Gadgetry of all stripes continue to shrink, speed up, get more memory, aquire more doo-dads, but I keep spilling energy drinks on my keyboard and buying new ones. WTF, state of techonolgy? Well, finally, in the last year or so, a slurry of waterproof gadgets are making their way onto the market for the aquatic and/or the clumsy. Here's 7 that will actually make your life cooler.
Sanyo 52-Inch LCD Flatscreen
This waterproof television which is bigger and brighter (sun-readable LCD) than your inside television is so waterproof that it can actually withstand low-pressure jets of water comparable to, say, a hot tub. Do you realize what that means? Buy yourself some underwater speakers, a snorkel, and have yourself the greatest Waterworld theme party ever!
EP2502 Cell Phone/Watch
If you take a lot of calls underwater but are concerned about your minutes adding up, the EP2502 cell phone/watch is just right for you. Actually, as a frequent victim of the conspiracy of water damage stickers, this is not such a bad idea. And, for $299, it’s in the same ballpark as other water resistant (not even proof) phones. Plus, you get to look like a secret agent any time you take/make a call.
Sanyo Xacti Blue Video Camera
Another entry from Sanyo, this digital video camera is waterproof, but only a little bit. It can go five feet under for up to an hour. Think of it like a dolphin with poor swimming ability in that regard. The rub on this lil’ guy (and he is little: 5.3 oz) is that he records in MPEG-4 format which is pretty horrible. The amount of horrible video you can record underwater is also contingent on how big an SD card you buy. That said, it'd make for a fun (if expensive) pool party.
Olympus Stylus SW series Digital Cameras
These are some of the more useful products on this list. There’re a handful of settings you can use on this camera that optimize (for a point and shoot) underwater pictures to the point of intelligibility (but probably not art). They’re waterproof up to 33 feet depending on the model, which is a considerable advantage over their closest competition at Pentax. And, as a bonus, they’re shock proof. My favorite part, though, is that the nature of a digital camera and how it is used allows you to offer it over toward your friends and “accidentally” force them to drop it in their beer. Hm, your ruined my camera. I guess drinks are on you, chief.
I-O Data 16GB Flash Drive
This little baby flash drive is 2 x 2.3-inches, has 16GB of flash memory, and is waterproof up to a meter. That shouldn’t be a problem since all it likely has to withstand is coffee and tea and energy drinks being spilled all over it. My favorite part is the super-cute way they curl the USB cord around the drive itself. Adorable. Get it in Japan for $241.
VIK Glowing Keyboard
VIK, or “virtually indestructible,” keyboards are flexible, rubberized, and glow-in-the-friggin-dark! You can roll it up and pack it away. It has standard hot keys and a USB connection to any PC. There’s not much else to say about this little guy. Elegance in simplicity, if simplicity can be said of anything that glows in the dark for no apparent reason.
It's only 128MB of memory. It has no extra slots for memory cards. It costs $250. But, it's waterproof! And it doesn't play the music back through your ears, it plays it through your jawbones! It's sounding (get it?) better and better now isn't it? The SwiMP3 player sits on the back of your melon, and clips onto any pair of goggles you might enjoy. The ear (jaw?) pieces fit below the band of the goggles. The battery life is only about 4 hours, but that's a long time to swim aerobically. I can't even play Wii that long.