About this time every year, I always struggle to find something for my dad on Father’s Day. If you’re like me, there are always the good old standbys of grilling toys, hardware tools, or even TV series boxsets. This Father’s Day I’m determined to find something for my dad that doesn’t scream, “I didn’t know what to get you!”. Of course, this is easier said than done, as my dad is a little harder to shop for than most, so I really have to think outside of the box to find something he’ll like.
It sounds like a terrible cliché, but my dad’s a true kid at heart, so this year I’ve decided to play to that and take a look at some of the non-traditional gadgets we have available for Father’s Day! One cool one that I found is the Parrot Quadricopter. It’s a great toy for the summer season, as like its namesake implies, it can fly using an app for your smart device (Android or iOS) and do all kinds of cool aerial tricks (see the demo here). I can see him having such a blast with this and trying to fly it through the tightest of corners, all while capturing photos and videos using the quadricopter’s internal camera.
I can just picture my dad SOMEHOW getting it stuck in a tree or flying it into a building though, and while that would be quite an amusing video to watch, it might be a better idea to keep his gift on the ground. After some searching, I found the Sphero Ollie Robot. Not only does it reach speeds up to 14 miles per hour, this app-controlled rechargeable (Android or iOS) robot can flip and spin with the slightest swipe of a finger and can be used in the dark using its LED lights. It also has interchangeable tires and hubcaps so your dad can customize it to fit his style.
The frontrunner I’ve found so far, though, is the WowWee MiP Robot. This “humanoid” looking toy can balance and carry up to its own weight all on its own. Controlled either by your hand or by using the Android/iOS app, this little guy can move, dance, play games, and memorize commands. It’ll even act friendly by “talking” to you in a series of little bleeps, and it can act angry when pushed down during a battle with another MiP Robot!
I’m still going to keep looking, but I’m honestly tempted to buy two MiP Robots to battle against each other, even if I end up keeping them for myself. Either way, I’m confident this year I’ll find a gift that’s out of the ordinary for my dad, and I know it’ll be something he’ll truly enjoy.