Drones can be very tricky to fly but they are lots of fun to watch for kids. We think a drone makes a awesome tech gift for dads which can be enjoyed by the wholefamily. We like the Parrot AR Drone with a built in HD 720p camera which allows you to take photos and video. The drone is controlled using your smart phone /tablet via WiFi and comes with The Absolute Control piloting mode, making it easier for beginners to start using the drone. (Trust me, flying a drone takes skill!) Parrot also have a range of kid-friendly programmable mini drones,which we've tried with our kids. For the more geeky dads there's the option tohack your Parrot AR Drone - see The Node Copter Hacker Guide
2. Robotics Kit - MakeBlock Robotic Kits
We're big fans of the MakeBlock mBot Robot for kids. they make fab robotics components for hobbyists and makers too.The Makeblock mDrawBot would make a fantastic parent-child project for Dads who would like to get into robotics or would like to share their existing knowledge with their kids.mDrawBot is the world's most fully-featured four-in-one drawing robot. It can be assembled into 4 different configurations: mScara, mSpider, mEggBot, and mCar. The mDrawBot can make four different designs including a 2d drawing bot and an egg decorating bot. It's Arduino compatible so Dad's and kids will be able to develop useful skills or use their existing knowledge.
3. CyclingGadget - Garmin 810 Edge
The Garmin 810 Edge Bike Computer will be a winner for any cycling mad dad. The Garmin is a comprehensive performance monitoring gadget, measuring everything from speed, distance, time, elevation, heart rate cadence, power and location.We like the fact that Dads can work out routes with the kids for family cyclerides and track their performance. The Edge 810 is compatible with optional detailed street or Ordnance Survey maps, so it can guide your ride making navigationmuch easier and interesting for kids too. The Garmin will also connect withCycling Apps like Strava to track your performance and connect with otherscycle rides.
4. Tech Toy -Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid
We couldn't have a techie gift list for dads without including the adorable robot from Star Wars. The BB-8 droid by Sphero is a spherical, app-driven robot offering a lot of play and fun value for dads and their kids. Not only can the BB-8 spin around your house controlled by your smart phone and scare the family pets, a recent update to the BB-8 app, let's the droid watch The Force Awakens with you. The BB-8 can listen and respond to your voice and had an adaptive personality which evolves as you interact with it. At CES 2016, we also spotteda proto type for the BB-8 Forceband which will apparently allow you to control your BB-8 Sphero with gesture technology. In our minds, Sphero BB-8 is a super cool toy which Star War fan dads will love.
5. Retro Game- LEGO Dimensions
LEGO Dimensions makes a fantastic tech Dad gift. It's a video game with LEGO figureadd-ons that unlock extra in-game content. It has lots of different franchises,many of them will appeal to kids but there are some very parent-friendly ones too. LEGO Dimensions is a great way for Dads to introduce their kids to Portaland the classic Midway Arcade games (these are an important part of a modernkid's upbringing!) And there are plenty of franchises with cross-over appeal suchas Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Jurassic World, Lord of the Rings and Ghostbusters. It's great for family play - kids can drop in and out to help Dadout. You can read our review of LEGO Dimensions for more details.