THESE NEW GADGETS can help you make the most of the rest of the summer - whether you're looking to beat the heat with an icy drink, capture the fun with a camera or connect with friends and family.
|Air It Out
Free your iPod with S-Airplay, a wireless multi-room music system from Sony. Including a docking station and two speakers, it transmits wireless audio anywhere throughout the home. You control the iPod directly from the speakers while viewing song title and artist. Priced around $400 and featuring an AM/FM tuner, it can transmit to up to 10 speakers (sold separately) at once. sony.com/music.
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|Ice Ice Baby
Bring paradise home. The Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker from Margaritaville is your own private bartender, making a variety of icy drinks for your unforgettable summer bashes. Automatic preprogrammed settings offer a quick and easy way to make multiple batches of your favorite frozen cocktails. This ultimate party machine is priced at $500 and features a rotating iced chute. margaritavillecargo.com.
Is it a lamp? A sculpture? A spaceship? No, Eclipz from Artopz is a custom home-entertainment system designed to integrate into any luxury home. Handmade by a small team of engineers, these multi-function pods conceal features like iPod and iPhone docking stations, HD Web cams, Blu-ray DVD players and Dolby audio systems. Completely customized systems start at $18,000. artopz.com.
Tired of juggling a pile of remote controls? The Xsight Advanced Remote Control from Acoustic Research makes it easy to personalize your home theater system, taking control to the next level. Program one-touch controls right on the LCD touch screen in a matter of minutes or use the simple online application to expand functionality. Available for $250, it can control up to 18 devices. araccessories.com.
You'll say "Thanks for the memories" with RCA's Small Wonder EZ209HD compact camcorder. Measuring 2.5 inches wide by 4.3 inches tall and .9 inches deep and weighing 1 pound, the pocket-sized camera is ready at a moment's notice to capture all the moments worth remembering, in stunning High Definition. Sold for $120, this sexy little camera is among the slimmest on the market. mysmallwonder.com.
Want to see what's up on Facebook without your desktop? Chumby constantly streams your favorite parts of the Internet in an always on, always fresh format. Just customize a lineup of everything you like, from sports and stock quotes to weather and music. Priced around $200, Chumby comes in a handful of colors with fun collectible Chumby charms. chumby.com.
Good friends, good food and good fun. That's what you get from Evo, the leader in social cooking appliances. The Evo Companion Classic 25-inch Flattop Grill lets you share the cooking experience with friends and family. Sold with a wheeled cart for $2,695, the upper burner can be removed to create a tabletop grill perfect for tailgating, camping or dinner at a friend's house. evoamerica.com.