High-Tech Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Throw the best backyard bash on the block with these smart upgrades.

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Whether you’re dining alfresco or hosting a raging pool party, there’s no reason to keep your favorite gadgets locked up inside. Let them be the life of the party, I say! Bring the weather-proof technology outdoors and use it to help you host a fabulous outdoor fiesta. Here are some of my favorite outdoor entertaining gadgets.

First, let’s set the mood with music, because a pool party isn’t the same without your favorite tunes. You do have to make sure that your speakers can withstand the elements, however, so check out the Big Turtle Shell Speaker. It connects to your smartphone in seconds via Bluetooth, and it’s loud enough to fill your backyard with sound. It’s water resistant, dust-proof and shock-proof, so a rogue splash or spill won’t bother it. Plus it’s wireless — no outlet required.

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Maybe your idea of a great weekend is spending all day relaxing poolside surfing the web on your smartphone. To make sure you don’t get a sunburn or a burnt out battery, you’ll want to be under this smart umbrella. It provides shade from the suns rays, but it’s got an unexpected perk — solar panels on top of the umbrella turn the sun’s rays into juice for your gadgets. Just plug them into the USB ports and your battery will stay topped up while you’re made in the shade. So now you and your gizmos can recharge in the shade.

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When the sun goes down, the party doesn’t have to come inside, even if it’s time for a movie. This portable projector is ready to turn a garage door, a hanging sheet or the side of your house into an outdoor theater. Hookups for your laptop, streaming device or Blu-ray player means you can enjoy your favorite movies and shows right outside the comfort of your own home.

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When it comes to outdoor entertaining, let your gadgets help! They just might help you throw the best backyard party on the block. 

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