Tech Gifts for Dads and Grads
Simply plug this compact tripod into the phone’s charging port, then tilt or rotate to position just so for viewing video or taking selfies. It’s smaller than a pack of gum and weighs about an ounce—in other words, perfectly portable. For iPhone, Android and Windows phones.
Zipbuds Pro Mic
Given how annoying it is when earbudsend up a tangled mess, it’s surprising no one thought of this sooner. Simply unzip to separate and use, re-zip for storage. Great sound and nice quality fabric cable from zipper to phone port.
SCOTTeVEST Travel Vest For Men
He’s got a wallet, smartphone, earbuds, maybe a stylus and who knows what else—in other words, stashing everything in his jeans isn’t an option anymore. Solution: a comfy, tech-ready vest with 24 pockets cleverly designed to organize and conceal.
Toshiba Encore Mini
A sleek, fully functional Windows 8.1 tablet with an easy-on-the-eyes 7-inch screen? Yes. It comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365 too, so this little machine—while great for watching movies—can also do some serious work.
Pencil by Fiftythree
What looks like a funky pencil is actually a stylus capable of mimicking pretty much any artist’s tool on an iPad. Use with the companion Paper app to blend colors, create unique shadings and adjust from ballpoint pen to paintbrush and in between. The eraser end works too.
Otterbox Resurgence Power Case
Making a case for this is easy: Military-rated protection offers major peace of mind when (inevitable) drops occur. Plus, the built-in battery more than doubles the phone’s staying power. Available in multiple colors for iPhone 5/5s and 6.
Stratos Bluetooth Connected Card
Reduce a bulging bunch of credit, debit, loyalty, gift and membership cards to one that protects account numbers with bank-level encryption that can be set to lock down altogether if lost or stolen. (The companion app
requires iOS 8.1.1 or later and Android 4.3 or later.)
Justin Slim Power Bank 2,500 mAh
Tuck in a wallet (it’s the size of a credit card) to make oh-no-my-phone’s-about-to-die panic a thing of the past.
Phorm iPad Mini Case
Talk about futuristic—slide a switch on the back of this case and buttons morph into place atop the touchscreen to make typing the tactile experience it used to be.
Cyntur Jumperpack Mini
With this in the glove compartment, a dead battery (car or phone) becomes just a minor inconvenience instead of a major hassle. It’s also a flashlight and emergency strobe, all in one little pouch.
Sealife Micro HD+ Underwater Camera
Waterproof to 200 feet, this camera is pricey but permanently sealed—there are no doors that can leak. Simple menu selections and 32GB of memory help its lucky owner capture amazing underwater stills and video.
Dyson AM09 Hot + Cool
This double-duty fan and heater cools a room in summer and warms it in winter, all at a touch of the remote. Jet Focus technology allows airflow to be focused (on a person) or diffused throughout the room. And it’s whisper-quiet, with a built-in sleep timer.
Sony Bluetooth Stereo Headset
This super-comfy over-ear model wirelessly streams music with bold sound, courtesy of 40mm drivers and Sony’s Beat Response Control for bass. The battery lasts 17 hours, and ear cups swivel and fold flat to toss in a gym bag or backpack.
Rumored for years to be the Next Big Thing for Apple, the long-awaited wristwear vows to be a game-changer in terms of communicating, analyzing personal activity and more. The cool factor is undeniable.
Microsoft Surface 3
Laptop? Tablet? Yes and yes. Flip out the kickstand, open the cover and type on the keyboard for a computer-like experience—yet this unit boasts tablet-style weight and phenomenal battery life.