NERDS ON CALL: Top 5 Gadgets for Father’s Day
Redding, CA. May, 2011. Let’s face it: Dad is simply the gadget-guru of the house. He programs the DVR, fixes Mom’s camera on the fly and has every tool known to man available at a moment’s notice from the garage. When it comes to trying to buy a gadget for Dad, how do you surprise a man who camps out at the local tech shop on a regular basis? If you have absolutely no idea what to get him, don’t panic! The Nerd Chicks are here to help! We’ve scoured the internet for some gift-giving ideas that are sure to please all kinds of daddies – even the pickiest – and better yet isn’t likely something he already has.
For the car-crazy Dad: If your dad fancies himself a Nascar contender, then you can’t go wrong with a cool gadget for his car. The Pyle Slim TFT is a back-up camera that mounts easily to the license plate www.pyleaudio.com/itemdetail.asp?model=PLCM36, comes with a 3.5 inch display that attaches to the dashboard and even has optional night vision. For under $100, it’ll be worth every penny and may even convince Dad that he can idolize Dale Earnhardt Jr. without pretending to be him while backing out of the driveway.
For the BBQ-fanatic Dad: Is Dad perfecting his legendary barbeque for the next Pros & Joes BBQ Grill Down? Consider Oregon Scientific’s Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/BBQ Thermometer. Available through Amazon.com for under $40, it’s a great tool for keeping tabs on what’s cooking without hovering over the grill. It features a digital LCD screen and a wireless remote probe (works up to 330 feet from the display); this little helper will tell you when your meat is done, or if you prefer, almost done. Never again will Dad have to miss that great football play while he runs out to check on the meat!
For the music-lover Dad: If Dad considers his iPod Nano a “don’t leave home without it” device, then he’ll love the line of watch bands by Hex that allow him to use his Nano as a wristwatch www.shophex.com/home. Stylishly always at his fingertips, there are myriads of options, from stainless steel to leather, or pick one of nine colors of silicone. Reasonably- priced starting at $29.95, the sport version even works with Nike Plus to track and record Dad’s
For the wannabe-golf-pro Dad: Does your dad spend nearly as much time on the golf course
or driving range as Tiger Woods? Then the Sensoglove http://sensoglove.com/ may be his new best friend. It contains sensors throughout the glove and a digital computer that actively monitors grip, providing immediate readout of exact grip pressure. There’s even a gentle audio warning that will alert you when your grip is too tight, allowing for instant improved distance and precision. For about $89, this gift promises to keep Dad’s golf game well below par!
For the TV-addicted Dad: If your dad never misses the latest online episode of his favorite TV show, but is frustrated sitting in front of his computer to watch it, the Diamond Multimedia VStream Wireless PC to TV device may be the solution. This little gadget will allow Dad to stream anything directly from his PC to his HDTV www.diamondmm.com/WPCTV1080H.php. Available through Newegg or Amazon for about $125, it easily supports streaming from Hulu (for TV shows), Netflix or YouTube: anything he can play on his computer. Simply plug the USB dongle into a laptop or PC within 30 feet – and in line of sight – and attach the second USB in the TV’s HDMI port. It’s also great for the techie dad who grumbles every time he wants to show home videos, photos or presentations on the big screen. Now there’s no way to avoid sitting through that power point presentation he made to show you how to change your oil.