Affordable Gadgets for Dad

5/27/2013

You know what most dads want for Father’s Day—high-tech gadgets and connected devices. This year, there are a number of affordable options you can get dad, and even a way you can get your hands on some more expensive gadgets for free and just in time for Father’s Day.

Looking for the perfect connected device for dad? Here are a few suggestions, ranging in price points, for dad this Father’s Day.

For the Golfer
It may be a bit cliché, but many dads like to golf. If your dad falls in this category, consider the Swingbyte 2, www.swingbyte.com, which began shipping this spring. Simply attach this one-ounce gadget to a club and receive realtime feedback about the swing via a smartphone or tablet. Data gathered and displayed includes a view of your swing, club head speed and acceleration, plane from address to impact, angle relative to swing path, swing tempo, and more. At $149, this connected device is a good option for the golf-loving dad this Father’s Day.


For the Always-Connected Dad
Is your dad looking to always stay connected, even in weak-signal areas? Consider getting dad a booster for Father’s Day. One option is the Sleek 4G-V from Wilson Electronics, www.wilsonelectronics.com. This device boosts both voice and data communications, providing a reliable signal in even weak areas, and will even extend the battery life and offer faster data transfers.

For the Forgetful Father
Dad always losing his keys? Early this year, iFi Systems, www.ifisystems.com, debuted the iFi Smart Tag, which helps secure personal items against loss or theft. The tag attaches to keys, briefcases, luggage, and more, and will sound an alert when separated from a specified smartphone or tablet. The iFi Smart Tag even works in reverse, allowing you to find your smartphone or tablet as well. When an item is lost, a GPS notification will be sent via email. For only $34.99 each, this could be a fun gift for dad.

Another option is to give dad a smartphone case equipped with NFC (near-field communication). Announced this year, the CalypsoKey from Calypso Crystal, www.calypsocrystal.com, allows dad to get rid of keys altogether. With a built-in, dual-band RFID (radio-frequency identification) antenna, dad can replace all identification cards with one CalypsoCase. The case is high-end too, handcrafted out of some of the best materials. The CalypsoCases with CalypsoKey start at $129.

For On-the-Go Dads
Would your dad be interested in keeping an eye on his favorite pet throughout the day, or simply keep an eye on the house while at work? The new NetCam HD Wi-Fi Camera from Belkin, www.belkin.com, allows for instant access of the home via a smartphone or tablet. Users can also choose to customize the camera by enabling an alert to be sent when motion is detected in a particular area of the home. Dad can even choose to record live video with this camera. This camera is $149.99, but is currently on sale for $129.99.

Want to learn more about other connected devices that might be perfect for your dad this Father’s Day—or even get your hands on one of these gadgets for free? From GPS devices, to gadgets that connect your television set, we will have a long lineup of some hottest connected devices for the home, office, and the car at this year’s Gadget Giveaway.

Attend the Connected World Conference Welcome Reception on Monday, June 10 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and be entered into a raffle to possibly take home one of the products featured in the Gadget Giveaway section of the show floor.

The best part is the Gadget Giveaway is free to attend if you register before June 3.

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