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    Gift ideas for the dads and grads in your life this year. (Published Thursday, May 17, 2012)

    Graduation season is in full swing, and Father's Day is just around the corner. With the help of the Consumer Electronic Association, we've rounded up some high-tech gift ideas for the dads and grads in your life.

    CEA spokesman Jim Barry says the new category you'll hear a lot about this year are ultra books. For example, the Asus Ultrabook has a full keyboard, a full touch keyboard and USB/HDMI connections. They start around $800.

    When it comes to tablets, CEA says the iPad is still the "hottest." They start at about $499. Barry says the Kindle Fire from Amazon is another viable option, and those are a fraction of the price, starting at $199.

    If your dad or grad already has a tablet but could use an add-on, a virtual keyboard may be a great gift. They typically run about $80. And if your loved one already has a Playstation, you might consider the Playstation Vita, which runs about $300, as a good gift. It lets you send games wirelessly to the device, so it's perfect for a road trip.

    If you'd like to give your dad or grad a way to power up, you might want to consider the PowerBag, which starts at $139. It's a backpack that you charge at home before heading out. Then, the bag has connections built in that let you charge your Blackberry, iPhone, or other smart device. Another option? The nPower Peg, which runs about $169. This device is especially useful for hikers, as it charges through your motion, and then can be used later to power your devices.

    For music lovers, check out the new AfterShokz headphones, which run about $60. The headphone lays in front of your ear, and uses a technology called bone conduction so you can still hear what's going on around you while you listen to your music.

    And if your grad or dad is headed to the beach, solar-powered phone chargers run about $80, and are a great way to juice up your phone while having fun in the sun.