It’s the season for waterproof and splash proof gadgets. From rain proof speakers for the summer barbecue to dunkable smartphones and headphones, there are loads of weatherproof gear available. There are tested weather gadgets in the pouring rain, waterproof headphones at the gym and even dropped a smartphone in a bath. Following are the best water repelling tech gadgets:-
Liquid Image scuba mask model 318
This Bond style scuba mask captures 720p HD video and is hands-free so you can concentrate on getting close to sea creatures. A photo mode snaps 12-megapixel images as you go and the mask takes microSD cards, like Android smartphones. A 4GB microSD card comes in the box and enough for 2 hours of video. Four AAA batteries power the mask. A microphone, flash and 40m depth skills make this a real consideration for a scuba trip.
Sony NWZ W273 Walkman
Sony NWZ W273 Walkman
These are more than sweat proof headphones, these are waterproof to a level that you can take them swimming and not worry if they go underwater. The minimal wraparound headphones don’t need an iPod or MP3 player as there’s enough room for around 40 albums inside the headphones themselves. Sound quality is better when outside of the pool without background noise but they’re amazing. Find the right bud fit and you can swim to the sound of your own music.
Sony TF1 camera
Water resistant upto 10m, there’s not much that bothers the rugged TF1. Designed for extreme sports and one-handed use. 16 megapixels mean double the detail of your iPhone 5 and it’s a sealed unit than can resist low temperatures too. A HD movie and panorama mode mean that is a great value snapper which is easy to use and brilliant for underwater shots.
Pioneer SE D10 E STEEZ headphones
Built for the gym bunny, a coiled cable means there’s no cable flapping around - it reaches your waist and flexes further when needed via the coil. The secure headphones wraparound the back of your ears so they’re in no danger of falling out. IPX2 certification means these are protecting ‘from falling water’ which means they’re great for the rain but, importantly, repel sweat which causes normal in-ear headphones to rust. These are comfortable on a rainy run and brilliant for the gym, rugged as well as sweat proof.
Sony Xperia ZR
A brand new update of Sony’s flagship Xperia Z smartphone, the Xperia ZR can go down to 1.5m underwater and still shoot full HD video. Sony says it can hang around under water for 30 minutes, so you can shoot in full HD if you want to make a Jaws spoof or upload impressive pool pics. You can try and make a phone call too, if you really want to - maybe a Skype video call too.
Speedo Aquabeat 2.0
Another underwater MP3 player with headphones designed for your swim. It attaches to your goggles and is a pebble shaped gadget which floats to the surface if you lose it. 25 hours of playback and a built-in FM radio are impressive extras against the Sony waterproof Walkman but this is an undeniably bulky alternative. 4GB of memory holds around 40 albums and there’s a decent selection of earbuds available.
The first smartphone to go underwater arrived from Panasonic. The Japanese firm has said it has no plans for a UK release but the slick business smartphone is just 9.6mm thick, quite the achievement for such a powerful smartphone. It’s one of the strangest smartphones we’ve seen but ideal for taking your business emails to the beach.
TomTom Multi Sport Watch
Designed as a watch for runners, this ‘multi sport’ edition adds cycling and swimming features. Slim and waterproof, the Multi Sport watch tracks your swim speed and distance but also measures your strokes per minute and general efficiency in the pool. Simple display and ‘one-touch’ command panel. It’s not touchscreen, so the rigid cursor buttons offer easier use and quicker response times when you’re going for a record lap time.
Monitor Audio CL 50 speakers
Available in black or white, these speakers are rain proof and winter proof, making them the ideal partners for your garden party. Best mounted via brackets on a wall. Aluminium grilles protect the speakers and they manage an impressive 80 watts of power. For a hi-fi system, we recommend the £399 Denon Ceol which is a small all-in-one unit, able to play CDs and accept a wired connection from iPods and smartphones as well as streaming music over Wi-Fi.
Neatmo Urban weather station
To know about the weather on an hourly basis, One waterproof tube sits in your garden and the other inside your home. Simply download the free app and behold hyper local weather data including the humidity, air pressure and CO2 levels in your home. If you want to get an second by second report on your garden sunshine before the barbecue, this is an extreme but amusing way of doing it.