Garmin’s new Foretrex 401 GPS device is an improvement over its 201. About 20% smaller than the original, it has a display that is about the same size. Designed for the outdoorsy type, it is lightweight, waterproof, and features a 2-axis digital compass, barometric altimeter and USB connection for data sharing and updates. At a weight of only 3 oz., the 401 needs 2 AAA batteries for up to 24 hours of usage and should retail for about $250.000 this month.
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Just in case you plan on doing your online surfing in the tub or fear you may drop it in the pool, Clevo has come up with an 8.9-inch waterproof industrial notebook. Displayed at the recent Computex Taipei 2009, the RIGID-note T890M has a RFID or 2D bar code reader, GPS, an Intel Atom Processor and an 8.9-inch WSVGA display (1024x600.) No price or release date has been announced.
Sharp and Japanese mobile network KDDI have teamed for a new cell phone that should please anyone who is trying to help the planet. The cellie has a solar panel in its lid that will recharge in direct sunlight up to 10 minutes. That will give it one minute of talk time or 2 hours of standby, and the panel can contribute up to 80% of the total power supply. The handset is also waterproof and expected out in June.
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iRiver and Speedo have teamed to create the LZR Aquabeat Racer. This ergonomic, rubber MP3 player can hold 2GB of memory and will play about 30 minutes per charge. Not only is the device waterproof, it has a depth limit of about 10 ft. It features basic controls such as play/volume/stop/change track and supports MP3 and WMA files. The Aquabeat is only in Japan for now for ¥12,800 ($145.00.)
If money is no object and you want to catch your evening news in your outside jacuzzi, the Innovizion is for you. The 65-inch HD LCD screen is waterproof and wireless with a transmitter that can be used up to 150 ft. away. Also available in 20, 32, 42 and 52-inches It features a “glare reduction coating,” can be connected to a DVD or video player and has an integrated digital tuner, built-in speakers, and a huge $35,990.00 price tag.
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Aqua Sounders are waterproof, wireless, floating speakers for your pool, jacuzzi or bathtub that have Ultra Bright LED Mood lights to make the experience more than just your average dip in the water. Listen to up to 10 hours of music with battery power (not included) with a 150 ft. listening range. Add up to 10 more speakers to share the music (also sold separately) all over your yard. Each carries a MSRP of $149.95.
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This has to be the ultimate gadget for golfers. The Garmin Approach G5 is a waterproof, heavy duty touchscreen GPS device filled with thousands of individual golf course maps. Included are shot distances, exact yardage, hazards and green position. When you move, the Approach automatically updates your position. It also doubles as a digital scorecard for up to 4 players. There is no subscription or setup fee and as courses are added, the download is free. This is a good thing, as the system will set you back $499.99.
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For aspiring Michael Phelps’ who like to do their laps to music, the Finis SwiMP3 is a perfect answer. The waterproof player uses bone-conduction technology so the sound vibrations are transferred from the cheekbone to the inner ear. Attach to any snorkeling mask or goggles and get 10 hours of tunes before needing a recharge. The integrated panel has on/off, volume, next/previous track, pause, and shuffle control and the 256MB of storage allows about 60 titles. The SwiMP3 has a MSRP of $149.99.
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Replace that outdated rubber ducky with this waterproof HMS Battleship. The floating ship has an FM tuner with auto-scanning, volume control and reset button. At a size of 19 x 5 x 4cm, the HMS needs 2 AAA batteries (not included.) Equipped with missiles and guns, we figure you could probably grab a couple of them at £13.00 (~$19.00) each and have soapy battles with your best bud.
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GE has debuted their first waterproof digital cam that can handle depths of up to 10 ft. The G3WP has a 4x digital zoom, a 12.2 megapixel resolution, a 2.7-inch automatically adjusting LCD display and support for up to ISO 3200. It also features Pan-Capture Panorama, Auto Scene, Blink, Face and Smile detection and red eye removal. The G3WP will be available in red, black or gray and comes with Li-ion battery and charger, AV and USB cables, editing software and wrist strap.
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