Summer is heating up, which means more time in the pool than on land. Equip your back yard with the latest technology to make the most of the season. From app-enabled pool maintenance to the latest in sunscreen protection and water toys, we’ve got the backyard gadgets to keep you cool all summer long.
Polaris 9650iQ Sport
Released earlier this year, Polaris’ latest vacuum makes pool maintenance a breeze.
With iAquaLink Control, the vacuum connects to your home’s wi-fi network, and then to a smartphone app, allowing you to manage it from your phone.
Schedule cleanings, check the canister capacity and even direct it with remote-control capabilities.
Visit www.zodiac.com to find your local dealer.
Say goodbye to sunburns once and for all.
Available for pre-order with fulfillment expected late this summer, sunscreenr captures images with UV light filters, allowing you to see your coverage in real time.
Ensure your first coat of sunscreen was applied effectively, and then check the portable dust- and sand-resistant viewer throughout the day to see if pool and towel time has interfered with your sun protection.
$119, pre-order at www.sunscreenr.com.
Toss the test strips and guarantee perfect pool chemistry with pHin.
The device monitors your pool’s water quality and sends data in real time to your smartphone.
Save money and worry by knowing exactly what your pool needs.
You can order the device alone, or you can subscribe and get your chemicals regularly delivered.
$299 for the device, $408-$598/year for subscription plans, www.phin.co, Ace Hardware.
Underwater Propulsion Scooter
Your kids can glide across the pool with the greatest of ease using Sharper Image’s underwater propulsion scooter.
The gadget ensures underwater fun, propelling children around the pool or lake at up to 2 miles per hour.
Positive buoyancy, a protective cage, auto shutoff and dual controls make it safe and easy to use.
Inflatable Projector Screen
Frontgate’s inflatable outdoor projector screen ensures that you’ll never have to leave the pool this summer.
Inflate it using the accompanying air blower — it takes less than 20 seconds! — and project your favorite summer flicks.
We recommend steering clear of “Jaws.”
JBL Flip 4
It’s sure to sound like summer with tunes blasting through your JBL Flip 4.
It’s fully waterproof, so it works even after being fully submerged.
Connect up to two phones or tablets to allow for multiple DJs.
With 12 hours of play time, it’s sure to last until the sun goes down.
$99.95, www.jbl.com, Best Buy.
Freelancer Bailey Shiffler Larson’s pool must-have is a good book.
Where to shop
Ace Hardware: Several area locations, www.phin.co
Best Buy: Multiple area locations, www.jbl.com
Frontgate: 7700 Windrose Ave., Suite G190, Plano, 214-556-3064, www.frontgate.com
Leslie’s Pool Supplies: Several area locations, www.zodiac.com for additional dealers
Sharper image: 1-877-202-9337, www.sharperimage.com
Sunscreenr: 919-590-9786, www.sunscreenr.com