1. AIRLIGHT DESK LAMP WITH BLADELESS COOLING FAN
Whether he’s painting model planes or tying fishing lures, your dad will love working beneath this desk lamp from Turcom. Its sleek design includes a bladeless cooling fan built into the base – just the thing for those long, hot summer nights. It has a super-bright LED light and touch-sensitive controls. $80, amazon.com.
2. MYO GESTURE CONTROL ARMBAND
Sci-fi Dad is in the building – if you give him a Myo Gesture Control Armband, that is! It monitors your muscles, movements and gestures, so you can control the TV, music and even Powerpoint presentations without ever picking up a remote! Dad will be just like Tom Cruise in Minority Report in no time! $265, myo.com.
3. TELSTRA TV
What dad doesn’t like his TV? If yours is a bit of a tech dinosaur and doesn’t know his HDMIs from his VGAs, then Telstra TV is the easy way for him to stream all of his favourite shows and sports whenever he wants. The box connects to your current broadband service and from there you can easily select the apps and packages that suit him. The only hard part is choosing what to watch! Visit telstra.com.au for more info.
4. BIOLITE SOLAR PANEL 5+
A tech-savvy dad who loves camping and hiking needs one of these! This portable solar panel can charge a smartphone, tablet or camera. Simple and easy to use, the BioLite Solar Panel 5+ is slim and lightweight so fits easily in a backpack. Plus, its in-built sundial means it is always soaking up the maximum amount of sunlight. $139 from selected outdoor retailers or online. Try ebay.com.au.
FUTURE HOME SECURITY
For the security conscious dad, the Telstra Smart Home ‘watch and monitor’ package will give him peace of mind. It comes with an outdoor wi-fi HD camera and motion sensors that can be set up to send instant alerts to his phone or tablet, and it'll be available really soon. Register his interest, and receive updates, at telstra.com.au/smart-home.
Prices are approximate and a guide only.