Ten... Father's Day gifts
Delights for daddy-o
There's no need to explain the usefulness of a decent satnav to a map-dependent driver such as my dad. Buying him one of these for his journeys would make his visits up to London a less stressful ride, and with fewer distress calls it would be peaceful time for the both of us.
The Navman Panoramic means he wouldn't need to squint at the display either, as this one boasts a 7in wonder screen which looks pretty crisp with its resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with a windscreen mounting bracket too to keep the monster in place.
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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0
Remote controlled vehicles are a popular choice on Father's Day, but if you really want to impress and take things up a notch from the more inexpensive likes of the Griffin Help TC Assault, then the second-gen version of Parrot's AR.Drone is the one to do it.
The quadricoptor has made a lot of noise lately, in the literal sense as well as the social, buzzing through my neighbourhood while being chased down the street by a madman tilting a smartphone. The chopper packs two cameras and records in HD straight to a handset over the Wi-Fi connection used to pair the devices. There'll soon be a bunch of augmented reality games that'll add to the excitement too.
It takes some getting used to - I can imagine my dad spinning out over the tilt controls - but once familiarised and set up to suit, the AR.Drone 2.0 would make every father flip-tricking happy. We'll take a look at this one deeper in the not too distant, but for now I'll just say, if the outlay isn't an issue, it's a worthy way to spend the afternoon, even if the battery lasts a mere 15 minutes at best. Buy spares.
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