Whether dad is an avid techie or not, any dad will appreciate some great tech items for Father's Day this Sunday, June 17.
From audio products to fitness and sports gadgets, smart home gear, and more, here are some great high-tech gifts for every dad on your list this year.
Panasonic Lumix G956 Mirrorless DSLR Camera
For the dad who's into photographer, consider the Panasonic Lumix G95 rugged digital single lens mirrorless camera, which has a 20.3MP sensor and Venus Engine, and an optimum gradation setting to provide a wide dynamic range for smoother gradation; a tuned three-dimensional colour control to detect hue, saturation, and brightness to apply optimal control according to the value of each factor; and a Tuned Multi Process NR to boast high noise identification accuracy and preserve details even after the noise reduction process. The Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine achieve clear image rendering with minimum noise even in low-lit situations and at a maximum ISO 25600. Additional features include a 5-axis Dual Image Stabilizer (I.S.); Contrast AF System features Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology; new buttons for adjusting exposure, ISO, and white balance; large Live View Finder (LVF); 3" LCD rear monitor; 4K video recording; and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. MSRP $1,800
Nintendo Switch Gaming System
The gamer dad might have already invested in his main gaming console, whether it's an Xbox, PS4, or both. But complement that with this portable console that includes both an at-home console and a handheld device that can be used for gaming on the go. At home, it rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets dad play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock, and the system will automatically transition to portable mode for continuing play outside of the home. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. Remove detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand, or two players can each take one. Or, multiple Joy-Cons can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. The controllers easily click back into place, or can be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Further, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition. $380
Amazon Echo Show 5
Just announced, this smart speaker comes equipped with a 5.5" display in black or charcoal and new features like rich sound, HD camera, and built-in camera shutter. Dads who are worried about privacy will love that you to turn off the microphone and camera with one press of a button. Slide the built-in shutter to cover the camera as well. The Echo Show 5 has the same features as the Echo Spot and Echo Show, so you can do things like update to-do lists and calendars, glance at weather and traffic, and control your smart home by voice or touch. Choose the clock face that fits your style best, like your favorite photos on the home screen. Create morning routines to start your day, ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, the news or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. Alexa will also show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats. You can experience Facetime-like call with others who have any of the screen-equipped Echo devices or Skype and make announcements to other devices in your home. $100
Google Nest Hub 7"
Also recently launched, the Google Nest Hub, formerly the Google Home Hub, brings help at a glance and with the Google Assistant built-in, you can use your voice to search, access YouTube, Google Photos, Calendar, Maps, and more on Nest Hub's display. With Nest Hub, dad can control over a thousand devices from popular brands using the Google Home app. With Nest Hub's home view, you can see and control all of your compatible devices in one place, by touch or voice. That includes smart lights, thermostats, TVs, cameras, Chromecast and more. It also functions as a digital photo frame that automatically refreshes the photos that are displayed and features your best shots. With live albums, a new feature from Google Photos, you can relive recent memories with family and friends, even while Nest Hub is not in use. To search for a specific photo, simply say "Hey Google, show my pictures from the Grand Canyon." Ask questions just as you would with any smart speaker, and use the screen for things like step-by-step recipes in the kitchen, or viewing your Google Calendar. The 7" screen looks like a floating display, along with soft rounded corners, and comes in four colour options: Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, and Sand. At the top of the device is an Ambient EQ light sensor that allows the screen to automatically adjust to match the lighting in the room, so there's no glowing screen. When it's time for bed, Hub knows to dim the screen so dad can get a good night's sleep. $169
Camouflage SwampButt Underwear
This might fit more in line with a gag gift, but it's a hilarious, and potentially useful, product nonetheless. Ideal for dad who set out on the open road for long road trips, these underwear are meant to help prevent his sweaty butt from sticking to the car seat, bar stool, amusement park ride, or other spot. Eliminating what's known as "dari-angels" (the butt-shaped sweat stains dads leave behind), the made in the U.S. underwear is said to quickly wick away and help dry sweat before it can soak through your shorts. Made from 83% polyester and 17% Spandex, trhey have larger and more forgiving leg openings and waist bands, and are stretchy to fit every type of "dad bod." They also feature Microblok technology that helps eliminate odours by inhibiting the growth of bacteria on treated surfaces of products. A coupon code "dad" on the site https://swampbutt.com will get you 25% off on all sizes through June 16, 2019.
Rocketbook Everlast Notebook
Dads who care about sustainability will appreciate the concept of this high-tech notebook, which lets you make handwritten notes that can then be scanned and saved to the cloud using the free app. This means you can use it again and again without wasting any paper. Notes can be saved to a number of cloud-based servies, including Google Drive, e-mail, Evernote, Box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, and Dropbox. The pages are made using synthetic materials that provide a smooth writing experience using the Pilot FriXion Pens. Once you're done, just wipe it clean with adamp cloth. Grab dad one in black, red, blue, or teal, and in 32-page letter or 36-page executive size for US$34 or US$32, respectively. Each RocketBook comes with one Pilot FriXion pen and a microfibre towel.
TCL 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Consider grabbing dad an affordable smart TV he can use in the den, bedroom, or even the basement or garage if you've already finished the home theatre in your living room. At $900 for the 65", this affordable TV boasts 4K HDR and the Roku smart TV platform, plus Dolby Vision, and TCL's Contrast Control Zone technology, which individually optimizes the image across up to 120c zones for great contrast between light and dark areas. The 6-Series models' iPQ Engine provides precise colour replication while HDR Pro Gamma significantly improves HDR performance in any setting.
CrystalView Xtreme Nano Anti-Fog Treatment
For $25, grab the sporty dad in your list this Nano-infused reusable micro fibre cloth that can be used to protect all types of eyewear, like ski goggles. Lasting for up to 6 months (maybe get him two to last through the year), the anti-fog treatment is easy to wipe; there's no greasy smearing. And the German Nano formula won't damage glass, plastic or polycarbonate lenses. It will help people see better through all types of sports and industrial goggles, and even regular eyeglasses.
Epson EcoTank ET-4750 All-in-One Printer
For the dad who works from home, or has a home office he uses on occasion, he'll appreciate this printer, which uses ink reservoirs versus cartridges that only n eed to be refilled every two years or so. Plus, each comes with two years worth of ink in the box. Dad can plug in his laptop, or print wirelessly fron a smartphone or tablet. It has a 30-sheet auto-document feeder. $600.
Fitbit Inspire HR Activity Tracker
For the dad who's interested in learning more about his physical fitness, and might be considering wokring out, this stylish tracker offers 24/7 heart rate tracking as well, detailed sleep tracking, and up to five days of battery life. For dads who hit the gym, there are more than 15 goal-based exercise modes, and because it's swimproof, he can wear it while doing laps in the pool as well, tracking that exercise. $130
Muse Wearable Meditation Headband
Sometimes, all dad wants is some peace and quiet, especially the dad with young kids at home. This headband, which is on promotion at 15% off from June 3-16, helps dad discover his mind-body connection through accurate, real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements while he meditates. The headband's feedback translates your mental activity into guiding sounds of weather to help dad find focused calm. It's great for both dads who are already into medidation, or those who have never tried it but could use some calm in their lives.
GoFish Cam HD Camera
This cute camera attaches to any fishing line, and captures the underwater action, making it an ideal gift fort he dad who loves to go fishing to clear his head, or bond with his kids. It can show you what fish are nearby so you can get help in catching one. Reel in your fishing line to review the footage on your smartphone in between casts. You can also share the video footage on social media to prove that you did almost catch that really big one! It's a great way to help newbie fisherman get the hang of things and improve their technique. Meanwhile, experienced fishermen can get some tech help to catch more fish quickly. The camera sells for US$240.
Apple Watch (Series 4) Smartwatch
For the dad who owns an iPhone, an Apple Watch is a perfect gift. He can use it to manage his schedule and communicate with staff, during workouts, to keep track of health data, log sleep using a third-party app like SleepWatch, control smart home devices, and more. Older dads will appreciate the large display with easier to read text, louder speaker, and relocated mic. And you can keep on top of those with health issues thanks to things like fall detection. It starts at $519.
Amazon Echo Input
Allow dad to enjoy the convenience of voice control with his existing speakers by adding on the Amazon Echo Input. Connect the device to just about any third-party speaker via 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth. A custom four-microphone array lets you talk to Alexa from across the room, even while music is playing. Once connected, use the external speaker to do everything you would with an Alexa-enabled speaker, including asking questions, controlling smart devices, and playing music. Speakers can be added to a new or existing Multi-Room Music group for synchronized streaming throughout the home. If you have multiple Echo devices within hearing distance, Amazon's Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) technology intelligently calculates the clarity of your voice and determines which Echo is closest and should respond to the request. Support for English and French, $45
Urbanista Stockholm True Wireless Earbuds
The Urbanista Stockholm true wireless earbuds offer an impressive 14 hours of rated listening time through extra charges from the matching lightweight charging case, and 3.5 hours of listening per charge. Available in a variety of trendy colour options and compatible with both Android and iOS devices, they have simple touch control features so you can switch tracks, adjust volume, answer incoming calls, and activate voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. There's a noise-cancelling dual microphone on the right earbud. $129
Axis GEAR Hardware and App for Motorized Shades
Dad will love having this new toy to tinker around with, and add another component to his smart home. Using this device, dad can make any existing window shade in the home motorized. The product consists of a motor-driven gear (hence the name) that opens to insert the traditional loop chain used to manually control most window blinds. The motor is then controlled via an Android or iOS app on a smartphone via Bluetooth, or by the push of buttons on the unit itself. It's powered by a discreet accompanying solar panel that secures to the window, ensuring that any blind, regardless of position, will have appropriate power to operate the Axis GEAR. An integrated battery pack, using standard AA batteries, can also be used to charge the GEAR for cloudy days. MSRP $349.
Amazon Echo Link Amp
For the hifi dad, consider getting this device, which can connect to an existing stereo system to offer high-fidelity streaming music and Alexa controls. It includes multiple audio inputs and outputs, including on-device analog, optical, or coaxial output jacks, a subwoofer line-output with adjustable crossover frequency, 3.5mm amplified headphone jack, and built-in 60W per channel stereo amplifier. Because it does not have a microphone, music playback, selection, and volume need to be controlled through the Alexa app. Or, connect an Echo or Echo Dot smart speaker to allow for voice control. Say, "Alexa, play my top hits," and music will stream through hifi speakers. Add your favorite speakers to a multi-room music group with other Echo devices by commanding "Alexa, play music everywhere." $400.
Swidget Snap-in AC Outlet Inserts
Swidget snap-in interchangeable inserts use existing wiring and function as typical AC outlets, but each has an empty centre cavity that can be used with inserts that communicate over Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and other wireless protocols in the smart home. There's also an Open USB Charger that doesn't connect to the Internet but keeps the other two outlets free. The Wi-Fi and Z-Wave Inserts can create a smart environment that works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Z-Wave hubs like SmartThings and Vera. Use the Wi-Fi or Z-Wave Control to control anything plugged into the outlet, from anywhere using your smartphone. Other inserts include Nightlights, one with a motion sensor, one with aromatherapy, and even a white noise/Bluetooth speaker insert. Installed with existing wiring, Single Swidget Outlets are MSRP US$40, and inserts start at US$6 ea.
Marshall Mini Fridge
Marshall's Mini Fridges, which come in 3.2 and 4.4 cubic foot sizes, feature authentic Marshall Amp parts, including genuine Marshall logos, actual knobs, fret cloth, brass finished faceplate, and custom branded glass shelving. With a matte black tub and white accents, each has an arctic blue LED cluster that lights up the interior. There are transparent removable trays, a thermostat at the side to optimize storage space, improved custom doors, increased tray space that can fit 2L bottles and regular size cans, and embossed details on the inside of door. The larger version has a freezer compartment as well. The 3.2 fridge (31.25" x 19" x 18.5") is $400, and the 4.4 cubic foot (32.25" x 19.75" x 22.5") is $500. Either is perfect for dad to keep in the man cave, garage, or workshop for grabbing a beer, soda, or cold bottle of water when he needs one.
Shure MV88+ Video Kit
If dad has started his own podcast, and gotten into creating his own videos for work or as a hobby, consider this portable microphone and accessory kit that helps content creators capture high-quality audio for video recordings using mobile devices while on-the-go. As an expansion of Shure's Motiv line-up, the MV88+ kit also includes a Manfrotto PIXI tripod, phone clamp, and mount, along with iOS and USB-C cables; and has a headphone jack. Built on the success and classic design of the MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone, it's designed for podcasters, videographers, content creators, field recordists, and musicians looking to record immersive, high-quality audio. Use it for standalone audio capture, replacing the need to carry a portable audio recorder. MAP $329
GoSun Fusion Solar Cooker
For the dads who love the great outdoors, camping and enjoying other outside fun in the sun adventures, this cooker would make a great gift. Whether he uses it at the campsite, cottage, on the beach, traveling off the grid, or in case of emergency during a power outage, it can cook enough food to feed a family of five using only power from the sun. It can work with additional accessories such as a power bank to recharge it, a travel bag, and a solar PV panel to charge the power bank via solar energy as well. An optional Bluetooth, app-compatible thermometer lets you know when the food is fully solar cooked. It can reach temperatures as hot as 550-degrees Farenheit (280-degrees Celsius) uses patented vacuum tube technology, while remaining cool to the touch. Pre-order for $594.
Garmin Approach G80 GPS Golf Device
The Garmin all-in-one Approach G80 GPS golf device has radar capabilities that can track club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, swing tempo, and estimated distance for the dad who's serious about golf. The slim device includes a 3.5-inch sunlight-readable colour touchscreen with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours, a button to access the integrated radar features during play, and a rear case divot for sitting on a golf ball for better screen display viewing. Engage in practice and game modes, or test your skills on the driving range in virtual rounds on more than 41,000 preloaded full-colour courses around the world. Other features include Touch Targeting for showing the precise yardage to a specific spot; Green View that zooms in on the green to adjust a pin location or shift the flag; and PlaysLike Distance that automatically adjusts yardages to a specific target based on your elevation. US$500
Focal Arche DAC and Amp
The audiophile dad will be beaming at the sight of this device, which combines a digital-analog converter with two pure class-A amplification modes (voltage and hybrid) designed especially for headphones, with presets for Focal headphones. The premium digital-analog balanced AK 4490 converters take care of the left and right-hand channels, respectively, each with a dedicated regulated power supply. Each amplifier operates at pure class-A, regardless of the impedance of the headphones. Select two amplifier types using the rotary potentiometer on the front panel. A pure current amplifier is available in the Amplifier section, providing an output impedance of 0.1 Ohm, resulting in major listening dynamics. The second Hybrid integrated amplifier in Voltage benefits from a higher output impedance, with tonal balance that slightly favours the bass, midrange, and extreme treble registers. Analog input (RCA) and three digital inputs (USB, toslink and coaxial); comes with an aluminum headphone mount. Starts at US$2,500.
Gift the dad on your list with a Sonos speaker, either to kick-start his whole-home music system, or add to it so he can expand to another room. Sonos is offering promotions for Father's Day on many of its speakers, including $30 off a Sonos One ($219 now), $60 off a Sonos Beam ($439), $150 off a Sonos Sub and Playbase (regularly $899), and $50 off a Play:5 speaker (regularly $649).
Want more? Check out Steve Makris' gift guide with even more great gift to suit every dad on your list.