Father’s Day is almost here. Do you have something for the special dads in your life? You don’t have to spend a ton on great tech for dad, we have our top ten affordable tech toys for him right here, and you still have time to get them in time to give them to him on the 21st.
A digital camera for less than $60? How good can it possibly be? The Kodak Easyshare C143 is possibly one of the best deals you can find on a digital camera. It’s 12 megapixels, a 3x zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD, built-in flash, and a form factor that makes it easy to hold. It comes in silver, blue, or green and comes with rechargeable batteries (with a charger), as well as a matching carrying case.
Barnes & Noble has completely redesigned their eReader, making it one of the lightest on the market. They also changed the shape to make it easier to hold. The battery life is a phenomenal two months, and the touch screen LCD has crisp, scaleable text that’s easy to read for almost every senior. You can read over 2 million available books from Barnes & Noble, lend and share books with friends and family, and more.
This is such a great idea for grilling. You tell it what kind of meat you’re cooking and how you like it done (e.g. steak, medium rare) and it tells you when it’s cooked to perfection. And you don’t even have to be there. You can be up to 330 feet away from the grill, relaxing indoors in the air conditioning, and it will tell you, by voice, how your meat is cooking.
One of the best smartphones, certainly one of the easiest to use and with the most apps, on the market today. It’s an iPhone. And even if it isn’t the newest iPhone, it still runs all the great apps and it’s a fraction of the cost. Only $49 with a two year contract.
5. Kaldi $159
Who doesn’t love a perfect cup of tea or coffee? The Kaldi from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf makes individual cups of coffee, tea or espresso in your choice of sizes. It has dual pressure capabilities make espresso perfectly as well. Making a cup is easy, cleanup is easy, and it’s very fast.
These glasses are inexpensive and have easy-to-use lights on the temples to magnify anything. Whether it’s for a hobby where you need to see close-up details or just for reading, even reading in bed with your own lights so you don’t disturb anyone else’s sleep. These work great with the Nook for bedtime reading.
Who doesn’t want a tablet these days? Web browsing, email, social networks, games, even as an eReader. If you don’t have the money to buy that iPad, Xoom or Playbook, check out the Coby Kyros. It’s a 7-inch tablet that runs the Android operating system. It’s not as fast as an iPad 2, but for the money, it’s a solid tablet.
Motorola’s S9-HD Bluetooth headset is a great choice. Not only can you stream great-sounding stereo music from your iPhone, Android or Blackberry smartphone, but if you get a call you can answer it from the headset and your music will be paused for you. Easy to hear, especially in stereo, and the sound quality is clear. The battery is in the middle and comfortably rests behind your head while you wear the headset.
Kodak’s Pulse W730 7-inch digital photo frame is so much more than a simple way to show your digital photos. Sure, you can load them in via the built-in USB reader, but this frame has built-in Wi-Fi. It can automatically sync with your friends’ pictures on Facebook or Kodak’s site, but family members or friends can also email pictures that will be uploaded to it automatically via a special account. You will always have new pictures surprising you.
IOGear’s solar Bluetooth hands-free car kit is the perfect gift for anyone who drives and spends time in the car. It clips to your visor, recharges using the sun so it’s always ready, and has an 11-hour talk time. It can even sync to multiple phones, so when either of you gets a call, you can easily answer it, hands-free.