Great gad­gets for dads

With Fa­ther’s Day fast ap­proach­ing, Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester of­fer up some qual­ity gift ideas

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

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.

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