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Father's Day Tech Treats For $150 or Less

Jun 14 2011 - 1:32pm

For the techie dad who follows gadget announcements, has every sci-fi DVD box collection on the market, and secretly loves solving the household IT problems, we've compiled Father's Day [1] gift guides for every budget. Today's list focuses on the gifts around the $100-$150 range. Round up the siblings, and go in on these gifts to show dad you care.

Nook Simple Touch Reader ($139)

The eReader finally gets a touchscreen in Barnes & Nobles' new Nook Simple Touch Reader [2]. The 6-inch screen still uses the no-glare E Ink technology we've come to expect from eReaders, so dad can read while relaxing in the Summer sun.

iConvert USB Turntable ($129)

For the cabinet of vinyl now collecting dust in the den, give dad the gift of digital conversion. The iConvert USB turntable [3] uses a basic USB connection to connect the record player to a PC while corresponding software saves the music files to an MP3 player of choice. The record player is, of course, compatible with stereo speakers for those rare times when dad feels less digitally inclined.

Fuji Instax Mini 50s ($125)

If dad longs for the days of Polaroid family vacation photos, give him the latest instant camera solution, the Fuji Instax Mini 50s [4]. With exposure settings, a self-timer, and a removable closeup lens, there is much more user control when capturing instant memories this time around . Film averages around $20 per pack.

GL1 Diagnostic Cable ($99)

The GL1 Diagnostic Cable [5] unlocks the mysteries of the check engine light by connecting the cable to an iPhone or iPad and the included product app. The product reads all electric signals sent by the car and provides a digital diagnosis for any US gas and diesel cars manufactured from 1996 and on. Expect lengthy conversations from the new DIY [6] mechanic on the fuel performance of the family's vehicles.

Jedi Bathrobe ($89)

Dads are notorious for hanging on to clothing until it's threadbare and unfit for grabbing the Sunday paper. The Jedi bathrobe [7] updates dad's around-the-house morning attire and confirms something your family already knew — dad is a secret Jedi Master. With the extra dollars saved, pick up some snacks and watch the original trilogy. Robes required.

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