If you’re looking to put a twinkle in Dear Old Dad’s eye on Father’s Day, you’re in the right place. Whether or not your father is a techie, you’re bound to discover the perfect gift for him right here. These gifts are fun and functional, delighting Dad for sure. You may even find something for yourself in this gift list!
Romo the Robot
If your father has always wished for a robot and/or is a fan of R2-D2, get him Romo the robot. This robot gets its smarts from an iDevice (iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch 4th generation), which it uses as its brain. You can control Romo from any iOS device or computer anywhere in the world.
Romo has a personality, showing expressions on its cute face, and can be easily programmed to move forward and backward, swivel, and spin. Use Romo to control your iDevice camera and turn it into a remote monitor. Or just have fun with it.
Here’s a video showing you the magic of Romo:
Romo is available for $149 from the Romo website for shipment later this month. Look forward to a full Wonder of Tech review of Romo after its launch.
Veho Pebble Smartstick Emergency Charger
If your dad’s phone has ever run out of juice at a particularly frustrating time, get him a battery charger. This charger comes with adapters to charge Android, iPhone 4/4S, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kindle and other mobile devices (though not the iPhone 5 or other iDevices using the Lightning connector). The Veho has enough power to fully charge most smartphone batteries and is lightweight (2.47 ounces/70g) and small (0.87in/22mm wide x 3.39in/86mm long) so your dad can have it ready when he’s on the go.
The Veho Pebble Smartstick Emergency Charger is available from Mobile Fun for $18.99 in black, purple and pink.
If you’re looking for a versatile present for Dad, check out the Trunk charger/stand that’s both a charging cable and a stand. This stiff yet pliable cable can stand straight or bend into position so you can view the screen from any angle while your device is charging. If your father uses his mobile device as a GPS in the car, this cable will come in very handy.
The Trunk comes with either a mini USB (Android, Windows Phone, Kindle, BlackBerry, etc.) or Lightning (iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5th generation) connector on one end and a USB connector on the other. If your father has an iDevice with a Lightning connector, he may be in need of an extra charging cable. Get him the Trunk that doubles as a stand, for less than a the price of a Lightning cable from Apple.
The Trunk is available for $19.95 from iLove Handles.
Let your dad be James Bond in the 21st century with this remote-controlled helicopter. Link this helicopter to your Android or iPhone and control the helicopter and its webcam. See aerial video feed on your phone screen and save images to keep or share with others.
Check out this video to see the helicopter in action:
The Wi-Spi Helicopter is available from ThinkGeek for $169.99.
If your dad loves to build using Lego blocks, inspire him with this iPhone Lego case. His phone can be transformed into a Lego brick instantly with this case. Handy for when he needs Legos on the go!
The Lego iPhone case is available iPhone 4/4S and 5 and iPod Touch for $24.99 from Smallworks.
Robox Bluetooth Speaker with Hands-Free Bluetooth Speaker
Your dad can connect his computer or mobile device using Bluetooth to this portable speaker. He doesn’t need an Android phone to play his tunes on this speaker, he can confuse people and connect his iPhone, computer or any other Bluetooth-enable device. This speaker also acts as a microphone so he can use it for voice controls or as a speakerphone for his smartphone.
Here’s a video showing the Robox speaker in action:
The Robox Bluetooth Speakeris available from Mobile Fun on sale for $25.49.
Snugg iPad Case
Get your father an iPad case that’s a stand and cover with the Snugg. The cover uses magnets to wake your iPad and includes a wrist strap for carrying.
The Snugg case is available in many colors at Amazon for many versions of the iPad and iPad Mini, starting at $29.99.
LG Tone+ Bluetooth Headset
If Dad likes to jam to his tunes, check out this Bluetooth headset that can connect to multiple devices to use with his smartphone, computer and tablet. The headset band is worn around the neck and has earbuds that connect to the band with a cord. The earbuds stay connected to the band with magnets until he’s ready to use them.
When you turn the power on, the headset announces that the power is on and the battery level.
I was sent this headset to test and let my husband, a musician, test them out. He enjoyed listening to his favorite songs using this headset. (Honey, if you’re reading this now, I wasn’t kidding. I really was asking you to test the headset for this article!)
The LG Tone+ Headset is available from Amazon on sale for $55.06.
HandyShell iPad Case from Speck
This versatile iPad case from Speck is a case, stand, handle and wall mount, all in one. Snap this case onto your Dad’s iPad and he can jam on his guitar app, prop his iPad on a flat surface or hang it on the wall for a display.
Here’s a video showing the many uses for the HandyShell:
The HandyShell is available from Speck for $54.95
If your dad remembers the days of video arcade games fondly or perhaps needs a new toy for his Man Cave, check out Dream Arcade. You can choose from pre-built arcade machines with over 200 games ready to play, just plug in the machine and he’ll ready to good to go. Check out the Kegerator, an arcade with a 29″ monitor, built-in fridge, three taps and two cup holders.
Think of all the quarters your dad will save using his new arcade!
Sorry, the Dream Arcade is no longer available.
Aquaglide Circuit Course
Is your father a fan of obstacle courses? Does he laugh at the TV show Wipeout? Give him the ultimate gift – his very own obstacble course! Aquaglide’s circuit course can hold up to 60 people at a time and comes with obstacle stations that connect together for challenge and fun. You can rearrange the stations in different shapes and patterns for greater variety of challenges.
The course is inflatable and is made of a high-tech Duratex fabric layered over PVC.
Aquaglide Circuit Course is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $13,500.
Which of these gifts is the perfect one for your dad? Which would you like for yourself? Would you like to try the Challenge Circuit? Will your dad let you use his Kegerator Dream Arcade? Let us know in the Comments section below!