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7/12/2014
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Tech Toys For Summer Fun

From sterilizing your drinking water to entertaining the kids, these tech tools and apps can help make your summer adventures the best yet.
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iGills SE-35
Imagine you're on a reef at 90 feet, taking in some of the most breathtaking underwater views you've ever laid eyes on. If only you had an underwater camera that was as easy to use as the one on your smartphone! With the $329 iGills SE-35 dive computer case and app, that's exactly what you'll have. It turns your iPhone 3 or 4 into a Nitrox-compatible dive computer that also lets you to take photos and video from underneath the waves. Better yet, you can prepare Facebook and Instagram posts while you're doing surface interval time. Your dive data will be formatted to sync with your computer so you can review those dives for years to come.

Imagine you're on a reef at 90 feet, taking in some of the most breathtaking underwater views you've ever laid eyes on. If only you had an underwater camera that was as easy to use as the one on your smartphone! With the $329 iGills SE-35 dive computer case and app, that's exactly what you'll have. It turns your iPhone 3 or 4 into a Nitrox-compatible dive computer that also lets you to take photos and video from underneath the waves. Better yet, you can prepare Facebook and Instagram posts while you're doing surface interval time. Your dive data will be formatted to sync with your computer so you can review those dives for years to come.

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kstaron
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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.
Curt Franklin
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7/16/2014 | 9:44:13 AM
Re: Underwater toy
@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.
Susan Fourtané
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7/16/2014 | 8:22:35 AM
Re: Underwater toy
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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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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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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7/14/2014 | 6:47:05 PM
Re: Underwater toy
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!
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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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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7/14/2014 | 12:43:33 PM
Re: Underwater toy
Curt, look what I found. :D The iGills in action, plus two other underwater toys.



 

-Susan
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.
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