Water Proof

Garmin Swim watch tracks your progress for $149.99

Garmin Swim watch tracks your progress for $149.99

Garmin has today introduced a new watch designed to help swimmers keep track of their progress, dubbed the Garmin Swim. The watch will monitor stroke type and count, distance, pace, and lengths. The Garmin Swim has been designed to be as easy to set up and use as possible, with the swimmer only needing to input the length of the pool they’ll be using to set the watch and begin tracking.

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HzO Waterblock Hydrophobic smartphone coating Hands-on

HzO Waterblock Hydrophobic smartphone coating Hands-on

Live here in New Orleans for CTIA 2012 we had just started checking out the mobile goods when we spotted the HzO Waterblock booth. We've mentioned them in the past, but their hydrophobic waterproofing technique for smartphones and tablets is unlike anything else currently available, and said to be coming to Samsung and Apple devices soon.

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Olympus TOUGH TG-810 “crushproof” camera packs GPS

Olympus TOUGH TG-810 “crushproof” camera packs GPS

Olympus' second camera of the day can't do anything as fancy as shoot high quality video and images simultaneously, but you can at least throw it under the nearest 100kg weight and still expect it to function. The Olympus TOUGH TG-810 arguably tempts fate by describing itself as "crushproof," and packs a 14-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, dual-image stabilization and  integrated GPS and electronic compass.

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Sony DSC-TX5 waterproof point-and-shoot unearthed

Sony DSC-TX5 waterproof point-and-shoot unearthed

All signs point to a new digicam from Sony that will pack not only pocket-friendly dimensions but a waterproof casing too.  The Sony DSC-TX5 is expected to slot in underneath the DSC-TX7 announced at CES 2010, and have a touchscreen LCD together with an Exmor CMOS sensor.  Meanwhile photos of the camera were apparently posted by Sony and then quickly pulled.

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Liquid Image VideoMasks hands-on

Liquid Image VideoMasks hands-on

If you're considering a new camera or camcorder, you're probably not narrowing down your options by whether you can mount them on your head or not; still, if you're a diver, swimmer or snowboarder then Liquid Image could have a few models for you.  We caught up with the company's goggle-integrated "videomasks" - which range in price from $79 to $350 - at CES 2010; more details and live images after the cut.

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A-DATA SH93 waterproof & shock-resistant portable hard-drive

A-DATA SH93 waterproof & shock-resistant portable hard-drive

A-DATA have lobbed a few new external hard-drives our way and, while we'd normally squeal like little girls at the thought of data damage, today we're mute as sensible, grown men.  That's because the A-DATA SH93 portable hard-drives are waterproof and shock resistant, thanks to a nifty molded rubber-plastic casing.

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Navin miniHomer GPS waterproof keyring compass

Navin miniHomer GPS waterproof keyring compass

If you've ever lost your car, wife or house because of your poor sense of direction, then the miniHomer from Navin may save the day.  A keyring-sized GPS compass, the miniHomer may not have an appetite for donuts but it will store up to five different locations (one of which could be a donut store, admittedly) and guide you back to them with a digital compass.

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DIY ruggedization for laptops, cellphones & cameras tested

DIY ruggedization for laptops, cellphones & cameras tested

There are quite a few companies out there who will sell you a ruggedized laptop, cellphone or digital camera, but they'll also help themselves to a healthy amount from your wallet in return.  The gang at Popular Mechanics decided to see if - with only the sort of typical supplies you could find at Home Depot and Staples - they could make their own versions for a whole lot less money.  That, of course, provided the ideal opportunity to give one of Dell's Inspiron 1545 notebooks a good kicking.

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Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex 7762 outdoor draft-n access point

Ruckus Wireless have announced a new outdoor access point, which the company claims is the “world’s first and only outdoor dual-band 802.11n with dynamic beam forming.”  The ZoneFlex 7762 supports WiFi draft-n along with concurrent dualband 2.4/5GHz and up to sixteen simultaneous SSIDs, inside a heated weatherproof casing.

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Hitachi SimpleNET NAS adapter and USB drives announced

Hitachi SimpleNET NAS adapter and USB drives announced

Hitachi have announced a new range of simple USB hard-drives, together with a basic NAS adapter which can connect two external drives to a network.  The SimpleDRIVE Mini and SimpleTOUGH portable USB drives are available in 250, 320 and 500GB capacities, with the former adding ruggedness and the latter basic colors.

 

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Liquid Image UDCM310 diving mask camera revealed

Liquid Image revealed their latest interesting gadget today in the UDCM310, which is a diving mask meant for underwater adventurers. Only this mask has something extra: a still and video camera built-in for your convenience.

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Super Talent Pico Mini memory sticks: up to 16GB of waterproof storage

Super Talent Pico Mini memory sticks: up to 16GB of waterproof storage

Do you have room in your heart for another tiny memory stick?  Super Talent hope so, hence their latest Pico Mini thumb-drives.  Offering 2GB to 16GB of storage with a USB 2.0 interface and up to 200x transfer speeds, the drives are also waterproof. 

 

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