Tech Gifts for Dad on Father's Day

Christine Persaud


Published: 06/08/2018 12:24:55 PM EST in Christine Persaud

Tech Gifts for Dad on Father's Day

Looking for a great last minute gift for dad? Check out these great tech options that will suit every type of dad, and budget.

Kanto SYD Powered Single-Piece Stereo Speaker System

A perfect system for the living room, den, or home office, this system includes Bluetooth with aptX for streaming music, or connect a source via mini-jack and RCA inputs, including a TOSLINK digital input, as well as a built-in switchable digital input for plugging in a turntable. The included stand tilts SYD at an optimum listening angle, while providing isolation from unwanted vibration. It features two premium-quality 1-inch silk dome tweeters and two 4-inch woven Kevlar midrange/woofers, driven by a 140 Watt peak power (70 Watts RMS) amplifier that has been designed to match the characteristics of the drivers. The cabinet is crafted from acoustic-grade MDF with a durable painted finish in matte off-black, off-white, burgundy, or pink. Use the remote to control volume, bass, treble, balance, source selection, on/off, and other functions. There's also a subwoofer output and a USB charging port. MAP $430, Kantoliving.com

Garmin Approach Z80 Integrated Laser Range Finder

If dad is a golfer, and looking to improve his game, this might be a thoughtful gift. The device has GPS to help measure precise distance to the flag from up to 350 yards away, features overload maps from more than 41,000 courses around the world, and provides 2-D overlays for both Course and Green Views. Lock the flag finder to get a precise distance, or draw a Laser Range Arc on the green to see if the pin is in the front, middle, or back, and to see what else is in play when ranging other targets on the course. PlaysLike Distance adjusts distances based on an uphill or downhill slope, so you can select the best club for the situation. With a blind shot, use Pin Pointer to get the direction and distance to the centre of the green. Turn tournament mode on to make the device tournament legal, or off to enable PlaysLike and Pin Pointer. Q2, MSRP $600 Garmin.com

Urbanears Jakan Magnetic Wireless Earbuds

Dad can wear these around his neck when he isn't listening to tunes using the built-in magnetic plates, or pop them in his ears when he wants to listen to his favourite playlist. The built-in mic and control knob makes it easy to transition between music and calls, without having to pull out a phone. The control knob can also be used for navigating through music, including skipping tracks, adjusting volume, and picking up calls on-the-go. With up to 12 hours of battery life, the earbuds work with Siri for voice control. There's a tangle-free fabric cable, and light and adjustable loops that keep the buds in place in your ears. US$79, charcoal black, ash grey, field green, slate blue, and mulberry red. Urbanears.com

Roku Streaming Stick

With its quad-core processor, dad can stream 4K HDR video to the TV. The device plugs into a TV's HDMI port, and has an 802.11ac dual-band MIMO wireless receiver built into its power cord to offer a longer wireless range and decrease in buffering delays. Control playback via the included remote, or use the free Roku mobile app for iOS or Android, which has a soft keyboard and works with voice search. Up to four mobile devices can connect to the app at the same time for private listening via headphones. $90 Roku.com

Amazon Echo Spot

Surprise dad with a new addition to his Alexa family, or finally help get him into the voice-controlled world, with the Spot, which is similar to the Echo Dot, except it adds a screen for seeing the current weather and time, watching video news briefings, making video calls, and more. Perfect for hsi bedside night table, it features far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the one you're closest to using ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Use the Drop In feature to connect with other Alexa devices in your home, intercom-style. Listen via the built-in 2W speaker, or connect to an existing speaker system, and play tunes throughout the home, synchronized among all of your Echo devices. Black, white, $170. Amazon.ca

Scosche BaseClamp Powersports Mounts

For the adventurous dad, these mounts serve as clamping accessories for outdoor enthusiasts who participate in sports, including those involving ATV/UTV/SxS vehicles, motorcycles, PWCs, boats, and more, keeping your gear secure. All BaseClamp products feature a high-performance resin coating and stainless-steel hardware. They fit perfectly on popular sizes of bars from 1.5-inch to 2-inch diameters, as well as a slew of base attachments to secure various accessories, including mobile devices, mirrors, whips, fire extinguishers, BoomBottle waterproof wireless speakers, additional handles, lighting, and others. If dad likes to hit the open road on his motorcycle, yhe Panoramic Mirror helps riders keep an eye on the surroundings via its wide-angle convex curved lens, whether hitting the trails, the dunes, or the ocean. It is fully adjustable while mounted, providing the perfect personal viewpoint. MSRP US$100 Scosche.com

Audeze Mobius 3D Cinematic Audio and Head-Tracking Headphones

For the gamer dad, these high-end headphones might make the perfect gift.
They feature 3D emulation with support for surround sound modes, along with a fully integrated 3D head-tracking system that interfaces seamlessly with popular video games. They are lightweight and comfortable for long gaming sessions, and include replaceable, contoured memory foam ear pads and an adjustable, durable, memory foam padded headband. A flexible and detachable boom microphone with built-in noise attenuation, mute/unmute functionality, and independent microphone volume control allows users to dictate team strategy without details getting lost in translation. The optional Mobius Creator Package includes 3D audio plugins from Waves, including the B360 Ambisonics Encoder and the NX Virtual Mix Room. Bluetooth, USB-C, USB-A, 3.5mm analog, and 10 hours of battery life are offered. June 2018, pricing TBA. Audeze.com

Samsung Galaxy S9 Smartphone

If dad is in need a phone upgrade, surprise him with the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 , which features a redesigned camera with a Dual Aperture lens, Super Slow-mo video function, and customizable AR Emojis, including classic Disney characters that come to life in an augmented reality setting. It uses deep learning and facial recognition technology to map more than 100 facial features and produce a 3D replica. Characters from The Incredibles, Zootopia, and Frozen, will roll out through the year, which dad can use to have some fun with the kids. Pre-set stickers (not including Disney characters) use the standard AGIF file format, so they can be shared with anyone, no matter what smartphone they have. Pin a favourite AR Emoji to the Always On Display. Other enhancements include immersive, AKG-tuned stereo speakers, a refined Infinity Display, and deeper integration with Samsung's Bixby intelligence platform. Samsung.ca

McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable

If you're willing to go all out for the audiophile dad, consider a turntable like this one, which uses a belt-driven solid-black outer platter that is made from "special dynamically balanced" polyoxymethylene (POM) and is said to be hefty enough to resist and absorb external vibrations, and offer a good flywheel action for stable playback speed. Platters rotate on a polished tempered-steel shaft, in a sintered bronze bushing. The DC motor is driven by an external voltage-stabilized power supply, and is completely decoupled from the chassis, to isolate any mechanical interference. The plinth has a resonance-optimized, highly-compressed wood base, finished in black lacquer. Top and middle acrylic plates help absorb vibrations. A clear, contoured dust cover is included. Able to handle 33-1/3 and 45 rpm records, tracking force, anti-skate force, cartridge overhang and arm height are all preset from the factory, so the turntable is "virtually ready to use out of the box." US$4,000 Mcintoshlabs.com

Sony Xperia Ear Duo True Wireless Earbuds

If dad travels a lot, of commutes to and from work via public transit or walking, these earbuds might be a Godsend. They sit under the ears versus gripping over the top of the lobes, and a Spatial Acoustic Conductor allows the sound to be transmitted directly into the ear. Listen to music and receive notifications while simultaneously hearing environmental sound or conversations. Volume intelligently adjusts based on your surroundings and background noise. "Daily Assist3" offers relevant information, reminding you of the time for your next meeting, or narrating the latest news headlines. Answer or decline calls by shaking or nodding your head, or skip through music by shaking your head left and right, tapping and scrolling on the device, or using voice assistants like Google Assistant and Siri. Up to four hours of listening, and get three times more via the charging case, including two hours of listening with 12 minutes of charging. Black and gold, US$280 Sonymobile.com/ca





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