Father's Day 2011 High-Tech Gift Guide


While the SuperTooth HD is compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, the SuperTooth Handsfree Assistant app is currently for BlackBerry and Android devices only. The freely downloadable app provides users six months free usage of all features but to continue to use the full functionality, you need to subscribe at $6 per month or $59.99 annually.


Dyson Digital Slim Vacuum Cleaner $299

If anyone gave me a vacuum for Mother's day, I'm not sure how pleased I'd be. But when I brought home the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim to test it out, my husband ran off with it and I haven't seen it since. It's pricey, but anything that can get my husband vacuuming the house, and cleaning up after himself when he does projects around the house, is totally worth it.

The Digital Slim has Dyson's innovative technology built in, a digital motor that claims to be three times faster than the average motor, and it comes with a "fade-free" lithium ion battery. The detachable long-reach wand cleans way up high, does the floor without bending over, and attachments lets you fight into very tight spots.


Logitech Z305 Laptop Speakers $45

If Dad's a road warrior who never goes far without his trusty laptop, get him an upgrade in the sound department. The Logitech Z305 provides 360-degree sound from one USB connection. The speaker itself is shaped like a tube with speakers on either end, and is clipped to the top of the laptop's screen. Logitech claims having speakers on either end will broaden the "sweet spot" and project the sound farther than traditional forward-facing speakers. No external power supply needed; it draws its power from the laptop's USB. There's also a 3.5-inch auxiliary port for plugging in external music players.


Brookstone Instant Slide and Negative Scanner $99

If Dad's the photo bug in the family, this slide scanner will help clean out some closet space. Get those boxes of old slides and negatives you've been meaning to digitize, scan them in, and convert them to high-res digital files.

The images are saved directly to an SD card so you don't even need to connect to a computer or take up hard drive space if these are intended for archiving. Not sure? The built-in 2.4" LCD screen lets you view the images right away, so you can send them to your computer, a digital picture frame or long term storage. Now, what to put in the closet?


iLuv i303 Sweatproof Sport Ear Clip Headphones $15

If Dad is a runner or a gym dude, he knows what happens to earbuds when they get sweaty. The iLuv Sweatproof Sport Ear Clip fits over your ear, so it keeps the earbuds in place -- in your ear while you're jogging or lifting. They're sweat- and splash-proof for running in the rain, with an in-line volume control to turn up the tunes when the traffic gets too loud.


Blanklabel.com Custom Shirt App $75

Forget the tie, get Dad a shirt. And not just any shirt, one that you've made especially for him. Blanklabel.com lets you choose a style and design almost every detail. Choose whether you want a standard pinpoint or button down collar, single button or French cuff, pocket, no pocket, even whether you want the same fabric on the inside of the collar.

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