Fathers Day 2017: 10 High-Tech Gifts Dad Will Love
Heres a list of gifts for every dad, from the music-lover to the guy who hates mowing the lawn
Brad Moon, InvestorPlace Contributor
Mark June 18 on your calendar, if its not already circled. Thats Fathers Day 2017, the day when we celebrate dads and everything they do.
Picking the perfect Fathers Day gifts can be a little tougher than it sounds. Ties are the old standby, but they dont go over quite as well as they did in the 1950s. Todays dads are often into technology especially where tech intersects with other interests like enjoying music, watching a big game orplayinga big game.
To help you out, we have some suggestions, vetted by a tech-loving dad. Our 2017 Fathers Day gift guide has 10 high-tech gifts, one of which is sure to make any dads day.
Lets start this list of high-tech gifts off with one that assumes you have a sizeable budget. Maybe dad has been extra special this year.
LG Display Co Ltd. (ADR)(NYSE:LPL) is known for making some of the best big screen TVs out there, and the company is an industry leader with OLED technology. The $1,999B6 OLED 4K HDR Smart TVis the most affordable in LGs current lineup, but this 55-inch TV ticks off a lot of boxes.
It has an eye-popping OLED display panel, 4K resolution and supports HDR for incredible contrast. This TV will make watching the big game with dad something to look forward to even more, while that display will make nature documentaries come to life.
It also has smart technology, including LGs webOS 3.0 so dad can mess around with apps to do cool things like watchAlphabet Incs(NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) YouTube or stream from hisNetflix, Inc.(NASDAQ:NFLX) account.
Video games are some of the best gifts for dads, and if your father is still playing on a vintage Xbox 360, its time for an upgrade. ThePlayStation 4 ProfromSony Corp (ADR)(NYSE:SNE) is as good as it gets these days.
Sony is winning this generation of the console war, outselling the Xbox One by a two-to-one margin. That means more exclusive games for PlayStation owners.
The PS4 Pro ups the ante with native 4K support, HDR and the ability to play VR games with the optional Playstation VR headset.
We all know that dads like to putter around the house. Most have a never-ending series of home improvement projects on the go.
TheRevogi Smart Lightstripis an inexpensive gift that makes it easy to add LED lighting to any space. A 10-foot roll retails for under $50. Just cut off the length you need from the spool, stick it to the surface with the integrated adhesive tape, plug it in and connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone (iPhone or Android).
Without the need for hubs or wiring, dad gets smart LED lighting wherever he wants it. The Revogi Smart Lightstrip can change colors on demand and even pulse in time with music. It can be programmed on a schedule, flash for alerts and he can control it from anApple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple Watch.
If your dad is still rocking a pair of wired headphones or worse, using the freebie buds that came in the box with his smartphone, Fathers Day 2017 is the perfect excuse to upgrade him to premium wireless headphones with the Libratone Q Adapt.
I reviewed a pair of these headphonesa few months ago, and theyre an easy recommendation. Theyre wireless (obviously), with premium audio, 20+ hour battery life, adjustable active noise cancellation, touch controls and minimalist design.
Hell think theyre great and you wont be embarrassed to see him wearing them in public.
At the time of publication,Libratone was offering a nice $50 price cutjust for Fathers Day (plus no sales tax and free shipping), so you can get dad a great gift and save some cash.
TheCork Speakeris one of those high-tech gifts that seems like a novelty, but soon proves to be deeper.
Its a tiny Bluetooth speaker integrated into a battery-powered device thats essentially a bottle stopper. The driver uses the bottle as a speaker chamber.
Every bottle you use the Cork Speaker with produces a different sound. Its far from audiophile territory, but its entertaining moving the Cork around to see whether Led Zeppelin sounds better playing through a wine bottle or a bottle of rum.
Parents, including many fathers, end up juggling their careers and family life. This can mean having to work from home on occasion which is better than having to stay late at the office, but still often means lugging around a laptop.
Many dads would appreciate an upgrade that does double duty and is a lot lighter to carry around.Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT)just released a new Surface Prothat would fit the bill nicely.
Its a tablet, so it can be used instead of an iPad for casual web surfing, streaming video and updating social media. But, its also a full-fledged Windows 10 PC, with the new 7th-generationIntel Corporation(NASDAQ:INTC) Core processors, so dad can run any Windows software he needs on it.
Microsoft also boosted the battery life to an impressive 13.5 hours. The new Surface Pro weighs just 1.69 pounds for easy carrying andstarts at $799, making it more affordable than many laptops.
Many dads have a hoard of records sitting in milk crates in the garage or basement. They gave up vinyl when music went digital, first with CDs and then streaming.
But, vinyl is now cool again. I had one of the first evaluation units of the new Crosley C20 turntable, and this is anoutstanding option for those looking to up their vinyl game. Dad will appreciate the high quality components, including an S-Shaped tone arm with Sapphire bearings from Pro-Ject, an acrylic platter and Ortofon OM10 cartridge. The craftsmanship is evident as soon as you see the genuine zebrano wood veneer.
ACrosley C20 turntablefor Fathers Day will let dad be on top of the latest trend, and his record collection will sound better than ever.
One of the best gifts you can give dad for Fathers Day 2017 is the gift of time with the Automower from SwedensHusqvarna (ADR)(OTCMKTS:HSQVY).
TheHusqvarna Automoweris a robotic lawnmower. It has app connectivity with GPS tracking, so it can be remotely stopped or started if needed, but once set loose on the yard it does its thing and cuts the grass perfectly, avoiding obstacles.
The Automower is battery-powered so theres no noise or emissions, it can handle steep slopes and its even equipped with an anti-theft system.
With the Husqvarna Automower cutting the grass for him, dad has some free time to play records, watch TV or find new places to install smart LED lighting strips.
If your dad is big on gadgets, hes going to love theGoal Zero Torch 250 flashlight.
This is a lot more than an everyday flashlight. It uses a series of LEDs for multiple operating modes, including the traditional flashlight, a floodlight and red flashing emergency light. Theres a built-in hook to hang it, and the body is angular so it can be propped securely in different positions.
The Torch 250s battery can be recharged using USB, integrated solar cells or by using the built-in hand generator.
Dad can even plug in a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet to top up his battery. When it comes to flashlights, it doesnt get much more high-tech or useful than the Goal Zero Torch 250.
Libratone doesnt just make a good pair of wireless headphones, its my current favorite for premium, multi-room wireless audio as well,with its ZIPP speakers.
ZIPP offers premium audio (100 Watts with multiple drivers including a 4-inch woofer and 360-degree sound), removable CoolWeave fabric covers in a variety of colors, and support for multi-room audio up to 16 speakers on a network.
Unlike competitors like Sonos, the Libratone ZIPP supports Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi for streaming. And, with a built-in 10-hour battery, dad can pick a ZIPP up and take it into the garage or onto the deck for music wherever he wants it.
The latest addition to the ZIPP line-up is theZIPP Nordic Black, which should appeal to any dad. And, like the Q Adapt headphones, Libratone is offering a Fathers Day 2017 discount on the speakers.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.
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