High Tech Makes A Splash
Cool Tech Toys in the Pool
So this weekend I hung out by the pool with one of the owners of ToySplash, a pool toy company. Man things have come a long way since I was a kid. Most pool parties are notoriously low tech-blowing up rubber pool rafts, cooking over an open flame, and an old stereo on the patio. So why talk about them on the Digital Dose? Like me, you're probably looking for some relief from this brutally hot summer. And the next wave of pool party must-haves are decidedly tech-friendly and worth another look.
Pool toys to keep the youngest partygoers entertained have gone way beyond the floating killer whale and rubber dive rings of our childhoods. One of the biggest gadget toys is the Submergency Pool Dive Toy. Set the timer and drop the ball into the water. Players must dive to find and disarm the ball before the alarm sounds. It's exciting and keeps them entertained for the party. I have three kids and all all ranges were loving this one.
But the real tech gems lie in the creature comforts of a pool party. The GAME Outdoor Solar Shower was set up and allowed guests to rinse off before hopping in the pool and to rinse away some chlorine when they get out. Looking at it, it is simple to install and features hot/cold temperature adjustment. So much better than just using the old garden hose.
You can also ditch that old patio stereo (and the hassle of getting in and out of the water to change the station) with a PoolTunes Floating iPod Speaker Light. Simply connect your iPod to the transmitter and drop the speaker into the pool. The floating speaker keeps your music in the pool. And it's a great way to make use of that iPod I haven't touched since I first laid eyes on my iPad.
The coolest tech toy you can bring to your pool party, however, is the Liquid Image Digital Camera Swim Mask. A 3.1 MP digital camera is built in to what looks like an ordinary swim mask. You can take pictures of the party while you swim. Uploading was simple too: just plug the mask's USB cable into your computer. This is a must have for fun or any upcoming snorkeling trips.
So there you have it. You can keep cool and still get your technical fix during the backyard pool party.
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Ben Smith administers technology tidbits and reviews that do not simply tell readers what a product or service does, but answer the question often asked of new technology: “Why would I need that?” The column covers a variety of topics including technology use in the workplace and at home, as well as trends in digital marketing. Content from guest contributors provides insight and opinions from other leaders in the technology and digital marketing fields.
Growing up the son of a Systems Engineer, Ben had mainframe computers in his home before there were desktop PC's. Staying in the family business, he has been a Programmer, Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, and Technologist. Later in his career, he moved into business operation roles, and has helped manage and grow technology companies while also running an incubator. Five years ago, he brought his technology background into the field of marketing and helped create the Lavidge Interactive and Internet Marketing Agency. Currently, as Director of Account Development at Lavidge, he consults with major brands across the U.S. on merging technology and marketing via Social Media, PR, Web Design, and Web Development. Additionally, being a father of three means he is always well-informed on the latest tech "toys" - and that he brings them home to play!