10 Gadgets Dad Needs for Father's Day
The Diaper Dude
Price: $60 to $114
There's a preconceived and untrue notion floating around the parentsphere about fathers not wanting to chip in with diaper duty. It's patently untrue: They'll do their part, but they don't want to be saddled with a plastic Elmo-covered sack or a tote bag that looks like it's fresh from a PBS telethon or James Taylor night at Tanglewood. The Diaper Dude eliminates those aesthetic unpleasantries by disguising a diaper bag as an everyday messenger bag. Size and features vary, but the price tag's a small one to pay to convince the world you're ready to peddle out on your fixed-gear when the reality's far more filthy.
Apple TV or Roku 2 XS
Has your dad maybe gifted you a year of Netflix(NFLX) or Hulu Plus here or there? Maybe he's just the sort of guy who likes to grumble at his cable bill when he's not chasing kids off the lawn or yelling at passing clouds. Do him a favor: Help him cut the cord with either of these products. If dad's an Apple fanboy, Apple TV will let him stream Netflix, Hulu, YouTube(GOOG) and Vimeo content and access content from his iTunes account all while using his iPhone as a remote. If he's not down with Apple, the Roku 2 XS comes in a much smaller package that gives dad access to all of the above plus Amazon(AMZN) Prime movies and television shows, a motion-control gaming remote and a free version of Angry Birds. The monthly savings from cutting the cable bill would have been generous enough.