Cool summer gadget guide

Here are some suggestions for some great summer gadgets for work, travel, outdoors, and exercise that will get you more enjoyment out of the summer season

It’s time to get out of the office and into the great outdoors! if you’re a summertime kind of person, then you probably have some vacation time planned for the next three months, but that doesn’t mean your love of gadgets and technology needs to stay indoors. Here are some suggestions for some great summer gadgets for work, travel, outdoors, and exercise that will get you more enjoyment out of the summer season.

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HP Folio 13

The latest lightweight, full performance notebook, the HP Folio 13 ($999) boasts nine hours of battery life, a 0.70-inch profile and 3.3-pound weight with a 13.3-inch high-definition display.

Eton Rukus Solar speakers

For listening to tunes while outside camping, at the beach, or just in your backyard, the Eton Rukus Solar portable Bluetooth speaker system ($140) includes a solar panel for powering the system.

iPhone fan

There’s nothing more annoying than having to use your iPhone outdoors on a hot day and not being able to cool yourself. Now you can with this iPhone fan clip-on attachment ($16.95) that draws a little bit of power from the iPhone’s power dock to power its fan to cool you down.

NYNE NB-200 Bluetooth Speaker

Custom clips can attach the NYNE NB-200 Bluetooth Speaker ($149.95) to the handlebars of a bike or stroller, or it an be used outdoors (water-repellant housing) to provide wireless sound from an iPod, iPhone, tablet, or other Bluetooth device. Includes five hours of battery life and a built-in microphone for phone conversations.

Magellan eXplorist 110 GPS receiver

For hiking, fishing, geocaching, camping or other areas where you might get lost without being near a road, the Magellan eXplorist 110 GPS receiver ($129.99) includes a transflective color screen (no glare), and also features water features, urban and rural land use, and city centers as well as a complete road map of the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, and Australia. Accurate within 10 to 15 feet, the device is powered by two AA batteries for up to 18 hours of use.

TabletTail by Octa

Th TabletTail by Octa tablet holder ($49.95) lets you hold your tablet or e-reader at any angle, while giving you the convenience of carrying it easily. A vacuum dock piece suctions itself to the device for a secure fit, and the second piece, the “whale tail” lets you flex it to provide portrait or landscape orientations. The “fins” of the tail provide a secure stand for placing on any surface, including rocks and sand.

iHome M13 portable water-resistant stereo speakers

Aimed at kids (or adult Kermit the Frog fans), the iHome M13 portable water-resistant stereo speaker system ($39.99) connects to any MP3 player, securely holding it within a lightweight zippered case. Very handy for the beach, picnics, or parties.

Grace Digital Audio Eco Terra

The “world’s first 100% waterproof boombox”, the Grace Digital Audio Eco Terra ($149.99) provides rugged protection for your mobile device, as well as keys and other personal items. The design is water and dirt-resistant, while letting you control iPhone/iPod functions while inside the case. The unit is fully submersible, and it floats as well.

Therapik bug bite relief

This handheld device can deliver bug bite relief and treatment for stings and bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, black flies, ants, fleas, ticks, chiggers and even jellyfish and stinging nettle. FDA approved, Therapik ($12.95) delivers heat to deactivate the venom from the insects or sea creatures, increasing blood flow to the affected area and reducing swelling, redness, itching, and pain.

Cool Point

A thin, lightweight cooling gel-pack that fits in the palm of your hand, Cool Point ($19.99) lets you get a longer workout, increases tolerance for a heavier workload, helps shorten recovery time, and gives an overall better exercise experience.

AfterShokz Mobile earbuds

Run, bike or work outside without blocking out noises such as oncoming traffic, car horns, ambulances or other warning noises. AfterShokz headphones ($69.95) rest outside the ear, allowing for the ambient noises to be heard, but still lets users hear their music.

Magellan Switch Series GPS watches

The Magellan Switch GPS Watches are geared towards runners, cyclists, and other athletes. Through a Magellan website, users can analyze and share their activities. Watch includes 8 hours of battery life, water resistance (up to 50 meters), compatibility with ANT+ sensors, thermometer, vibration alerts, and barometric altimeter for specific elevation data. Switch: $249.99 ($299.99 with heart rate monitor); Switch Up (includes multisport mount): $299.99 ($349.99 with heart rate monitor).

Surf-Grip

Surf-Grip ($15) is a foam paddle with a handle that lets body surfers increase their buoyancy and provides an alternative to body boards or surf boards. More advanced riders can use these for doing barrels or stunts.

Jaybird Sportsband headphones

With no wires, the Jaybird Sportsband Bluetooth headphones ($99) let you listen to music while working out without worrying about getting your wires tangled. Includes different colors like Toffee Apple Red, Runners Red, or black, and you can control music and phone calls with a concealed microphone. Has a lifetime warranty against sweat damaging the unit.

Wake Up Work Out alarm clock

I can’t tell if this is awesome or sadistic. The Wake Up Work Out alarm clock ($29.95) can only be shut off once you have done 30 bicep reps, and motion sensors inside the unit can tell how many reps you’ve done and if you’ve done them correctly.

PowerStation Traveller

Charge up to three portable small electronic devices at the same time while at home or on the road through your car charger. The PowerStation Traveller ($32.99) includes a carrying case and adjustable sliders to keep your devices in place during a recharge.

Griffin SmartTalk Solar

The Griffin SmartTalk Solar hands-free Bluetooth speakerphone ($69.99) lets you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while talking on your cell phone. Mounts to the sun visor with the solar panel facing the glass, letting the Sun power up the unit’s internal battery. Motion sensors automatically connect to a paired phone as soon as you enter the vehicle, and you can connect two different phones simultaneously.

GolfLogix app

The GolfLogix free app features maps of more than 30,000 golf courses and provides accurate distances to numerous points throughout the hole. For a minimal fee, it can also track every shot to learn club distances and shot trends.

OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator

The OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator system ($399.95 for standard unit; $899.95  for silver package) connects with Windows PCs via plug-and-play interface and lets you use your own clubs and up to four players to compete by hitting real balls, foam balls or no ball at all. Infrared sensors on a swing pad record the club-head speed, face angle, swing path, distance, and ball flight. Includes 1 preloaded course.