Grads, Dads & Lads

Hopefully mom got what she wanted for her special day in May. Now it’s time for all those graduating kids to get gifts as they move on towards college or – gasp – the real world.

I have been reviewing several cool things recently for the shows and publications I work on. Here are some suggestions for graduation gifts, Father’s Day or “just because I want one!”

Flip SlideHD

For the past few years I have toted a small HD video camera called The Flip. It couldn’t be easier to shoot a few hours of video on a small device with a USB connector that flips out for easy uploading to your computer.

But it’s time for an upgrade to the new Flip SlideHD. Sporting a new form factor, this unit records up to four hours of HD video (720p), or stores up to 12 hours of content. You can then view it instantly with a 3″ slide-up full widescreen or via is HDMI out.

The 2x digital zoom is just OK but its internal rechargeable Li-ion battery lasts a nice two hours and recharges in a USB port. Like its predecessors, just flip out the USB and quickly upload videos to the web or your fave social media site. $279

Epson Perfection V330 Photo Printer

How many photos are laying around your home? How many times have you thought about scanning them to your computer? Lots, huh? It can be a time-consuming task unless you have the right tool.

The Epson V330 Photo should be that tool to get you on your way.
This all-in-one is the latest in Epson’s award-winning Perfection line. Digitizing/archiving photos, documents, 3D objects are just a few of the things this device does.

It has a high 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution and a 180-degree lid for scanning oversized objects. Old Schoolers will love the built-in transparency unit that enables it to scan slides, negatives and film.

The V330 comes bundled with software to scan multiple images such as panoramas, oversized artwork, documents, and scrapbook pages which it stitches together automatically. $119

EyeTV Hybrid USB Tuner

Just because you travel with a laptop doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice watching your favorite TV shows. If you have an available USB port watch them wherever you happen to be with the EyeTV Tuner Stick.

The thumb drive device receives both digital and analog basic cable TV and digital over-the-air HD signals for free with an antenna. Even better, the accompanying software turns your laptop into a DVR.

The tuner and software are both PC and Mac compatible. It comes packaged with several cables and adapters and even a remote control for the laziest of viewers. $149

iPad Temple Bag

Now that you have that shiny new iPad, you must protect it from the elements. I found this new case that looks cool and gives off that Indiana Jones feel (that’s a good thing).

This distressed leather shoulder bag is from Temple Bags. It has your typical padded shoulder strap and internal pocket. But it not only carries and cushions your iPad but converts into a handy viewing stand. Rotate it vertically or horizontally for optimum viewing.

Temple Bags is a small company where the creator answers all email and takes suggestions for new designs. I suggested a pen holder in the next version and he shot back with “it’s an iPad, who needs a pen?!” Touche, Steve. $189

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