This week on App Chat:

Cool Tech Gifts for Father’s Day

Need a cool gift for dad?  Check out these three options.  The ABC TV video gives you an overview and you will find more details below including pricing, retailers and platform support.


Cool Tech Gifts for Dads

Are you looking for the perfect gift for Father’s Day?  Here are some tech ideas that are great for the man with a mobile device who likes to show off his tech skills!

I use all of these devices and they are my top picks for dads!

Don’t forget to share these ideas and blog with your friends, wife or family!  They are probably looking for gift ideas for dad, too.

Runtastic® App with Runtastic® Heart  Monitor  

Runtastic Combo Bluetooth HardwareRuntastic App:  Free
Runtastic App Pro:  $4.99
Platforms for Apps: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone
Runtastic Heart Rate Combo Monitor, Bluetooth Smart+5.3kHz: ~ $68.96
Platform for Heart Monitor:  iPhone 4S & 5

The Runtastic® Heart Rate Combo Monitor, Bluetooth Smart + 5.3kHZ communicates directly with the Runtastic app, tracking your heart rate while exercising. The monitor straps to your chest and using Bluetooth technology transmits your heart rate to your detailed session information in the Runtastic app on your iPhone.

Heart Rate ChartWhile exercising you can monitor your heart rate through a visual graph and numerical display.  Your heart rate is graphed on your route which is saved with your session history.  You can customize your heart rate target zone settings to fit your specific needs.

The Runtastic app is excellent for beginner through advanced athletes and helps make exercise fun and rewarding.  It tracks walking, running, biking, hiking and several other activities.

The base features are free and stores each sessions  training history including:

  • Distance
  • Elevation incline/decline
  • Calories burned
  • Speed
  • Route map
  • Distance markers along the route

Runtastic Heart Rate Zones

Runtastic Pro® costs $4.99 and includes additional features such as:
  • Voice feedback
  • Pulse reading
  • Integrated music player
  • Competition




Nest® Thermostat (2nd Gen) and App

Thermostat:  ~$249.00
Nest App: Free
Platforms:  iPhone, iPad, Android,
Retailers:  Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Apple, AmazonNest thermostat always connected

Nest is an app and (very useful) gadget for dads.  The Nest Thermostat is an intelligent wireless device that lets you control your thermostat with your iPhone, Android phone or tablet from any remote location where you have Internet access.
Have you ever forgotten to turn off your AC or furnace when you left for vacation?  Would you like to have your house or office cooled or heated when you arrive?  No problem with the Nest Thermostat and app.

I have 5 Nest thermostats installed between my home and office locations.  It is excellent in design, performance and usability.

Nest Thermostat and iPhone App

Approximately 50% of your home energy use comes from your heating and air conditioning units.  The Nest is not only technology for your comfort and convenience but it is designed to help control your energy expenditures by intelligently learning how to best regulate your most used energy consumption device.

Check out some of Nest’s new features at

Notes:  You must have wireless Internet access at your home or office for the Nest to function.  Nest is compatible with most 24V heating and cooling systems.

More Info:
Video Demonstration
Nest Thermostat at



HP Printer with Wireless, AirPrint and HP ePrint Technologies

Color Printers:  ~$250.00 – $450.00
BW Printers:  ***Delete***
Platforms: Apple, Android, Widows Devices (not for all functionality)
Retailers:  OfficeMax, BestBuy, Amazon, etc.

HP ePrint and AirPrint capabilites

There are many questions on how to print from your smart phone or tablet.  There are multiple ways to accomplish this but HP makes it easy with their full featured printers.

Dad will love printing pictures, reports or any document on the HP Wireless Printers with AirPrint and HP ePrint capabilities.

When buying an HP Printer look for the symbols that say:  Wireless, AirPrint and HP ePrint.  Each of these features offers the following unique capabilities:

Wireless:  No more cables!  This feature allows your printer to be set up on a wireless network that you can print to from your desktop and laptop computers (on the same network) without being connected by a cable.

AirPrint:  This is Apple’s technology for printing wirelessly from the iPhone or iPad while on the same wireless network.  Airprint enables you to print directly from you iPhone or iPad from any app that supports printing.  For example, if you are in QuickOffice®, Evernote®, Photos® or Better Homes and Garden’s Recipe app you can print your document, photo or recipe directly (wirelessly) from your iPhone or iPad.

HP ePrint:  This cloud service from Hewlett-Packard enables you to have the printer on your wireless network that you can print to from anywhere in which you have email access.  When setting up the printer with HP ePrint capabilities, it is assigned a unique email address at (ex:  You can be across town, across the country, or across the world when you send an email with an attachment to the printer’s email address.  It will print the email and attachment at your office or home where you have the printer installed!  You can print pictures, excel docs, word docs, pdf docs, etc.  If your email message is blank and only has the attachment, the printer will only print the attachment.

It is amazing and surprisingly useful.

You can be on any computing device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc. with email access) and it is independent of the operating system.  Therefore, HP ePrint works with Apple OS, Windows OS and Android.

I use the HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color with all of these capabilities, and love it, but there are other HP options in varying price ranges, too.

More Info:
Video Demonstration
HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color at


iPadWisdom – To Go! Pocket Guide 

Pocket Guide: $5.25 ea
Resellers: eBay, iPadWisdom.tictail.comiPadWisdom - To Go! Pocket Guide.

Are you looking for a less expensive gift or a nice addition to what you are giving dad?  Here’s a great solution:  The iPadWisdom-To Go! pocket guide.  It is loaded with tons of tips and tricks and helps you navigate you iPad in a time saving manner.

The pocket guide has been used by major corporations, private companies, schools, and individuals.   This pocket guide helps you “Get Smart, Be Smart”!

More Info: 
About the Pocket Guide
Pocket Guide Store