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Best Father’s Day Tech Gifts on WABC TV


Tech gifts to buy for Father's Day


Last week I showed off some of my favorite Father’s Day Techie gift ideas on WABC. I adore Michelle Charlesworth, have worked with her for years and her energy and personality always make these segments so fun. You can watch the full video here: yes, I flew the drone!


For more info on the products, see below.

Microsoft Surface 3

The Surface 3 is a tablet that does double duty as a portable laptop when combined with the (extra) Surface 3 Type Cover. It’s thin and light and gets about 10 hours of battery life. It runs all Windows programs, has USB ports, a headphone jack and micro USB ports. Detach the keyboard and you’ve got a 10.8-inch high res tablet for kicking back and watching videos or reading the news.
Price starts at $499

LG G4 Smartphone

This new flagship phone from LG has even iPhone lovers taking a second look. LG’s G4 phone, is a sleek 5.5-inch phone with a quad HD display running on Android 5.1. The phone has a removable battery and an impressive camera.
Its defining feature is a smart-looking hand-stitched leather back cover, available in a variety of colors. Whichever carrier Dad uses, there’s a deal through Father’s Day for an extra battery and storage.
T-Mobile is offering five times more memory and if Dad is a world traveler, make sure to check out T-Mo’s Simple Global Feature which includes unlimited data and texting to the US.

Sengled Pulse Bulbs
The Sengled Pulse Bluetooth bulb is a simple way to get great-sounding music in any room of the house. It’s an LED light bulb with integrated JBL Bluetooth speakers. They’re super easy to install, just replace the bulb in any standard E26 socket and connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Use the Pulse app to control the music and dim the light. The Pulse Solo is $59.99 or pick up a master and satellite set of two dimmable bulbs for $169.

MyCharge HubPlus

Never run out of battery again. The myCharge HubPlus portable charger has built-in Lightning and Micro USB cables for charging devices on the go. Dad can charge up his tablet and phone at the same time – there’s plenty of power. And when it comes time to charge up the charger, a built-in wall prong makes it quick and easy to power up the 6,000 mAh battery for the next trip. It’s small, fits easily into a bag or backpack and is a life-saver for staying connected on the go.

Knomo Bude Backpack

Dads don’t always carry briefcases anymore because their stuff is smaller and more mobile. Laptop-toting dads will appreciate the look and comfort of Knomo Bag’s Bude Backpack, made of a lightweight canvas that’s both dirt and water resistant – perfect for the city. There’s a padded compartment inside that protects up to a 15-inch laptop and a tablet, and lots of compartments for keeping cables and gear organized.

Parrot Bebop Drone

What’s more fun that flying a drone around the neighborhood or on the beach? Flying a drone that that has a built-in camera that captures 1080p video and can shoot 14mp stills. The Parrot Bebop Drone is made of impact-resistant foam, and is lightweight enough for you to take anywhere. No worries about the learning curve; the propellers stop automatically on impact and if the drone gets too far away from you, a GPS function lets you call the drone back home.

Mother’s Day Techy Gift Ideas-My top picks

Here are just some of my ideas for great techy gift ideas for Mother’s Day. And no, I’m not saying flowers are not a great idea, I love flowers. In fact, I have a beautiful flower garden and think a plant or a shrub makes a great gift. It’s just that I’m a geek, and I know a lot more about technology and making gadgets work than I do about how to keep my arborvitae from dying.

So, here are my top ideas for Mom this Mother’s Day, as originally posted on abcnews.com

I also did a video segment for ABC News Now’s Tech This Out! which you can watch here: 

Ditch the daisies, forgo the diamonds and leave the breakfast in bed to the children. This is the year for gadgets.

B&N Nook Color

B&N Nook Color

A recent update to the Nook Color’s operating system makes this 7-inch e-reader even more tablet-like. It now features email, Internet access, support for flash video on the Web and downloadable apps. Even “Angry Birds!” Add that to the digital books, magazines, newspapers and full color children’s books it was known for and you’ve got a gift Mom is sure to love. Price: $250


 Kodak PlaySport Video Camera Zx5

Kodak PlaySport Video Camera Zx5

With the Flip video camera out of the running, you can rest assured there are still great options for taking HD video and easily getting them out of your camera and sharing them with friends and family. Kodak’s PlaySport Video Camera shoots 1080p HD video, is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet and so Mom won’t worry about handing it off to the kids, it’s even shockproof. Price: $179.95


Kodak Easyshare Sport Camera

Kodak EasyShare Sport Camera

Hand this little guy off to the kids and don’t worry about sand or dust. Or even a dunk in the pool. It’s made for that! And when you want to share those vacation photos, choose the destination right in the camera, whether it’s an email address, a photo website or Facebook. When you connect to your computer, the pictures are automatically shared, saving Mom lots of time. Price: $80
Scottevest Women's Trench

Scottevest Women’s Trench

Anyone who has kids knows how it goes. “Mom, can you hold this?” “Mom, can you carry this for me?”

And before you know it, you have 10 items that don’t belong to you, along with all of your own gadgets, like your e-reader, your iPhone, your water bottle and your car keys. Yes, Moms can juggle, but really… all that?

The Scottevest Women’s Trench has 18 pockets inside and out roomy enough to hold all that … and then some. It’s stylish and waterproof and comes in four great colors. Great for going through the airport! Best of all, its zippers can be pulled open with one hand, ’cause we all know a mom’s other hand is usually busy holding something or someone. Price: $150


iPad 2

iPad 2

Topping the wish lists of many moms this Mother’s Day is the iPad 2. It’s thinner, lighter, and oh so portable, which is great for moms on the run. She can read e-books on it, keep the family calendar, do email, listen to music, even watch a little Netflix while sitting on the sideline at a softball game. And with the built-in rear-facing camera, now there’s the ability to shoot video at the game as well. Then help her load it up with apps so everyone can be entertained…don’t forget Angry Birds! Target and Toys R Us now sell iPads so call ahead for availability. Price: Starts at $499


Viper SmartStart

Viper SmartStart

If you really want to warm Mom’s heart, get her a remote starter for her car. There’s nothing that says I love you more than a warmed-up car on a cold morning. Viper now offers a free SmartStart app so once all the wiring is installed, you can start your car with your smart phone! It works with iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Price: $299


Toddy Smart Cloth

Toddy Smart Cloth

Fingerprints and smudges. We all know tablets, phones and e-readers are magnets for fingerprints and all kinds of germs, but are baby wipes really the thing to use?

Toddy Smart Cloths are double-sided microfiber cloths designed to clean, buff and polish those electronic gadgets. The microfiber removes all the smudges and dirt without the need for water and the cloths have an antimicrobial coating, protecting against future germs. They come in fun colors and patterns. What mom wouldn’t want that? Price: $15


Accessorize Mom!

You can never go wrong with accessories for Mom’s gadgets; it’s like getting the right bling for that little black dress. Only this bling is really important because not only does it have to look fashionable and fabulous, and be easy to clean, it has to do the job of protecting the precious objects inside.

Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope

Built Neoprene E-Reader/Tablet Envelope

Keeps your device safe from bumps and scratches, especially when it’s thrown into a big Mommy bag filled with other stuff. The fold-over closure secures the device safely inside and the plush inner panel helps protect it from coming up against strange objects like car keys and juice boxes. In fact, there’s an inner zip pocket for storing things like keys or a phone so you always have them handy. Price: $30


Vivitar Case for iPad, iPhone -- Bamboo Collection

Vivitar Case for iPad, iPhone — Bamboo Collection

If you love bamboo, you’ll love Vivitar’s Bamboo Collection, a new line of eco-friendly electronics accessories. It’s out with a keyboard, iPhone and iPad cases and ear buds — all made of natural and recycled materials.

Price: $29.99 each


Case-Mate Universal Kayla Combo Clutch

Case-Mate Universal Kayla Combo Clutch

For Moms headed out for a night on the town, there’s the Kayla Wristlet. It’s a super-chic item made of canvas and leather organized for the efficient Mom. Inside, there’s a zipper pocket for money, ID, a few credit cards and of course, a lip gloss. Outside, your smartphone is safely and securely tucked away but easily accessible. Price: $48


Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap

Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap

If Mom already has an iPad 2, this case will wrap her in style. The cover folds back to act as a viewing and typing stand, like Apple’s Smart Cover, and the case itself protects the front and back of the device. Rubberized grip makes it easy and comfy to hold. Price: $50