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The InformationWeek 2007 Summer Gadget Guide

Find sitting on the beach boring? Can't tear yourself away from technology? Here are some great new gadgets that can make your summer fun.

Summer
Gadget Guide
This summer, technology is dedicated to the proposition that you can take it with you. From a grill that plays your iPod on the patio to a hardware firewall that works in hotel rooms, there are gadgets galore to help get you there in fine digital style.

Computing isn't just about work, either. Increasingly, it's about play, and the current crop of gizmos reflects the reach of technology into your off-duty life. Whether you go to the beach on vacation this summer, or to the ends of the earth, you'll take more digital gadgets than ever before -- cell phones, GPS devices, cameras, toys, and media players.

We've divided this year's crop of fun, useful, or just plain weird devices into six different categories:

  • Media That Moves. Here's the mobile, wireless, take-it-with-you stuff that lets you go to that cabin in the woods without leaving it all completely behind. You want your music with you on that scuba dive? You can do that, too.

  • On The Road. Take to the highways or the skyways with a happy heart and no worries. You can sit in your hotel room in Fredonia and confidently use their power, protect your data, and make sure no strangers are prowling through your home.

  • For Photo Fans. Why even bother to go abroad if you don't have any pictures to post? These gadgets let you snap faraway vistas, track your photos, and put yourself in the picture.

  • Take A Hike. If you're the more energetic type, these gadgets will keep you connected. They include a GPS unit built for hard traveling, solar panels for tenting trips, and a camera that will let you shoot while snowboarding.

  • Techie Toys. OK, we all know that tech is fun. So pull out your USB-powered fridge and have a cool one while you check out the stars in the summer sky and prepare to meet the aliens with your Sonic Screwdriver.

  • Coming Attractions. Sorry, but there are some summer releases out there that aren't available -- yet. But you'd better pay attention, because once these devices hit the shelves, they're going to go fast.

    What follows is a collection of the year's best devices to amplify and extend, capture, enlarge, preserve, locate, transport, correct, empower, enhance, educate, entertain, protect, and serve. Don't leave home without them.

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