Cool outdoor gadgets

By AM Northwest Staff

Perfect gadgets for your garden!

Today Brian Westbrook joined us to talk about cool outdoor gadgets for your gardens. Featuring electronics to monitor the weather, gadgets for outdoor entertaining, hi-tech landscaping materials, and the software to plan your dream garden.

Here are the gadgets Brian introduced:

  • Professional Weather Center (WMR200): Check the latest backyard weather from 100 yards away with this convienient Weather Center from Oregon Scientific. More than 10 measurements give you the exact time, indoor/outdoor temperature as well as wind and rain details and more! Comes with software to download historic weather details to your computer. A must-have for the amateur meteorologist or serious gardener! Price is $400 and it is available here.
  • WeatherNow with MSN Direct Service (WMS801): Plug in the WeatherNow desktop display and weather data is transmitted automatically over the air. All the basic conditions and a 3-day forecast in addition to weather warnings are displayed. Simply program to receive weather updates from a tropical climate! Price is $150 and it is available here.
  • Personal UV Monitor with Exposure Timer (UV888): Prevent Prolonged skin exposure to harmful UV rays while working in the garden - or any outdoor activity. Alongside current UV levels and temperature, the monitor calculates how long you can stay outside given current UV index, your skin type and the SPF being used. It will alarm you before you become a tomato, but it won't put sunscreen on your back. Price is $20 and it is available here.
  • Rain Gauge with Outdoor Thermometer and 9-day Memory (RGR126): Just how much does it rain in Portland? Keep track with his outdoor rain gauge. Perfect for knowing how much to water your lawn and garden, it remembers over a week of precipitation amounts. Price is $50 and it is available here.
  • Waterproof iPod Speakers (IceBar2) - Atlantic EGO: Perfect for splashing around in the pool, a garden pond, even gardening out in the liquid sunshine, these speakers don't mind getting wet. Available for a variety of iPod models, the latest works with all three Nanon generations. Price is $80 and it is available here.
  • Ladybug iPod Speakers (VestaLIfe): These speakers look like a ladybug and sound great. Launched at the 2008 CES and Macworld, these speakers operater on battery or the included AC adapter and support most iPods with a dock connector. It's rare for portable speakers to include ausiliary jacks, but these speakers have 'em all: AUX in, AV Out, even a USB port to sync with your computer. At $110 for the red and silver models, there's a series of limited-edition designs by Element Skateboard's artists for $125. They are available here.
  • Retaining wall speaker (RisiSound) and light (RisiLIght) - RisiStone: If you're building a retaining wall or pathway through your garden - don't forget to include permiter lighting and unobtrusive speaker! These innovative stones have built-in lights and speakers and look great. Price for RisiSound is $175 and RisiLight is $140. For more information please visit Mutual Materials or RisiStone for details. 
  • Sun Power Solar Post light By Gardman: Light up hard-to-reach pathways with solar-powered post light. Price is $12 and it is available at Rain or Shine Garden Center: 13126 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230. For more information please visit here or give them a call 1-800-248-1981.
  • Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer software: Put your dreams to the test with garden and landscaping design software from Better Homes and Gardens and by Chief Architect. Visualize garden designs, scope out deck possibilities or build the ultimate dream backyard - with the click of a mouse. Price is $70 and it is available here.



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