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Techno Geek (July): Best Gadgets for the Beach

Personal Submarine Deepflight Dragon

PERSONAL SUBMARINE DEEPFLIGHT DRAGON

DeepFlight builds personal submarines that are as simple to operate as a drone. Reminiscent of something Roger Moore might have piloted in the 1980s – whilst dressed in a bone-dry tuxedo – the two-seater DeepFlight Dragon allows elite sub-aqua explorers to effortlessly glide around the blue planet. The all-electric craft has four rotating engines and enough vertical thrust to dive down without the need for complex ballast systems. Crucially, this means that in the event of a power failure the craft will use its ‘positive buoyancy’ to float safely to the surface (the pressurised cabin prevents occupants from getting the dreaded bends).

Personal Submarine Deepflight Dragon

If you’ve stepped aboard a billionaire’s yacht recently, you’ll know that personal submarines are the must-have accessory, hence DeepFlight’s client list including the likes of Richard Branson, who’s been known to delight passengers with the odd barrel roll.

Price: £1,180,000; deepflight.com

Olympus TG-5

WATERPROOF CAMERA OLYMPUS TG-5

There are plenty of tough cameras aimed at die-hard actionistas, but few can match the still image quality of an Olympus. Built to take almost any kind of punishment, the waterproof Olympus TG-5 can survive being slung in the bottom of a kayak, stamped on in hiking boots or dropped from head height into a rock pool. Of course, to make the most of its impressive tech, you’ll have to dip beneath the water line. Waterproof to a depth of 15m, the TG-5’s state-of-the-art image sensor and TruePic VIII processing technology illuminates the twilight world of coral reefs and wrecks. The built-in field sensor system, including a digital compass and manometer (a pressure gauge for scuba diving), could prove useful, too. Particularly if you come nose-to-nose with a shark and need to make good your hasty escape.

Price: £399; olympus.co.uk

Garmin Quatix

NAUTICAL SMARTWATCH GARMIN QUATIX 3

Designed with mariners and competitive fisherman in mind, Garmin’s nautical smartwatch puts rivals to shame. In addition to anchor drag alerts, depth warnings, weather metrics and local tide data, the Quatix 3 is capable of streaming real-time navigation data from the fixed-mount Garmin electronics aboard your vessel. If you have the correct set-up – not to mention nerves of steel – you can even use the watch to steer your boat. Man overboard? The gadget triggers an alarm on your Garmin chartplotter and helps you circle back to the correct location. There’s plenty of toys for fishermen, too, from a fish counter to a solar/lunar calendar. Once you’re back on dry land, there’s no need for all that complex data, so the watch face switches to just the time and a Jolly Roger flag – a rather overt nod to your nautical leanings.

Price: £499; garmin.com

H20 Ninja Mask GoPro Edition

HIGH-TECH SNORKEL H20 NINJA MASK GO PRO EDITION

Traditional snorkel masks can be a tiresome affair. They tend to fog up at the most inopportune moment, leaving you sucking on a rubber straw like a maniac. Thank heavens, then, for the H2O Ninja Mask. This revolutionary full-face snorkel promises to be ‘virtually fogless’ and allows humans to breathe naturally underwater through both nose and mouth, without chewing on a mouthpiece. The shatter-proof polycarbonate lens affords panoramic sub-aqua views while the Dry Top technology prevents water from entering the mask through the airway.

H20 Ninja Mask GoPro Edition

Opt for the top-of-the-range GoPro Edition and you’ll find a handy camera mount, allowing you to shoot shake-free 4K video of your underwater exploits. Bad news if you look like Captain Haddock, though: the gadget’s Hawaiian makers warn that the mask won’t ‘perform optimally’ if you’re sporting a seadog-sized beard.

Price: £130; h2oninjamask.com

Bang & Olfsen Beoplay P2 Speaker

SPLASHPROOF SPEAKER BANG & OLFSEN BEOPLAY P2

Whether you’re sunbathing on the foredeck or lounging the afternoon away at a private beach club, Bang & Olufsen’s new pocket-sized wireless speaker will supply the tunes. Yacht rock, of course. The pebble-shaped design is splash-proof thanks to its tightly-sealed, pearl-blasted aluminium casing and boasts an all-day (10 hour) battery life. Twin Class D amps and a clever cone structure deliver audio quality that is far in excess of what one might expect from something this small. Admittedly, it’s not the loudest speaker in the BeoPlay range – but it’s certainly the smartest. Bang & Olufsen has removed all the buttons and switches in favour of intuitive gesture controls: shake or double-tap the speaker to play, pause or skip tracks. You can also use the app to customise the sound profile or have the speaker wake you up with the song that concluded your evening.

Price: £149; beoplay.com

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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey is a journalist and author who has been writing about technology for over eight years. The former commissioning editor of T3, he’s now contributing technology editor at ShortList magazine.

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