3 High-Tech Gadgets to Enhance Your Summer

Minelab Safari Metal Detector

I used to chuckle at people who walked the beaches with a metal detector. I assumed they spent hours looking for buried treasure but ended up with a few pennies and a lost earring. But metal detectors have become sophisticated and found treasure can be valuable.

The Safari Metal Detector from Minelab uses advanced digital filtering to eliminate the “false signals” of ground signals. This allows for seamless detecting whatever the field conditions. With its high trash density setting, target IDs and audio tones are updated when sweeping over closely spaced targets. This improves the recovery of deeply buried high conductivity targets in a trashy environment.

It’s lightweight and comes with headphones to hear the audible tones when possible treasure is located. The NiMH rechargeable battery pack saves money on replacement batteries. minelab.com

Lowrance Fishfinder/Chartplotter

Fishing is a wonderful sport but can be frustrating at times if you don’t know where they are biting. Wouldn’t it be nice to see what’s in the water to give you an advantage of those fish? Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957, has several models of fishfinders that practically lead anglers to where they are biting.

The Elite CHIRP series comes in a 5-inch or widescreen 7-inch design. Each can produce low, medium and high sonar ranges and display two user-selected ranges simultaneously. They also feature DownScan Imaging that provides easy-to-understand, picture-like views of structure and bottom detail. Those fish can’t hide from you any longer.

The devices also have a highly accurate, built-in GPS antenna and a detailed U.S. map with more than 3,000 lakes and rivers, plus coastal contours to 1,000 ft. Prices range from $669 to $869 but it’s a small price to pay for an advantage to find dinner. lowrance.com

Liquid Image Scuba Mask

I enjoy scuba diving but half the fun is telling stories and showing friends photos of my underwater adventures. I no longer need to carry a dedicated camera housed in a waterproof case to take photos and videos. I simply need to look through my diving mask.

The Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD makes underwater photography hands free for safer swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. You can photograph or video your dive buddies or sea life up to 130 feet deep.

The 135-degree angle lens is center-mounted about your eyes and can shoot in 1080p high-definition for brilliant video. The camera can also take still photos with a 12 megapixel resolution. The unit can hold up to a 32 megabyte storage card which is good enough for many hours of video and photos. liquidimageco.com

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