June 14, 2014 6:00 pm
Updated: June 15, 2014 2:19 pm

Last-minute Father’s Day techie gifts


*Steve Makris is a technology expert who does a weekly Tech Talk segment during Edmonton’s Sunday Morning News. You can watch his segment above.

Good morning folks and happy Father’s Day to all dads, the topic of today’s show. Especially for procrastinators!

Here are some very smartly designed gizmos you can get in stores near you before brunch!

Philips Airfryer is quick and healthy


-The Philips Airfryer Viva Collection with Recipe Book and Bonus Fry Grill Pan is the clean and healthy way to cook and eat. It has easy settings and makes four different kinds of potato fries with only a spoonful of oil. Most recipes take 30 minutes and the Airfryer can cook food inside and adjust for crispiness outside. Great cooking book with awesome recipes. Available at Costco for $199.

Jawbone Mini wireless Jambox


-The Mini Jambox, $129.99, till today, wireless speaker, compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices is small enough to fit in a pocket, but puts out great sound for its size. Available at the MicrosoftStore.ca,  a quick and hassle-free one-stop shop for all of your gadget needs. Enjoy all the convenience without the cost—shipping is free over one week.

Vivo Fit runs for one year between batteries


-Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band (Black) $129.99, turns your good intentions into healthy habits. It tracks movements, steps, calories burned, and total distance travelled 24/7. Not as sophisticated as pricier smart watches but it’s a constant reminder of your physical activity and works for a full year  It can be worn for a full year without a battery change!

Logitech X600 wireless look good anywhere and connect several different ways,



-Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600, $179 in most stores, look as great as they sound. Their sculptured look and natural rich sound make a great gift. Although wireless, a nifty circular touch motion volume control on top of one of the speakers makes it easy for big fingers to adjust. Lay-flat cables and an additional non-Bluetooth micro USB transceiver and audio cable input make these gorgeous speakers work anywhere.

Philips high tech Diamond Clean, inductive charging, USB charge travel case and more.


-One of our Father’s Day Giveaways today, the sleek sculptured high-tech Philips Sonicare HX9332/05 DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, $199.99 at London Drugs, has hidden LED displays that show you what cleaning or gum massage mode you are in. It comes with an thick water glass inductive charging glass base and includes a travel case and USB charge port, charger and cable. DiamondClean bristles and high frequency provides Sonicare is proven to be five times more effective on plaque removal over hand toothbrushes.

Bose Quiet Comfort in-ear noise reduction headphones amaze.


-The Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones (QC20i for iOS devices with extra on-cable controls, QC20 for all others) is the ultimate portable best quality noise cancelling in-ear headphones. It uses the same technology its sibling on and around ear models but is a smaller scale. They are literally just as effective and don’t have to be squeezed tight in your ear to work.

Fujifilm wireless Instax prints from personal devices.



-Fun time! The Fuji Instax Share Smartphone Wireless Photo Printer (SP-1) $199.99 at most camera shops, prints your digital smartphone and tablet pictures into full colour 62mm x 46mm digital copies. You can even enhance them with one of five customizable templates and share online. It has Social Media (SNS) template links to Facebook or Instagram allowing you to print social media images instantly from these sites. Using wireless LAN it allows up to 8 users to connect at once and works through Fujifilm’s SHARE App for iOS or Android mobile devices. It customizable templates, does multiple copies, LED battery and remaining media display. Includes two lithium CR2 batteries good for 100 prints.

Spot gen3 is a lifesaver anywhere you are.


Tracking your route in remote parts of the planet om the SPOT


-One of our two Father’s Day giveways today, the SPOT GEN3 $169.99, but for limited time, as low as $99.99 is so DAD! The SPOT is ideal for hikers, campers, boaters and aviation enthusiasts. Reach emergency responders, check-in with family or friends, share GPS coordinates and track your adventures, all at the push of a button. Approx. 3000+ rescues worldwide. Customize tracking rates to 2 ½, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes…motion-activated and continuous tracking options 100% satellite technology. Available at Best Buy, London Drugs, Sport Chek http://www.findmespot.ca/

Braun CoolTec shaver keeps skin cool


– Perfect hot summer day shaving with the Braun CoolTec Shaver – CT5 CC as low as 149.99 in most shops, is a dry shaver that cools its shaving head for comfortable shaving for sensitive skin. Unlike all other shavers from anyone that build up heat while in use. Sensoblade technology with two independently moving cutting elements adapt to every facial contour and hair growing in different directions. Waterproof to 5m for full washability, LED display for battery status, cleaning indication + travel lock indicator Wet&Dry Specifically designed to be safe to use in the shower, for maximum flexibility and a handy five minute quick charge mode.

Epson v550 photo slide and film scanner preserves high quality images of old photographs


-Project Dad! The Epson v550 photo, film and slide scanner is quick efficient and copies big quality digital momentos of family photos.



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