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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....

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?

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.

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....

Bad Backs Need Stretching AND Exercise: The Medi-Dyne Corestretch Core Exerciser Does Both

Most adults have bad backs. We sit too much, stand in one position too much, or suffer from repetitive motion injuries to our backs.  The common exercise wisdom is that to strengthen our backs, we need to strengthen our abdominal muscles, but actually we have to do both - and that means we have to exercise both.  Until now, I had not found something suitable for back exercise, even in the gym, but the Medi-Dyne CoreStretch Core Body Exerciser works and works well.

 

Cisco Leads The Charge In The Application Economy

It's hard to believe that mobile devices while a couple of decades in the making didn't achieve mass adoption until Apple launched their first iPhone in 2007. With it's customer-pleasing multi-touch interface and application distribution platforms, a number of competing mobile operating systems joined the fray quickly to meet the burgeoning demand. Smarphones, tablet computers and other hand-held devices ushered in tech advancement . . .

Night Shift Sleep Study Is Novel Use For Crowdsourcing

How much would you pay to be involved in an international study registered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in which you are testing a new sleep apnea device?  Would you pay $269? $539? $1299? $2499?  Those are some of the pricings of the packages being offered by the makers of Night Shift, a new device that promises to correct your snoring problems - problems that can lead to serious health consequences such as memory loss, chronic fatigue, and even heart failure.

Need To Print Something On The Go? This Pocket-Sized Robot's Got You Covered!

Although we're living in an increasingly-mobile society, there's still one piece of tech that missed the bus: the printer. What few mobile printers do exist are either too cumbersome or print on non-standard paper. One startup is looking to change that, through the wonders of robotics.

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!

Make Your iPhone Into A Weapon With the iStab

iPhone muggings are still all too common, but now you can defend yourself against attacks and use your phone to gut fish with the handy iStab folding knife.