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Summering for the Elite: Must Have Tech

When temperatures rise, the elite lounge. But standard issue poolside equipment won’t do for the one percent. Here are summer essentials for the luxury-minded:

ShadeCraft SUNFLOWER – $2,700

The SUNFLOWER may looks like a regular umbrella to the untrained eye, but this outdoor shade is so much more. From streaming music to charging your smartphone to acting as a home surveillance device via on-board cameras, this umbrella does it all, while rotating with the sun, as its name suggests. The SUNFLOWER follows the sun’s azimuth, so it shields you from the blazing sun all day, while also serving as a smart home connectivity hub, communicating with IoT devices and digital helpers like Siri and Alexa.

 

TAG HEUER CONNECTED MODULAR 45 – $6,750

Engineered with Intel, this connected watch is not only Swiss-made and gorgeous with inlaid diamonds that catch the summer sun, but it’s also water resistant up to 50 meters, so there’s no looming danger of damage while doing laps. On that note, the watch keeps track of your physical activity via its companion app, so plan on counteracting poolside pina colada indulgences if you plan on utilizing this watch to its full extent.

 

 

 

 

 

The Killer Whale Submarine – $90,000

Okay, so this one might be a tad too big for the pool, but for anyone looking to live out “Free Willy” fantasies, this product is the answer. This two-person watercraft breaches and submerges just like the Orcinus orca after which it was designed. A pilot can maneuver the old boy beneath its watertight canopy, using its twin control levers to articulate the whale’s pectoral fins for rolls and stealthy dives. The whale can hydroplane up to 50 mph over the water’s surface and cruise up to 25 mph while submerged; its dorsal fin’s integrated snorkel ensures air supply to the engine up to a depth of 5 inches. The cockpit’s dashboard includes a speedometer, tachometer, engine and air pressure gauges and an LCD that displays live video from the dorsal fin’s built-in camera.

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