My Top 5 Summertime Tech Toys

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Summertime is in full swing here in the northern hemisphere, and that means it’s time to be outdoors.  As tech enthusiasts, we know that not all of our beloved gadgets fare well in these situations, but there are a few that can definitely stand up to the sun, sand, water, and other minor abuses of summer.

Speaking of water, the Scuba Series HD 720p Wide Angle mask lets you take still images and video as you swim around in the clear waters of a tropical resort.  Featuring a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor, this set of goggles allows you to shoot still images at 2560×1920, and 720p video at up to 30 frames per second.  The suggested retail price is $350, but you can find it cheaper on some retailer websites, and the company – Liquid Image – also offers cheaper versions with less features.

If you want a rugged camera that you can use out of the water as well as in (with an optional case), then you can’t go wrong with the GoPro Hero HD 2.  There are three different kit options for this camera, each retailing for $300, that are designed for outdoor, motorsports or surfing.  This little camera can shoot up to 1080p at a whopping 120 frames per second, or still photos at 11 megapixels.  We found this to be one of the best outdoor cameras ever when we tested it, and I highly recommend it.

If you’d rather kick back and relax during your time at the beach, then the Kindle line of e-readers may be right up your alley.  Thanks to the use of e-ink displays (as opposed to the LCD screens you find in most tablets), these devices are as easy to read in sunlight as ordinary paper.  There are many models to fit your budget and range from $79 to $149.

Grilling in the evenings is a favorite past time in the United States during the summer, but being able to see what you’re doing can be a pain.  Instead of asking someone to hold a flashlight for you, the Grilling Tool Light is a winner at just $15.  Thanks to a magnet in its base, the light can attach to just about any grilling implement and give you light exactly where you need it.  And when you aren’t grilling, imagine the other places you could put it when you need lighting in a pinch.

And while you’re outside cooking up those steaks with your handy Grilling Tool Light, you probably don’t want to get eaten up by mosquitos. That’s where a gadget like the InaTrap Electronic Insect Killer comes in handy.  This rechargeable gizmo retails for $90 and can lure mosquitos to their death either using an LED bulb that produces minute amounts of CO2, or by using hand lotion to simulate a human scent.  The device also features a fairly attractive design, and is definitely better to look at then the traditional bug zappers.

Just because you spend more time outside over the summer months doesn’t mean you can’t bring your love of gadgets along with you. See you at the beach.

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