DIY Summer Tech Projects

June 25th, 2013

After enjoying a few lazy summer days, now you may be in the mood for a fun project that takes advantage of technology and the sunshine. Here are three ideas to get you started with some summer DIY.

Tech-Ready Patio Makeover

If you've got a deck or patio, setting up your home with WiFi will allow you to bring more electronics out into the sunshine. You might even spend a work day out there. About 13.4 million people, or 9.4 percent of U.S. workers, worked at least one day at home per week in 2010.

Once you've purchased a router, IOGEAR can help you connect electronics that aren't already Wi-Fi enabled, such as gaming consoles, Blu-ray™ players, computers or HDTVs. The new IOGEAR Universal Wireless-N Adapter provides increased speed and coverage, with data rates up to 150Mbps. If your patio is covered or enclosed from a summer shower, there are no limits on what you can bring to the backyard!

IOGEAR Universal Wireless-N Adapter

If you're sitting on someone else's patio or traveling away from home and don't have WiFi, the new IOGEAR MediaShair Hub has you covered there too. You can share your movies, music, photos and documents with up to seven wireless devices from a SD card, USB flash drive, or even your portable USB hard drive.

Gadgets for Stargazing

There's nothing like summer stargazing to remind you of the grandeur of the universe. It's great family fun, and there are lots of legends you can share with kids. Popular Mechanics put together a quick tech list to get you started, including the telescope, jacket and an app to help you identify what you're looking at in the sky.

Enthusiasts say you should leave the city lights behind you to get the best view. Bring along one of IOGEAR's three mobile charging stations in the GearPower family to keep gadgets like your smartphone and tablet charged and ready to help you enjoy the night.

Backyard Movie Theater

This summer marks the 80th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater, but they are tough to find as they are replaced by malls and high-tech theaters. Instead, create the open air experience in your own backyard with a projector, audio, a homemade screen and picnic blankets. With IOGEAR's Wireless HD Digital Kit, you can keep the Blu-ray player inside up to 100 feet away and stream to the projector wirelessly.

IOGEAR's Wireless HD Digital Kit

Grab some popcorn and lemonade for a great summer night!

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IOGEAR enjoys long walks on the beach and romantic getaways. While not traveling, IOGEAR enjoys a great game of shuffle board whilst playing the banjo.