Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016 – Smart Gifts Dad Will Love
byon June 6, 2016
Dad can be hard to shop for! To help you surprise the guy in your life, we’ve tracked down the ultimate tech toys that work with Dad’s smarthome.
Let’s face it – no one should have to use 3 remotes to turn on their TV setup. That’s three times as many remotes to search for between the couch cushions. Logitech has developed the ultimate solution with the Harmony Home Companion ($149.99) and Harmony Elite ($349.99) universal remotes. They combine TV, Blu-ray, surround sound, and more into one easily navigable device – giving Dad complete control over his home theater experience. Harmony remotes can also be configured with all of Dad’s other smart home devices including lights, locks and – you guessed it – ecobee3 thermostats.
Harmony Elite & Harmony Companion are both available at Best Buy
It’s not just their name that will make Dad’s head turn. Haiku Home by Big Ass Fans ($539.39) are the proud winners of over 60 big ass design and technology awards. In addition to their unrivaled aesthetic, Haiku fans are smart – really smart. LED overhead lighting, programmable scheduling, motion sensors, and a mobile app all help Dad heat and cool his home more efficiently. Did you know that air movement makes you feel a few degrees cooler than the temperature of the room? With Haiku fans you can set your ecobee a few degrees lower and save more.
Big Ass Fans are available at Home Depot
Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Kit
Dad loves reminding us to turn the lights out because Dad knows how much energy unnecessary lighting can waste. What you don’t know is that even Dad can forget to hit the lights too! With Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Kit ($99.99) Dad can control his lights, thermostat and more from anywhere in the world. Whether he wants to dim it down for movie night, or he can’t remember if he checked the kid’s rooms before heading out the door, Lutron has it covered. Talk about efficient.
Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge Kit is available at Best Buy
You’ve probably heard the internet rumbling about the Amazon Echo ($179.99). What’s all the hype about? Well, Amazon Echo is the personal assistant Dad never knew he needed. Echo boasts a seven-piece microphone array, 360° omni-directional audio, and voice control through Alexa assistant. This unassuming table-top speaker is also wi-fi enabled, meaning Dad can connect with all his favorite online media and smarthome gadgets completely hands-free. Simply Ask Alexa to stream music, check the score of the game, or turn down the heat. Echo will help your connected Dad stay connected.
Echo is available at amazon.com
Remember that clunky calculator watch Dad got you as a kid? Well, maybe it’s time you returned the favor. Smartwatch design and functionality have taken a serious leap over the past decade as is evident by the success of the Pebble smartwatch ($99.99). Minimalistic designs and customizable watch faces have helped make Pebble a leader in wearable tech. Bluetooth connects the Pebble smartwatch to Dad’s smartphone and then subtly delivers alerts to his wrist. Aside from notifications, Dad can control music, check his calendar, and create reminders. Pebble also pairs with a ton of cool apps like Hive for ecobee to keep Dad connected to more than just his phone. Did we mention it has a battery that lasts for up to 7 days? Now that’s impressive.
Pebble Watch is available at pebble.com
ecobee3 HomeKit-Enabled Wi-fi Thermostat with Room Sensors
Did you know that heating and cooling your home amounts to 50% of your total energy consumption? Don’t let Dad get stuck using energy he doesn’t need. ecobee3 ($249.99) is a wireless thermostat that knows when dad is home and when he’s out so he’s never using energy he doesn’t need. That will save him and his family an average of 23%* annually on heating and cooling. It also comes with room sensors that help deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most. Give Dad the gift of comfort, control and savings. Now that’s smart.
ecobee3 HomeKit-Enabled Wi-Fi Thermostat with Room Sensors is available at ecobee.com
*These savings are calculated by comparing to a hold of 22˚C. For details visit ecobee.com/savings