OK, so now that we’ve covered some very high-tech, yet affordable ways to get your house and yard in tip-top shape this spring (with less effort too!) – it’s time to think about what you can do with all that free time you have since all the chores are done! Like a lot of you, I love to get out-of-doors, but I’ve become more than a little reliant on my electronic leash (i.e. cell phone). I’m also not what you might call a camping “purist”, so these gadgets definitely caught my eye when I was trying to figure out how to achieve the happy balance between communing with nature while avoiding the avalanche of emails that would be waiting for me when I got home (if I got home – without getting lost!)
First on the list is the Solio Magnesium Charger, which offers USB charging for those devices you just can’t go without for a day or two.
Boasting twice the capacity of our previous CLASSIC model, a day of sun gives you three complete charges on your portable electronic devices. The CLASSIC2 now features a full-sized USB port allowing thousands of devices to easily connect, just by using their dedicated charging cable.
The CLASSIC’s iconic design has been updated to be slimmer, while larger solar panels allow for faster solar charging. So what are you waiting for? Go green in style with the Solio CLASSIC2!
Plus it looks cool and you use a pencil to set it up as a sundial to tap the solar energy for keeping your toys available for more geeky pursuits – like updating your Facebook status or taking pictures to add to your Facebook status!
Once you’ve got all your cameras, iPhones, and iPods charged up, you may want to think about an old fashioned item no serious outdoorsman would leave home without – a map! Or in my case, being the true geek that I am, a GPS. If there’s one thing you seriously don’t want to leave home without – it’s a way to find your way back home – and Garmin has the GPSMAP 60CSx will make sure you find your way through the woods without leaving a trail of bread crumbs.
The 60CSx comes with a blank 64 MB microSD card, so you can store extra maps from optional MapSource® mapping software. Just connect to your computer with the USB cable, and you can load map data or transfer routes and waypoints. You even can purchase microSD cards that are preloaded with MapSource maps, which means you don’t have to connect to your computer. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you never have to worry about water getting inside.”
So once you’ve seen all you want to of the wild, you can head back to your Orange Solar Tent – complete with solar powered chargers to keep your phone, cameras and laptop going. But wait, what if you get lost (and the GPS is out of juice??) Not to worry! This tent will lead you back home – simply send a text message to your tent and it will glow!
Specially coated solar threads are woven into conventional fabric and can be folded easily. Because of its light weight, it sets you free from carrying conventional heavy solar panels. The three directional glides can be rotated in any direction to follow the sun the whole day. Not only this, but it incorporates “glo-cation” technology which helps the festival-goers to track the location using either an SMS message or automatic active RFID technology.”
And maybe the best thing about this tent – besides the ultra-cool tech stuff!! – is the heating element embedded in the ground sheet, and controlled by the central hub – no more heating up by the fire when you can cozy up in your tent with the internet! OK so maybe this won’t appeal to those “real” campers – but I think there are a lot of you guys who’ll be able to get out and enjoy some of the beauty of the wilderness – without sacrificing some of the creature comforts of civilization.
These are some of the things I’m putting on my wish list for recreational adventure time…what kind of gadgets do you have – or want to have – when you venture into the great unknown? Let me hear from you!
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