Now that summer is in full swing, chances are you're spending time near a beach, in a pool or at a cottage or campground. So, why shouldn't your gear go wherever you go?
While technology and the Great Outdoors might not seem like a good mix, choosing the right gear could in fact supersize your summer fun – especially if they’re waterproof.
Water-friendly tech means you can bring them wherever the fun is and without fear of damage. They’re also ideal in case of an unexpected sun shower. Or perhaps if you’re worried about sweating while wearing a portable electronic device?
And so the following is a snapshot of a few wet n' wild tech toys to consider.
Just because you’re swimming doesn’t mean you need to be without your favorite tunes.
As the name suggests, Monster’s SuperStar BackFloat ($149.95) is a floating wireless speaker to use in the pool, at the beach, in the shower or bath, or even while river rafting and inner-tubing.
Available in black with neon blue or green highlights, this water- and shock-resistant speaker connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth, and delivers loud and clear sound with its stereo speakers pointing up while floating on its back. Of course it works with other audio on your phone or tablet, too, such as audiobooks and podcasts.
Chat hands-free while lying on your inflatable pool lounger, as the speaker turns into a speaker phone should a call come in.
As Fitbit’s top-of-the-line activity tracker, the Fitbit Charge HR ($149.99) helps you stay informed and motivated while being active. This wearable lets you set a daily goal – such as a certain number of steps taken, distance traveled or calories burned – and the lightweight and water-resistant wristbands keeps track of your daily progress. As the name suggests, the Fitbit Charge HR can also read your heartrate.
Along with info displayed on the device’s small screen, it wirelessly syncs with your phone or tablet (Apple or Android) to see how well you’re doing with colorful charts, graphs and helpful historical data. Plus, you can earn trophies and other feel-good rewards for reaching milestones, such as 10,000 steps in one day.
Along with an option to track your food and drink intake by scanning a barcode or typing in info via the Fitbit app, there’s also a sleep mode that tells you if you woke up, when and for how long, and a vibrating alarm to get you out of bed without disturbing your significant other.
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Available this summer through Verizon, Sony’s Xperia Z4v (price is TDB) is a stunningly slender 5.2-inch waterproof phone.
Unlike previous waterproof Xperia models, the Z4v boasts a “capless” design, therefore there’s no flap to open for access to the USB port.
This Android device houses high-end cameras – a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera and 5-megapixel front-facing “selfie” camera (each with a 25mm wide-angle lens) – plus your photos and videos will shine on the first-ever phone with WQHD (2560x1440) resolution and Triluminous technology.
Along with a powerful 3,000 mAh battery, there’s support for high-resolution audio and PS4 Remote Play to remotely access your PlayStation 4 games on your phone while at home.
You no doubt know about selfie sticks (if not, read this), but you might not be aware the original is called a Quik Pod. Along with models designed for smartphones and traditional cameras (point-and-shoot and interchangeable lens models), the Quik Pod Sport ($59.95) is a light and durable monopod best used with POV (point of view) cameras like the Go Pro and Sony Action Cam.
Extend it from just 14 inches to up to 38 inches, and use it to capture photos and videos comfortably, and with stability, regardless of your summer outdoor adventures.
The Quik Pod Sport is impervious to sand and saltwater, fits in all backpacks and has a multifunctional head assembly to allow for a variety of angles to position and lock your camera. Used the built-in selfie mirror to see yourself before you snap the photo or record video.
Included with the Quik Pod Sport is a quick release adapter, sure-grip rubberized handle, hiking clip, waterproof lanyard, silicone tether to attach to the camera, tightening tool, and carry bag.
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If you’d rather protect your existing phone before you engage in watersports, you might consider the LifeBox Rugged Protection Case ($69.99) for Samsung Galaxy and iPhone. Its IP68 rating means it’s fully submersible in water at a depth of up to 6.6 feet (roughly 2 meters), for up to an hour, plus it’s also drop-proof (up to 6.6 feet), dust- and dirt-proof, and freeze-proof, too -- just in case you want to take it along with you on a skiing, snowboarding or skating excursion this winter.
The rubber bumpers and hard polycarbonate shell help to protect your investment, but be aware it does add some bulk to it.
While fully encasing the phone and its ports, you’ll have full access to the screen, camera, speaker, and buttons. The LifeBox Rugged Protection Case is available in white, black, green, purple or dark red, and includes a holster, armband, headset jack cover, and headset adapter.
Just because you're relaxing in your outdoor hot tub on a summer evening doesn't mean you need to miss your favorite television shows.
The extra bright SunBriteTV outdoor LED televisions – from $1,495 for the 32-inch Signature Series model all the way up to $7,695 for the 65-inch television – features an all-weather exterior that protects internal components from rain, dirt and insects, along with a quad-fan airflow system that keeps the television cool and dry (in temperatures up 122 degrees Fahrenheit or as cold as -40 degrees Fahrenheit).
The cable entry system is also waterproof in order to keep the cords dry, along with the wireless remote and optional stainless steel wall mount. Along with two HDMI ports, these slender LED TVs feature top-of-the-line 1080p HD resolution, fast refresh rates to smooth out fast motion and optional 20-watt weatherproof speakers. A premium outdoor dust cover is also included.
Whether you want to lounge around the pool, on a beach or in your hotel’s heart-shaped Jacuzzi, this new Kobo is IP67-certified, meaning it can remain underwater as deep as 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. The anti-glare e-ink screen can be read clearly in bright sunlight, or take advantage of the integrated light to read while curled up in bed (without bothering your partner by turning on a bedside lamp).
The Kobo eBookstore features more than 4 million titles, plus you can borrow ebooks for free from your local library. Battery life lasts tops 2 months between charges.
Yahoo Shopping readers, which one of these devices would you like to have this summer? Let us know in the comments below.