Tech Gifts for Dad
Technology gifts your dad is sure to love for Father's Day, his birthday, Christmas, or just because.
Striiv If he needs a little more motivation to get up and get active, Striiv is a next generation pedometer/activity monitor that includes technology, gaming and even donations to charity through movement. It’s a small device that can be attached to a keychain or belt, and it monitors daily activity. The more active you are, the more games you can play and most importantly, the more you’re donating to charity at no cost to you (through Striiv sponsors).
Logitech Remote Logitech takes remote controls to the next level with its Harmony line of universal remote controls. Who thought a remote could be this high tech? Dad will never have to deal with multiple remotes again and can configure the Harmony to be an all-in-one changer that offers touchscreen design and intuitive controls.
CooKoo Watch CooKoo is a smartwatch that alerts wearers to incoming and missed calls, texts, Twitter mentions and much more. For forgetful dads, it sends calendar reminders about upcoming appointments and alerts them if they’ve left their iPhone behind. It can even be used as a remote control for Dad’s iPhone camera, so that he can set up the phone and take pictures from across the room.
Smoking Gun If you (or dad) plan to celebrate Father's Day by barbecuing, why not give him a gift he can start playing with right away? This handheld smoking device finishes foods with a subtle, smoky flavor, especially fitting for meats, but also ingredients that might not typically be exposed to a flame such as cocktails, oysters, or chocolate. The smoker comes bundled with half-ounce sample jars of hickory and apple wood smoking sawdust.
Senso Glove Beginners and seasoned golfers alike struggle to master the perfect grip. Holding your club too tightly results in a slower club head speed and thus a shorter drive, but holding it too loosely can send your club careening into the forest. If your pop plans to putt away Father's Day on the green, gift him this cabretta leather golf glove with built-in grip pressure sensors.
Seat Belt Camera Straps What better way to show Dad how eco-friendly you are than with a recycled gift? Seat Belt Camera Straps are made from reclaimed seat belts that are 2 inches wide and adjust to a total length of 3.5 feet. They come in six retro colors (burgundy, teal, white, red, lime, and silver) and easily attach to a point-and-shoot camera or D-SLR. Get one Seat Belt Camera Strap for $20 (direct) or two (one for you, one for him) for $35.
Rear View Mirror Bluetooth Speakerphone The Rear View Mirror Bluetooth Speakerphone ($99.95 list) displays incoming calls right on the mirror and has a removable Bluetooth headset on the side for speakerphone conversations or in-ear use. The mirror clamps over his car's existing rearview mirror, so there's no need for him to do any installation.
Talking Digital Grill Thermometer If Dad can't grill a steak or chicken to save his life, then this gadget is for him. The Talking Digital Grill Thermometer ($59.95 list) is a wireless thermometer that can be programmed to grill to one of four levels of doneness—rare, medium rare, medium, and well done—and then alert you when the meat is done.
CPS400 Laptop Case This airport-friendly laptop case is ideal for the dad who's always on the go. Cocoon Innovations's CPS400 Laptop Case ($69.99 direct) is a shock-absorbent molded case that features the proprietary GRID-IT! organization system—a rubberized compartment inside the case that holds gadgets firmly in place. It accommodates laptops with up to a 15.4-inch screen and has a detachable/adjustable padded shoulder strap and padded handles.
Nexus 10 Google's Nexus 10 tablet is an easy introduction in to the world of tablets. The 10-inch device, an alternative to more expensive options such as Apple's iPad or the Samsung Galaxy range, is equipped with a 2560x1600 display, a 5MP front camera and 1.9MP back camera, and is powered by a dual-core A15 processor. The tablet comes in 16GB or 32GB internal storage versions and sports 2GB RAM. The Nexus runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
G6 Approach GPS For golfing fans, a gift like Garmin's G6 is likely to prove a hit. The golfing GPS system measures individual shot distances and shows the exact distance to fairways, hazards and greens, bringing a techy edge to the game. 27,000 golf courses around the U.S. are preloaded on to the gadget.
iWallet The iWallet is one of those handy gifts that your father didn't even know he needed. Instead of hunting for credit cards and receipts while keeping your phone in another place, the leather-effect iWallet works as a protective case for an iPhone as well as a storage system for cash, cards and anything else you need safely stashed away.
Logitech Harmony Ultimate The Logitech Harmony Ultimate may indeed be ultimate -- for armchair parents who would like more convenience in the home. The touch screen remote can be used to control up to 15 devices and is compatible with over 225,000 home theatre devices. Set up through your PC, the remote also allows you to control your television through swipes and taps, adjust volume, as well as fast forward and rewind media. The product is also Bluetooth enabled.
Mophie Juicepack Power Station Duo The Mophie Power Station is designed to power two USB devices simultaneously, including heavy-duty gadgets such as the iPad and other tablets. The 6000mAh charger is portable and although expensive, is a useful companion especially if your father is often on the road.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 A next-generation wearable from Samsung, the Galaxy Gear 2 -- part of the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit range -- is a smartwatch which sports a 1.6-inch display with a 320x320 pixel resolution. The watch, once paired with a Samsung device, notifies you of social media activity, allows you to take calls and answer inquiries with messages through S-voice, and a wealth of other features include TV control, music streaming, a weather app and a Find my Device phone locator.