Top Five Waterproof Gadgets So You Can Go Outside and Play

By Stefania Viscusi May 03, 2012

Nothing shouts spring and summer more than sunshine, warm weather and the chance to spend more time outdoors. But in a world where technology and gadgets have become our most prized possessions and leaving them behind is just not an option, venturing outdoors can seem risky. Fear can overtake us when we think about dropping or misplacing our devices, draining the battery, losing reception, and, perhaps scariest of all -- water getting into our phones.

But these excuses shouldn’t keep you from taking in some fresh air and enjoying the outdoors any longer, as a number of companies have introduced waterproof devices that make these gadgets just as fun outside as they are when we are indoors.

There is a world of possibilities opened up by waterproofed devices. How about going swimming with your phone, taking pictures with a camera while you’re on the beach and in the water, or swimming with headphones in? The possibilities expand far and wide.

Here some of the most talked about waterproof gadgets we’ve found across the Web are, in no particular order:

Pantech Element: This is a waterproof Android tablet that includes an 8-inch display, front- and rear-facing cameras and has “PC-like” tabbed browsing. The device is water and splash proof – and while it’s not intended to be taken into the water for a swim – it can be submerged into 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. So you can still take it to the beach or watch your favorite movies poolside, without putting the device in danger.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5: This is a digital camera that comes from a long line of successful predecessors and is not only waterproof, but measures just 3.75×2.25×0.72 inches and weighs only 4.5 ounces – a much slimmer and more lightweight waterproof camera than others in the market. The device is not only waterproof in up to 10 feet of water, but its certified freeze proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof up to about a five-foot drop.  And with 720P HD video recording and an HDMI output, you can capture some amazing underwater video whether you’re on vacation on some luxurious island or your kids are having fun at a backyard barbecue.

LifeProof iPhone CaseThis protective case for the iPhone offers users a slim, lightweight cover to protect phones from breaking or damage when taken on outdoor journeys.

Weighing less than an ounce and adding only 1/16” of depth to the phone, this product promises to protect from water, dirt, shock and snow.

Yours truly had a chance to review this product which the company says is able to handle shock and impact because the cases are tested to Military Specifications MIL-STD-810F-516.5.Want more proof? Check out the brave video taken below for the review purposes:


Pebble smart watch: This is quickly becoming one of the most talked about gadgets - a smart watch that resembles a smartphone and works with iPhones and Androids. It’s small, light and wearable on your wrist. Different uses for the watch include GPS, bike computer, music, checking messages right on your wrist -- and more importantly, it’s waterproof. So you can leave it on while you swim or if you’re caught running in the rain, there is no fear of water damage to the device.

The company, which is currently seeking funding, recently announced on its homepage that it was blown away by support of upwards of $1M in funding just 28 hours after their announcement. As of today, with 15 more days left in their funding pursuit, the company has 55,179 backers and has pledged $8,232,294 of their $100,000 goal.

H2O Audio 4G Interval Waterproof Headphone System: H2O Audio offers a number of waterproof designed solutions and gadgets but one of their standout offerings are stereo headphones that you can take with you while you swim.

The H2O Audio Interval Waterproof Case and Headphone System available for the 4th Gen iPod shuffle and can be used to jam to tunes while you swim underwater and an integrated case can be attached to any swim goggles so you can even push buttons or change the volume on the device up to 12 feet underwater.

So, with these devices, you can enjoy the fun and sun and still keep yourself connected to the technological world!

Edited by Rich Steeves

Assignment Desk Editor

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