The sun is shining. The mercury is rising. And we’ve got the burgers on the barbecue. Yup, summer is here and most of us are pretty happy about it, but this also means that we could be facing some serious heat waves over the next couple of months. There are parts of the country that are known to break the 100 degree Fahrenheit mark on a consistent basis and there are even reports of breaking 120 degrees in some areas. You’ve got to keep cool.
Thankfully, just as there are great summer BBQ gadgets to keep you fed and portable solar gadgets to keep you powered, there are also countless cool gadgets on the market that are designed to help you beat the summer heat.
Water-Cooled Cool Shirt Systems
You may have seen that funky shirt from Japan that came with a built-in fan, but you could just be blowing some warm air back at yourself. And you might also know about how water cooling can be more effective for a computer than conventional air cooling too. Combining these two ideas is the Cool Shirt system. In effect, it’s a water-cooled shirt containing eight feed of double-insulated hose. You will need their Club System (which comes in several capacities) to hold the cold water and pump, as well as the accompanying Cool Shirt itself. This high tech clothing comes at a high-tech price, though, as the entire system will cost you over $350 to get started.
Thanko Cooler USB Keyboard
I don’t know about you, but I spend an inordinate amount of time in front of the computer. It’s important to clear out the dust within your system periodically to help with ventilation, which helps to keep the temperature lower and the performance up. But what about you, the user in front of the computer? For that, Thanko has its Cooler USB Keyboard. As you can clearly see, it’s a regular old computer keyboard that happens to have cooling air vents for your wrists and palms. It seems like such a simple yet brilliant idea, don’t you think? It lists for about $62.
Brando USB OptiWind Mouse
Of course, your hand-cooling keyboard wouldn’t really be complete without an accompanying hand-cooling mouse, right? For that, you can turn to the USB OptiWind Mouse from the fine folks at Brando. It’s not the fanciest of mice on its own, giving you the usual scroll wheel and some fancy lighting, but there is the ultra useful fan switch on the side. This activates a 1500rpm fan that blows cool air into the palm of your hand. I’d say that’s worth the $22 asking price on a hot summer’s day.
USB Mini Fridge and Heater
There’s nothing quite like enjoying an extra cold drink when it’s particularly hot outside, but you might be feeling like an immobile steamed dumpling that has melted into your office chair. You just can’t get up to walk to the kitchen. That’s when you need the USB Mini Fridge and Heater. That second function probably isn’t as useful in the summer, but the “fridge” aspect certainly is. The Mini Fridge is only big enough to hold one standard can, but it can cool your drink down to a respectable 54 Fahrenheit in just five minutes. It sells on USB Geek for $35.
Dyson Air Multiplier
Conventional oscillating fans can be useful, but the bladed design does inherently “chop” at the air and give you a somewhat uneven airflow. Going way cooler (terrible pun intended) is the bladeless design of the Dyson Air Multiplier. The technology draws air in and then it amplifies it up to 18 times to produce “an uninterrupted stream of smooth air.” Since there are no blades and no grill, they’re also far safer for use around children and clumsy people alike. And, let’s be honest, they look pretty cool too. Prices range from about $300 for the 10-inch table fan to $450 for the tower fan.
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