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Unique gifts for the Mannish Boys in your life

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The Original Mannish Boy

I was 16 when I first heard Muddy Waters sing “Mannish Boy.” It was the live version on the album Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live, featuring Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. Since then I’ve told anyone who will listen that I want that song played at my funeral. When I was a teenager I thought it was just a tough song. Still is. Little did I know the simplest interpretation of the title “Mannish Boy” would forever define me. I am best described as a boy trapped in a grown man’s body

As such, I am not immune to gadgets and toys no matter how old I get. I know I’m not alone. Consider the following unique gadgets when shopping for the Mannish Boy in your life. Father’s Day isn’t until June 16, but the earlier you plan for the Old Man the more likely you’ll be to buy him something more thoughtful than a fifth of cheap scotch. Dad doesn’t want that – well, he might – but he probably wants one of these.

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SensoGlove is the first and only golf glove with built-in sensors that constantly read the pressure of your grip. Its makers claim, “Practicing with SensoGlove will teach you the correct grip pressure for a smooth, consistent swing that delivers greater distance, enhanced precision and lower scores!” Golf pros say keeping a light grip is an important part of the game. This is easier said than done, as it is difficult to learn exactly what they mean when they say “light grip pressure.”

“One of the worst mistakes I see amateurs make in chipping is gripping the club too tightly or changing their grip pressure from the practice stroke to the real thing. Most often that activates the wrists and leads to a quick, stabbing motion,” Tiger Woods told Golf Digest in 2006. The SensoGlove’s built-in computer actively monitors your grip with sensors placed throughout the glove. You get instant feedback at all the points of your swing, with audio feedback that warns you the moment your grip becomes too tight.

The glove’s computer is lightweight and, blessedly, sweat-proof. Four tiny sensors are sewn into the glove, which works and feels like any other golf glove. You dial in your pressure on a scale of 1 to 18 and swing away. The computer reads and displays your pressure, warning you if you exceed your target level and showing you which finger is gripping too tight.

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Dream Arcade

Dream Arcade
So what if your Mannish Boy isn’t the golfing type? Well, chances are he’d love his very own arcade cabinet. Dream Arcades builds a variety of authentic arcade cabinets loaded with tons of games – now including Angry Birds – that will certainly dial up any mancave. Each cabinet comes with more than 145 classic, family-friendly games with the option of adding more games to with add-on packs. What’s cooler than that? How about the fact that you can buy a Dream Arcade in the old school cocktail cabinet style, the classic sit-down/table top gaming machine featuring tinted safety glass, built-in trackball and integrated music.

Still not impressed? Maybe you need a drink. The Octane 120 cabinet by Dream Arcade comes with dual beer taps and a ten-foot screen. Your mind = blown.

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HD PVR 2 GE Plus

HD PVR 2 GE Plus
Few things annoy me more than those gamers who post videos of their amazing headshots and game run-throughs on YouTube. Why? Because they’re better than me and I am a small, petty man. If only I had my own device for recording my (not so amazing) Halo headshots. Enter the HD PVR 2 GE Plus. What it lacks in the catchy name department it makes up for in performance and ease of use.

Made by Hauppauge, a leading developer and manufacturer of TV tuners and HD video recorders, the GE Plus let me record up to 1080p while you playing games on my beautiful, 60” HDMI TV. The StreamEez let me live stream my (modest) gaming achievements. Since there’s no delay pass through, I was able to play while recording in HD – in full surround sound audio recording as well. A built-in Record button lets you start and stop recordings without being tethered to your PC. If you’re far more serious about this than I am, you’ll appreciate the Personal Logo inserter, which lets you add your own logo to your recordings and Twitch and Ustream channels. As for YouTube, you’re only one click away from shaming all your gaming buddies.

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FinderCodes Smart Tag
Having cool gadgets is fun, losing them is not. There are many apps and trackers available for your tablet, phone or laptop. But there’s another system that might surprise you. The Electronics Lost & Found Kit from FinderCodes attach to your luggage, your kid’s backpack, your skis, an iPod, Kindle or literally anything you don’t want to lose. (Except, perhaps, your car.)

The idea is innovative and high tech, but it relies entirely on the oldest of ideas: Doing the right thing. When someone finds your lost item, FinderCodes employs the Good Samaritan in (hopefully) all of us to get it back to you. It begins when you attach the FinderCodes Smart Tags on your device. The stickers, iron-on and hang tags each have a unique code that when scanned with a smartphone, help the finder get you your valuable stuff back. The FinderCodes’ ReTurn-It system, powered by FedEx Office, allows the finder to simply and anonymously mail the item back.

The system alerts you when your item’s FinderCode tag is scanned and can even provide GPS information – if the finder agrees – to locate the item. There is no subscription fee. The service works from smartphone or PC and can be updated if you change your contact info.

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