4 Hot Gadgets for Summer Fun (Part 3)
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Drones – The UDI U818A

Although drones aren’t just for the government’s Department of Defense or nosy paparazzi, not everyone wants to spend more than $1,000 for one. The UDI U818A can cost between $45 and $80, depending on where you buy it, and replacement parts like rotors run cheap (under $3 a set). The UDI U818A includes a video camera that captures 640 x 480-pixel video. The picture might not be as steady as the $1,299 DJI Phantom2 Vision+ but for your first drone, you can’t beat the price. Amazon.com; $50.15

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Waterproof Speaker — Photive Rain WaterProof Bluetooth Speaker

This compact water-shock-dust-proof wireless speaker boasts the ruggedness needed for camping and hiking or simply relaxing in the bath. With its rugged design, this speaker can go with you on a four-wheeler or snowmobile run and then, afterward, can play relaxing music while you take a hot shower. It boasts an IP65 rating against water and dust infiltration, and its rubberized exterior absorbs the shock of impacts. Its removable suction mount attaches to flat surfaces, such as shower surrounds, and its carabiner clip securely latches to your bag.

Waterproof iPhone Case — iGills5X Diving Computer and App

If only your phone could go where you go? Now it can. Divers prepare to rejoice. The $329 iGills 5X case and app turns your iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C, into a Nitrox-compatible dive computer that also lets you take photos and video from underneath the waves, as deep as 200 feet or 60 meters. It comes with an 8 megapixel camera, 1080p HD video, a digital dive log, and much more. Plus you can post directly to Facebook and Instagram while underwater. Igills.com; $329

Safe Drinking Water —SteriPen Ultra

The SteriPen Ultra is a compact unit that uses ultraviolet light to kill microscopic nasties, rendering water from unknown sources safe to drink. A SteriPen won’t neutralize chemical contamination, but it will rid your drinking water of 99.9% of unwanted bacteria, viruses, protozoa, amoeba, or rotifers. It is rechargeable via a computer, outlet, or portable solar panel. Ultra’s UV lamp treats up to 8,000 one-liter treatments. Steripen.com; $99.95

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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