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This Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. That’s right folks, it’s here again, and you only have three days to pick up the tackiest socks you can find and shove them in a carrier bag. But why not treat the old boy for a change and give him something he really wants? A gadget that’s bigger, more expensive and more dangerous than anything his friends will have.
To offer a few suggestions, The Hour was joined by Mark Coia, manager of gadget store RED5 in Glasgow and all-round gadget expert, who revealed some of the most exciting lad’s gadgets on the market. Whether it’s spying on the neighbours or bringing your office space to life, he’s got the perfect gift for you.
For starters, how about the Silverlit Helicopter Spy Cam 3? This is exactly what it sounds like: a helicopter with a camera attached to the front. Not only can you film your flight, but you can also take still images from up in the air. So stick on Flight of the Valkyries and head out into the garden. It costs £70, but the £35 U6 Pro Gyro Helicopter is also available as a cheaper option.
Or does your dad prefer to fly by magic carpet? Why not let him pretend he’s Dumbledore for the day and buy him the Wand Remote Control. Dismiss your old TV remote; by harnessing the power of magic you can change channel, pump up the volume or skip to your favourite track with a flick of your wrist. No knowledge of Latin necessary, wand available for £45.
Another one for the keen magicians out there is the £4 Mystifier. This simple-to-learn trick gives the illusion of floating a playing card between your hands.
Or for something more practical, the Vibe Watch costs just £30. By attaching various different coloured parts you can entirely customise a watch, just for your dad.
For the office-bound father the Perpendum may be just the thing. This device, also known as the Swinging Sticks, recently shot to fame after it featured in Iron Man 2 and works by harnessing the power of perpetual motion… with a little help from 4 x AA batteries. It’ll keep swinging for three years, but even Tony Stark is unlikely to spend £300 on it.
At £12, the Black Magic Playing Cards are a little bit more reasonable, but could add a touch of the macabre to your old man’s weekly poker game. These ghoulish cards are made from black holographic vinyl, causing the patterns to shift and twist before your very eyes, but unfortunately they’re unlikely to shift into a Royal Flush any time soon.