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Apple Watch, Sony Xperia Z3 And Other Hot Summer Gadgets

What better way to exit the long, cold winter than to launch into summer with snazzy new gadgets from some of the world's best technology companies? From the Apple Watch, to the waterproof Xperia, here are our picks.
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Whether you're getting ready to head to the beach, put in overtime at the gym to get your behind-schedule beach body ready before the summer heatwave hits, or simply celebrate the return of long sunny days and backyard barbecues, now's a good time to take a look at the latest, snazziest gadgets available.

It doesn't have to be all about self-indulgence, however: If you've got a recent high school or college graduate in the family, this could be the perfect time to gain "preferred uncle" status by making a gift of a brand new Macbook or waterproof smartphone.

In addition, Fathers Day is right around the corner, making this an idea time to start searching for the perfect way to say thanks to Dad, perhaps with a high-tech outdoor grill. Did you know they come with LCD displays these days? You could also consider the just-dorky-enough-to-be-cool IO Hawk, an electric skateboard-style device that uses Segway-style body motion controls to bring you up to speed.

If you want to go a little crazy, price-wise, you could also spring for a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter drone, which features a 14-megapixel camera that is capable of shooting 1080p video. It has an app for Apple iOS or Google Android devices that lets users fully control the drone.

Although it costs about $1,000 -- batteries included, thank you -- the drone is packed with features including GPS navigation with auto takeoffs and auto landings, intelligent high power flight battery, and a built-in safety database of no fly zones, although at this point we would hope you know enough to keep it away from the White House lawn.

We've also included some perennial favorites like a compact digital camera (selfie-stick not included), an HD display to help you spruce up your aging desktop, and a Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker so you can blast your favorite summer bangers by pool or on the beach.

Take a look at this summer season's best high-tech gadgets that would be perfect as a gift or a treat to yourself, but don't blame us if you wind up buying all of them.

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Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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5/25/2015 | 2:23:06 PM
Segway skateboard
A Segway skateboard is a really fun way of getting around IT sectors while attending meetings and conventions. This could be a real head turner and give you the "cool guy" outlook if you enter meetings standing atop it.
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5/28/2015 | 2:35:29 AM
Phantom 3
I just watched the video of the Phantom 3. The quad is a thing of beauty. If I only have a thousand bucks.

I'm certain movie creators will love it
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5/28/2015 | 4:33:21 PM
Re: Apple Watch, Sony Xperia Z3 And Other Hot Summer Gadgets
One thing's for sure; it feels like summer already. It's hot as anything here in New England! Feels like just yesterday I couldn't leave my house due to a mountain of snow. I do associate summer with new gadgets; maybe it dates back to taking my Game Boy on family trips. I doubt I'll be making any big purchases this year, but this was an enjoyable read. I was surprised to see you didn't include prices, but it's nothing a Google search can't take care of. Funnily enough, although you mentioned the Phantom 3 would be a 'crazy' purchase due to it's price at $1250, the 12-inch Retina Macbook is actually more expensive ($1300-$1500, depending where you look). Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

The IO Hawk, too (which looks like it's only available for pre-order?), clocks in at about $1500. No thanks on all three counts (though I am sufficiently amazed that I can watch 720p streaming video from a drone on my smartphone). If I had fifteen hundred bucks to blow, I'd go for the Weber Grill,  the Surface Pro 3 (or maybe just a nice normal laptop), and something else on this list... or just save couple to spend on grilling meats, craft beer, and suntan oil. I do cringe every time one of my friends puts their smartphone down on a table to try and play music, though. Maybe I'll need to an invest in a Bluetooth speaker. Happy summer, everyone! Remember to be careful with fireworks... IT people can't get jobs without our hands.
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5/28/2015 | 4:45:29 PM
Re: Apple Watch, Sony Xperia Z3 And Other Hot Summer Gadgets
Has the Apple watch really had that much buzz? I heard all the hype but thought it kind of dropped off - plus I'm kind of routing for it to fizzle out ala Amazon Fire Phone (or whatever that thing was...)
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