Great gadgets for dads
With Father’s Day fast approaching, Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson and Rod Chester offer up some quality gift ideas
MISFIT SHINE $ 139.95 store. apple. com/ au
FIT fathers should appreciate this gadget. While it looks like a mere silver disc, the Misfit Shine Personal Physical Activity Monitor tracks your every move, rates your activity, shows how you’re tracking against goals and provides activity reports in an Apple app.
Setting it up requires an Apple gadget, such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, which detects it, turns on Bluetooth and extracts its information or installs updates.
The device is easy to wear, offering a rubber wristband that matches its waterproof credentials, or a powerful magnet that keeps it pinned to clothing. It is stylish, strong and its battery only needs replacing every four months.
KOGAN ACTION CAMERA BLACK EDITION $ 139 kogan.com.au
IT’S no mistake Kogan’s Action Camera looks like a GoPro camera. And its lower price
NAVMAN MY450LMT $ 279 navman.com.au
THE world is changing at an ever- increasing pace – which is why Navman has launched Rapid Map Refresh as standard on this top- of- the- range unit.
Instead of downloading a new map for your car GPS annually or quarterly, you connect the device to your PC to download new maps every month.
The unit has a 5- inch screen and features Landmark Guidance Plus, which gives directions by describing features such as the colour of major buildings. allows gift- givers to save $ 260 on a rugged, sporty shooter.
This budget action camera is a very basic model, but one that comes with plenty of accessories for filming just about anywhere.
The Black Edition comes with a handlebar mount, a waterproof case, a helmet attachment, and a windscreen mount. The camera shoots full high- definition video at 30 frames a second, or 720p video at 60fps, and 12- megapixel still images. Its lens delivers a 170- degree field of view, with a fish- eye effect. Photographic options include ISO and contrast control, and scene modes include sports, landscape and sunset.
Its construction and 1.5- inch LCD screen is not the highest quality but the results are reasonable.
The navigation menu has been tweaked, while another improvement is the expansive list of driver alerts, with warnings that range from merging lanes to animal crossings. It’s simple to use and has plenty of features.
KAISER BAAS PHOTOMAKER X4 $ 149.95 kaiserbaas.com
IF your dad has stacks of old family photos tucked away on slides, he should appreciate this simple but handy scanner that can convert the images into digital form.
Designed for scanning negatives or 35mm slides, you plug this into either a power point or your computer’s USB port then feed your images through.
You need to insert your own SD card to store the images. As you scan the slides, you’ll see them on the 2.4- inch LCD screen and can perform simple edits before you save them.
In a big step up from previous models, this has a 14- megapixel sensor that scans the image at 3300dpi. You can then print images on your SD card or use the scanner’s USB connection to transfer images to your computer.
You’ll find a fine brush in the box so your images don’t show those bits of dust and fluff they gathered sitting in storage for so many years.
DOG AND BONE WETSUIT $ 29.95 dogandbonecases.com
FOR most of us, our smartphone is the one thing you won’t leave home without. The trouble is, not everywhere we go is smartphone-friendly.
Queensland- based Dog and Bone market its Wetsuit case as the first “topless” waterproof case, by which it means the cover seals around the edges of the screen but leaves the glass exposed.
The obvious advantage, compared with other waterproof cases, is there is no barrier to using the touchscreen. The phone has an IP68 rating, which means it’s designed to be waterproof at 2m for an hour and survive a drop of 2m.
Unlike other waterproof cases, it has two layers. You slip your phone into a soft rubber casing, then pop that into the tough outer case.
It’s easy to use and it lived up to the hype when we tested it.