25 More Cool Tech Gadgets For The Scorching Summer1:30 PM EST Wed. Jul. 03, 2013
Summertime and the living is easy. Whether lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun at the beach or grilling in the backyard, here at CRN, we found 25 more of the coolest tech gadgets to complete the summer. From patriotic iPhone cases for the Fourth of July to solar-powered portable speakers to a talking grilling meat thermometer, we've got you covered.
Keep cool and refreshed from the summer's scorching heat with this Tabletop Misting Fan. This sleek, portable Misting Fan is great by the pool, on the patio, in a workspace or anywhere else for relief from heat. The reservoir fills up to two gallons of water, lasts up to two hours and can cool up to 400 square feet. Instead of fan blades, this Misting Fan has a patented spinning disk, which is safe and provides extreme cooling. With a low noise level and weighing only 18 pounds, this Misting Fan is portable and perfect for being revitalized under the sun's strong rays.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 is a waterproof digital camera that works 40 feet deep underwater. So whether it is used in a pool, lake or ocean, this digital camera will capture all those summertime memories. The Lumix DMC-TS4 is shockproof, weatherproof, freezeproof and waterproof. This resilient digital camera is equipped with a 12.1-megapixel resolution, a 28mm lens, 4.6x optical zoom, and several shutter speeds and ISO settings. The Lumix DMC-TS4 also has a GPS tracking and tagging feature to easily share photos. There is also full 1,920-x-1,080 HD video capture to record adventures. It is charged through a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. This digital camera's extremely tight water protection seals keep it durable to take quality, memorable photographs. The Lumix DMC-TS4 is currently available for $219 in orange, blue and black.
While it won't save a person from drowning, the LifeProof LifeJacket is a thick and durable, waterproof case built for the iPhone 4 and 4s. The case floats, keeping an iPhone from sinking, and it also withstands impact from up to a 30-foot drop. Its bright orange color keeps it highly visible in the water, dirt or snow. All buttons and features still work inside the case, including headphone jack, speaker, mic, and camera and flash. The case is also equipped with a wrist strap. It's available for $39.99.
The Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case (pictured) for the iPhone 5 keeps the phone tightly sealed from an electronic device's worst nightmare, water. It was designed and tested to remain waterproof for up to 9.8 feet while taking pictures, sharing video, controlling volume and charging. The interior of the case features TPE shock-absorbing bumpers, a PET Integrated screen cover and silicone gasket, which seals water out. The exterior is made of polycarbonate and nylon. This case is equipped with a wrist strap and available in a variety of colors. It's available for $69.99.
For the Fourth of July this year, why not accessorize an iPhone in patriotic colors? Zazzle.com, a customized product-creating site features some of the latest designs for this year's Independence Day.
Created by iCarpeDiem, the Lady Liberty Case is perfect for the iPhone 4 and 4s. This Speck Fitted hard-shell case is covered in fabric with a red, white and blue image of Lady Liberty. Or celebrate good 'ole Uncle Sam with another iCarpeDiem iPhone 4 cover. These custom cases are lightweight, durable and allow all access to buttons and feature functions on an iPhone. It's currently available for $47.95.
The Statue of Liberty and American flag are important symbols, and this iPad case features both. This hard, plastic iPad case features the design printed on an easy-to-grip fabric material. It measures 0.71 inches by 7.7 inches by 9.79 inches. It's available for $60.95.
Also, this tablet hardcover case and stand is handcrafted and made from 100 percent Italian suede leather. The 4th of July case is laser-etched onto the leather and features the four Founding Fathers of the U.S.: Theodore Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. It also has the text from the Declaration of Independence document signed in 1776. This unique tablet case is hand-dyed with eco-friendly leather dyes. What's great about this case is that its closing design also operates as a stand. This case can hold iPads, Kindles, Google Nexus, Samsung tablets and more. It can be purchased for $51.53.
For camping out in the woods, this Freeloader Pico Solar Battery Charger will come in handy. This compact and lightweight device will charge small electronic devices. The battery charger utilizes crystalline solar cell and lithium ion battery technology to collect the sun's rays during the day and charge a phone or GPS at night. In just 30 minutes, the device will be charged. The master power cable and four adapters will fit the Nokia Small Pin, Sony Ericcson, Mini USB devices such as BlackBerry, most smartphones, Garmin and many other GPS units or any device supplied with a USB charger. It's currently available for $39.99.
For swimming music lovers, this could easily be your best friend. Swimbuds is a completely 100 percent waterproof pair of headphones. While underwater and swimming, Swimbuds will stay put. Also, with its new 10-inch, extra-short cord, there isn't any need to worry about tangling long cords. These headphones' earbuds are made with comfortable and soft plastic, and the white headphones come in three sizes: small, medium and large. It is currently available for $30.
While water and light are vital for living, this gadget joins the two together. The Solar Powered Water Bottle Cap will turn any standard water bottle (two-inch-wide mouth) like a GSI, Nalgene or Camelback, into a solar-powered lantern. Utilizing four very bright, white LED lights and high-output solar panel charges, this bottle cap creates a lantern.This eco-friendly invention is weatherproof and has a daylight sensor that turns it off automatically. It is perfect for camping. It's available for $19.99 (water bottle not included).
The summer calls for outdoor adventures and what better way to capture these moments? The Action Shot camera can be attached to any skateboard, helmet or bike. This camera shoots full HD 1,280-by-720 HD video at 30 seconds per frame, and in standard definition (640-by-480 resolution) it will take 60 frames per second. The Action Shot HD camera has a rechargeable lithium polymer battery. It is equipped with a helmet mount, adhesive mounts and a Click & Grip protective mounting case, 2 GB Micro SD memory card, mini USB to USB connector and charger. A waterproof case can be attatched to capture underwater footage up to 10 feet. It's available for $99.99.
While on the go, music can help keep focus.The Klipsch All-Weather S4i Rugged Headphones will function through extreme sports or weather. The earbuds are equipped with rubber moldings to keep them resistant from moisture and damage. The large three-button remote allows for easy control to transition between music and a phone call. It is available for $99.99 in orange, yellow, blue or red.
For underwater adventures or in arid climates, this water-, shock- and dust-proof camcorder will capture sharp, brilliant pictures. The Samsung W300 films in 1,920-by-1,080p Full HD and can be used in up to three meters of water. Featured is a 29.6-mm wide-angle lens, built-in USB for charging and transferring files to a computer, and it only weighs 0.3 pounds. It's available in black, red, or orange for $159.99.
At first glance, the Dyson Bladeless Fanlooks nothing like a fan. This innovative fan provides smooth airflow that is perfect for the summer. With no spinning blades, it is completely safe to have around kids and also easy to clean. While conventional fans have a couple of settings, the Dyson fan allows the adjustment of airflow to suit your preference. It is priced at $329.99.
BugZooka may sound intimidating but, in fact, is quite harmless to little critters. BugZooka won't zap away bugs; instead, this vacuum machine will suck insects up to move them to another location. There is an "easy to compress bellow" that instantly vacuums up bugs without batteries or electricity. The bugs are captured in the removable catch tube with the push of a button. This gadget is a great tool for kids too. BugZooka keeps the bugs away and relocates them without having to touch or kill them. BugZooka is available for $24.99.
While this speaker is tiny and compact, its size doesn't depict the high-quality sound this mini-speaker delivers. The HDMX Jam connects wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, laptops and tablets up to 30 feet away. The rechargeable speaker uses a lithium-ion battery and works up to four hours. The HDMX Jam is available in different metallic colors, including red, orange, green, blue, purple and silver, for $49.99.
During long walks on the beach or night-time runs, this gadget is perfect for tracking burned calories. The Tractivity will track any physical activity, including distances walked, calories burned, dancing or gardening. The Tractivity Bundle includes the devices needed to track activities, such as the wearable Sensor, Lace Holder, an Ankle Band and a first-year membership to Tractivity Online. Tractivity Online is a web app that displays activity history and allows the managing and setting of personal health goals. It goes for $39.95.
Pressing ctrl + O is a favorite shortcut that will open up the last file viewed, however it's different in this case. Instead, Ctrl + O's task is to open up a bottle of refreshing beer. Created by Art.Lebedev Studio, this is one convenient and geeky gift for the summer. Price available upon request.
To keep summer beverages cold, there is the Tjiller. This drink-cooling cozy is made from a hard polystyrene outer shell that insulates an inner layer of patented gel. The aluminum coating will release the cold from the gel very slowly, which is the reason for its ability to keep drinks cold for a long period of time. The Wine Tjiller can keep a drink cold for up to nine hours. While most coolers give off condensation, the Tjiller has zero condensation. Currently, the Tjiller is available for $13, and the Wine Tjiller is available for $20.
This lawn mower is different than the rest. Instead of running on electrical power or gas, the Neuton CE5 Grass Mower utilizes a rechargeable battery. There is no arm-pulling start, exhaust fumes, loud noise or vibration. The CE5 is easy to push and is quieter than a traditional lawn mower. The push of a button starts it, and it can mow a third of an acre for up to one hour on a single charge. This cordless lawnmower's lightweight design makes maneuvering in compact areas easy. The CE5 is a great eco-friendly tool in cleaning up the yard. Included is a rear grass collection bag, mulching plug, 240 watt-hour battery and battery charger. Originally priced at $399.99, it is currently available for $299.99.
Geocaching is a great outdoor activity for families and their children to locate the hidden geocache. Using GPS-enabled devices, it becomes an outdoor treasure-hunting game to navigate sets of GPS coordinates. The Geocache Geomate.jr is a kid-friendly, rugged device that will let the young ones navigate. By simply switching it on, there are 250,000 preloaded geocache locations in 50 of the U.S. states. Geomate.jr will provide access to nearby caches without Internet connection or typing in the coordinates. This navigational tool is equipped with a GPS compass and displays latitude, longitude and height. It is priced at $69.99.
When on the beach, in your backyard or in the woods, music can set the mood and Devotec Solar Sound Speakers are the perfect item. These portable speakers bring around and provide ample deep sound. What's great about Solar Sound is its solar paneling that can charge the speakers. Bluetooth is also included to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as the iPhone 3.0 and up. There is also a 3.5-mm connector for music sources without Bluetooth. Weighing at just 320 grams, less than a pound, these lightweight speakers are best for traveling. Currently available for $99.99.
Summertime means celebrations, and sometimes imbibing in alcoholic beverages. Before driving home, the Kisai Intoxicated Breathalayzer Watch will make sure you aren't too intoxicated to drive. This device will test the blood alcohol content (BAC) and display the 10 different levels of BAC. A green display of 0.00 percent means you're sober, a yellow display shows between 0.41 and 0.60 percent meaning you're buzzed, and a red display of 0.61 percent and above means you're drunk. To use, just open the sensor cap, press the alcohol button to start the test, and then blow for five seconds to see the watch's reading. It is currently available for $149.
When grilling for the Fourth of July, make the job easier with GrillAlert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer. This device will help you to kick back and relax while the meat is cooking. By simply selecting the meat type, the preferred cooking temperature and inserting the stainless steel probes into the center of any kind of meat, the remote meat thermometer will keep an eye on the grilling, making sure the meat is grilled to your liking. Once finished grilling, a voice prompt from the included belt clip will alert you when it is almost ready or done. The belt clip has a range of 300 feet and even has a display backlight for grilling at night. The backlit digital screen shows the preferred cooking temperature, current temperature and target temperature. The GrillAlert Talking Remote Meat Thermometer uses two AA batteries and the transmitter uses two AAA batteries. It is currently available for $69.99.
Instead of watching movies inside, bring them outdoors with the Outdoor Entertainment Gear Super Projection Screen. This giant 132-inch screen is made from strong Oxford nylon reflection material. The removable black backside closes off surrounding light and detaches for rear projection. Easy to set up, this projection screen clips into place and is tightened with straps for a secure, smooth screen. This screen also can be used indoors. The projector isn't included. It is currently available for $320.99.
Summertime movies and homemade films deserve to be on a giant screen. The Brookstone Pocket Projector Slim is a complementary answer to a midsummer night's dream. This pocket-sized projector is compact and portable. With a 25-lumen LED lamp, this projector will project images up to 60 inches diagonal and can run for three-and-a-half hours on a single charge. It has built-in speakers and a power-adjustable focus. Additional speakers can be attached via the 3.-5mm audio-out jack to provide ample sound. This device connects via HDMI cable to many smartphones, tablets, computers, video players and cameras. It is currently available for $229.99.
This Ecase Waterproof Case for tablet and e-Readers is perfect for summertime reading, whether you are by the pool, at the beach or hiking in the rain. This protective case is waterproof and fits the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0, Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite so you can keep your device protected wherever you are. Priced at $29.95.