Best waterproof tech
Whether you’re off on holiday, a keen swimmer, or love to spend your weekends participating in water sports, a waterproof gadget is the ultimate accessory.
Many smartphones now come with an element of waterproofing, and there are many cases that will help protect your tech from the water. But for complete peace of mind you need to invest in specific waterproof gadgets.
Thankfully, technology has evolved from the bulky waterproof cameras of the past. And there’s a wider selection of gadgets available — here are the best:
You don’t have to pay a fortune to get decent underwater headphones. Unlike a lot of underwater headphones, Finis Duo Underwater MP3 Player can be used in salt and freshwater, and can be bought for £84.99.
The 4GB player is waterproof for up to 2 metres for one hour. They attach to goggles so will most predominantly work if you’re wanting music while you swim.
These headphones don’t use ear buds; instead they use bone conduction audio transmission. According to the Independent, this means the speakers sit on the cheekbones, with sound being picked up by the inner ear.
Underwater cameras need to be resilient, and you can’t get any tougher than the Olympus Tough! TG-5.
It has a 12MP sensor, is able to shoot in 4K, is waterproof to 15 metres, shockproof to 2.1 metres and freezeproof to -10 degrees.
It also has a range of accessories, making it a perfect accompaniment whatever activity you’re doing.
There’s something about lying by the pool or on the beach, it just makes you want to listen to some great music. But sticking your headphones on can isolate you from what’s going on. With a waterproof speaker, you don’t have to compromise between listening to music and chatting with friends… just make sure you don’t disturb everyone else!
To be safe, opt for the JBL Charge 3. This waterproof speaker will withstand any splash, has a great sound, and can even be used to charge your smartphone. You could even take it in the water with you, if you wanted, as it is IPX7-certified, meaning it can withstand 30 minutes underwater at a maximum depth of one metre.
There’s no doubting the popularity of fitness trackers, but not all are waterproof. If you’re after a straightforward device that focuses on fitness, look no further than the Garmin Vivofit HR Activity Tracker.
It’s certainly not one of the newest trackers around but the device has a no-fuss approach and is waterproof up to 150ft so if you want to go snorkelling or diving, the Garmin Vivofit HR will be able to keep up with you.
As if drones weren’t already enough for gadget lovers, there’s now a whole range of underwater drones. However, if you want to get one of these devices, you should be prepared to part with your money.
According to T3, the iBubble Camera is perfect for diving enthusiasts. This autonomous drone will follow you around as you swim and dive, it has a 196-metre max dive depth, and a bracelet allows you to adjust the film modes and angles. The iBubble has a max run time of one hour.
Luckily for your bank balance, the iBubble isn’t expected to be released until summer 2018, so you have some time to save. If you pre-order on IndieGoGo, however, you’ll get a discounted price.