With Spring just around the corner, its time to grab your outdoor gear and head out for adventure. AZ Tech Beat has a few recommendations for you outdoor lovers.
This Flagstaff, Ariz. startup developed a community-based mobile app and website that helps travelers locate running, hiking and cycling trails around the country complete with ratings, amenity listings and photos. As well, you can simply find a regularly scheduled ride or run in your area. This app is currently on public beta testing at the Apple App Store.
Read more coverage about Localeikki from AZTB here.
Panasonic Lumix TS 5
This 16.1 megapixel camera is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof camera. It also has Wi-Fi capabilities to wirelessly transfer your content. Its has NFC-enabled letting you use your smartphone as a camera remote.
The Handpresso Auto
Need a caffeine fix when you are out and about? The Handpresso Auto is one gadget for those looking to get his or her espresso fix on-the-go. This espresso maker is compatible with a standard 12-volt car socket. Users plug in their Handpresso Auto, add the required amount of water (it alerts you when its full) and slip in an ESE pod of their choice. The espresso maker takes about two minutes to heat the drink and will beep three times when it is ready. Next, the user just has to flip the Handpresso Auto upside down and press the ‘brew’ button on the side to pour the espresso into his or her cup. The device is the size of a travel mug and fits in most cup holders.
The BioLite CampStove allows campers to feed themselves while staying green and keeping connected. Campers can cook their meals by placing renewable biomass, such as the twigs and pinecones that can be collected near the campsite, into the BioLite stove to create a fire. Additionally, the 8.25-inch by 5-inch stove converts the heat from the fire into usable electricity and features a USB cord for charging your devices.
The SPOT Connect links your smartphone to communication satellites when you are outside of cell phone coverage. While hiking, camping and driving in these areas, the Connect allows you to send text messages, emails and Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as send GPS coordinates and an emergency message to the International Emergency Response Coordination Center if you are in need of assistance. The Connect can also be programmed to send check-in messages to predetermined contacts with a click of a button.
Watch their demo video here.
This unique tripod system, SOLOSHOT, automatically rotates your camera to follow you or your subject up to 2000 feet away using a small waterproof sensor attached to an armband. The SOLOSHOT allows those filming to create high-quality video footage without the need for a camera operator. A great accessory to film outdoor sports or an active lifestyle.
Read in the pool or the tub, the Kindle Paperwhite is now waterproof down to 210 feet. Users no longer have to worry about spilling on their Kindle and the waterproof edition allows for easy cleaning. The Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite features an adjustable front-lit display, 8-week battery life and huge library of books to choose from.
$189 – $209 waterfi.com
The DrySkin by Subtech Sports is a 100% waterproof screen protector for your smartphone or tablet. The DrySkin protects the user’s phone from water, dirt, sand, snow and scratches. This screen protector is only 0.2mm/0.008in thick. The DrySkin is available for the iPhone 5, Galaxy SII, iPad, Blackberry Bold, iPhone 4/4S and iPad 2.
For a 2-pack $24.95 subtechsports.com