Happy High-Tech Father’s Day

It’s pretty cool being a father, especially as you get older—not because I’m getting older, but because my kids are getting older. And that means they can afford to buy me a Father’s Day gift. I didn’t mind the crayon-inspired ties or “World’s Greatest Dad”-emblazoned mugs and golf balls back in the day. But after decades of diaper changing and school schlepping, don’t we dads deserve a few things we really want? Here are a few items that you may want to drop some hints for.

Fun in the Kitchen

Cooking is a great hobby and with the advent of some useful kitchen gadgets it can also be fun. The All-Clad Immersion Blender makes whipping up things super-fast. Plus it’s easier to stow than a large blender. I have pureed big batches of soup and made thick milkshakes with its powerful motor. Another favorite of mine is the Lagostina Axia line of cookware which has Tri-ply technology—an aluminum core sandwiched between layers of 18/10 and magnetic stainless steel. This makes for even heat distribution when using an oven, and cooking with induction, gas or a hot plate.

Control the Possibilities

Dads love their gadgets at home but controlling them generally requires an individual remote control. It’s time to consolidate these into one easy-to-use device. Introduce your father to the MX-3000 from URC which is actually a tablet that can be customized with color graphics. It has virtually unlimited memory capacity for all the devices around your home with up to 255 macro commands that can be programmed. The IR—line-of-sight—blaster works up to 50 feet away and has the capability of radio frequency to control products in other parts of the house.

Say Cheese!

I appreciate the convenience of always having a camera with me thanks to the built-in variety on my smartphone. Now, it’s time to get a real camera now that I’m taking family trips and am turning photography into a hobby. My choice for a DLSR is the new Canon EOS 5DS and it is a whopper. This is the company’s highest resolution camera by far with more than 50 megapixel and a maximum output of 8688 x 5792 pixels. It has full HD 30p movie capability and a time lapse movie function, which takes still photographs at set intervals and combines them into a full HD movie file. Yes, it is bulkier than your trusty camera phone but the 5DS is the granddaddy of cameras on the market now—very fitting for a Dad’s Day gift.

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