Tanner and David review a list of gifts from Successful Farming Magazine for the tech savvy farmer in your life just ahead of the holidays.
10 Trendy Tech Gifts for Farmers
This one-size-fits-most knit hat is designed to keep you warm while the four LEDs with 120 lumens of light help guide you in the dark. Simply push the light in to turn it on. Choose from three different intensity levels to get just the right amount of light. The X-Cap’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for four hours on a full charge and easily charges via USB. When the light is in the hat, a cover over the USB port keeps it protected. When it’s time to wash your hat, simply pop the light out. It’s $25 at thegrommet.com.
When you’re searching for a good pair of touchscreen gloves, finding the right combination of warmth, dexterity, and grip can be a challenge. The Timberland Ribbed-Knit Wool-Blend Gloves are a nice solution. These well-made gloves aren’t bulky, yet they offer the warmth needed in colder weather. Features include touchscreen-friendly fingertips and a textured palm for extra grip. The range in price from $12 to $30 at amazon.com.
Billions of connected devices are increasingly exposed to virtual threats. Traditional security solutions are outdated since cybercriminals create new ways to reach into your home every day. CUJO is a smart firewall that keeps your connected home safe. From smartphones to laptops, CUJO secures all devices against hacks and web threats. An added bonus is that it lets you control what your kids access online to help keep them safe. CUJO is around $85.
The Aquatune 5712 is a go-anywhere speaker that easily syncs via Bluetooth or the in-line cable with your devices. When fully charged, it can play up to 12 hours depending on volume. Charge time is about one to two hours. With its signature All Weather Sound technology, you can stream your tunes in the harshest environments because it’s weatherproof, shockproof, and dustproof. It’s $39.99 at shopyatra.com.
The Pathfinder Series Cases feature composite construction with an armor shell and impact-resistant soft core. Each case is equipped with scratch-resistant skid pads and screen surround for maximum device protection. It meets military drop-test standards and is available in rust, black, and white. Price ranges from $34.95 to $39.95 at urbanarmorgear.com.
Charging is no longer limited to the front seat. The Belkin Road Rockstar with four USB ports actually has two ports up front. A 6-foot cable extends into the back seat, so passengers can attach to the hub that offers two more USB ports. It also clips to the backseat car pocket. It’s $39.99 at belkin.com.
The Milwaukee TICK is a Bluetooth-enabled device that lets you track tools and equipment. It is designed to survive water, cold, mud, dust, and more. Simply sync the TICK with Milwaukee’s ONE-KEY app and you’re ready to start tracking. Tool records and locations are updated when any device with the ONE-KEY app comes within 100 feet of the TICK . . . and the app doesn’t have to be open for this to happen. Users can also manage all of their tools through the app’s Simplified Tool and Equipment Management features. These features allow users to assign and store detailed information for all of their tools and equipment. The TICK is powered by a coin cell battery that provides over one year of run time. One TICK is $19, a four-pack is $99, and a 10-pack is $179.
The Ultimate Jobsite Backpack is designed for ultimate durability, protection, and storage. It features a durable hard molded base and rugged metal zippers, plus 48 total pockets including two hard-shell pockets designed to protect electronics and equipment from impact. A padded and breathable load-bearing harness evenly distributes the weight for comfort. It’s $119 at milwaukeetool.com.
Inspired by vintage typewriters and crafted with ultramodern features, the Azio Retro Classic is a nice mix of past, present, and future. A backlit mechanical keyboard with round key caps that evoke nostalgia of yesteryear complemented with a durable zinc-alloy frame and a sumptuous genuine leather surface. It’s $189.99 at aziocorp.com.
Created for farmers and agronomists, the SpotOn digital soil compaction meter automatically displays the maximum compaction value when the probe is extracted from the soil. The probe has a usable length of 30 inches and the stainless steel shaft is marked every 4 inches for easy depth reference. Compaction levels are shown with a green (0 to 200), yellow (200 to 300) or red (300+) code. The company says the meter is accurate within 15 psi. It’s made in the U.S.A. and is $419 with a one-year warranty.