This past June we wrote about Casio’s tough G’zOne Type-S mobile phone when it was released and we recently got a chance to get our hands on one to see just how tough this thing really was and what “water resistant” really meant. What we found is that the G’zOne Type-S lives up to its hype on standing against the elements and also had some nice surprises we were not expecting.
Archive for Outdoors
While we’re pretty sure we’ve seen bicycle speakers before, including ones for the iPod, cy-fi is a new product designed to dock your iPod and the first we’ve seen to provide wireless speakers mounted on your bike to “ride louder” according to the company.
The idea comes from bike riders who wear headphones to listen to music and are unable to adequately hear traffic around them. The cy-fi system lets them bring their music along in a compact package without the ambient sound restrictions by most headphones.
Unless you are using a waterproof case taking your iPod into your spa is probably not a smart idea. Hot Spring Spas believes it has a solution for you though by unveiling its Moonlight Spa Music System.
The Moonlight Spa Music System, which includes an iPod docking station, wirelessly transmits music from any audio source to four weatherproof speakers which surround you as you make sweet love in the spa. You can control tracks on the iPod and adjust audio volume with a floating, waterproof remote control. This remote also lets you control most electronic spa features while in the water.
A subsidiary of GE Fanuc has produced a field-ready explosion-proof pc for users in less than optimal computing environments. The Ruffneck’s high tollerance to extreme temperatures is thanks to its thermally managed body capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -40 and as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Attention was paid to rugged detail with its 15 inch LCD screen designed for handling by a gloved user. The PC itself includes Windows XP running a 1.6GHz Pentium M processor with 2GB of RAM and a 40GB disk and a CompactFlash SSD option. The Ruffneck is a heavyweight, weighing it at 45 lbs and is wall mountable. There is currently no word on price.
It’s probably tough for anyone to hang onto a two way radio when your out skiing in a lake or accidentally falling off a boat at sea, but it sure would be handy to have one sometimes. This life vest from Hammacher Schlemmer comes with two, 2-way radios; one of them integrated into the vest.
The radios span 14 channels and cover a distance of 1.8 miles to allow the wearer of the life vest to communicate with the person on the other end, (who is hopefully not also in the water) without the worry of dropping the radio. They’re water resistant up to 3 feet down and are powered by 3 AAA batteries.
The life vest itself is U.S. Coast Guard approved and is made from a 100% PVC interior covered by neoprene (the same stuff wetsuits are made of). The …
Casio has released a limited edition version of their extreme sports-tough G-Shock watches for this years US Open of Surfing. The watch comes in a white resin case and band with the US Open of Surfing logo branded on the band.
The US Open of Surfing G-Shock watch will obviously Casio’s well-known shock resistance along with water resistance up to 200 meters, afterglow backlight, countdown timer, stopwatch, alarm, a preprogrammed calendar and it just looks cool.
There doesn’t appear to be G-Shocks Tidegraph feature available in this watch, which is surprising since its commemorating a sport that lives in the ocean. The G-Shock Surfing Limited Edition watch is retailing for $110 and you can read more at the G-Shock website.
This picture of a kite shaped like a mouse pointer looks a little photo-choppy to me but made me laugh when I saw it either way….
Wireless Outdoor Speakers, the three words every pool party enthusiast wants to hear right behind “18,000 BTU barbecue” and “movie projection on the house wall”. If you’re planning some outdoor fun and want to deliver the music across the splash zone then these latest pair of wireless speakers can handle the job for you.
All you have to do is plug the transmitter into whatever music source you want to stream (TV, stereo, computer, MP3 player, etc.), position the speakers and then control the decibels using the remote control. The 15 W speakers are rechargeable and good for about four hours of power and have a range of up to 100 meters. They’re also splash proof so if you get a little crazy with the water sports, that’s OK — just don’t be diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve them and …
Though this item is somewhat of a novelty since you can just look up in the sky to see the weather, it could still help keep you dry if you plan early enough ahead. When the skies darken don’t forget to check the weather forecasting handle of your Ambient Umbrella.
The Ambient Umbrella uses a special narrowband broadcast solution to receive weather data from Accuweather.com up to 12 hours ahead. The Ambient Umbrella’s handle illuminates when precipitation is expected, to remind the user to carry the Umbrella and Ambient Devices, its maker, says its illumination behavior changes according to the forecast, for example the handle shows soft, intermittent pulses for light rain, and very rapid, intense patterns for thunderstorms.
The Ambient Umbrella is designed to run up to a year on a single C battery. It is activated via Ambient Devices and costs $125 (!). That’s definitely going …
This carabiner-style MP3 player and radio tuner from Highgear sports a special clip that allows you to attach your MP3 player to just about anything with the assurance that its going to stay there, whether it be your belt loop, back pack or along outdoors with your climbing gear. A little rain won’t hurt you either with its splashproof design.
The entire player with clip measures 5.5″ long and has 512MB of internal storage that can be transferred to and from via USB. It supports MP3, WMA and ADPCM file formats as well as plays the radio with a built-in FM tuner. You can have it remember up to 12 preset stations and tweak the sound with an on-board equalizer. The carabiner mp3 player comes with a battery included out of the box and retails for $49.99.
Oceanic will soon have a new diving mask on the market that’s equipped with an onboard, air-integrated diving computer and miniature LCD screen. The company claims that military special forces won’t dive without this type of mask which now is going to be available to the general public as the DataMask HUD.
The DataMask has a “heads-up” display built right into into the lower right corner of the mask along with the microprocessor that can read environmental data during your dive and comes with a wireless cylinder pressure transmitter and receiver. The LCD display will can show quite a lot of data including temp, current depth, elapsed diving time, current cylinder pressure and remaining dive time. The DataMask HUD can operate in four modes of Air, Nitrox, Gauge and Free Dive and has many other features like automatic …
Nintendo is launching a new interactive system with the Nintendo DS Lite and Mariners baseball games, called the Nintendo Fan Network. Making its debut at Safeco field in Seattle, the system allows interaction between owners of the Nintendo DS Lite portable gaming system and the live baseball game at the stadium.
Owners of the DS Lite that are attending the game can stop by a kiosk and upload software to their game console for a $5 fee at each game or $30 for 10 games. The software will allow them to watch a live feed of the game, access stats, play trivia and even order food and drinks if the vendors aren’t coming to your area. (A little gratuity is also added to your order).
For now the system is only available at Safeco field with the Mariners, but if it catches on …
You are a serious athlete. You want something which will make the other athletes around you jealous with gadget envy. You want the Nike Triax Vapor 300.
This uber-cool digital training watch has a pre-curved ergonomic design and band which make it easy to wear and use while you are training for your marathon. It’s got a one-touch backlight for a quick glance while jogging at night. Features on this timepiece are plentiful and include a 300-lap chronograph, five segment interval timer and two alarms.
Anyone who’s had a fair amount of exposure to lake and stream fishing knows that the temperature of the water can plan a significant part in how well the fishing goes, sometimes affecting the fish, sometimes affecting your legs. For both reasons a thermometer can be a handy tool in your bag to check the temperatures, but getting the thermometer into the water where you want isn’t always the easiest task.
With this infrared thermometer, you can just point the device at the water and it will instantly reveal the temperature without needing to lean over a bank or walk in and disrupt the area. This particular infrared thermometer from William and Joseph was designed specifically with the outdoorsmen in mind, being compact, simple to use and easy to read. It retails from about $33.
Here’s an interesting design for a lawn chair – an chair actually covered in some lawn allowing you to comfortably lie in the grass in a place that normally might not have any. This functional chair comes with one of three different bases ranging from sturdy to rolling to move it around. The actual frame of the chair weighs 25 pounds without the sod, but I would imagine this weight could increase quite a bit depending on how often you water (and mow, I guess).
The chair comes with an irrigation system where you can connect a garden hose to keep the grass hydrated, but you will have to weed and fertilize on your own.
Source: Fung + Blatt