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Gift Guide: Galileo EGS-1 Golf Scope and Rangefinder

Galileo EGS-1 Golf Scope and Rangefinder (Sports Fan, Under $50) One of the key skills to the game of golf is being able to accurately gauge the distance needed for your next swat and then picking the right club for the job accordingly. Since you or your loved one are presumably hopeless at it, there's the Galileo EGS_1, a monocular for sighting and then instantly measuring the distance to the...

Gift Guide: Ambient Devices Baseball ScoreCaster

Baseball enthusiasts know the frustration of searching high and low to get the update on scores of their favorite teams. That's all changed with the Ambient Baseball ScoreCaster. Operating on the free InfoCast Wireless Network, the ScoreCaster needs no TV or Internet connection to give instant information on any team, like inning by inning updates, standings (wins, losses, trends) and even...

Gift Guide: Garmin Approach G5 GPS Golf Companion

Garmin Approach G5 (Sports Fan, Under $500) To some, the game of golf is nothing more than a good walk spoiled. For the true disciples of the game, it is a test of character and mental fortitude. Both parties agree that it can flat out embarrass you. For those who could use an ace up their sleeve (we're talking to you, everyone that isn't Tiger Woods) the Garmin Approach G5 might be just...

Gift Guide: Fitbit

Fitbit (Sports Fan, Under $100) For the more reluctant Sports Fan just getting into fitness, or even for the calorie-counting obsessive, look no further than this unobtrusive little gadget. The Fitbit ($99) is a small clip-shaped device outfitted with a three-dimensional motion-sensor that functions as a personal wellness indicator. With the device's ability to track calories burned, steps...

Gift Guide: Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale

Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale (Sports Fan, Under $250) Self-improvement, body-opmtimization technology is coming at us fast and furious, and the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale is one of the best implementations yet. It's a simple concept: Set up your online profile, and every time you weigh yourself on the scale, your weight and body mass is sent via your Wi-Fi connection to your online account. This...

Guide Gift: Airboard Personal Hovercraft

Airboard Personal Hovercraft (Sports Fan, Cost No Object) Is someone you know the type of person who wants to geek-out and shame all the kids at the skate park at the same time? Enter the Airboard personal hovercraft by Arbortech, a gas-powered transport that floats nearly 8 inches over a hard surface at speeds of up to 15 miles-per-hour. By shifting their weight, 'drivers' can steer the...

Gift Guide: Mobia Treadmill

Mobia Treadmill (Sports Fan, Under $5000) Particularly for those without an extra room in the house, exercise equipment can be a rather serious commitment -- large machines in the middle of the living room do not a serene environment make. Enter the Mobia treadmill, designed by renowned studio Frog Design. The nicest looking treadmill you're going to find is also forward-thinking in terms of...

Gyroscopic Golf Club Gives you the Perfect Swing?

Here's a gift for the geek and golfer on your holiday shopping list, the Gyro Swing, a golf club with a gyroscope in the head. A perfect gift, that is, as long as you don't mind dropping $200 and are comfortable with purchasing something based on questionable scientific claims. The gimmicky Gyro Swing claims that the gyroscopic disc inside the head, which spins 20,000 times per minute, lets you...

Gift Guide: Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

Olympus Stylus 1030 SW (Jock, Under $500) Point-and-shoot cameras are designed for maximum convenience, but that all usually ends once you get out of the house and into the great outdoors: they just aren't built for spills. Olympus's 1030 SW is pound-for-pound the most rugged camera on the planet, able to snap photos in extreme cold and heat, on land and sea?down to a scuba-worthy 33-feet...

Gift Guide: Snowball Launcher

Snowball Launcher (Jock, Under $50) This is the kind of product that makes you hate your parents for having given birth to you too soon. Despite looking like a Needler from 'Halo,' the Snowball Launcher uses a simple slingshot mechanism built into its body to lob frozen ordinance up to 80-feet away. On top is a three-at-atime snowball packer for high-speed loading -- think of yourself as a...

Gift Guide: Expresso S2 Upright Bike

Expresso S2 Upright Bike (Jock, under $5,000) For that lovable but slackjawed fatty in your life, a high tech method may be the best choice to take off some pounds . Expresso's S2 is fully tricked out with gym-quality gear -- an integrated 17-inch LCD with TV tuner, steerable handlebars, a heavy-duty shifter, cardio monitor and a control pad for the TV or tuning in internet radio. Riders pedal...

Gift Guide: Freestyle Audio Soundwave

Freestyle Audio Soundwave (Jock, Under $100) Oddly enough, we've got years of swimming experience here at Switched, and we've always thought runners and other dryland athletes lucked out -- they're able to use headphones while working out, and swimmers have been stuck swimming lap after lap without any musical beats. The Freestyle Audio Soundwave might offer a glimmer of hope for all those...