The Best Tech Gifts for Father’s Day

Published On June 7, 2016 | Electronics

Father’s Day is just around the corner but what do you get the man who has everything and doesn’t need another pair of socks or tacky tie? Tech gear of course! With so many gadgets on the market, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for the dad on your list. We’ve done the hard work and put together these top tech picks for Father’s Day to help you find that special something Dad is sure to love.

Keep Dads on the Go Connected with Smartwatches

Help Dad stay connected and never miss a text, phone call, calendar alert, or email with the Apple Watch or Motorola’s smartwatch, the Moto 360. Both offer fitness tracking in addition to notifications and, of course, they tell time. Unlike the Apple Watch, the Moto 360 works with both Android and iPhones and lets users check Google Hangouts, Gmail messages, and Google Maps at a glance. The Moto 360 offers more of a classic, timeless watch design than the square Apple Watch, boasting a large round face and masculine wristband options, including leather and traditional metal links. There’s even an online design studio where you can custom design the perfect Moto 360 to meet Dad’s tastes.

Something for Sporty Dads

The Fitbit Blaze is like a smartwatch and fitness tracker in one. Not only does it have all of the tracking abilities that have made the Fitbit line one of the most popular fitness trackers available, it also provides call, text, and calendar alerts. The Blaze has many improvements over previous Fitbits, like a hi-res color touchscreen with changeable faces and multi-sport mode to track different activities, including biking, cardio, and running, providing an accurate display of real-time stats.

Help Dad achieve his hoop dreams with the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball. The Smart Sensor Basketball links with an app over Bluetooth to provide feedback on performance to help improve basketball skills. Measuring shooting arc, shot release speed, dribble intensity and speed, and shot backspin, the Smart Sensor Basketball provides realtime audio and visual feedback so Dad can keep beating the kids at basketball.

GoPros have long been the camera choice of sports enthusiasts and gear-heads alike, making them a great gift for dads who like to live life in the fast lane and want video proof of it! The latest GoPro, the HERO Session is one of the smallest, lightest, and easiest to use GoPros yet. Waterproof up to 33 feet, the HERO Session can be used while surfing, swimming, you name it. The HERO Session can even be mounted upside down and still record right-side up so it can fit just about anywhere, like a helmet or inside of a car.

Tech for Couch Potato Dads

If the dad you’re shopping for prefers enjoying sports from the comfort of his couch, he may like the Samsung Gear VR powered by Occulus. Boasting a Super AMOLED display, 96º field of view, and precise head tracking, the Gear VR lets users enjoy hundreds of television shows, movies, and games in a totally immersive virtual reality experience. More and more content is becoming available for viewing in virtual reality everyday, including live sports from FOX Sports, the NBA, and International Champions Cup when you download the Next VR app. The Samsung Gear VR requires a Samsung smartphone, including the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note 5, S6, and S6 edge, in order to work.

The Amazon Echo lets every dad feel like the king of his castle all from the comfort of his thrown, er couch. The Echo may just look like a small speaker, but it is so much more. The Echo is a voice controlled device that can play music from Dad’s favorite streaming services or iTunes, provide sports scores, or give the day’s weather and news. The Echo works with other smart devices to control lights, thermostats and even the garage door all with a voice command.

Dads Who Love the Great Outdoors

If the dad you’re shopping for is a bit of an outdoorsman, chances are he already has all the camping gear any family of 12 could possibly need, but does he have a solar heated shower? The Road Shower 2 is a portable solar heated shower that easily attaches to the roof of your car. It can store up to five gallons of water to provide a pressurized shower without the need for pumps or propane. The Road Shower 2 can be set to hot or cold water and even has different settings so it can be used as a camp hose for washing dishes, a pressurized jet to clean muddy shoes or dirty gear, or as a shower for pets and people alike. The hose is even made of a non-toxic food grade material so it’s safe to drink from too.

Now that you have some ideas, it’s time to get shopping! This Father’s Day, let Dad know how much you care with a tech gift that will blow his mind.

– By Jordan Davis, Contributor @JordanKDavis_

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