Gadget gifts for dad

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg joined KARE 11 Today Tuesday morning with some of his favorite products, gadgets, and apps for Father's Day.

Here's what he featured this morning:

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale measures your weight, body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI) to provide a full picture of your weight trends. This Wi-Fi enabled scale helps you reach your target weight by letting you set goals, track your progress, and stay motivated every day. Your stats automatically upload to your on-line Fitbit dashboard through Wi-Fi, where you can get a more comprehensive view of your health and fitness and track your eating and exercise habits. Set up is fast; the scale can be set up to automatically recognize up to 8 users. You can check your progress from your computer or with a free smartphone app. The scale is available in your choice of black or white for $129.95. Fitbit Aria scale is available at Fitbit.com and at Best Buy, Amazon, and other national retailers.

iBike POWERHOUSE is complete fitness system for your bike. It's the only fitness system that combines precision cycling power measurement with a personalized cycling program designed around your fitness level and goals to give you maximum results in the minimum amount of time. iBike POWERHOUSE offers a variety of goal-oriented fitness plans for cyclists of all levels developed by world-class cycling expert Hunter Allen. POWERHOUSE'S continuous feedback and audio coaching keep you motivated and on-target. The program also incorporates periodic re-assessments that automatically adjust your plan to accelerate results. Choose from 2 pre-installed plans or purchase additional plans on iTunes. The package includes: weather-proof case and bike mount for your iPhone, speed/cadence sensor, iBike POWERHOUSE app with two pre-installed plans: iSlim® and CycleMaxTM. The iBike Powerhouse is $279 at Apple Stores and on-line at iBikePOWERHOUSE.com.

Nest Learning Thermostat learns about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you're away, guide you to energy-efficient temperatures when you're home, and free you from programming hassles by creating a customized temperature schedule. With heating and cooling accounting for approximately 50%-or more than $1,000 per year-of the average household energy bill, Nest can make a noticeable difference by helping you reduce your energy consumption. Just answer a few setup questions, make a week's worth of temperature adjustments, and Nest takes it from there. You can use the Nest Web and Mobile apps (iPhone, iPad and Android) for remote control. Nest Learning Thermostat is $249 on nest.com and on lowes.com.

VTech's Connect to Cell phone (DS6521-2) is perfect for the dad who juggles work calls and personal calls at home. It combines mobile and landline calls into one easy-to-use home phone system. Dad no longer has to miss calls because of a misplaced cell phone or bad cell reception. This home phone system lets dad answer landline and cell phone calls using BLUETOOTH wireless technology, delivering better sound quality and fewer dropped calls when mobile users are at home. An ideal choice for people who rely on their mobile phones but want better communication at home, VTech's new one-button pairing feature makes setup a cinch for first-time users. Even consumers without landline phone service can use the system to improve their cellular calls and make outbound calls using cellular minutes while at home, with the convenience and comfort of a cordless handset. This system can register up to two BLUETOOTH wireless technology-enabled cell phones and offers the ability to expand up to five handsets (DS6501, MSRP: $19.95). This phone also features a digital answering system, Eco Mode operation, access to a 200-name cell phone directory and silent ringer options. The cost is $59.95 and it is available at vtechphones.com.

OnStar FMV - Give Dad the gift of safety. OnStar is not just for GM cars, you can now add it to almost any car. OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) keeps Dad safe and connected out on the road, with services like Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Hands-Free Calling and Automatic Crash Response. Simple to use, it only requires changing your current rearview mirror for the OnStar FMV mirror. For a limited time only, you can purchase FMV for $99.99 including installation. For more details and vehicle compatibility please visit, onstar.com/web/fmv/home.  

For more great ideas, check out Steve's book, "Gadget Nation," now in paperback. For details, visit gadgetnation.net.

Steve's new Food Network show, "Innvention Hunters," debuts in May. Check foodnetwork.com for details.

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