6 Tech Products to Complement Your Canada Day Celebrations

Christine Persaud

Published: 06/28/2019 10:30:01 AM EST in Sound

6 Tech Products to Complement Your Canada Day Celebrations

As you gear up to celebrate Canada's birthday this coming Monday, July 1, here are some great products that can complement what you might be planning to do with the time off, both this long weekend and through the summer.

If you're going camping...

Look at the GoSun Fusion solar cooker, which can cook enough food to feed a family of five using only power from the sun. It can work with additional accessories such as a power bank to recharge it, a travel bag, and a solar PV panel to charge the power bank via solar energy as well. An optional Bluetooth, app-compatible thermometer lets you know when the food is fully solar cooked. It can reach temperatures as hot as 550-degrees Farenheit (280-degrees Celsius) uses patented vacuum tube technology, while remaining cool to the touch. Great for the cottage, picnic in the park, or beach as well, it's about $590

If you're playing golf...

The Garmin all-in-one Approach G80 GPS golf device has radar capabilities that can track club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, swing tempo, and estimated distance to help you improve your game, just in time for summer. The slim device includes a 3.5-inch sunlight-readable colour touchscreen with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours, a button to access the integrated radar features during play, and a rear case divot for sitting on a golf ball for better screen display viewing. Engage in practice and game modes, or test your skills on the driving range in virtual rounds on more than 41,000 preloaded full-colour courses around the world. Other features include Touch Targeting for showing the precise yardage to a specific spot; Green View that zooms in on the green to adjust a pin location or shift the flag; and PlaysLike Distance that automatically adjusts yardages to a specific target based on your elevation. US$500

If you're having a backyard party...

If you don't have outdoor audio installed just yet, considering picking up a few portable Bluetooth speakers you can set up around the perimeter of your deck, pool, or backyard. The JBL Flip 4 is a good choice since it's waterproof, and you can connect multiple ones together to create a more enveloping sound experience. Connect your phone via Bluetooth, then stream your favourite playlists to keep the party going all night (or day) long. If you're not ready to buy just yet, note that the JBL Flip 5, which adds USB-C charging, will launch in August for $140. It, too, can be added to a system of multiple speakers, through JBL Connect+.

If you're taking a road trip...

Soon, you'll be able to liven up road trips, and keep the kids thoroughly entertained in the backseat, with the US$60 Carpool Karaoke Mic from Singing Machine. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and to the car's FM tuner or via Aux cord. Stream tunes from popular sites like Spotify and YouTube, and your voice (or your kids) will come through the car's speaker system. There are independent mic volume controls, and fun lights and pulse and sync to the music. You might have to wait for the next road trip, though, as while the mic goes on pre-sale July 1, it won't ship until July 15. But that'll be in more than enough time for your next summer road trip, or drive up to the cottage. And you can use your road trip this weekend to devise a set list of songs each person will be singing.

If you're headed to the cottage...

While you might be heading to the cottage for some R&R this weekend, and maybe planning to stay up a few extra days (why not?) that doesn't mean work is put on hold. You need to ensure the office can still get in touch, if necessary. And while cellular signal is vastly improving in remote areas, there are still dead spots and areas where coverage is spotty. If your cottage is way out there, you might be able to benefit from a booster. You can get one for the actual cottage, like the SureCall Flare 3.0 that can boost 3G and 4G LTE signals in areas up to 3,000 square feet in size. But consider also having one for the car so you can maintain a reliable signal throughout the entire drive to and from the cottage, where there might be known dead zones. You'd have, after all, to have a call drop just as you're chatting with an important client on your way back home. The SureCall N-Range can be used in cars, trucks, and other vehicles, and uses patent-pending Extended Range Technology (ERT) that amplifies a signal immediately at its strongest point to boost it at maximum power before feeding the signal to the device. Thus, you'll enjoy improved calling, texting, and LTE data for connecting with those back at the office, using GPS to navigate to an unknown destination (say, if you're visiting a friend's cottage and don't know the area as well), or communicating over a software program like Slack. It starts at about $250.

If you're relaxing at home...

If you plan to do nothing but relax at home, cleaning up around the house, gardening, or other tasks, consider grabbing an e-reader like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite you can use to curl up with a good book at night. This one has a paperwhite display and can be viewed in direct sunlight. Since it can withstand being immersed in up to two metees of water for up to 60 minutes, you can safely bring it with you on a pool floatie while you chill for a few hours before beginning another hectic week. Selling for as low as $140 for the 8GB model, you might want to wait for the new one that comes out July 24. But if you're looking for casual reading now, and to get rid of all of those old paperbacks you've been holding onto, it might be worth grabbing this one now.

Happy Canada Day!

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