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It's almost summertime, and if you're like us, you're looking for ways to make sure the living is as easy as possible. Whether you've got a vacation coming up or plan on spending hot days relaxing in the backyard, there are a few gadgets that can help make this summer even more enjoyable.
"Gadget Nation" author and tech expert Steve Greenberg joined TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share his favorite summer finds. From cool picks for outdoor entertaining to solar-powered bug zappers, Greenberg's recommendations are sure to help all season long.
Must-have summer gadgets
Is it really a summer get-together without music? From the pool to picnics, a portable speaker can come in handy for just about any occasion. Greenberg picked this handheld option from Sunfox, which can fully recharge in as little as 16 hours of sunlight or within two hours via a USB port. According to the brand, it is also waterproof, sand-proof and shockproof, so you can bring it along for many summer adventures.
Bug bites are often unavoidable, but according to the brand, this gizmo can at least help to take away some of the itching and swelling they cause. With the press of a button, the device channels heat to the ceramic plates on its end (up to 124 degrees), which can be applied directly to the bite. The brand says it is a chemical-free way to reduce bug bite reactions for everyone ages 2 and up.
Rather than wasting your own physical energy trying to keep bugs away, Greenberg found these solar-powered zappers that you can place around your yard to help eliminate mosquitoes and other insects. According to the brand, they only require moderate sunlight and can provide protection for up to eight hours on a full charge.
Relaxing in the pool sounds nice, but not everyone wants to get wet while doing it. This float was designed with those people in mind. It is elevated above water, so your chances of getting wet are lower. It can support up to 250 pounds, is ergonomically contoured for comfortable lounging and features a sun canopy to help keep you cool, too.
Whether you're an apartment dweller or simply don't have enough room for a fire pit in your backyard, this portable fire pit can bring the bonfire vibes right into your home — without any of the smoke. All you need is some rubbing alcohol and a well-ventilated room to light it in.
Set the mood with these fun lights at late-night barbecues and hangouts this summer. You can switch up the color of the lighting, from warm white to cool white to blue, just by tapping the top of the dome. You can also dim it by pressing down on the top, too. Plus the brand says it is water-resistant.
Ice cream shouldn't be enjoyed as a soup. These insulated bowls can help prevent frozen treats from melting in the summer heat, and even come with their own lids. According to the brand, they can help keep ice cream at the right temperature for up to 200% longer than traditional bowls.
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