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From £99.99 at Argos
For dads caught in the perpetual struggle against inertia, the Fitbit is the gadget that might just help them win the war. The Alta’s newest model adds a heart-rate monitor to the traditional step counter. This added bit of data provides a much more accurate picture of the number of calories burnt while exercising, and it can help novices avoid overexertion signalled by high heart rates.
If your dad’s the kind of man with a gadget for every occasion, this might just be the bit of tech he’s missing. The base of this rather modest looking lamp actually houses a wireless charging station beneath the plus symbol. The latest iPhones (the 8 and X) and most recent Android phones offer induction charging, or you can upgrade an old phone with a wireless charging case from IKEA or the likes of Mophie.
£129 at Argos
This smartphone gimbal will revolutionise your home videos by making them more cinematic. Osmo clasps on to your handset and uses a gyroscope and motors to keep your footage level, steady and smooth. Add the companion app to your phone, and you can use Osmo’s software to lock on to a subject – a pet, a toddler or a car, for example – to create breathtaking tracking shots, moving time lapses and enormous panoramas.
There are hundreds of Bluetooth speakers to choose from, but this British over-achiever is one of my favourites. Though the Minirig’s not much bigger than a Coke can, it pipes out enough sound to fill a room without ever compromising on sound quality, and it’ll run for 80 hours between charges. Its unfussy design also means it looks as good in the shed as it does in the kitchen.
From £104.49 at Argos
The pinnacle of toothbrush technology, this uses motion sensors to tell you how well (or badly) you’re brushing your teeth via a smartphone app, creating a ‘brushing record’ in the process. With black, white, rose gold and orchid purple versions available, each comes with a different head, but these are interchangeable. There are nearly a dozen, from floss action to whitening, to suit your needs.
£69.99 at Argos
Firing up this shrunken Super Nintendo is the closest you can get to jumping into a time machine and travelling 20 or so years into the past. It comes with a pair of controllers, HDMI cable for connecting it to a flatscreen and (here’s the fun bit) 21 classic games loaded onto the console. It even comes with Starfox 2 installed, a previously unreleased game that Nintendo fans have pined over for decades. As the marketing blurb proclaims, the golden age of 16-bit gaming returns.
£30 at Argos
If you know your parents have an old tv knocking around, the Chromecast can give it a new lease of life. This inexpensive dongle plugs into your tv’s HDMI socket and is controlled via a smartphone. It’s easy to set up and once it’s up and running you can use it to beam video to your tv from your smartphone or watch streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and iPlayer. The new Chromecast Ultra (£60) will stream 4K content as well.
Long drives are infinitely better with a DAB radio on board. The Highway is one of the quickest and simplest DAB systems to fit – you won’t need any tools. Not one. DAB not only provides more radio stations, it will also give you clearer and more consistent sound quality. For an extra £20, the Highway 400 adds Bluetooth connectivity and a ‘Go Button’, which identifies songs you like on the radio and adds them to a playlist.
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