Tech Gadgets to Help Make the Most of Summer

Tech Gadgets to Help Make the Most of Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and then pretty soon it will be gone. Rather than spend it wasting time with trivial tasks, these gadgets will help you streamline tasks, and allow you to spend more time doing what you really want to do—enjoy the nice weather!
 

Fingerprint Padlock

It’s the first warm night of the summer, so you decide to throw a BBQ. However, when you go to unlock the back gate, you realize you forgot the code… or lost the key. This device can alleviate those issues. You simply press your finger against the scanner and the lock opens.
 

BBQ Grill Mat

Speaking of BBQ’s, they can be a lot of fun, but cleaning the grill after certainly isn’t. Enter the non-stick grill mat—this device goes over top of the grill and is much easier to clean.
 

AZCoolMist Fan Ring

A ring available in lengths from eight to 16”, this device connects to a standard garden hose and has two to five brass nozzles, which spray a mist in front of the fan blades. The fan then blows the mist into the air, cooling you off faster.
 

Intex Quick-Fill Air Pump

Whether you’re trying to blow up an inflatable pool for the kids, or an air mattress on the family camping trip, unless you have the lung capacity of an Olympic sprinter, it can take a while. This pump, which comes with three nozzles, and works with most inflatables, can speed the process up. Plus, the nozzle comes with a deflate feature, so it can also speed up the packing-up process!
 

Roku Media Streamer

For days when it’s too hot to go outside, you’ll want to stay in and maybe binge-watch that show you’ve been meaning to check out. Roku’s new media streamer turns any TV into a smart TV—it just needs a functional HDMI port. Once connected, the device provides 750 channels of TV shows, movies, sports, music, games, and more.
 

Sonance SonArray SR1 Outdoor Speakers

For days when it’s not too hot, and you want to enjoy some time in the sun, you can bring your music with you with the Sonance outdoor speakers. This set is the ultimate outdoor sound system, with eight satellite speakers and an in-ground subwoofer, the 8-ohm system can be paired with just about any AV receiver or power amp.
 

Nest Thermostat

Speaking of temperatures, they can fluctuate dramatically in the summer—one minute it’s hot, the next, it’s freezing. Rather than spend time fiddling with the thermostat, you can get the Nest thermostat, and adjust it from nearly any web-enabled device. Additionally, the device can learn the family’s preferences when it comes to temperatures, and it can also learn the best times to adjust heating or cooling. Promising to work in 95 percent of homes with low-voltage systems, the Nest will even send monthly reports via email.