Cool Gadgets For Dad (page 3)

By Marshal M. Rosenthal
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Father's Day
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Sky’s The Limit ($150 And Up)

Give dad’s home office a touch of class with Native Union‘s brushed aluminum, ergonomically designed wireless handset. He won’t have to choose between talking on it or using the high-quality built-in speakers either: two different Bluetooth phones can pair with it at the same time. Noise reduction automatically beefs up the stereo sound coming from a computer or tablet. Buttons on the handset control talking and music, while an auto-reconnect feature takes care of pairing every time his phone comes back into range.

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Let dad will kick out the jams again… digitally. Griffin‘s StudioConnect will connect his guitar or bass to an iPad to work in Garageband. It’s loaded with all the connections he’ll need: audio in/out, MIDI in/out, line-level stereo outs, even a stereo headphone jack with its own volume control. He can also connect a sequencer or some other MIDI gear and use a MIDI controller app to turn the iPad into a musical instrument. It’s the best of both worlds, though what he’ll create might be the exact opposite.

You may have to convince dad that he can wear this Finis MP3 player in the pool without short-circuiting it. The “earphones” rest on his cheekbones and conduct sound through the bones of his ears while he swims. The 2 GBs of memory can hold up to 30 hours of music, so go ahead and fill it with a bunch of his favorite MP3s. You don’t have to listen to them.

Honeycomb BT iDock – Native Union ($179.99)

StudioConnect Audio and MIDI Interface for iPAD – Griffin Technology ($149.99)

SwiMP3 X18 Underwater MP3 Player – Finis ($159.99)

Visit the Father’s Day section at CBS Local.

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.

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