2013 Outdoor Gadgets

From GoPro HERO3 to waterproof hearing aids showcased at CES 2013

Last week, The Consumer Electronics Conference, by far the biggest technology tradeshow in the world, convened in Las Vegas, Nevada. Everything from futuristic head massagers to vibrating diet forks debuted over the week. Of the more than 2,000 odd and interesting gadgets that companies showcased during the event, Canoe & Kayak found a few that paired well with a boater’s lifestyle. Check out the five outdoor gizmos to check out in the coming months.

A cool way to bring the phone on the water trip and use it in a fun way. G-Form’s patent-pending technology allows smartphones or iPods to take images at a 90° angle while mounted flat. The same technology also allows the lens of the device to increase the field of view to capture all the action in a 140º wide-angle format. The case attaches to almost any surface and offers both a full waterproof enclosure and skeletal back. The case can aerodynamically adhere to a helmet, skateboard, surfboard, kayak and more.

This one’s a great idea for camping/touring light or for emergencies. Mpowerd’s Luci lamp is a transparent, collapsible cylinder that’s both waterproof and lightweight (four ounces). The 10 LED lights can light up to 15 surrounding square feet. It can also produce six to 12 hours of light after charging by solar power under four to six hours of direct or indirect sunlight.

Always got to bring back a favorite item. The GoPro HERO3 White Edition offers the same performance as the original HD HERO camera, but now has built-in Wi-Fi and is 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter. This new model is waterproof to 197 ft. and can capture 1030p 30 fps and 720p 60 fps video and 5MP photos at 3 photos per second. The built-in Wi-Fi feature allows remote control through the included remote as well as live video preview. It also allows remote control on tablets and smartphones through the free GoPro app.

We found this one merited attention for its ability to offer a new way for people to experience the world. Siemens Hearing Instruments’ new Aquaris is a waterproof and shockproof hearing aid. The hearing aid was designed as a single piece and uses a silicone sealant to connect to the battery. A waterproof layer also keeps the battery working with zinc air batteries by allowing oxygen in and keeping water out.

This one’s just out there and pretty cool. Magic Cook heats and cooks food without fire by using a water-activated heat pack. The compact product offers a lightweight alternative to a gas or alcohol stove. There are two separate metal and plastic containers, and the Magic Pack sits at the bottom of the plastic container. Simply add water and put the metal container inside the plastic one, closing the seal on the lid. The food cooks in about 7-10 mins. Click the video below to see how it works.

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