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Dads & Grads Gadgets aka Dad-gets & Grad-gets

published on May 13th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

GE Sol Lamp – “Let there be a voice for that light” GE just unveiled the FIRST lighting product with Amazon Alexa Voice Service directly inside, allowing you to use a contemporary table lamp to order your dinner, listen to the latest headlines, check the weather or give a host of other voice commands. GE’s Sol lamp brings all of the skills you’d find in a traditional Amazon Alexa product without the need for a stand-alone Alexa-device, plus tunable white light, sleep-based light and more. Homeowners need only plug in the C by GE lamp and connect to Alexa to unleash a whole new world of tech functionality and smart device interoperability throughout the home. Consumers signing up as Sol early adopters here will be first in line when product ordering goes live, also receiving a 20% discount off the suggested retail price of $199.99. Product is expected to ship in September from and  Go to  for the early order discount !!


LeEco’s Le Pro3 Smartphone — It’s the smartphone where you get the whole package: sleek design, 3-months free of DIRECTV NOW and incredible performance all rolled into a smartphone with a 5.5-inch full HD display— at an AMAZING price, $350 (that’s almost a third of the price of other comparable smartphones). With the Le Pro3, you get more done with up to 33-hours of call time, 49-hours of music playback and over 13-hours of streaming video with its 4070mAh battery.  The processing power of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821, coupled with a generous boost of RAM offers lightning fast connectivity, this all-star chip set packs power to run multiple apps seamlessly. And, juice up quickly with the rapid refueling technology of Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0.  Don’t just watch your favorite shows, get immersed in them with stellar sound. The Le Pro3’s premium sound features dual speakers, the surround sound effects of Dolby Atmos®, and Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) technology, which delivers a pure audio experience.  The Le Pro3 is exceptionally designed on the outside as well with, a fine, brushed metal backing and a tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen with 2.5D curved edges for a smooth finish.  Like LeEco’s other smartphones and smart TVs, the Le Pro3 is available directly from  or through retail partners including, Red Pocket Mobile, Brandsmart USA, and coming sooFry’s.


Waterpik® Aquarius Water Flosser­­ – If the Dad in your life doesn’t like to floss— here’s the perfect gift, the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser.  This is the FIRST water flosser to ever receive the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance based on Safety and Effectiveness. The Waterpik® Water Flosser is a great option for those who don’t like to floss but still want a beautiful and healthy smile.  It combines water pressure and pulsations to clean deep between teeth and below the gum-line.  In fact, it’s clinically proven to be more effective than traditional dental floss.   The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser is $79.99 — check it out on


Atomic Beam Lantern/Atomic Beam Flashlight – Atomic Beam brand from now offers the Atomic Beam Lantern providing 12 hours of 360-degree LED illumination using three bright white LED bulbs. Perfect for camping, backyard BBQs, boating or emergencies.  Brighter than other lanterns on the market, it’s great for carrying, placing on a table with its magnetic back, and ideal for sticking to the hook of your car or truck. Atomic Beam Lantern stands on a base or hangs from a built-in handle with ease.  Atomic Beam Flashlight is up to 40 times brighter than ordinary flashlights and illuminates up to 5,000 LUX, the unit of measurement for brightness. The tactical-grade aluminum case is supremely durable, lightweight and waterproof. The beam adjust from wide to narrow focuses and includes a strobe light for self-defense.  The Atomic Beam USA Flashlight, Atomic Beam USA Lantern and Atomic Beam USA Headlight each retail for $19.99 and are available at Walmart, Target and retailers nationwide.


ROVA SELFIE DRONE — has been designed to capture unique perspectives that were previously impossible to shoot, making ordinary selfies extraordinary – all while being easy to set up and fun to fly. With obstacle avoidance technology and a user-friendly app, ROVA is changing the way you take selfies forever. Launched and controlled through IoT Group’s ROVA App (available for iOS and Android), ROVA allows anyone to fly with confidence. Its “object avoidance technology” and enclosed propellers make every flight a safe flight. For extra security, ROVA comes with four bumpers that can be attached to the polycarbonate frame, adding an extra layer of safety and absorbing any impact. ROVA redefines what it means to be social with one touch sharing to all your social media, and with 1080P video at 60fps and 12MP camera, your memories have never looked better. Save your photos or videos directly to your smartphone or store them on the included 16GB MicroSD card. Each ROVA comes with two batteries offering 8 minutes of flight time each, as well as a portable carry case and USB charging cradle. ROVA is ready to go wherever your adventures take you, anywhere, any time.  ROVA is currently available on  for $299. For more information, visit


Binoglas Hands-free Binoculars — Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer, these are the easy-to-use wearable binoculars that enable hands-free magnified viewing. Unlike traditional binoculars that require one to constantly keep their head and hands steady, this liberating unit is worn like traditional eyeglasses. The binoculars’ 15mm objective glass and plastic lenses provide optimal light gathering for their size while individual focusing knobs on each telescopic lens grants 4X magnification and provide an 8.2º field-of-view of 467′ at 1,093 yards. Their lightweight design makes the binoculars comfortable for extended use, enabling one to enjoy magnified visibility of a sporting event, concert, or live theatre. $99.94


GEKKOPOD –  GekkoPod is the world’s most flexible mount for your smartphone or action camera. The secure hold will keep your smartphone or action camera safe as the Gekkopod is made from a durable silicone construction with a steel internal structure designed to survive the wear and tear of everyday use. Gekkopod can be used as a selfie stick, compact camera protection, an underwater camera mount, a car mount or iPad stand. Simply secure the legs of GekkoPod around the desired surface and capture the picture you’ve always wanted. Available at Go Pro Mount, Mobile Phone Mount with Bluetooth remote and Gekkopod is $34.95 and the Mobile Phone Mount and Gekkopod online for $19.95.



BBQ 2017 Gadgets


SLOTDOG —  The slot dog creates perfect criss-cross slices, which expand when cooking, allowing smoke and grill flavors to penetrate deeper into the hot dog.  Juices caramelize for a crispier dog exterior and the “slots” hold your favorite condiments so they don’t slide off.  The Slotdog is very easy to use and dishwasher safe. You can now buy SLOTDOG on for $15.00.


SLAWSA —  is a condiment innovation like no other. This cabbage-based relish with addictive heat undertones (or slaw-salsa hybrid) is the newest must have to top your hot dogs, bratwurst, burgers, pulled pork and more this grilling season. SLAWSA is all natural, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, low in sodium and kosher and comes in four delicious flavors: Original, Spicy, Garlic and the new Habanero Fire.  Dump those boring relishes and give your guests a condiment to truly rave about.  Price is $3.49-3.99 per jar and SLAWSA can be purchased online or at thousands of retail stores listed on their store locator at  (In Houston at Randall’s)


T-fal Ingenio 5-Second Chopper — Manually powered and doesn’t require electricity, this gadget is a must have this summer! The T-fal Ingenio 5-Second Chopper features two independent blades that provide efficient and progressive chopping, perfect for whipping up salsa, slaw or fruit salads for your BBQ. The chopper is as easy to clean as it is to use, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company at your BBQ gathering.  Available on Amazon for $22.95


The 6-Minute Gentle Thawing Tray — This is the thawing tray that relies on cutting-edge engineering principles to safely defrost meat up to 3-times faster than traditional methods. The tray operates without batteries, harsh chemicals or an external power source for an quick, even thaw on the countertop. Salmon or tilapia fillets can be ready for pan roasting in as little as six minutes. The embedded heat pipes dissipate cold and draw ambient warmth to the surface for a process that is more sterile than soaking in cold water and gentler than microwaving. Flavor, nutrients and freshness are preserved, assisting in the chef’s preparation of healthy, gourmet meals. The chef will also appreciate the luxury of last-minute menu planning. Rugged aluminum construction is dishwasher safe.  $59.95


Marinade Infusing Meat Tenderizer — This is the meat tenderizer that infuses food with marinade. A built-in plunger releases marinade into meat via three needle-like applicators, quickly saturating the interior of food with flavor enhancing ingredients. Twenty seven stainless steel blades sever tough connective tissue, softening the meat. It holds up to 3 oz. of marinade (enough to flavor 2 lbs. of flank steak), the tenderizing blades have two depth settings for optimal penetration of thick roasts or steaks, and unlike tenderizing mallets it will not alter the meat’s thickness. The unit disassembles for simple cleaning in the top rack of a dishwasher and it locks with the blades inside and has a cover for safe storage. $49.95


Personalized All-in-one Grill Tool — This is the personalized grilling tool that incorporates six functions into one. Operating like a Swiss army knife, this grill tool contains a stainless steel spatula and fork, silicone basting brush, cork screw, and two bottle openers flip out from the sanded hardwood handle and lock in-place for dutiful grilling service. The handle separates easily for cleaning and reassembles—ideal for post-barbecue bash tidying up. The handle can be personalized with up to three letters to provide a unique gift for a master griller. $39.95 at


7-1 Stingray BBQ Multitool from TNK Brand — With only one-hand it’s very easy to flip, grab and pierce anything on the BBQ or even open a beer with it. When you’re done grilling, only one utensil to wash and store. Really fun to use and only $24.99 at


Grill Daddy Brush Company – This BBQ cleaning tool uses the grills heat to create steam to help the cleaning process. The newest innovation in grilling safety, it is composed of a special weave of metals which fuses the bristles to the brush, preventing them from coming loose and avoiding accidental digestion. It’s $14.99 at


Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper —  Strip an entire cob of corn in seconds using one twisting/pushing motion, Sharp stainless steel blades do all the work. Top rack dishwasher safe available on Amazon and on $7.99