Father’s Day Gadget Guide
We thought we’d show our support for dad this year by getting the Father’s Day gift guide rolling a bit in advance. This way, you can actually set aside enough time to go shopping, or at least to give your online order ample time to arrive on your doorstep. You don’t want to show up to the party sad and gift-less, or your family might start referring to you as the problem child (again).
Have no fear – we’ve made it easy for you to impress dad this year with our fantastic list of gadgets he’s sure to love.
This one is for the dad who is still young at heart. Now, he can play with toy cars, and still be on-trend! R.E.V. stands for Robotic Enhanced Vehicles, and they’re designed to battle other R.E.V.s using AI technology. You can control your car through a phone app, and then you have two options – either battle another person in the same room as you, or play against an AI character (not an actual human) who can control your other car remotely, sensing their surroundings using an indoor GPS system. SO. COOL. The set comes with two cars, and all you’d have to do is download the app. You can buy it for only $99 USD here. Your dad may not fully grasp how exactly this technology works, but he can sure have fun using it!
Dads forget where their cars are parked sometimes. That’s just a fact of life. But we can’t blame them – it’s hard to remember such a small detail when he has so many other things going on! Thankfully, the company ZUS has developed an app-controlled car locator to help out during these trying times. The app doesn’t even require a cell signal to give you updated and exact directions, which sounds like a miracle to me. It also doubles as a high-powered cell phone charger, which never hurts. You can buy it for $37 on Amazon.
Is your dad an active cyclist? Is he also part of the generation that “doesn’t need to wear a bike helmet” because he used to bike to school uphill both ways in 10 inches of snow and didn’t get a scratch on him? If your old man thinks he’s too invincible (or stylish) for a typical bike helmet, the Hövding airbag helmet might be for him. When riding along normally, it stays tucked around the cyclist’s neck, while their head is exposed. But, when irregular movement is detected (like when the rider begins to fall or crashes into something), the airbag deploys and forms a helmet shape around the rider’s entire head. Watch it in action and see for yourself – it’s pretty incredible. But, you have to love your dad A LOT to give this to him on Father’s Day, because it is very expensive, coming in at around $430.
Your dad’s always been there to look after your safety – now you can do the same for him. The Revolar wearable safety device is a small gadget that connects to an app on your phone, where you can load up to five emergency contacts. If your dad ever feels unsafe, needs help, or is assaulted, all he has to do is press the button on the Revolar device and his GPS location will be sent to those contacts, as well as an alert informing them to get help. This way, he’s always connected and able to let you know exactly where he is if he’s ever in trouble. Even if he never needs to use it, the peace of mind it provides is more than worth it. You can buy it on Brookstone’s website for $99 USD.
Regular, dime-a-dozen smartwatches are soon to be a thing of the past. BLOCKS has come out with a new smartwatch that is entirely customizable – think wearable Lego blocks that can tell time and act as a GPS. When you preorder the watch, four “modules” are included, and you can buy the other modules separately. Your options are an extra battery module, heart rate module, gps module, Adventure module (which combines digital humidity, pressure and temperature sensors), flashlight module, and programmable button, which can be assigned to anything, whether on your watch, phone, or other device. And, of course, you get to choose your favourite watch colour as well. The only downside is that the watch is only in its preorder phase, so dad wouldn’t get his cool new tech until October. However, I think he’ll agree that it’s worth the wait. This smartwatch comes in at $330 USD.
This is it. We have found the perfect gift for the over-involved doggy dad (or cat dad, they exist too). The Petzi Treat Cam records high-quality live video of your pet all day long, which you can stream directly to your phone or computer. This includes an audio feed, and your voice can even be transmitted to your pet at home! This will either comfort them or confuse them to no end, but there’s only one way to find out. The best part about the Petzi, however, is that it dispenses treats at the press of a button from your smartphone! You don’t even have to be in the room to reward your dog or cat for being awesome anymore. Technology has taken us to incredible places. The Petzi Treat Cam is $169 USD on the Best Buy website.
Whether your dad is sporty, on-trend, or loves his dog as much as he loves you, you’re sure to find the perfect tech toy for him this Father’s Day.
Happy early Father’s Day from everyone here at Execulink!
Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor
Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.