Back in the day, the thrill of going to the beach was the ability to get away from it all and to enjoy the simplicity of sun, sand, and ocean. Nowadays, some manufacturers are determined to improve the beach-going experience with a variety of high tech gadgets whose purpose it not always apparent. If you or someone you know is planning a beach vacation in the future, you might enjoy this selection of interesting and rather bizarre beach technology, though you might be left wondering when enough is enough.
The hi-Sun is a combination beach towel, backpack and speaker system designed for a variety of outdoor activities. The battery-operated speakers are removable for washing and play music from any device with a universal 3.5mm jack. This multi-purpose product that becomes its own carrying case retails for $72.
The Solestrom SmartSwin UV Meter Bikini features a built-in waterproof UV meter to monitor your exposure to harmful UV rays. The digital meter is attached to a removable belt and powered by longlasting batteries. It is both washable and chlorine safe, and retails for $190.
The award-winning Suntracking Beach Chair from Hammacher Schlemmer is the only folding beach chair that swivels 360º, allowing you to always face the sun without getting up. The chair reclines to three positions and swivels on ball bearings sealed in a rubber gasket to protect from sand and dirt. It also features a removable pillow, built-in cupholder and an integrated canopy and carrying strap- all for $150.