What Day Is Fathers Day? Gadget Gifts for the Kiwi Dad this Sunday.

It is Fathers Day this Sunday, so, if you haven’t already done it, you might want to hit the shops to get Dad some socks.

Better yet, if your budget can stretch to it, why not buy him something he might really want – like the latest in Techie Toys.

To give you just a taste of what’s out there this year here’s a small selection of (relatively) affordable gadget gifts.

iPhone Toting Dad: Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Apple Homekit Support from Bunnings.co.nz. Price $489.00

So you’ve left the downstairs door unlocked – no problem Dad, just say “Siri, lock the front door” and that will happen. The Schlage lock can but unlocked with a key, a 4 digit pin number or an Apple device. One of the strongest, most intelligent Bluetooth – enabled locks available, the Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt gives you the option to enter your home with an access code on its illuminated touchscreen or by using your iPhone.

Website: https://www.bunnings.co.nz/our-range/brands/s/schlage-

Rocking Dad: The Fugoo Tough Speaker RRP $367.00

Barriers are meant to be broken, your Bluetooth speaker isn’t. Introducing FUGOO Tough – the best rugged, waterproof Bluetooth speaker available. Crafted from fibre-reinforced resin and solid aluminium, FUGOO Tough is ready for anything. Plus, with 40 hours of battery life and Siri/Google Plus integration, these 360-degree speakers have no limits.


Hungry Dad: BBQ Top Pizza Oven from Noel Leeming $129.99

Turn your BBQ into a Pizza Oven. Works with Gas or Charcoal BBQs. Make it healthy, quick and delicious with the FIRE BOX. The BBQ Pizza Oven fits on top of most BBQ’s. The removable pizza stone is in contact with the griller. It is easily cleaned and makes up 12″ size pizzas. No assembly required simply remove all packaging and place on the BBQ.

Website: https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/whiteware-kitchen-appliances/small-kitchen-appliances/novelty/firebox-fb12-bbq-mountable-pizza-oven/prod147360.html


Hipster Beard Dad: Phillips Shaver with Vacuum Built In from Noel Leeming. $128.99

Trim your beard, moustache and sideburns while keeping tidy with this trimmer. Its powerful vacuum catcher cuts hair as you go along, giving you a mess free trim.

Integrated vacuum system: Captures up to 90% cut hair for less mess to clean up. Innovative Lift & Trim system – even trim in less strokes. 20 lock-in length settings from 0,5-10mm with 0,5mm precision.

Website: https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/personal-care/mens-shavers/men-s-grooming/philips-bt7201-series-7000-vacuum-beard-trimmer/prod147395.html

Driving Dad: PowerAll Deluxe Jump Starter and Power Bank. RRP $219.95.

A portable powerbank that can not only charge all of your portable electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets, camcorders, GPS unit etc., it also has two jumper cables to start your car battery in a matter of seconds. Keep it in the glove box at all times and you can use it multiple times (Up to 20x on a full charge). It’s so easy and convenient to use that every driver should keep one at all times.  It even has an Emergency LED Flashlight.  Available from retailers like Mitre10, Repco and Hunting & Fishing.


And to finish off, let’s remind ourselves of the iconic New Zealand Fathers radio funny.  If the answer is Sunday, what is the question???


All prices correct at time of publication. Products subject to availability.

December Gadget Roundup – the best new tech available today

Wow – what a year it has been in tech. In 2014 the Gadget Guy reviewed over a hundred cool toys and essential gadgets. We’ve covered everything from baby monitors to $100,000 cars and more smartphones, tablets and laptops than you can shake a stick at.

But don’t think that because it’s late December we are done.  Oh no, before we put the “On Holiday” sign on the door we’ve got the last great gadgets of the year for you to have a look at.

Read on to find out more about smart cars, a smart Teddy (really) and many more smart products…

Face Value

Washing your face by hand is so last century. People who know about skin care are lining up to get their hands on the Clarisonic Mia 2 facial sonic cleansing device, $225. Developed by scientists in Seattle a decade ago, the patented technology is used in beauty spas and dermatologists clinics. Rather than scrub the skin, Mia 2 oscillates back and forth at 300 movements per second, gently extracting impurities from the skin and freeing up your pores.



Standing Start

If you are tied to your desk for a large part of the working week, you had better look out. Studies have shown that staying seated for long stretches of time may increase health risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

The Varidesk was developed to address the negative side-effects of being seated for too long. By using this standing desk for part of the work day, workers can increase their calorie burn and energy levels while at the same time increase their productivity.

The adjustable platform sits on top of a normal working desk. When you feel the need to stand, simply raise the Varidesk up using the convenient handles on either side. Simply reverse the process to return to a seated position.  It is an effective, affordable, easy-to-use height adjustable desk for both home and office.

Price: from $495



Beaming Beemer

You’ve heard of find my iPhone? Well how about find my car? Vodafone and BMW have teamed up to fit most new 2015 models with a special Global SIM, allowing BMW to offer smart connected services and apps to drivers.

The Connected Drive smartphone app offers remote vehicle functionality, including features such as remote locking and unlocking, remote ventilation control and vehicle locator. The large range of smart services means your car can communicate directly with BMW so their technicians can remotely diagnose issues in the event of a vehicle malfunction.



Eye on the road

As a driver you just don’t know when you may have to dispute an incident. That’s where the Navman MiVue Drive, $349, comes in. The MiVue Drive is a dual purpose navigation system and dashcam drive recorder. It gives drivers turn by turn instructions, while the front facing camera records events occurring on the road. The recorder will capture accidents, road rage incidents, or even just scenic drives in 720p HD footage that can later be downloaded to a computer.


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Teddy Calling

Stay in touch with family and friends with this Bluetooth enabled teddy. That’s right, a Bluetooth enabled teddy! Simply record your voice message on your smart device (iOS or Android) using the free Toy-Fi app. Then whether it’s in the next room or the next continent, the teddy will receive the message and signal its owner with a steady flashing of its illuminated heart. Squeeze the teddy’s paw to hear the message and once a message has been heard, children can record their own message and send it right back.

Price: $89.99

Website: https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/Toy-Fi-Teddy



A New Dimension

Who would have thought that 3D printers would have entered the mainstream so quickly? The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 carries an $899 price tag and is practically as easy to use as a ‘standard’ printer. Once the printer is set up, you choose a design from an online database and press print; no technical knowledge or 3D software expertise is required. Despite its budget price, the printer creates smooth to touch products and models that don’t need sanding or any post-production work.



Let There Be Light

Imagine having 5,000 hours of quality television content on tap that you can watch over broadband whenever you want. That’s the promise of Lightbox, Spark’s streaming video on demand service. For only $15 a month subscribers can watch the latest hit shows such as Orange is the New Black or settle in with old favourites like 30 Rock or Boston Legal. There is also a large range of children’s shows that will keep the young ones occupied and out of your hair.


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Snap Happy

Photo enthusiasts can rejoice in the news that the new Fujifilm X30, $939.99, has reached our shores. This premium digital pocket camera has one of the largest and fastest real time viewfinders in its class so you can see your subject with amazing clarity before you take each shot. It also has wireless smarts which allow you to remotely shoot images from a smartphone or tablet, using the FUJIFILM Camera Remote application. Just don’t forget to say cheese!


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King of the Swing

This could be the secret weapon that takes your golf game to the next level. The Golfsense Pro, $119.99, is a gadget that sits unobtrusively on your glove and sends rich data about your swing to the phone in your pocket. The motion engine uses data from sensors to accurately calculate club speed, club position, swing tempo and swing path so you can adjust and improve your technique. It’s even smart enough to know the difference between a practice swing and one with actual ball contact.


Mighty Ape GolfSense for iPod iPhone iPad and Android_RRP$199

Pull an Ollie

What does Ollie do? Well according to the internet, Ollie, $179.95, could be a concept “that inspires young inventors’ imaginations through a robot that is completely programmable.” Alternatively it could be seen as a “rad, new phenomenon in gaming, programmed for serious speed and big tricks that mirror those you’d see on a half-pipe or ramp.” So, in short, it’s a toy! But a slightly futuristic, quasi educational one that you can control through a smartphone app.



The Gadget Guy’s Geeky Gift Guide for Christmas 2011

For some people, this time of year is all about peace and goodwill to all.  But for the rest of us, Christmas is all about the gifts! Big, lovely, gadget-y gifts.

So if haven’t already sent your e-mail or letter to Santa and you are looking for inspiration this is the post for you.  Here are some of my favourite new toys of the season (for parents as well as kids).

Best Gift for Young Kids – Airswimmers Remote Control Flying Clownfish
This helium filled flying fish has become THE hot toy of the year after its promotional video became a hit on YouTube.

With the ability to fly up or dive down and turn in circles, you are guaranteed to have hours of fun with this crazy toy. Also available in a shark shape.

Be warned if you open this on Christmas morning – it will take at least an hour to put together and you MUST follow the instructions carefully. All of them.

Product Website: http://airswimmers.com/
Price: from $71.95 at www.airfish.co.nz to $99.99 at The Warehouse Online with a tank of helium (enough for three fills) and 119.95 at fishpond.co.nz.  The airfish.co.nz and fishpond prices do not include the cost of helium which can be purchased from party stores or florists at about $30 a fill.
Rating:3 out of 5

Best gift for Older Kids – Skylanders Spyros Adventure game for Xbox, PC, PS3, 3DS and Wii.
Skylanders Spyros Adventure is a revolutionary new computer game which brings collectable figures to life in the game using the portal of power. Players journey into a world where they will explore lands, battle creatures, collect gold and treasures, and solve puzzles while on a quest to save their world from Kaos, an evil Portal Master, who they must defeat.

A safe, fun game for kids which is actually receiving positive reviews from hardened gamers for it’s very involving gameplay.

As well as the game you get a Portal of Power which plugs into your console.

Pop a figurine on the portal and hey presto, they appear in the game. There are 32 figures to collect (you get 3 with the starter pack) and they can help you progress in the game, though you don’t need to buy them all to have fun.

Available from: Leading retailers such as Dick Smith, Noel Leeming and the Warehouse.

Product Website: http://www.skylanders.com/
Price: Starter kit with disc, portal of power and three figurines, $129.99. Additional characters $19.95 each or $39.90 for a pack of three.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Best Gift for Mum – Moshi Moshi 03i Curve White Bluetooth Wireless Handset and iPhone Dock
Designed by the French designer David Turpin the MM03i is a contemporary styled Bluetooth handset, finished in a luxurious black or white high- gloss texture, it has an integrated iPhone charging dock.  Manufactured with a high quality speaker and microphone, it supports Bluetooth 2.1 multipoint technology, which lets you pair and answer calls on two different Bluetooth devices.

This means that you can quickly and easily connect the Moshi Moshi 03i to charge and synch your iPhone and a Smartphone or any other Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a laptop for use with VOIP Internet calls such as Skype.

And is that why you should buy one?  No, you should buy one just because it’s bloody gorgeous.

Available from: Ubertec in Auckland.
Recommended Retail Price: $259.00
Product website: http://www.ubertec.co.nz/main/product/29954.html
Rating: 3 out of 5

Best Gift for Dad – TomTom App for iPad
Make getting to the holiday home a breeze this Christmas with the TomTom app for iPad. The satellite navigation system has been optimised for the iPad, creating a higher resolution for a sharper display and an enhanced user interface to fit the larger screen.  It’s bigger but is it better? Well yes it is, and although you do feel a tad ridiculous sticking an iPad to your windscreen, that feeling soon wears off.

The full-screen display shows both driving view and advanced lane guidance at the same time. Drivers can also switch to driving view with one touch from anywhere within the App, and can access guidance options in a tap.

As with most TomTom systems you can also purchase celebrity voices such as Homer Simpson or Darth Vader to give you directions.

Available from: The Apple iTunes store.
Recommended Retail Price: $94.99
Product website: http://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/tomtom-new-zealand/id326148055?mt=8
Rating: 3 out of 5

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.