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10 Must-Have Summer Gadgets (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/13/10 11:30 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:00 PM ET

They can snap pictures and play music, send emails and browse the web, but water and sand are lethal. Let's face it: most gadgets aren't made for the shore.

However, there are ways to protect or improve dry-ground gizmos and make them into beach buddies. There are also some sand-ready devices that can turn any seashore getaway into a high-tech event.

The geekiest beach bums can check surf conditions before arriving at the shore, take a swim with headphones on, read a Kindle while it floats in the water, dive deep and capture photos or video, use a sonar watch to see what critters live nearby, lounge on a towel that plays music, mix tasty cocktails without leaving the sand, charge all their devices using the power of the sun, and rest comfortably knowing that there's a robotic lifeguard patrolling the waters. It's all possible in 2010.

Check out 10 hot summer gadgets that are a must for any tech-obsessed summer-lover, then take a look at (and accessorize with) the geekiest bikinis of all time.

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Take your tunes underwater with you--without damaging your MP3 player. The Finis SwiMP3 underwater earphones can store up to 1GB of music, about 240 songs, and last for up to eight hours. The device transmits sound via "bone conduction" technology, which sends vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ear.

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