AI (artificial intelligence) car. The cars can even drive and strategize on their own. Like a video game, the more you play the more powerful your car becomes. Points earned in battle can be redeemed for upgrades to your cars’ weapons and capabilities. The starter kit is $199 at Anki.com, Apple Stores, Amazon.com, and Best Buy stores. And, brand new for Father’s Day – two new cars and tracks are available that make gameplay more strategic, more chaotic and all around more fun! All you need to play is an iPhone 4S and above, iPad mini or a newer iPad or iPod touch.  www.anki.com

 

UniKey powers the first Bluetooth Smart keyless entry system that can be integrated into just about any lock, the Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey. With the Kevo smartlock, your smartphone becomes your convenient, universal electronic key (eKey).  No more fumbling around for your keys; simply walk up to Kevo lock and without even having to remove your phone from your pocket or purse, you have touch-to-open access.  You’ll no longer have to juggle shopping bags, boxes, coffee, or strollers while looking for your keys. Through the iOS app or web portal, users can manage locks, send or revoke eKey access to family or friends, and even view lock history of who accessed the home.  The Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey is available now via the Apple Store and is also available through other retailers with an MSRP of $219  including Best Buy, Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowes.  For more info about the technology that makes Kevo smart, check out www.UniKey.com

 

Wahl Lithium Ion Grooming Products –Wahl’s powerful line of lithium ion grooming tools are just what you need to help dad stay—or get—in style.  The Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Trimmer and Lithium Ion Clipper both offer longer run time and more power than standard rechargeable tools. This, plus their patented blade technology, means a precise and even cut without any pulling or snagging. Both products come with all the accessories dads need—guide combs, interchangeable heads for custom grooming plus a handy travel bag. The Quick Style Lithium Power Trimmer is also a powerful, yet compact option to meet all dad’s grooming needs, including light facial hair trimming and detailing of the ears, nose and brows. Quick Style is $19.99.  The grooming lineup is available at major retailers nationwide for under $70. For more product information or grooming tips, visit www.wahlgrooming.com

 

Zazzle —offers amazing watches that can be customized with a photo or even with a name or a monogram.  These watches are perfect gifts for the graduate, or for Dad for Father’s Day. The Vintage styled eWatchFactory Watch is a big-faced timepiece that will never go out of style. Featuring a three-hand quartz movement and genuine leather strap, this watch’s classic look is great for formal or fun occasions. Customize the face with your name and designs to make a watch perfectly matched to your personality and style.  The May28th watches are glossy plastic and come in 14 different colors.  This watch can be customized with your photos and graphics, and bonus – you can mix and match the colors and finishes.  Zazzle – www.zazzle.com – is an online marketplace where you can buy and make anything customized from iPhone cases to shirts and more. Zazzle’s proprietary technology lets users create billions of unique products. Based in the Bay Area, Zazzle is making products to order, typically within 24 hours.  Zazzle’s vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world’s imagination.  Zazzle has more than 95 million different products!  The Zazzle watches start at $45.95 http://www.zazzle.com/photo+watches http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+gifts

 

Vor-Power™ Flexible Battery Strap — There’s no need to search frantically for an outlet again. Vor-Power is power that is with you all the time, it is easy to access and comfortable – integrated seamlessly into a padded shoulder strap for your bag. These battery packs are made for people who want to be able to charge their devices – phones, tablets, anything USB or microUSB compatible – without carrying around battery bricks. Great for travelers, commuters, or students. Ergonomically shaped and cushioned, Vor-Power can velcro onto existing messenger bag straps up to 2.5 inches wide, providing comfort in addition to power. With 7,200 mAh capacity, these packs can recharge phones up to 5 times providing over 50 hours of talk or browsing time. Available in a standard black edition and a Father’s Day “World’s Greatest Dad” edition, as well as with custom company logos. Vor-Power starts at $89.99 for more info or to order go to www.Vor-Power.com

 

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Openeris for Dads who want peace of mind and a lot more control over the biggest door into their home. Do you ever ask yourself if you’ve closed the garage door after you’ve left the house? Just a quick glance at the MyQ app on your smart phone shows you if the garage is open or closed, and one tap on the screen opens or closes it from anywhere.  MyQ can even send alerts if your garage door has been open for a specified period of time. Whether you’re vacationing thousands of miles away or across town at soccer practice, you can close your garage door if you forgot, and even open it to let the kids in after school.  MyQ Garage installs in minutes without touching any wires, and requires just WiFi to the garage, a screwdriver and step ladder. Just download the free app to your smartphone, pair the app to the device in your garage, and MyQ does the rest. MyQ is a great new product for Father’s Day, planning for summer vacation, and peace of mind anytime. You can find MyQ Garage online at Amazon.com, and at retail and online at Home Depot, Apple and Verizon stores. Price is $129.99 with one garage door sensor, and a second garage door sensor sells for $59.99.  For more info go to http://www.chamberlain.com/smartphone-control-products/smartphone-connectivity

 

PowerSpurz –Early morning and evening hours are often the only time Dads can fit in a run or a bike ride. For others, that’s when they walk to and from work or stroll with the dog. Either way it’s dark, and low visibility can make it a dangerous time to be out and about.  Night owls and 4id founders, Ron Biron and Rodger Bailey, strive to keep active people safe at dawn, dusk, or late at night with PowerSpurz and PowerArmz light bands. The bands are a great addition to regular exercise gear and slip on easily with no extra bulk. Simply wrap the Spurz around the heel of your sneaker or the Armz around your bicep, and toggle between flashing or continuous light options with the press of a button. Depending on the mode, the two replaceable coin batteries can last approximately 80-100 hours. Weatherproof too, these ultra bright LEDs are ideal for any kind of weather.  $19.95  http://www.thegrommet.com/4id-wearable-safety-lights

 

PowerCaps are cotton baseball hats with patented, ultra bright LEDs cleverly tucked under the brim for easy on/easy off, hands free light.  Created by avid outdoorsmen at Illinois based PantherVision, these high quality, comfortably fitting caps have built in bulbs that provide visibility for distances up to 42 feet. The lights can also be seen from a mile away, and with battery life up to 43 hours, these hats have long lasting power that lives up to their name. Whether you’re night jogging, grilling, fishing, camping, or fumbling around during an electrical outage, a PowerCap will come to your rescue. $18.95 http://www.thegrommet.com/powercap-hands-free-flashlight

 

The Ultimate Cookie Dipper –is a father and son invention that started 7 years ago.  Mark Cotter and son Justice came up with the idea while they were watching TV, dipping cookies in milk.  As they dipped their cookies and drank their milk, their fingers were soaking in the cup of milk and the cookie became harder and harder to dip.  This sparked the idea for the Ultimate Cookie Dipper.  The Ultimate Cookie dipper eliminates the need to insert dirty, germ infested fingers into the milk.  No more dipping fingers.  The attached disposable straw provides the opportunity to dip and drink at the same time.  Dunk It, Dip It, Sip It! Multiple size cookies are supported, such as an Oreo creme filled cookie and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie.   The Ultimate Cookie Dipper is made from FDA approved polypropylene material.  It’s available at www.UltimateCookieDipper.com for $3.00/dipper (includes shipping).  It comes in 6 different colors: Blue, Green, Pink, Red, Orange, & Yellow.  Justice is not only an inventor, but he is proudly serving the US Army on the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington.  Dip into the future with the Ultimate Cookie Dipper

 

Quirky’s Contort Power –is for the Road Warrior Dad.  It’s portable power and cable management all in one smart design. Two USB ports and an AC outlet offer versatile charging, while the angled plug and built-in cord management make it one of the most travel-worthy devices in your bag.  It’s from the folks at Quirky for $24.99 https://www.quirky.com/shop/573

 

AquaZinger —To make it more palatable, try spiking your water with fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. All you need is one handy gadget:Aqua Zinger. Created by Josh Lefkovitz, Aqua Zinger is a water bottle with an integrated grinder. To make your own vitamin-enriched water, you start by adding fresh fruits, veggies and herbs to the compartment in the base of the bottle, then twist the bottom cap to pulverize the ingredients. A few vigorous shakes will send the flavorful juices through a mesh screen and into the water. Strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, mint… you choose the ingredients and Zinger does the work. The AquaZinger is avialable on thegrommet.com for $25.95.