June 2, 2017
June is here and with it comes the start of summer. Traffic will be lighter, fireworks will be primed for Independence Day, and countless pool and beach days will try to draw your attention away from the office for a long weekend. To help you get the most out of summer, we’ve identified a few newer summer gadgets and tech to ensure you have fun both outdoors and indoors.
If you're looking for something a bit more specific, you can also check out our new guide to e-rides and e-bikes.
Hiking, running, swimming, biking… the TomTom Adventurer GPS watch will allow you to track all of your latest fitness driven endeavors all without the need for your phone. Not only can you track most sporting activities, the watch has built in media storage and bluetooth connectivity so you can listen to your music along the way. It’s priced at just under $300.
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Tired of picking the wrong club? Perhaps you have issues finding the ball after teeing off? The Arccos 360 Golf Tracking System may just do the trick. With built in sensors for tracking, this system will help you get a few strokes off your game, and probably won’t go all Mr Meeseeks on you in the process. Arccos is priced at $260.
You love pizza, your friends love pizza, even this lactose intolerant reporter loves pizza. But why must we settle for iffy delivery or something you pop in the oven when true pizza requires that wood fired flavor. Fortunately there is now a portable wood fire oven, Uuni, that allows you to torch a pizza in 60 seconds and is priced at $300.
Independence Day is right around the corner, and if you live in a state where fireworks are legal, you are likely all too familiar with how bright the night’s sky will become. Down here in South Carolina people really love their backyard firework shows, many simply spending an excess amount of money on the largest units consumers can buy. Unfortunately most of those shows still require someone to set them off one-by-one, that is unless they get a firework controller such as Firefly. Priced at $225, the FireFly controller lets you connect up to 15 firework sets, can be timed to go off alongside music, and is remotely controlled through an app.
Thanks to the magic of global warming, some days during the summer are simply too hot to spend outdoors. Fortunately, hot or not, it’s also just another excuse to share a glass of wine with good friends. Kuvée is a smart wine bottle that allows your open bottles to last up to 30 days, aerates the wine, gives you food pairing suggestions, and helps you to pick your next case based on your preferences. Think of this as your Netflix recommended queue, but you can drink the results. Kuvée is tied to a monthly wine subscription plan and it starts at $99 a month with four bottles (and the dispenser).
Living in a coastal city, it’s hard to go anywhere near a river without seeing someone on a paddleboard. Unfortunately paddleboards are also rather large and bulky, which means you’re either stuck renting one, buying a transport system for your car, or bumming a ride from a friend with a truck. To make paddle boards more accessible, brands like red paddle co have begun designing high-quality inflatable boards. With their latest MSL SUP edition, the board can fit into a backpack and then inflated on site for extreme portability. The 11 foot sport edition starts at $1500.
Whether you’re on the go, working out, or in your office, music helps to motivate you. The Jaybird X3 wireless earbuds are designed for all activities, from the sweetest to the cool comfort of your office. Between their quick charge feature, 8 hours of battery life, sweatproof design, and dynamic audio controls, the X3 will help push you through both fun and productive summer activities. They are priced at $130.
Camping, hiking, biking, no matter what you do outdoors it’s nice to have a safety cushion to ensure your devices can be charged. While backup batteries are nice, once they run out of juice, you’re on your own. With Nomad’s 7 Plus Solar Charge you can use the power of the sun to keep your devices connected. Producing up to 7W of power and priced at $100, this solar panel can keep your smartphone, GPS, and flashlight powered.
Drones are no longer for hobbyists, and one of the largest manufactures, DJI, continues to push the boundaries when it comes to portability. Before the Mavic, if you wanted high-quality 4K video and high-res photography you could expect a carryon bag size container at a minimum to cart your drone around. Mavic on the other hand can fit in a small book bag, easily folds up, and its gimble is more protected than that of the Phantom series. The Mavic Pro starts at $1000 and is an incredibly safe bet if you want to get into drone photography.
Earlier in the year Snap fully released their Spectacles for everyone to buy. After giving it a try, we thought they were nothing but fun, which means there are few better ways to capture your summer activities than with Spectacles. They are priced at $130 and you can read our review here.
Nobody likes mowing their lawn in 100 degree heat plus humidity, so get a jumpstart on the robot revolution and automate it instead. Now we can’t promise when Skynet eventually becomes self aware that having a robotic lawnmower will be in your favor, but until then the Robomow RX is small and strong enough to handle most common lawns.
Last year we dubbed the JBL Flip 3 one of the best portable water resistant speakers available, and their newest version only adds to the mix. With great sound, decent bass, and of course durability, this $100 speaker is perfect for going with you on all your summer adventures.
Bonus: All the NERF
We don’t care how old or young you are, age is never a factor when it comes to NERF. Whether it’s a sunny day outside and you rock the Super Soaker Hoverflood Water Blaster, or are looking for some reprieve from your Netflix binges (makes for a good work break too) with the Alien Menace Incisor or Ravager Blaster, they’ve got you covered. They also recently updated their larger N-Strike line, and you can find the full lineup at Toys“R”Us.
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