Friday, May 24, 2024

Tech Gadgets for Summer Entertaining – The Digital Life

When it comes to keeping your family entertained all summer long, rest assured, there’s a gadget for that!

Here’s my list of must-have gadgets to ensure your kids and guests stay entertained, be it in your backyard or at the cottage.  For more detailed information, as well as a demonstration, watch the full segment below.

1)    Pool Jam Waterproof iPod Ready Wireless Speaker Set – $79.95

Break the pool silence with a speaker to get everyone rockin’ and rollin’.  It is a floating waterproof speaker, featuring a blue mood light for night-time swims, and a powerful speaker worthy of some serious wet-and-wild fun!

You can adjust the volume on the speaker itself while in the swimming pool and the iPod speaker has an innovative scan system that will automatically lock onto the strongest signal.  The end result, your tunes stay clear and static-free up to 150 feet away!

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Simply connect your iPod, stereo, MP3 player, or any other audio source using a standard 3.5mm or RCA output to the wireless transmitter base.  Press play, and kick your party into high gear!  The volume can be controlled on the speaker itself while you swim in the pool, songs will play in order of your song playlist.

2)    Sony DSC-TX20 – $399.99

Whether you’re going for a walk in the park, or going to the lake, you can use this Sony camera with confidence.  The Sony DSC-TX20 digital camera is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and definitely slim enough to slip into your pocket.  This tough-and-tiny camera can handle the elements of an active lifestyle.

The camera comes equipped with a 16.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, and a full HD 1080i video camcorder. You can shoot up to 10 frames per second (fps) so a moment is never missed.  Then, you can playback your memories via the camera’s large 3.0″ touchscreen Xtra Fine LCD.

3)    Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 – $149.99

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As Toshiba says, “Weatherproof your digital experience. Designed with active lifestyles in mind, the new Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 is ready for whatever life throws at you.”

This camera is ideal whether you’re out snorkeling in the Caribbean this summer, or rumbling down the ski hills this winter!  No matter where you are, this multi-purpose camcorder will protect itself from all types of weather conditions; not to mention its HD capability.  The camera is waterproof up to two meters and it comes equipped with video stabilization and 10x digital zoom, just so your viewers don’t become queasy!

4)    GoPro Hero HD – $199.99

This high definition video camera is small and wearable, keeping your hands free while living your active lifestyle – be it mountain biking, surfing, or parachuting.

The camera helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences with others.  GoPro’s HD HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras is used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world.

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You can shoot video in multiple resolutions, so whether it’s in your backyard swimming pool, or ATV riding in the country, you’ll have the best possible quality video.

–    1080p = 1920×1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 15 mbit/s data rate
–    960p = 1280×960 pixels (4:3), 30 fps, 12 mbit/s data rate
–    720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 15 mbit/s data rate
–    720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 mbit/s data rate
–    WVGA = 848×480 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 8 mbit/s data rate

5)    Schwinn Tango 20-in Folding Hybrid Bike – $199.99

This bicycle is no ordinary one at the slightest.  The twenty-inch folding bike by Schwinn allows you to maintain an active lifestyle, even if you live in a small apartment or condo.  The stylish, lightweight aluminum folding frame assembles easily.

Other features include:
–    A 6-speed Shimano Revo shifters
–    Front caliper brake and rear band brake
–    Rear Shimano Tourney derailleur
–    Includes fenders and rear rack
–    20″ (51 cm) tires, 16″ (41 cm) frame

6)    MOTOACTV 8GB – $249.99

MOTOACTV is Motorola’s cutting-edge GPS fitness tracker.  It comes with a heart rate monitor, smart MP3 player, and best of all – it is sweat proof.  MOTOACTV comes with Accusense technology that tracks your running, cycling, and walking data.  It publishes your distance, speed, calories burned, and heart rate on the web, via your MOTOACTV Training Portal.

MOTOACTV comes with the following features that will appeal to your fitness goals:
–    The audio coach helps keep you moving and grooving on your walk, run and ride with updates on your pace, split times and more.
–    The 1.6” full-colour touch-screen display is sweat-proof, rain-resistant and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass that auto-adjusts for indoor and outdoor lighting and can withstand all workout condition.
–    8GB of storage for endless playlists and FM radio capabilities just in case your playlist gets tired before you do.

Are there any gadgets that you can’t live without throughout the summer?  Have your say!  Drop us a line in the comments below.

[With files from, Sony, Toshiba, GoPro, Schwinn, and Motorola]

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Winston Sih
Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.


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