Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide 2016: For the fathers who enjoy connected homes

Father’s Day falls on June 19th this year and is a celebration honoring fatherhood. I’ve learned how to use my hands, how to problem solve, and how to be a better person from my father. He always taught me to try my best and to treat others with respect.

It’s time we pay respect to our fathers this June 19th. While we can continue to get Dad a tie, socks, or other things that are practical, why not get him something he really wants like tech gear. He’s spent his life making sacrifices for you, so why not return the favor just this one day out of the year.

Today’s Father’s Day gift guide will focus on the fathers who love to have a smart home.

Blossom – Smart sprinkler controller (starts at $99 at Blossom)


We waste up to 50% of irrigation water. Blossom programs itself with the right watering schedule for your lawn, so you can put an end to over-watering. Let’s stop wasting water and money.

Blossom uses real-time local weather data and satellites to automatically personalize your watering plan. It’s your weather, your plan.

Up to half of the water used in irrigation can be wasted. Over-watering doesn’t just hurt your plants, it hurts your wallet. Start saving up to 30% today and let Blossom pay for itself. Conserve water, save money.

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller – Prices $199.99 for the eight zone, $249.99 for the 16 zone system at Amazon, Rachio, and Home Depot

  • Instantly take control from anywhere. Rachio gives you complete access to adjust your sprinkler system from your Android, iOS and laptop devices
  • Schedules itself. Waters automatically based on past, present and future weather plus real-time and forecast rain delays. No need to worry about updating schedules
  • Saves you water and money. EPA WaterSense certified smart watering, including automatic rain delays, can save users over 50% of their outdoor water use. Plus, eligible for rebate options up to 100% of retail value
  • Most connected sprinkler controller. Works with Nest Partner. Integrates with other top tier home automation systems for expanded functionality
  • Easy installation. Replace your current controller within 30 minutes. Works with any sprinkler system up to 8 zones, with no special tools or expertise required, and connects with your home Wi-Fi.


eero – Blanket your home in fast and reliable Wifi (Starting at $199 at eero, at $199 at Amazon)


No more buffering. No more dead zones.

eero is the world’s first home WiFi system. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot of your house. It’s simple to set up. Easy to manage. And gets better over time with new features and improved performance. Stream video, get work done, or swipe right in any room — not just next to your router. Finally. WiFi that actually works.

  • No tech support needed: Dad won’t have to go crawling around on the floor or down the basement to reset the internet, while the kids gripe about the Wifi

  • Entertainment throughout the house: Whether Dad enjoys gardening, working in the garage, or hanging in the den, eero ensures his music, videos, and web browsing are reliable and fast anywhere in the home (or outside!)

August Smart Lock – $229.99 at Amazon

  • Your smartphone is now a smart key-and more
  • Lock and unlock your door with your smartphone
  • Control who has access and when, from anywhere
  • Know who enters/exits with 24/7 activity log
  • Compatible with most standard deadbolts

Amazon Echo$179.99 at Amazon

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills–over 900 added since launch, including Domino’s and Uber

Nest Learning Thermostat – $249 at Amazon, $249 from the Google Store

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  • Auto-Schedule. No more programming. The Nest Thermostat learns from you and programs itself.
  • Auto-Away. Don’t heat or cool an empty home. Auto-Away adjusts the temperature after you leave.
  • Remote control. With the Nest app, you can change the temperature, check Energy History and get an alert if your home is too hot or cold.
  • Energy History. Know more, save more. Check your Energy History to see how much energy you use and why.

Logitech Harmony Elite – $349.99 at Logitech, $245 at Amazon


Streamline your life with intuitive, integrated control of both home entertainment and home control devices.

– Change channels, adjust volume, fast-forward, or rewind using gestures on the bright 2.4” touchscreen.
– Easily find the right button, even in the dark, with motion-activated, backlit controls.
– Keep your eyes on your entertainment, not your remote, with vibration feedback.
– Customize the dedicated media playback, cable/satellite, and DVR controls to your preferences.
– Control and adjust smart home devices with dedicated controls.

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell – $195.00 at Amazon, $199 at Ring


  • See and speak with visitors using your smartphone or tablet, whether you’re upstairs or across town.
  • Alerts and live video triggered by motion detection or ringing the doorbell.
  • Has built-in night vision.
  • Quick and easy setup – mount and sync to your personal Wi-Fi network in minutes.
  • Dual powered: Use built-in rechargeable battery or existing doorbell wiring.

ilumi Dimmable A19 Bluetooth LED Smart Bulb – $59.99 at Amazon and at ilumi

  • Amazing built-in Lighting programs to experience the perfect light for every occasion
  • Convenient individual & group control to turn your lights on/off or change the Color and brightness from your phone or tablet
  • Simple setup – screws in like a regular light bulb and is perfect for a bedside lamp or everyday fixtures
  • Extremely energy efficient and lasts up to 20 years
  • Best in Class brightness powered by Hyper Lux LED technology

Kuna Outdoor Home Security Camera & Light – $199 at Amazon


  • HD live video feed – see what’s happening outside your home, day or night
  • Two-way intercom – safely hear and talk to people outside your home anytime
  • Activity alerts – receive actionable notifications on your mobile device
  • Outdoor siren – manually deter unwanted visitors with a 100+ decibel siren
  • DIY easy install – 15 min setup, no wires, and no need to replace batteries

Awair: Smart Air Quality Monitor with LED display – $199 at Amazon


  • Measures Temperature, Humidity, CO2, VOCs and Fine Dust (PM2.5, PM10)
  • Offers insights based on your preferences – allergy, sleep, or productivity
  • Gives personalized tips and solutions, including content from the Mayo Clinic
  • LED display, hassle free setup and updates
  • iPhone iOS (8 or later), Android (Jelly Bean 4.3 or later)

Sense with Sleep Pill – $129 at Amazon, $99 at Hello


  • Sleep Sounds – Play one of several calming ambient sounds that can help you drift peacefully off to sleep, and mask disruptive noise during the night.
  • Sleep Monitor – Improve your sleep and learn how the environment of your bedroom can affect the quality of your rest.
  • Smart Alarm – Wake up feeling great, not groggy, while you’re in the lightest part of your sleep cycle, but always by your set time.
  • Nothing to wear or charge – Your sleep patterns are invisibly tracked by the Sleep Pill that comes with your Sense. You don’t need to remember anything except to just sleep.
  • Advanced sensors – See how light, sound, temperature, humidity, air quality, and more affect your rest.
  • Sleep Sounds – Play one of several calming ambient sounds that can help you drift peacefully off to sleep, and mask disruptive noise during the night
  • Smart Alarm – Wakes you up during the lightest part of your sleep cycle, but always by your set time. Wake up feeling great, not groggy.
  • Nothing to wear or charge – Track your sleep without needing to wear, charge, or press anything. All you need to do is sleep.

abode Connected Home Security & Automation Starter Kit – $399 at Amazon, $50 off using discount code ANDROIDGUYS at abode (on sale at $359)


  • The first professional-grade, self-installable total home security solution with no contracts
  • Powerful home automation capabilities, allows you to control your home from anywhere in the world
  • Easy to use – free iOS, Android apps, free self monitoring, moves with you and with no contracts
  • Optional professional home alarm monitoring, when you need it in 3-day, 7-day, or monthly plans
  • True security with night vision, battery backup, cellular backup, and fully encrypted services


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