If your Dad enjoys golf a little too much (like mine!) and frets aloud about swings and things, this app could help him improve vastly.
The app links with the camera of an Android or iOS device to record video of an athlete’s performance, and can then then be reviewed in super slow-motion to analysis performance.
The Brick by Binatone
The perfect gift for the retro kitsch loving Dad, you simply slip your SIM card in or use it via Bluetooth to make and receive calls. It does everything you would expect a style classic to do apart from the calls bit. Make notes, store numbers, enter meetings into the calendar, obviously text. But it has a USP that would make all other modern day smartphones fall on their knees and weep: Snake.
Play the cult classic game in pure retro mode on the tiny screen.
Money well spent, that will be!
For the Dad who is overtly conscious about the ever expanding beer belly and now the late nights spent cheering for England the Up24 is a handy reminder to tone it down a bit. It records daily steps taken as well as your sleep pattern coming up with regular reminders to have a regular bedtime, eating habits etc. Very annoying or very handy, we’ll let Dad decide.
GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera/Camcorder
Not a day goes by when you don’t hear of an extreme stunt that has been performed and recorded using a GoPro. Not cheap but a must-have accessory for every adrenaline junkie from base jumpers to cage divers. This version is not only 15 percent lighter but captures videos and images both.
Vertu Signature Touch
For the Dad who has everything, the Vertu Signature Touch is the perfect smartphone. Made from titanium, unscratchable sapphire glass and a choice of calf hide or lizard skin, this is the ultimate in luxury tech.
Vertu’s Life app helps you find tickets to the most exclusive events, while the exclusive 24-hour concierge is on-hand to plan parties and charter private jets in case Daddy dear doesn’t fancy the Sunday roast at the local.
Octa Tablettail Monkey Kit
For the Dad who’s a keen cook and likes to cook recipes off the internet, the Octa will grip any tablet and dangle off anything or even curl up on the kitchen counter to help Dad conjure up culinary delights!
This dinky little HDMI plugin for your TV promised to revolutionise media consumption, and it is doing pretty well trying that, so if your budget stretches further than a couple of months’ Netflix subscription, get them a Chromecast. They will be able to watch all that Netflix has to offer on the telly without the squinting and rummaging around for the right glasses and holding the tablet at an arm’s length.
Garmin zumo 590LM
Your bike loving dad is guaranteed to love you for ever with this bit of tech. Not content with just being a GPS, the glove-friendly and sunlight-readable zumo 590LM provides riders with a connected infotainment hub with access to everything from live weather and tyre pressure information to music and hands-free calls when used in conjunction with a Bluetooth-enabled headset or helmet. With features like the ‘Curvy Roads’ routing option, there is also the slight possibility of Dad not coming back home in time for Father’s Day!
Homeland, Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black… For the binge telly watching Dad, could there be a better gift? A Netflix sponsored study found 73% of the streamers feel good about it, we bet your Dad will be over the moon!
Live Scribe 3 Smartpen
For the busy dad who takes a lot of notes, the pen is a very simple and effective way of transferring hand written notes into a digfital format. Download the app, hook up your Smartpen and iDevice via Bluetooth and you are ready to rock.
This posh thermostat is for the eco-worrier dad. It reduces consumption by 10-25 percent by learning your ‘heating’ preferences over a period of time, tracking all adjustments that you make via the Android or iOS apps, through the website or even on the thermostat itself.