Archive for Outdoors

iPod Bicycle Speaker/Dock

Posted in Dock,iHome,iPod Accessories,Outdoors,Speakers by Chris Weber on June 26th, 2007

iH85B iPod Bicycle Speaker for iPodiH85B iPod speaker/dock for bikes with mounting bracket and remoteThe iH85B iPod speaker/dock from iHome is a water resistant, impact resistant cylinder that houses your iPod to mount onto your bike to enjoy your music through a built-in speaker on the go.

Slide the iPod speaker chamber apart and the iPod fits snugly inside the center where it’s protected from the elements while still outputting sound through a speaker in the end of the device. Special inserts accommodate the different sizes of iPods, and a cap protects the speaker when not in use and can be mounted on the bottom of the cylinder during playback.

The speaker/dock also includes a disc-shaped wireless remote control that fits into the other end of the cylinder when not being used, to easily manage playback while riding. Both the iPod bike speaker and remote control …

HangTimer Hands On

Posted in Outdoors,Review by Reuben Drake on June 25th, 2007

HangTimer measures your hang timeThe HangTimer from DropZone is just like the name sounds. It’s a small stopwatch sized gadget that’s used to measure your hang time when doing any type of activity that involves you being temporarily airborne.

It works through a Tri-Axis Accelerometer that measures the changes in acceleration that occur when you take jumps and then records the total time from when you left the ground until you return. The HangTimer controls consist of simply two buttons to run all the functionality. At first this was slightly confusing to switch between the modes but once we figured it out it was pretty simple to work. The two larger buttons on top actually made it easy to operate without having to remove our gloves.

This hang time measuring gadget will automatically switch modes and record your jumps without having to have it in the “Hang Time” mode. …

Celestron SkyScout Identifies Objects in Space

Posted in Outdoors by Chris Weber on June 15th, 2007

Celestron SkyScout identifies stars, planets and constellationsYou don’t necessarily have to be an astronomy master or space traveler in order to be able to identify the bright blinking spots in the sky. As an alternative to pouring through books you might be able to hack your way into celestial knowledge using this handheld telescope-like gadget from Celestron.

This camcorder sized gadget called the SkyScout can identify the objects you are looking at through the viewer and provide you information on what it is. It does this by combining various information to pinpoint over 6,000 different constellations, stars or planets in the sky. By using GPS to identify your location on the earth, a magnetic compass for the direction you are looking, gravity to get the angle of the physical SkyScout device and the current time it can identify pretty much exactly what you are seeing while looking through …

Reactor Trident Never Dark Watch

Posted in Outdoors,Reactor,Watches by Chris Weber on June 11th, 2007

Reactor Trident Watch features Never Dark illumination technologyReactor has added a new model to their lineup of tough and stylish sport watches, this one designed for use 24/7 in any type of lighting conditions, including no lighting conditions.

A new Never Dark dial illumination technology takes glow-in-the-dark watches to a new level and keeps the Reactor Trident dial visible in the darkest of conditions. In its first stage of defense against the darkness the watch utilizes phosphorescent paint on the dial and hands which keep it bright for hours after exposure to any light source is gone. To back this up the Trident has tritium filled gas tubes which give off a fainter glow but will keep the dial illuminated enough to read the time for as long as 7 years.

The Reactor Trident is designed for the outdoor enthusiast with a scratch and shatter resistant glass face, …

Solar Powered Surfing

Posted in Outdoors,Solar Powered,Wi-Fi by Chetz on June 5th, 2007

Meraki Outdoor Wifi Repeater with solar powerFor those of us looking to provide a low cost solution for wireless internet access, either for our own personal usage or for your family and friends, Meraki’s new Outdoor Repeater and Solar Accessory Kit is probably what you are looking for.

For $99 you get the Repeater which will transmit the signal up to 700 feet, perfect for downloading files while you’re at the park across the road or on the other side of the neighborhood. The Solar Accessory Kit lets the Repeater broadcast its signal without any electrical connection and it can distribute the power consumption to make sure that it’s powered up and ready during peak usage times.

Our thinking is that this kind of solution would be great for a small office, school, students living in a dorm or wherever. The hardware also comes with Meraki’s Dashboard …

FlareSafe Safety Flashlight

Posted in Outdoors,Torches by Darrin Olson on June 3rd, 2007

FlareSafe safety flashlight features smoke detector and siren.Having a flashlight during outdoor activities and especially overnight trips is a must and this 3-in-1 FlareSafe flashlight can add a little more safety to your outing.

The flashlight alone consists of four LED’s that can be set for high-beam, low-beam or in an SOS strobe mode, but the light part of this gadget isn’t the coolest feature. The FlareSafe also has an optical smoke detector built in. By twisting open the back of the handle part way you expose the sensor which will alarm the second it detects smoke. You can keep it closed tight around campfires, but be able to sleep more soundly at night with it on.

The 3rd part of this safety flashlight is the distress siren. Press an orange button on the side of the shaft and a distress alarm sounds that can be heard from over …

Rechargeable Blender from Coleman

Posted in Coleman,Kitchen,Outdoors by Darrin Olson on May 11th, 2007

Rechargeable portable blenderOne thing that really makes it difficult when trying to rough-it in a camp site is the noticeable lack of frozen drinks. Sure you have plenty of ice in the cooler, but what if you want to blend up a margarita or other frozen concoction?

Well, it’s a good thing Coleman is looking out for you with their rechargeable blender. This camping gadget is able to blend up a 48 oz pitcher of drinks in about 30 seconds and can mix up as many as 30 pitchers in one charge, which should get most people through a weekend of mixing it up with nature.

The cordless blender has two basic settings: “blending” and “not blending”. It comes in a silver stainless steel finish and the pitcher locks into the base for easy and safe transporting. We’re not sure if it would hold up to blending

Roughing It 21st Century Style

Posted in Outdoors,Tents by Chetz on April 10th, 2007

Eureka N!ergy tent has battery and power outletsAh, the great outdoors. There’s nothing like getting back to nature and away from technology, right? Wrong. Screw that. What are you going to do if your phone or camcorder battery goes low and you want to look at some photos while it’s raining outside? Hey, it’s all about the what ifs, right?

Johnson Outdoors’ Eureka N!ergy 1210 camping tent solves all your portable energy needs. After buying the E! Power Pak rechargeable battery and plugging it into the tent, you’ve now got a stream of juice to power all your phones, lights, media players, hair dryer, air compressor, alarm clock, radio and so on, lasting you anywhere from 8 to 18 hours depending on how much power you’re drawing from it.

There are three 12-volt outlets recessed into the walls of the tent, each of them with their own …

Timberland Outdoor HT2 Watch

Posted in Outdoors,Timberland,Watches by Darrin Olson on March 27th, 2007

Timberland Outdoor HT2 WatchTimberland has long been known as a brand catering to the outdoor types by providing rugged and quality boots, outdoor apparel and watches. Recently Timberland teamed up with Swatch to create a testosterone-ridden outdoor watch called the HT2.

Available in brown and two styles of tough-guy black, this rugged chronograph watch packs a large array of outdoorsy technology and will dwarf the wrist of a lesser man. The Timberland Outdoor HT2 has both both a digital and analog interface allowing a total of 4 different time zones to be entered. The altimeter (available in feet and meters) keeps track of your altitude, the thermometer (Celsius and Fahrenheit) and barometer track weather conditions and a digital compass keeps you on track.

The Outdoor HT2 surprisingly does not come with a knife, but is shock proof and water resistant, of course, and will set you back about £199 …

Motorola Rugged Notebook and Workstation

Posted in Motorola,Notebooks,Outdoors,PCs by Chetz on March 21st, 2007

Motorola outdoor rugged notebook and workstationYou may never need your computer to have a tough outer shell capable of withstanding the great outdoors but for search and rescue personnel, fire and emergency crews or military personnel stationed in out of the way places, it’s a necessity.

Motorola has stepped up to the likes of the Diamond SwitchBack offering two new PCs designed for such jobs, the ML910 Rugged Notebook and MW810 Mobile Workstation. Both systems are wireless-enabled and made to work in different extremes of climate, with the ML910 having a hard drive heater (!) just in case you snap open this baby in a place where it’s below freezing, as well as having diagnostic software that monitors the internal temperature, working to prevent any lock-ups or power outages as a result of high heat or sub-zero cold.

Powered by a Intel Core Duo 1.66 …

Kestrel 4500 Weather Meter

Posted in Kestrel,Outdoors,Weather Meters by Darrin Olson on March 16th, 2007

Kestrel 4500 Weather MeterDue to popular demand, Kestrel, a company that’s been delivering portable weather instruments for years, has finally come out with a portable weather measuring gadget that can measure both the wind speed and direction using a built in digital compass, along with some other cool and somewhat geeky features.

The Kestrel 4500 weather meter fits into a 2″ x 6″ pouch, weighs less than 8 ounces and records 20 different types of measurements while storing up to 2000 of them which can then be downloaded to a computer and charted. Measurements can be recorded manually or automatically, and can even be set to automatically record when the device is powered off.

Among the many weather measurements that the Kestrel 4500 can record, graph and trend, some of the more notable are crosswind and headwind/tailwind based on a user-defined target, maximum and average wind speeds, wind chill, …

ViviCam 6200W Underwater Digital Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras,Outdoors by Chetz on March 12th, 2007

Vivitar underwater digital cameraIf you’re thinking of taking a vacation to someplace with warm water, your traditional digital camera won’t work when it gets wet. Instead of leaving your camera on the beach and missing out on some fun photos, Vivitar offers you the option of buying their new ViviCam 6200W and diving under the waves with it.

The camera is waterproof to a depth of 30 feet/10 meters, and honestly, if you plan on diving any deeper than that you should be thinking of an oxygen tank instead of snapping photos. The 6200W has 4X zoom, SD card support, 16 MB of built-in memory, a nice 2-inch LCD display that you can show to your friends underwater and a tough rubber-armored exterior perfect for holding in an aquatic environment.

Vivitar just debuted the 6200W at the PMA 2007 happening in Las Vegas, so no pricing has …

SwimMan Waterproof iPod Shuffle

Posted in iPod,Outdoors by Darrin Olson on February 14th, 2007

Waterproof iPod ShuffleThat’s right, this is a second generation iPod shuffle that is waterproof! This waterproof Shuffle does not require a case, but has the waterproofing applied on the inside allowing normal use of the device at its original size.

This Shuffle is water resistant for depths up to 10 feet which makes it safe for showering, bathing or swimming as long as you keep it relatively shallow. SwimMan, the originator of the modified waterproof Shuffle, also has waterproof headphones to go along with it for your underwater listening enjoyment.

The iPod Shuffle with applied waterproofing is available now, and $250 gets you the 1GB Shuffle, the waterproofing technology and a set of waterproof headphones along with a limited warranty (Apple’s warranty is most likely void with this).

SwimMan via Engadget

Voltaic Solar Backpack Recharges Your Gadgets

Posted in Apparel,Outdoors,Solar Powered by Chetz on January 2nd, 2007

Voltaic Systems Solar Powered BackpackTraveling can sometimes make it difficult to keep gadgets charged up, especially when hiking or spending time in remote areas. This backpack from Voltaic Systems has three durable, waterproof solar panels across the back of it which generate up to 4 watts of power, which is plenty to charge up your things.

Inside the backpack there are channels that run throughout the pack and shoulder straps to run wires through which can power and charge various items. A 2,200mAh Li-Ion battery and eleven adapters also come with the Voltaic Backpack to hook up to a wide variety of gadgets and run them temporarily with no power source. The battery has three different voltage settings available to store the solar power.

When riding in the car or indoors, the solar backpack also contains adapters to charge your gadgets and it’s battery through a standard …

SCIRC t1 Remote Solar Powered Webcam

Posted in Digital Imaging,Digital Video,Outdoors,Webcams by Darrin Olson on December 28th, 2006

Solar Powered Webcam SCIRC t1There are probably a number of places that would be available to view via webcam if only it didn’t need a computer and power in close proximity. DigitalXTractions has a solution to this problem by offering a webcam that runs on solar power and sends it’s images directly to an internet site through wireless phone lines.

The webcam has a 1.3 megapixel sensor that can capture either video or still pictures and send them to a site to be viewed through a wireless GPRS/EDGE cellular modem.

The actual camera is 7x4x3 inches and weighs about 5 pounds so it might not be real easy to hide, if that is your plan. Also, there is a solar power option (additional cost) and a back up batter that can take up some additional room wherever you mount it.

The real cool part about this solar webcam …