Growing up, did you have that friend whose Dad was always the first to have the newest gadgets? Of course you did. The Dad who had his own TV room with a remote that he, purposely, was the only one with the ability to operate? The Dad who would be damned if his family wasn’t the first one with high-speed internet? Well, I decided years ago I was going to be that Dad. Tech Dad. However rather than tackling it all at once, I figured I’d learn the tech stuff now and push the whole, you know…becoming a dad, thing back a few years…or 10.
As I’ve been pursuing my Tech Dad dream, one day I thought to myself What would Tech Dad’s holy grail be? Bluetooth fanny pack? Watching the Masters in 4D? Buying a robot clone to clean the gutters and make love to not-Tech Mom when you’re too tired lazy? All brilliant, I admit (of course I admit) but not as awesome as winning Electronic House’s “Home of the Year” Award.
I started checking out the site a few years back the first time I installed someone’s home A/V system on my ownsome. You see, Tech Dad isn’t just satisfied with having a TV and some speakers. Any dad can attain that. Shoot, even I have a decent TV and some speakers. Tech Dad takes it a step further. When Tech Dad presses a button, your head darts around the room because you have no idea what’s going to happen or where. Home of the Year is the Westminster show of Tech Dads taking it a step further. Because not every Tech Dad brings home the same amount of bacon, there are categories based on how much spent on the set up. You’ll find everything from hidden flat screens that rise out of granite kitchen countertops, jaw-dropping movie rooms, and lots and lots of touch screens. So. Many. Touchscreens. Some Tech Dads take really modern, minimalist approaches to a home entertainment system; recessed controls, TV’s disguised as mirrors, and hidden speakers. Others will turn a room into the Starship Enterprise. The key is for Tech Dad to use his imagination and do whatever fits his family’s personality. I’ll let you check the site to see who the winner was, but for now, check out some photos below.
My journey to becoming Tech Dad is far from complete. There’s still much to learn and much more to earn if I ever want to hang with the big boys one day. Then again, I could also save that money, invest it in relatively safe securities for the sake of my children’s fut….nahhh.