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7 great waterproof gadgets

These devices aren't afraid to get a little wet.

Water-safe gadgets have come a long way since you were a child—remember those squirt guns, play sprinklers, and plastic-covered throwaway cameras seemingly designed for family snorkeling trips? These days, thanks to smart tech advances, waterproof accessories have stepped up their game for seriously cool summer fun. Whether you're relaxing very close to the pool or planning an adventure vacation, this gear is ready to come along for the ride.

garmin vivoactive, $250

For the athlete who likes to move seamlessly from land to sea, the GPS-enabled, vivoactive—basically a cross between a smart watch and a fitness tracker—comes with every imaginable bell and whistle. Built-in sports apps track swimming, cycling, and running, plus daily activity. (In other words, it knows when you’re chillaxing on the beach instead of spiking volleyballs.) Pair it with your smart phone for alerts such as incoming calls, emails, and tweets.

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bragi dash, $299

This wireless, cable-less in-ear waterproof headphone plus mp3 player seems almost too good to be true. It’s no wonder the German company raised over $3M in Kickstarter funding. In addition to storing up to 1,000 songs, the device doubles as a Bluetooth headset and tracks movement such as pace and distance as well as heart rate. And that’s not even the half of it. Pre-order now, shipping in the fall.

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kobo aura h2o, $180

It’s a pleasure pouring over a page-turner poolside, but it’s even better to soak up a good book while soaking up rays stretched out worry-free on a raft. Enter Kobo’s Aura H2O, an extra-large, no-glare 6.8” Carta E Ink HD touchscreen that’s waterproof and sandproof. Designed with a built-in adjustable light, the eReader reads comfortably like print on paper, even in direct sunlight.

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fugoo sport, $200

Say hello to this waterproof/mudproof/snowproof/sandproof number. Weighing in at just over a pound with 360-degree sound, the sporty speaker comes wrapped in a rubber trim for durability and a mounting socket to secure the speaker to your bike or backpack for a party on the go…for 40 continuous hours thanks to an extra-long battery life. Plus thanks to Siri and Google Now integration and a remote control, life with this speaker just got way easier.

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panasonic lumix dmc-ts5, $278

Fear not, you can still instantly upload your envy-inducing vacation experiences to Instagram thanks to this camera’s built-in WiFi (not to mention, the GPS will tell you where you shot it). Swapping out your smart phone for this camera means you can safely go 44-feet under water. In addition to shooting crisp stills, which you have the option of filtering with in-camera effects, the camera shoots full HD 1080p in and out of water. The mostly metal case is available in a camo print.

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gopro hero4 session, $400

GoPro’s just-released latest edition is not only the company’s first cube-shaped action camera. It’s the first time the camera comes waterproof-ready (without extra casing) down to 33-feet. The tiny 1.5-inch number is super simple with a single button. You’ll hardly remember it’s there. It comes with all the expected GoPro perks like dual mics, built-in Wifi and Bluetooth, and a wide angle view, to name a few.

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sony xperia z4 tablet, $698

There’s nothing wrong with binge-watching 'The Wire' on the beach…or whatever it is you like to do with your tablet. (No judgement.) Tune out the bikini-clad crowds, the crashing waves and sit back and enjoy your show in high res with Live color LED tech. The lightweight, 10-inch tablet pairs with a keyboard dock, so if you’re planning to put in some “work from home” hours at the beach, you’re good to go.

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