Chances are your father probably already has everything he wants. Namely, you—his amazing, pride-inducing offspring who fills his heart with a near-boundless sense of joy.
Still, it would be nice to get dad something this Father’s Day. A token of gratitude to the man who helped raise you into the wonderful person you are today.
We’ve found some devices that offer a high-tech twist on a few classic gifts for Pops.
Beards may be experiencing something of a renaissance these days, but many fathers are engaged in a near daily dual against a forest of hair follicles.
For dads who are determined to live the clean-shaven lifestyle, the SmartRazor is a smart fit.
What separates this blade in the battle against beards? Heat.
Born out of an effort to replicate the hot barbershop shave, the SmartRazor comes equipped with a rechargeable power source and microprocessor that heat the razor’s six replaceable blades to the optimal shaving temperature, and maintain that temperature for a close and comfortable shave.
The SmartRazor is available for pre-order via Indiegogo (it has already far surpassed its fundraising goal) for $59, with delivery expected to begin in December 2017.
Or you could just spring for electrolysis for dear old dad.
Make dreams come true for a father who is a builder with the Shaper Origin smart tool.
A powerful and compact CNC (computer numerical control) device, the Shaper Origin unlocks a world of design possibilities for pops who have a passion for building, providing an all-in-one intelligent tool that cuts, drills and shapes with ease (and a touchscreen).
The options are endless—if you can design it, you can do it with the Shaper Origin—but just in case you’re suffering from a case of builder’s block, the Shaper also offers a bevy of project blueprints that can be downloaded from the cloud directly to your device, allowing you to produce your pick with precision.
Best of all—especially for dads—the Shaper’s exacting nature allows you to stop a project at a moment’s notice, put the tool away and return weeks later without missing a beat. The tool will pick up exactly where you left off, ensuring the precision building of your project is not subject to dad brain.
The Shaper Origin is available for pre-order for $1,699, with expected delivery in January 2018.
For the dad who enjoys the convenience of constant connectedness but hasn’t embraced the activewear apparel, Fossil watches offer an intelligent wearable that still provides a measure of classic style.
The Fossil Q hybrid smartwatch series includes a number of the intelligent features you’ve come to expect from top-of-the-line timepieces, including activity tracking (steps, distance, calories burned), text and app notifications, phone-based music control, and sleep stats—all that and wearing one won’t make you look like you stepped off the set of a SyFy Original Series.
Fossil Q hybrids have also redefined the very dad-ly activity of a self-timed photo by giving wearers the ability to control their phone’s camera from their watch, snapping the perfect family portrait without making repeated trips to the tripod.
Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches are available for $155 to $175, depending on model and features.
Forty-plus years of tired TV tropes have thoroughly cemented the stereotype that the dad/husband figure is responsible for knowing driving directions and that stopping to inquire for ANY navigation advice is an affront to their rock-solid sense of manliness.
Fortunately, there is now the Navdy, which protects against potential navigation-based insecurities—and provides a lot more.
Connecting to your phone via the Navdy app, the Navdy projects the travel route (pulled from Google Maps) directly in front of drivers, allowing them to see the directions, and any changes, in real time without ever taking their eyes of the road. This beautiful blending of safety and convenience is just the start.
Navdy users can also have their text messages, emails and notifications displayed and read to them and can respond in kind via Siri or Google Assistant. They can control the music on their phone or select alternate routes via the Navdy Dial peripheral attached to the steering wheel. And they can answer, or dismiss, phone calls (to speakerphone) with a wave of their hand.
The Navdy is available now for $399.
One of the side benefits of being the sire to a household is that you can demand the TV remote and it will be proffered without protest. Now…if only there were a way to make the remote more powerful?
Ask and sevenhugs will answer, via the Smart Remote.
Aping the shape of a standard TV remote, although with a sleek touchscreen and minimal style, the Smart Remote can control anything in your home that can be connected to by Wi-Fi, bluetooth or infrared—lights, thermostats, blinds, locks, speakers, fans and, of course, TVs among many others.
Essentially, the Smart Remote can interact with anything “smart,” meaning you can set up the optimal movie night mood in a matter of moments with a few movements of your clever clicker.
All that, and the Smart Remote can call an Uber too, so you can send your guests home as soon as the cinema concludes.
The Smart Remote by sevenhugs is available for preorder now for $229, with delivery expected in September 2017.