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10 Funny And Useful Father's Day Gifts

There are no neckties in this gift list.  Not even funny ones.  But there are some other fun items that will make your dad chuckle, and that he'll likely use at least sometime between now and next Father's Day and maybe even longer.  Here are 10 fun Father's Day gifts for new dads, old dads, geek dads, golfer dads, foodie dads, and even single dads....

Try These 5 Barefoot Running Shoes That May be Better Than Vibram

When you hear "barefoot" or "minimalist" shoes, you probably think of the Vibram FiveFingers. Vibram has been at the forefront of the barefoot shoe market since barefoot shoes became a household name. However, there are other barefoot shoes out there, and for those who still love running "faux naturale," despite recent scrutiny, check out these five alternatives to the big daddy Vibram.Perhaps one of them may work better for you?

Outdoorsman Invents A Sleeping Bag For A Dog: The Barker Bag

Barker's not just any dog; he belongs to Andy Storms, a Seattle softgoods designer and outdoorsman, who loves to hike and camp with his best pal.  Barker's a tough dog; he hikes trails with Andy and he can get down and dirty with the best of them, but when night time comes, he likes to be cuddly and warm at the bottom of Andy's sleeping bag.  Problem is that while Barker stays warm, Andy's feet freeze.

Generate Electricity By Playing With SOCCKET

"We combine play with innovative technology to address real-world issues in a meaningful fun way." That's what Uncharted Play's website says, and with a product like the SOCCKET Soccer Ball, the ball that generates energy and can charge small electrical devices, they're living up to that statement.

Sitting Too Much? Get Off Your Butt With The Varidesk®

Poor posture, bad back, stiff neck, lack of circulation in your legs.... These are just a few of the dozens of health problems that can be caused by sitting all day, especially if you're watching a screen for a good percentage of it.  You could, of course, buy a standing desk.  Or, you could look into getting one of the amazingly versatile Varidesk® designs that let you move your desk up and down as you stand or sit.  Nice to have a choice, eh?

HeadsUp Headband Could Shed New Light On Concussions In Sports

Injuries are a part of sport--there is no getting around it--and concussions are one of the worst injuries. They can sideline athletes indefinitely and have a lasting impact on their lives. However, companies like Integrated Bionics are leading the way in developing products that can improve the lives of athletes. The HeadsUp Headband, a head impact indicator, is one such product.

Grip + Case For iPhone Is Tailored For The Athlete

Are you an athlete? Do you like working out to your favorite songs? The Grip + protective case for the iPhone 5 and 5s could be exactly what you need. This product was developed with the athelte in mind and comes with features for the sports enthuiast.


Per4M Juke 360 Is A Simple Design That Can Help Improve Your Footwork And Speed

What could MacGyver do with a belt, bungee cord and safety strap? He could probably make some sort of slingshot with the ability to catapult a human over a 50 foot wall. What PER4M did with those materials was develop the Juke 360, a simple training device that can help you improve your footwork and speed.

Connect And Power Your Device With The Solar Ski Helmet

In the market for a ski helmet? How about one with built-in audio? How about one with built-in audio, a microphone, Bluetooth technology that can power all of these extras via solar energy? Well, you can't have this helmet just yet, but developers at Fraunhofer IZM are working with TU Berlin and TEXSYS to get this product out on the market.

+ Pool Could Be The World's First Water-Filtering Floating Pool

How many people actually swim in the Hudson and East Rivers? Not many. New York City is surrounded by water, yet the water isn't the cleanest and that deters potential swimmers. That's where the + Pool comes in. This community pool will float on one of New York's rivers and filter the river water through its walls, making the water inside the pool clean and great for swimming.

The Coolest New Dog Toy GRINZ, Bounces, And Holds Treats Too

Who can help but smile at these two happy-looking dogs?  Those are not wax Halloween teeth in their mouths, but the new Grinz Ball by lifestyle-for-dogs company, Rogz, that will surprise and delight you and your dog....

Micromax X352: Dumbphone And USB Battery Charger In One Device

Micromax's new “feature” phone looks like a pretty cookie-cutter example of these devices nowadays. Except for the mammoth battery inside, that is, which you can re-purpose as a USB charging bank for your more expensive mobile devices.

PupSaver Dog Car Seat Safe For Use In Front Seats

Notice to all dog owners: It is not safe to drive with your dog in the front seat.  Right.  Now that you have that information, I will share news of a new car seat called the PupSaver that is made for pet owners who insist on keeping their dogs in their car's front seat anyway.  The PupSaver Car Safety Seat for Dogs passed an independent agency's crash tests up to a 30 mile-per-hour crash!

Carry Your Goal In A Duffel With Goalrilla's Gamemaker

Training for sports is tough. Even tougher is training for a sport when the equipment is hard to come by--equipment like soccer goals. Not all soccer players have an eight foot tall goal in their backpack, but they could. That's right, they could have a soccer goal in their backpack with the Goalrilla Gamemaker.

Make Your Picnic Posh With The Picnic Trolley

No awkward, bulky coolers will do at a picnic where the Picnic Trolley is going! Made in Great Britain (Wales, in fact), "the mecca of high-end picnics," the Picnic Trolley is brought to you by the incredibly innovative Pro-Idee Concept Studio....

Track Your Food Intake The Old Fashioned Way With The PicoPad

Are you trying to lose weight, but aren't really into all of the fitness and food tracking apps. Maybe you are old fashioned, an old soul, an old dog not wanting to learn new tricks or you just prefer the feel of a pen against paper as opposed to a keyboard or touchscreen. If any one of these are the case, you would certainly benefit from the PicoPad in your weight loss endeavor.

Onewheel Is A Self-Balancing, Electric Skateboard With Only One Wheel

Onewheel. The name says it all...or at least most of it. Of course, it says "one wheel," but it doesn't say "electric skateboard," nor does it say "self-balancing." But the Onewheel is all of those things--an electric, self-balancing skateboard with only one wheel.

X9 Follow: Golf Trolley That Follows You

Who wants to carry their own golf clubs around the course? That's what caddies and golf carts are for right? Well, now there's a third option. The X9 Follow is the first golf trolley that will follow you around the course. It's like having a R2D2 as a caddy.

Carry The Adhoc Canoe In A Backpack

Imagine hauling your canoe out of the water after a few hours on the river, stretching your legs on the bank, and then walking back to your canoe, folding it up, storing it in your backpack and going on your way. How convenient would that be? Well imagine no more. The Adhoc Folding Canoe is a real thing.

The Luggage Weighing Handle: No Scale Required

Have you ever had to remove some of your belongings from your luggage during check-in for a flight?  It's not a pleasant task, particularly since you may have to say a permanent goodbye to some your possessions just to lighten your load.  A new concept developed by French designer Selma Durand will help you weigh your baggage at home, easily and accurately, without having to place it on a scale; it's a Weighing Handle!