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Tech Toys For Summer Fun
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zaious
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zaious,
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7/13/2014 | 6:57:18 PM
I want all!
Techie toys are fascinating! I loved the last one the most, the drone copter. Sending at $1200 toy up in firework is risky; it might get hit by a projectile or a burning piece. However, the results are breathtaking as well. The aquatic ones are also tempting, underwater photography is getting mainstream. 
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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7/14/2014 | 10:15:25 AM
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@zaius, I'll admit that I have a serious case of the hots for a drone, as well. In a couple of months I'm going to a seminar on drone video production: I suspect that my "techno-lust" will go into high gear after that!

As for underwater video, I'm looking forward to taking my GoPro on my next dive. It's rated to rec limits and (with a lens adapter) can take pretty good shots. I feel some reef video coming on...
jastroff
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jastroff,
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7/14/2014 | 10:42:14 AM
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@curtis -- nice list of stuff

 

I was hoping for a high tech pale and shovel, maybe a usb-enabled number, but alas, no. So I'll take the cameras (adult and kid) and the sand-free blanket.
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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7/14/2014 | 12:32:04 PM
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@ Curt.  The summer toys I will be interested in getting are the sand less towel.  Although going to the beach is fun. What is not fun is  reading rid of all the sand I have collected while at the beach.  Also, I liked the camera that I can clip to my clothes, this will allow me to focus on the trip rather than taking pictures.
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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7/14/2014 | 6:45:34 PM
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@Pedro, I'm with you: I love the beach, hate scraping sand out of my clothes for hours after I leave.

I've been thinking a lot about life loggers: I'm intrigued by the conecept -- I just worry whether I'm going to miss the big camera that I keep as a "security blanket" when we're on vacation.
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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7/14/2014 | 6:42:18 PM
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@jastro, if there were a high-tech pail and shovel set I'm sure my dear wife would have it -- she's an absolute genius when it comes to sand sculpture!
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/14/2014 | 7:45:01 AM
Underwater toy
Curt,

"After all, tech is still out there doing its thing even when the sun is shining at 8:30 p.m."

Or, when the sun is shining at midnight, like in Finland. :) 

I want the iGilles for taking underwater pictures and video. :D I believe from all the toys you presented this is the most fun of them all.

I considered the drone as well, because having your own drone has to be cool. Then, I couldn't find any good use to it after thinking for a minute, so I just stayed with the underwater thingy. Maybe the drone can be fun for spying and playing summer secret agent. :D  

-Susan
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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7/14/2014 | 10:18:08 AM
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@Susan, I'm intrigued by the iGills, as well: I've got a (relatively simple) dive computer, but I love the idea of being able to do things from the graphical interface that my phone would allow. Now, I just have to plan some trips to the Atlantic coast: Diving on the Gulf Coast of the Florida peninsula can be good, but involves a long boat ride to get to any depth. Plus, on the Atlantic coast I can get in some lionfish hunting!
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/14/2014 | 12:43:33 PM
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Curt, look what I found. :D The iGills in action, plus two other underwater toys.



 

-Susan
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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7/14/2014 | 6:47:05 PM
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Thanks for that, @Susan! I have to say, I like the idea of this -- and of a little scooter that clips onto your tank. The idea of gliding around the reef while not kicking really appeals to my sense of laziness!
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/15/2014 | 2:50:01 AM
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Curt, 

Here is some inspiration if you get your new underwater toy: iGills dives the historic U-352 German submarine sunk during WWII off the North Carolina Coast. Now, that is interesting, plus all the pretty fish around. :D The iGilles seems to be a nice toy. 

 

 

Here is more about the U-352 German submarine; this time without iGills, but with some Lionfish. :) 

 

-Susan
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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7/15/2014 | 9:35:52 AM
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Thanks for these, @Susan! Most people in the US have no idea just how many ships WW II sent to the bottom within sight of our shores. Many are within recreational dive limits -- I'm afraid I've reached the point where decompression diving (or mixed gas aside from EAN) is just too much like work.

I am keeping a folder on good lionfish recipes, though: I honestly think it's going to be the next big thing in seafood dining down here!
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/16/2014 | 8:22:35 AM
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Curt,

Lionfish the next big thing in seafood dining? Are you keeping the folder on Lionfish recipes in preparation for the Lionfish a là Curt Franklin's Specialties seafood restaurant? :D 

-Susan 
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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7/16/2014 | 9:44:13 AM
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@Susan, the outdoor and sporting publications aimed at Florida residents and visitors are already featuring lots of lionfish recipes. "If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em" is the motto of many outdoors folks -- and when they're truly tasty, it makes population control even easier!

While they have no natural predators in the Caribbean or Americas, I've seen video indicating that some morays are starting to develop a taste for lionfish. That would be a positive development, indeed.
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7/24/2014 | 5:11:01 PM
kids don't always need 'kid' stuff
For kids you can also get solid durable products like the nikon coolpix, which is waterproof and fairly sturdy. Good for the 5-10 crowd because they get a real camera and it doesn't look childish. If you put a cheaper android tablet in a really good solid case like an otter case it will survive nearly anything the kids can throw at it as long as it's not liquid. (Or put yours in a solid case so they can borrow it) Even when my littlest was two she did well with our regular stuff in a really good case. And this way they grow into the machines instead of out of them.


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