Tech Tuesday: Cool Technology For Hot Summer Fun

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The Memorial Day holiday has come and gone, and while some of us may have been donning jackets and sweaters this weekend, summer’s here and that means more barbeques, days at the pool, picnics and outdoor activities to come. Although it doesn’t usually take much to enjoy these fun pastimes, technology has brought us some cool innovations that will be heating up the summer.

Picnic Party

Cooladio cooler

Picnic Plus Cooladio Cooler
the built-in radio and digital music MP3 speakers gives you everything you need for a great day outdoors. This modern-day picnic basket features insulated compartments to keep drinks cool, flip-down beverage holders, a detachable AM/FM radio, and an audio jack to connect your iPod or other MP3 player. $38



margaritaville mixer

Explorer Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker
makes frozen drinks possible even when you are far away from an outlet. This portable powerhouse can make up to 60 drinks with just one charge of its heavy-duty battery pack. Pre-programmed settings automatically shave ice and blend up to 36 ounces. $300



Heating up the Grill

GrillbotNo more grill gunk. The technological wonder, known as Grillbot, the grill robot, does the cleaning for you! Featuring three replaceable wire brushes and three motors, the cleaning genius is controlled by a CPU chip and sensors and runs on rechargeable batteries. There’s also a timer and an alarm so you can set it up and let it run – the alarm will let you know when it’s finished. $100

tank app
Don’t kill your BBQ buzz by running on empty! The BBQ TankMeter app measures the fullness of a propane tank by measuring sound vibrations. Hold your phone 6 inches away from your propane tank, hit “measure” on the app, and give the middle of the tank a rap with your other hand. The app will “read” how full the tank is and display the result using colored bars. Made for Android. $3



Pool lightAquaGlow Underwater Light Starship turns your pool into a disco space party. This rotating device has ten different light-show settings and can illuminate water up to 20 feet away. $20



ecoextreme green


The Eco Extreme waterproof speaker case works with every mp3 player and cell phone including the iPhone, iPod Touch, Motorola Droid and Blackberry. Built with a rugged, rubberized protective body, this is a great choice for anyone who wants to rock out while still splashing around. $50


Beach Time

UV monitor
Beach time also means sunshine! This personal UV meter will make sure you’re not getting too many harmful rays. Strap the meter to your wrist and the gadget tracks your exposure to UV rays, even taking into account your skin type. It has an alarm for when you’ve been out of the shade too long, and also functions as a clock and stop watch. $35


Camera maskWith the Liquid Image digital camera mask you can take pics with the integrated 5MP camera. The camera sits right above your goggles so what you see is what you get. There’s 16MB of memory for storing photos, and also accepts a microSD card for up to 2GB of storage. The mask works up to depths of 15 feet and connects to a PC via USB for easy uploading. $100

Road Warrior

hovding The new Hövding safety collar pushes technology for cyclists to a new stratosphere. The collar contains a folded airbag, which is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the rider’s head. The trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors, which pick up abnormal movements if a bicyclist is in an accident. $600

hokey spokesHokey Spokes is a new bicycle safety light that attaches to the wheels spokes. Start pedaling and an internal computer communicates with 16 built-in LEDs to light up, showing images and text on your wheels. You can put up to six blades on each wheel. The blades run on three AA batteries and are water resistant. $30

Green Thumb

cleanairgardeningThese colored lenses from Clean Air Gardening feature technology developed by NASA scientists. By blocking out green light waves, the lenses let you spot stressed turf, giving you plenty of time to react to the unhealthy conditions. $70


Black & Decker


The PlantSmart from Black & Decker has sensors that measure four aspects of proper planting: sunlight, temperature, soil nutrients, and moisture. Simply place it in the garden, then plug it into the computer for a full report on what is best planted in that spot. $50

  • Jean B

    Really “cool” gadgets. I love the AquaGlow Underwater Light Starship (that would look awesome in a pool) and the Hokey Spokes (people will not only see you, but will want to have what you have).