Beat the summertime blues with these connected accessories

By Adam Zeis on 21 Jun 2014 01:00 pm
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Summer is just about in full swing, and that means many of us will be hitting the road or looking for extra activities to make the most of those endless summer nights. In addition to pulling out the grill, dusting off the hammock and opening the pool, there are some other ways to enjoy yourself all summer long too — with some awesome connoted devices. There are loads of connected devices on the market for everything from cooking to sleeping, but we've narrowed down a few that can help you make the most of the summer.

Braven BRV-1 Portable Ultra Rugged Wireless Speaker

This little Bluetooth speaker will go anywhere that you do over the summer. Rock climbing, to the park, beach or just hanging out by the pool — and you don't have to worry about getting it wet. You'll get up to 12 hours of playback on a single charge, so you can take your tunes with you no matter where you go. It puts out some great sound, even lets you make phone calls and is available in a variety of cool colors.

Zepp Swing Analyzers

Zepp has a great line of swing analyzers for all of your summertime favorites. You can kick your baseball, golf or tennis games into high gear with these connected accessories, tracking all kinds of data to help you get better. You can track swing speed, replay swings, set goals, track your improvement and much more. The devices connect to your smartphone so you can check out all of your stats after the game and know what to fix on your next outing.

iDevices iGrill2

If you're serious about grilling, you need to be serious about your thermometer too — that's where the iGrill2 comes in. This bad boy connects to your iPhone over Bluetooth and has 150' range. You can monitor up to four temperatures at once, so no matter what is on your grill or smoker, the iGrill2 can handle it. There's a magnetic mount to pop it on the side of the grill so you never have to open it until everything is perfectly done. A serious accessory for some serious grilling.

Crayola DigiTools

Kids love to color — there's no two ways about it. But coloring can get messy and annoying, especially when you're in the car. Crayola has found a way to clean things up though with their DigiTools. There are a variety of different packs available, each comes with a set of tools that works in conjunction with an iPad app. Kids can use digital crayons, markers, stamps and even 3D glasses to make all kinds of fun creations on the iPad — all 100% mess free. At under $20 these sets are an inexpensive and fun way to keep your kids occupied in the car or on rainy days.

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter

Perhaps the coolest summer toy of them all is the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. We've covered these guys before, but we still can't get enough. They're not cheap at over $300, but they will get you plenty of fun all year long. The quadricopter is controlled from your smartphone or tablet and can record & stream 720p video from the air. You can cruise around, do flips and tricks, and fly higher and faster than ever before.

If this one seems a bit out of your price range, you can always hold out for the Minidrones from Parrot that are due out in August.

 

Plan on picking up any of these awesome devices? Have other connected accessories you love for the summertime? Let us know in the comments!

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