Does your beloved dad love gadgets and big boys’ toys? What dad doesn’t? Treat him to some of these hot, new tech gifts this Father’s Day on Sunday, September 7, and you’re bound to achieve favourite-child status. Here, in SHESAID’S second of a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, we show you how to shop the latest tech stuff for your dad like a boss.
Work it, baby: Help your dad get his groove on while he works up a sweat with the Bose SIE2 Sports In-Ear Headphones, $149. They’re specifically engineered for exercise, so are sweat and weather-resistant. In addition, the headphones will stay comfortably, yet securely in place, and deliver robust Bose sound to keep dad energised. Go dad, go! Find these at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.
Movie night: If your dad’s a move buff, he’ll dig seeing three of MGM’s signature films Rocky, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and RoboCop (pictured), meticulously re-mastered and now presented on Blu-ray for a high-def home viewing experience. Just add beer and popcorn, and your dad will be in heaven! Find these babies at JB Hi-Fi, at $15.98 each. Visit www.jbhifi.com.au for your nearest store.
Action hero: JOBY has launched two adaptable mini tripods enabling active dads to get creative with their compact digital gear: the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic, $14.95, and JOBY MPod Mini Stand (pictured), $18.95. The JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic is a mini-tripod with magnetic feet which secures to all types of metallic objects, designed for point-and-shoot and action video cameras. Meanwhile, also mini in size, but said to be mighty in practicality, the JOBY MPod Mini Stand fits most smartphones, making it easy to set up a steady shot. For stockists, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness junkie: Fitness freaks will dig the Dick Smith Life Trak Move 300 Act Tracker, $79.98, a wearable tracker that is said to be unique, stylish and accurate. Your dad’s activity progress can be displayed graphically by hour, day, week or workout. What’s more, it can connect and sync to compatible smartphones. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.
What’s on da box: Does your dad dream of a big-screen TV? Make his dreams a reality with this 32″ HD LED TV which also features a built-in DVD Player, PVR function for recording Digital TV and more. At $349, you may need to rope in a sibling or two to share the cost. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.
Time traveller: If your dad is a watch aficionado, he’ll be chuffed with these Melbourne Watch Company beauties: the Flinders, $549 (pictured below), and the Hawthorn (pictured at top), from $395. Named after Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station, the Flinders exudes simple elegance and versatility. Meanwhile, the Hawthorn is aimed at bridging the gap between dress and sports styles and is available in a black, tan or steel strap. Visit www.melbournewatch.com.au.
We love any technology that helps women protect themselves, so we were really excited to hear about a new app – created by an Australian grandfather! – called GotU, which is the new essential app for all women.
GotU turns the table of attackers by capturing and transmitting photographic evidence of any threat or attack, within seconds to only the user’s chosen trusted recipients. The message received includes a tamperproof image of the situation, a map and GPS co-ordinates, date, time and other data.
And it couldn’t be easier to use. Just one touch, and the photo and data are recorded and sent.
GotU was conceived by Keith Jolly, a 72-year-old semi-retired IT professional, and a grandfather of five from rural New South Wales. In 2011 he and his wife witnessed an assault on a Sydney train. As the attack took place in front of horrified passengers, Mr Jolly realised he needed an app on his smartphone that immediately transmitted evidence of a crime to secure locations, before any offender had time to take or destroy his phone, and without becoming a target himself.
Mr. Jolly said GotU is also intended to record, and potentially deter other harmful incidents. These include alcohol induced violence, bullying, sexual harassment, workplace and campus harassment and assault, taxi violence, racial crime, stalking, abduction, rape, mistreatment of the elderly and disabled, assault and institutional persecution. GotU can also be a useful tool for witnessing violations of restraining orders and AVOs.
We think GotU is an essential app for any smartphone user, and at only $1.99, it’s a no-brainer. Download it for yourself, your kids, or gift a friend.
Mr Jolly and his colleagues are donating a percentage of proceeds to global anti-violence organisations. GotU is not an alternative to calling the emergency services but an app Mr Jolly says he wished he had had on his smartphone that day on the train in 2011.
GotU was launched globally to coincide with the UN’s 16 Days of activism against gender violence, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. According to the World Health Organisation’s first global study into the prevalence of violence against women released in July, nearly 30% of women globally have suffered sexual and/or physical violence, often at hands of their partner.
Visit www.gotutech.com to download the app now.