Many people look forward to summer, but they quickly change their tune when the mercury starts to rise.
There are some fun ways to keep cool in the oppressive heat, and Brett Larson, the tech editor for WCBS-TV in New York, has the following fun suggestions on Thursday's The Early Show
Neck-Massaging Pool Lounge For Two
The neck-massaging pool lounge for two not only offers a one-of-a-kind headrest that gently vibrates to massage neck muscles, but incorporates a comfortably contoured mesh seat for soothing and consistent cooling, no matter how long you recline. Four insulated cup holders keep an afternoon's worth of refreshments chilled and within easy reach, while a water-resistant side-zippered pouch safeguards keys or wallets. You can also use the side pouch to hold a portable CD or MP3 player; a small self-sealing hole in the pouch will conduct the headphone cord from your personal stereo to the headrest without letting any water in. The raft inflates with a standard 12-volt pump (not included) and a safety valve ensures quick deflation. Neck-rest massage requires two C batteries.
Available at: hammacher.com
Keep-A-Cool Head Cap
This evaporative cooling hat uses a patented Hydroweave system that actually uses the sun's energy to cause evaporation, drawing heat away from your head. You charge the hat by running it under cool water; after its excess water is wrung out, the hat keeps your head up to 30 degrees cooler than the outside air temperature while keeping you dry and comfortable. The Hydroweave system combines hydrophilic (water-attracting) and hydrophobic (water-rejecting) fibers in a three-layer fabric that conducts body heat upwards, while retaining the cool water and releasing it slowly through evaporation. Even while the middle layer holds onto water, your head remains cool and dry, thanks to an inner lining that water can't permeate. The end result is a hat that actually cools you more effectively as the air temperature rises. One size fits most; adjustable hook-and-loop back.
Available in Navy or Khaki at: hammacher.com
Windchill Misting Fan
It uses refreshing mist to dramatically reduce temperatures in any room or space up to 950 square feet. The three-speed fan oscillates 90 degrees. It includes a high velocity, water-resistant motor. And it features four-nozzle misting hub (with four extra nozzles), immersion shock protection, and a six-inch hose connection that attaches to any hose or spigot. It is UV and rust-resistant; adjusts to 56"H. UL listed for indoor and outdoor use.
Available at: searshomecenter.com
SteriPen purifies water by destroying waterborne microbes using ultraviolet (UV) light. No chemicals, no pumping. Whether your source is a woodland brook or an overseas hotel tap, the SteriPEN sterilizes clear water by destroying viruses, bacteria and protozoa - including Giardia and Cryptosporidium in seconds. Carry the portable SteriPEN to disinfect water wherever you travel, hike, camp or trek. It's the fastest route to pure, safe drinking water anywhere. Purifies 16 oz. of water in less than a minute or 32 oz. in a minute-and-a-half. Uses 4 disposable or externally rechargeable AA batteries.
MSRP: $149.95. A Water Bottle Pre-Filter is also available to filter out particulates and debris. Filter fits Nalgene wide-mouth water bottles.
Available at: hydro-photon.com
Shatter-resistant prescription swim goggles allow you to see underwater without glasses or contacts. Made of the highest quality Silicone seals and straps in a selection of colors: white or black. Lenses also can be ordered either clear or tinted.
Available at: aquagoggles.com
Waterproof Playing Cards
One hundred percent plastic, these playing cards contain no paper and are completely waterproof with UV resistant coating.
Available at: nu-temp.com
This Personal Water Propeller takes you farther and deeper, faster. Zoom smoothly along the water at up to 2 mph. Duck and dive quickly to depths of up to 15 feet. "Dead man's" switch cuts power automatically so SEASCOOTER won't run away if dropped. One full charge gives you up to one hour of continuous running time. Ages 8 and up.
Available at: sharperimage.com
Super Soaker Helix
The latest in super soakers has a whole new twist! With a simple pump action, the Super Soaker Helix blasts two streams of water through a powerful dual nozzle to soak anything that gets in your way! Adjust nozzle to create narrow or wide streams to fit your needs. As part of the SoakerTag line, it also includes body targets that are water soluble. Fasten body targets to clothes, then eliminate your opponents by blasting and dissolving their soakertag before they blast yours. For ages 7 and up, at stores nationwide.
Available at: hasbro.com