Gifts for Dad great for the outdoors

When it comes to finding Dad the right gadget for Father’s Day, there are so many choices; so here are three gift ideas for a Dad who likes to spend time outside, whether on the field, on the road or otherwise.

Ultimate Mini DashCam

You know Dad loves car gadgets but you also know he wouldn’t want to be gifted with some big clunky camera that would clutter up his dashboard. If that sounds like your Dad, then he might be surprised at what big features can be found in the compact Magellan MiVue 420 DashCam. 

At only 3.5”x1.9”x1.5” the MiVue 420 is packed full of features. The camera is equipped with a wide-angle lens camera (140° horizontal field of view) that captures Super HD (1296p) video both during the day and at night. It will also timestamp on the video GPS coordinates, date, time and speed, etc. These are also locked-in should Dad need proof of an event or if the unit senses the car’s been hit or moved erratically.

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AquaGenie world’s smartest water bottle – fully funded

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There’s an app that reminds me to drink water but I have to manually record the amount of water I actually consume.  Wouldn’t it be nice, if there were a clever smart water bottle that helps you keep healthy, by automatically tracking how much water you actually drink?  Well there is one currently on Kickstarter and it’s called AquaGenie.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Molson and Sportsnet bring 360 VR to NHL Hockey

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If you can’t get enough hockey, Molson Canadian and Sportsnet have teamed up to bring fans a more immersive experience by offering for the first time, 360° Virtual Reality (VR) to select Canadian NHL broadcasts. This will give us yet another reason to watch Hockey Night in Canada tonight and for the next five Saturday nights.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Wireless heated insoles keep toes toasty warm

TYhrmacellAs the mercury dips below -20°C, we think more and more about keeping warm. We wear toques, scarves, mitts, warm clothes and boots but sometimes it’s still a little hard to keep our feet and little tootsies warm in deep snow, on ice, or on cold pavement. There’s a cool gift idea for that, pardon the pun, the new wireless ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heavy-Duty Heated Insoles. They’re a flexible cushioned pair of insoles that feature a removable rechargeable lithium-ion battery in each insole.

The heat is controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth through an Android or iOS app. So by simply pairing your smartphone with the insoles, you can control the level of heat going to each foot.

It does sound kind of funny, but it works. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New Misfit Speedo Shine 2 just in time for Rio 2016

shine2_speedo_5Around this time last year at CanoeTech Blog we looked at the new partnership between Misfit and Speedo that resulted in a Misfit Shine activity and sleep tracker that featured a proprietary algorithm especially designed for swimmers. Whether the timing of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is a coincidence or not, Misfit has just released its next generation model – Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition, powered by Speedo, adding a number of new features including a new vibration motor and redesigned lights to make the wearable more valuable.

The new model also known as Speedo Shine 2 offers improvement in the hardware, firmware and software through the enhanced Misfit app for iOS and Android.

Shine’s new vibration motor offers much improved touch responsiveness with capacitive touch technology and now allows for both text and call notifications along with a silent vibrating alarm. This alarm is also a perfect companion to the new countdown swim timer that offers a gentle vibe when your task is complete.  Read Full Post at Canoe_Tech Blog.

Why walk when you can RocketSkate?

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As spring is just around the corner it’s time to once again think about high-tech personal transportation. Earlier this month, we looked at a funky e-skateboard called Storm, but what if you prefer skates to a skateboard? If that’s the case then you might just drool over the RocketSkates by Acton. You may not achieve speeds like The Flash, but you will be able to get up to 7 mph for up to 5 miles on the RocketSkates R5 or up to 12 mph for 10 miles on the R10 model. So why walk when you can skate?

Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Will this e-Skateboard take the world by Storm?

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It might not be the hoverboard Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly cruised around on in Back to the Future II nor will it levitate in mid-air but the new Storm eSkateboard is trying to quickly get off the ground.

The Storm Electric Skateboard is like a regular skateboard, plus an on-board motor and simple Bluetooth LE, which allows riders to control the direction and pace of the board.

“It’s a board that allows riders an incredible amount of freedom without compromising the ability to ride in the traditional way,” said Storm founder and CEO John Madden. “It’s stylish, functional and lightweight. Our board is really going to change the game while offering an incredibly low price that other electronic skateboard makers simply can’t match.” Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

OptiShot Golf Replica 2015 PLAYERS Championship, Ponte Vedra Course

 golfOptiShot Golf, makers of the world’s #1 golf simulator, announces its To-the-TeeTM replicated course, Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra is the legendary PLAYERS Championship course flawlessly reproduced. THE PLAYERS Championship has been one of the PGA TOUR’s most coveted titles.

Held annually in May, THE PLAYERS is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the PGA TOUR calendar, boasting not only the strongest field but also the biggest purse on the PGA TOUR. A true “Stadium Course,” the championship-caliber golf course was designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience at THE PLAYERS, while also making it accessible to and playable by golf fans of all abilities. The PLAYERS Championship and OptiShot2 users begin play on May 7-10, 2015.

Zepp announces Softball app and partnership

Natasha Watley (left), Heather Tarr (middle), and Tim Walton (right)

Natasha Watley (left), Heather Tarr (middle), and Tim Walton (right)

Softball, sometimes looked at as the poor cousin to Baseball, gets a well-deserved little shot in the arm, with an announcement today by Zepp, a provider of wearable sports technology. The company has teamed up with some of the most-revered softball players and coaches in the country to develop tailored training content for the often-overlooked Softball community.

The Zepp Baseball-Softball app has been updated to include Softball-specific features, created in partnership with two-time Olympian, Natasha Watley, US Olympic legend, Jennie Finch, and collegiate coaches Tim Walton (University of Florida), Heather Tarr (University of Washington), and Sue Enquist (former UCLA head coach).

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VERT transmits how high you can jump

Back in the mid-eighties, when Van Halen’s David Lee Roth sang “might as well ‘jump’,” he probably never thought that he could wear a device on his waistband that could tell him how fast, how high and in which direction let alone share that information with his adoring fans both in the audience and half way around the globe. That’s obvious since smartphones and the Internet, as we know it today didn’t exist, but more specifically, the VERT, Jump Rate Monitor, by Mayfonk Athletic Inc. hadn’t yet been invented, until now.

The wearable jumping device is referred to as a mini IMU, Inertial Measurement Unit that’s small and non evasive. It’s best worn near one’s waist using the VERT training clip or Active Waistband. It has an on-board display but is most useful when data is transmitted, which it does in real-time, so it can be viewed simultaneously on your smartphone or tablet with one of the two apps- the free personal VERT app for iPhone which also allows you to sync your data for historical tracking on myvert.com or the more advanced VERT Coach App for iPad ($119.99). Read full Review at Canoe Tech Blog.