Counter-intuitive as it may seem, connected technology is not exclusively the domain of the interior of your smart home.
Developers have built a whole fleet of futuristic devices meant to help facilitate fun times on the exterior of your property.
Below, we look at a few high-tech gadgets that you’ll want to have on hand the next time you host an outdoor hang session.
SkyVue Fusion Series
Outdoor televisions may be nothing new—although sun-mitigating screen technology has grown leaps and bounds in recent years—but SkyVue brings this unique viewing experience into the modern era with their Fusion series. Not only are these 4K screens fully weatherproofed and 50% brighter than indoor televisions, but they are fully integrated with Google Chromecast, enabling myriad viewing options. Thanks to the endless apps available via Chromecast, Fusion owners can go from watching the NBA playoffs to streaming the latest episode of “Game of Thrones” to enjoying a YouTube playlist—all without hunting for cords and cables. In fact, SkyVue makes it even easier to operate their Fusion series as each screen is outfitted with Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatibility, allowing users to simply tell their television what they want to watch. And, if for some reason you’re feeling shy, you can also operate each Fusion via your smartphone.
SkyVue Fusion series outdoor televisions are available in six sizes, from 43-inches to 70-inches, and range from $1,299 to $5,499 depending on size and features.
While your outdoor television may be indifferent to the heat and harmful rays of our relentless sun, your human guests are not equally unconcerned. Fortunately, there’s the Blossom by ShadeCraft. This smart standing umbrella will not only provide your guests with relief from the heat and glare, but it will also gift them with entertainment and utility.
Each Blossom is outfitted with high-quality audio speakers, controlled lighting on the inner flaps and an integrated USB port for charging smart devices. In addition to providing tunes and a full battery, the Blossom, equipped with on-board Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular capabilities, also operates as a wireless hub, allowing your guests to stay connected, regardless of their service plan. Blossom also offers smart control features, allowing owners to operate the umbrella’s functions via voice-control (thanks to Alexa compatibility) or from the accompanying smartphone app. And the device is smart enough to take care of itself—a built-in wind sensor allows the Blossom to automatically close if it senses a potentially damaging breeze.
The ShadeCraft Blossom is available in five fabric colors for $5,900.
Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting
The setting of the sun doesn’t have to signal the cessation of celebration. Philips Hue, the name synonymous with smart lights, has an extensive series of outdoor lighting fixtures that feature all the intelligence of their indoor counterparts. From providing the necessary visibility to see your guests, to creating a colorful ambiance, to lighting a dance party on the fly, the options are endless, and Hue is a must for anyone who hosts with regularity. Not only does Hue give amateur lighting designers a near-endless color palette to play with, the smart lights make it very easy—and exacting—to operate the system, light-by-light or en-masse, either via app or voice-control. Hue also enables users to automate and schedule bulb functions, allowing homeowners to set and forget lightscapes before any outdoor functions.
Philips Hue Outdoor Lighting ranges from $49 to $279, depending on the model and features.
What’s a party without ice cold beverages? Not much, but before you go investing in an outdoor refrigerator, have a look at the Coolest Cooler, a bottle and can conveyance that offers the same frosty functions—and much, much more. Not only will the Coolest Cooler keep your drinks at the proper temperature, but the classically styled cooler also comes equipped with a splash- and shock-proof bluetooth speaker capable of eight hours of continuous media play. And that’s just the start. Coolest owners can upgrade their mobile fridge lid to include a built-in blender for mixing drinks on demand and/or a built-in solar panel to power the Coolest functions and your devices, as either upgrade includes USB ports for charging smartphones and tablets.
The Coolest Cooler ranges from $249 to $499, depending on upgrades.