After the past year, it feels like this is a summer where we would all like to let loose. With vaccinations on the rise and states lifting many of their COVID restrictions, we may finally be able to have some fun. To help make your summer even more enjoyable, you may want to check out some of these gadgets perfect for those long summer days and nights.
Drone: A View from the Pilot’s Seat
What better way to express your freedom from COVID restrictions than to see what it is like to soar through the skies? The DJI FPV ($1,299) is a first-person view drone that offers an immersive experience as you strap on a pair of goggles and see everything from the drone’s point of view. You can even use a motion controller that steers the drone based on your hand movements, so it really feels as if you are flying like Superman. The DJI FPV also comes with a more traditional remote control and offers three flight options depending on your experience.
Pizza Oven: Wood-Fired Cooking
If you enjoy cooking outside and eating pizza, then Ooni’s line of pizza ovens may be your match made in heaven. The company offers various gas-powered models in addition to the Ooni Fyra ($299), which streamlines wood-fired cooking through hardwood pellets that make for a no-nonsense experience, effortless cooking, and add a smoky, aromatic flavor to the pizza. The Frya is ready to go in just 15 minutes and can cook your homemade pizza in just 60 seconds. Plus, it is lightweight (about 22 lbs), so you can cook it from anywhere.
Sunglasses: Sports and Sounds
Designed for those into sports, the Bose Frames Tempo ($249) do more than just shield your eyes from the sun—they also provide high-quality sound. The Bose Open Ear Audio design allows you to hear your music and your surroundings at the same time, without the need for headphones or earbuds. The polycarbonate polarized lenses are scratch- and shatter-resistant as well as swappable. You can switch lenses in seconds based on your activity such as Road Orange (which is ideal for road running or cycling) or Trail Blue (best for shaded trails when hiking or mountain biking).
Ice Cream: The Keurig of Frozen Treats
Keurig’s pod coffee makers have inspired countless imitators for other beverages including beer, cocktails, and smoothies. Now, ColdSnap offers a new option for those who love frozen treats like ice cream (dairy and non-dairy), frozen yogurt, frozen smoothies, frozen coffee, and more. You simply insert a single-serve pod into the machine, wait 60 to 90 seconds, and then enjoy. But the company will only be releasing a limited supply in the second half of 2021 before a broader launch in 2022.
Water Gun: An Epic Battle
Either relive your youth or get your kids a water gun like you never had with the SpyraTwo ($159). This beast of a water gun can shoot 22 semi-automatic water blasts per charge with a range of 30 feet. To charge it, you just need to dip into a water source for 12 seconds—the battery lasts for 90 water recharge cycles or about 2,000 water blasts. On those hot summer days, enjoy a cool, refreshing water gun battle. It’s time we had some fun again.