GENTLEMEN’S ROOM HIGH TECH
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ummer is in full swing and that means trips to the beach and water. In addition to your sunscreen, towels and flip flops, here are some gadgets and tech-advanced toys to allow for more fun in the sun.
Story | MICHAEL GARFIELD
APPS FOR THE SAND&SURF FISH RULES
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 highdefinition 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
Fishing in saltwater takes more than just baiting a rod and reel. Fish Rules is an app that simplifies saltwater fishing regulations into an easy to understand format. With a glance, know if a fish is in season, how many you can keep, how big they have to be, and more.
If you don’t want to invest in an expensive metal detector to scour beaches or just need to locate electrical wires or nails in your walls, download the Metal Detector app. It measures magnetic field values using the built-in magnetic sensor in your device. If there is metal in the area the strength of the magnetic field should increase.
A great scuba diving log book and the only one that downloads your scuba dives and dive profiles to your tablet and smartphone directly via USB. Get a weather and marine forecast for your dive sites and you can also enrich your logged dives with personal notes, pictures and underwater photos.
MICHAEL GARFIELD Known as “The High-Tech Texan®” to audiences nationwide, Michael hosts technology and issue-oriented talk radio shows six days a week on The 9-5-0. See what he’s up to at HighTechTexan.com.
MINELAB | LIQUID IMAGE | LOWRANCE
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