If you’re shopping for a dad who’s grown tired of ties and business socks as Father’s Day gifts, then this list’s for you. Rather than bore him again, we’ve picked out 3 smart toys that dad will enjoy using for years to come.
Top Smart Toys for the Dad in Your Life
Assuming dad already has his TV and smartphone squared away, we’d like to point you in the direction of a few smart devices that a man of his caliber would want to make his life a little bit easier.
If music is your dad’s main motivation, then there’s none better than Bose. As a company, Bose reinvests a lot of its money into the R&D (research and development) of its audio technology and engineering. This, in turn, means that their dedication to innovation has kept them at the top of the sound system market for decades. And with the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker, they’re taking over the portable audio market as well.
The SoundLink will play your dad’s favorite tunes from his favorite Bluetooth device out loud – in clear, full audio with that deep, warm bass that’s so characteristic of Bose products – just about anywhere he wants to go. This is because Bose’s proprietary technologies and unique design produce clear, full-range, well-balanced sound anywhere, even from a range of about 30 feet on the SoundLink – so he can enjoy his music without wires. It’ll sync with his smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth device, employing a simple-to-understand interface that uses voice prompts to talk him through the Bluetooth-pairing process – all without struggling to make the technologies play nicely together. The speaker even remembers the 8 most recent devices he’s paired with it, so reconnecting them again is easier than ever. And, as if that isn’t cool enough, the SoundLink can pair with two Bluetooth devices at the same time, letting DJ dad switch between both quickly.
The speaker is small and lightweight (only 1.25lbs.); and its rounded, compact shape will fit easily into his bag or backpack, making it portable as well. It’s constructed of materials durable enough to withstand your dad’s active, mobile lifestyle – so he can take it with him to the beach, out on the deck, in his garage, in his workout room, and even out tailgating as well, since the lithium-ion battery has a life of 8-9 hours on a full charge. And, should he be out for longer, the unit will simultaneously recharge and perform as a speaker when he plugs it in.
Because of its portability and oversize sound, this little Bose SoundLink unit has all of the positives of dad’s old boombox, now with the added benefit of smaller dimensions and without the need of an endless supply of D batteries. Oh, and it comes in a variety of colors, so it can groove with almost any dad’s style.
Personal assistant devices are becoming super popular, so it’s only a matter a time before the Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo climbs to the top of your dad’s wish list (if it’s not on there already). The Echo is a great device because it allows you to play all your music, spotify, Pandora and more simply by using your voice. You can also use your voice to ask Alexa to call or message someone in your contacts. The Echo can hear you from across the room, allowing you to lounge on the couch while Alexa reads you the top news headlines, the weather forecast, traffic reports or your favorite audio book. And if your dad is into sports, Alexa will inform him of score updates, schedules and more. The echo is super smart too. If your dad is tech-obsessed, he can program the Echo to control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others. As a bonus, your dad won’t have to worry about the Echo getting out-of-date as it is constantly updated with new features and skills.
#3) DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone (with 2.7K HD Video Camera)
And, for the dad who’s still a big kid at heart, here’s the updated version of the RC plane he used to fly in his backyard as a young boy. (Or, even if he’s never done it before, this drone is the best way to get dad into enjoying aerial photography.) With its all-in-one, ready-to-fly design and simple, GPS-assisted flight; the Phantom 3 Quadcopter lets him focus on taking great pictures and videos from the sky without constantly needing to fight with the remote control.
“For the dad who’s still a big kid at heart, this is the updated version of his childhood RC plane.”
Weighing in at just over 8 lbs., this drone boasts an included, intelligent, rechargeable, lithium-ion battery that enables it to fly steadily and easily for up to 25 minutes. It also comes with a suite of accessories, including 2 full sets of propellers, a radio controller, and an 8GB micro SD card. And once dad updates the remote’s software, the flight and basic camera controls are pretty easy to learn. This makes taking still pictures just as great, and the shots look just as nice as the video – leading to fun flights for the RC hobbyist crowd and beyond.
The Phantom 3 Quadcopter drone has a radio-controlled range of over half a mile, and it produces crystal clear, live video that streams via Wi-Fi to dad’s mobile device using the free DJI Go app. He can even achieve advanced camera perspectives with the Point of Interest, Follow Me, and Waypoints modes, delivering sophisticated functionality with a simple learning curve. All of this comes at price point that’s still affordable considering all the technology packed into this device. And it’ll help dad recapture his childhood glee once again – so he can share it with you.
So whether it’s some solid sounds, a virtual personal assistant, or a small camera drone he can control on his own, let dad’s inner techie flag fly this year, and thank him for all he’s taught and shared with you so far.