For Dad: 9 Tech Gifts for Your Favorite Gadget Guy

It's not too late! Gadget gift ideas for Father's Day.

June 18, 2010— -- He may say he doesn't want anything for Father's Day, but that doesn't mean your dad won't light up when you put a high-tech treat in his hands.

Whether he's a serious gear head or just likes to dabble in the digital realm, there are plenty of gadget gifts that could make his day extra special.

Take a look at nine ideas below.

American Red Cross FR360 Solarlink Weather Radio by Eton

Dad likes to be prepared for every situation, right? Well, this gadget is sure to come in handy in any emergency.

Endorsed by the American Red Cross, the multi-functional device includes an AM/FM radio, a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather channels, a built-in LED light source, a flashing red LED emergency light and a built-in USB cell phone charger.

No power? No problem. The radio runs on solar-, hand- and battery-generated power. It can be powered from 3 AAA batteries, plugged into the wall via USB adapter or, in emergencies, a hand crank or solar power can charge an Ni-MH battery.

The radio costs $49.99 and Eton will give up to $1 of the sales price to support the American Red Cross.

Sound Isolating Earphones

When dad just needs to rock out on his own, Phiaton's PS 210 Sound Isolating Earphones can help him turn off the world, and turn up the beat.

Designed to fit just outside the ear canal, the "half-in" earphones provide users with a welcome change from conventional in-ear headphones.

Phiaton earphones try to capture the best of both worlds, delivering the bass sounds of in-ear buds as well as the clear highs of open-ear headphones.

Soft silicon tips in four sizes make sure all ears enjoy a good fit. And the $99 headphones come in a leather case to keep them protected wherever you go.

Video Cameras Help Dad Capture Memories

DXG's Pro Gear HD camcorder

Picture this: dad as the chief memory maker. With the DXG Pro Gear HD camcorder, he can shoot 1080p HD video and capture still photos. The camcorder has a 10 megapixel camera and a 3-inch touch screen LCD display.

The A85V, which was just released this month and retails for about $300, lets you upload those memories to the Internet or play them back instantly on the TV.

Kodak Playsport

If dad is more of the rough-and-tumble type, you might want to give the Kodak Playsport a try.

The waterproof camera fits in a pocket and records in 1080p HD, even 10 feet underwater.

And when dad wants to shoot video from a cliff wall or the hiking trail, he won't need to worry about blurry footage. With a built-in image stabilization feature, Kodak says the camera will keep the picture steady.

The Playsport makes it easy to upload video to the computer via USB cable and then share it on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. And at $149, it's a more affordable option.

New Software Helps Dad Do the Talking While the Computer Does the Typing

Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking Dictation Software

You may not be able to promise Dad peace and quiet around the house, but you can give him something that won't talk back.

Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation software lets Dad do the talking, while his computer does the typing. He can write e-mails and even surf the Web -- all by using his voice ('cause we all know dad can talk faster than he can type).

The software costs $99, and there's a free smartphone app for on-the-go dictation.

EVO, Incredible Offer Access to 38,000 Apps in Android Marketplace

HTC EVO 4G from Sprint

If dad is a speed demon, then an EVO 4G from Sprint is the way to go.

Sprint is leading the race to 4G with a network that's already up and running in 32 cities. The company says it plans to add at least 14 more by the end of the year. The EVO is the first 4G-capable phone in the U.S.

The phone, which runs Google's Android 2.1 operating system and is built by HTC, boasts a crystal clear 4.3-inch screen with two cameras.

One camera is a forward-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, designed for video-chat. The other is an 8-megapixel autofocus camera on the back with an LED flash.

An HD camcorder captures video and an HDMI output lets you share it instantly on your flat-screen TV at home.

With a two-year contract, it's $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Droid Incredible

Another new phone that might catch your pop's eye this year is the HTC Droid Incredible.

The blazingly fast smartphone from HTC runs on Verizon's 3G network and uses Google's Android 2.1 operating system.

It features an 8-megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal memory. To keep dad connected in every possible way, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G are all onboard.

The touch screen measures 3.7 inches diagonally, and the excellent screen resolution makes it a great phone for Web browsing.

With the Incredible, you can access the 38,000 applications in the Android market. And since the phone is a multi-tasking machine, you can receive e-mail, listen to music, browse the Web and use third-party apps, all at the same time.

The phone is available for $199 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Help Dad Go Wireless With Re-Charging PowerMat

Logitech's Harmony Remote

If dad is king of the remote, but your coffee table looks like a junk pile, introduce him to Logitech's Harmony Remote.

It's a universal remote with a color LCD screen and backlit keys. Connect it to your computer, complete a questionnaire on the company's website indicating what equipment you have and how it's connected and the software does the rest.

For about a about $50 to $150, depending on the model, Dad gets control of the TV and the coffee table.


If your dad is constantly unraveling knots of phone cords, help him go cordless with the PowerMat.

Instead of having to keep track of a mess of phone chargers and wires, the PhoneMat will let him wirelessly charge his iPhone or BlackBerry.

All he needs to do is plug the mat into the wall and put a PowerMat case or inline battery replacement into the phone. Next time he needs a charge, he can just place the device on the mat and voila! There's a charge without having to deal with the cords.

Prices range from $69.99 to $99.99, depending on how many devices and what kinds of devices you want to charge.