Kathryn Howard
Kathryn (called KT) is getting her feet wet in the pool and spa industry as the newest editor for AQUA. She joined in 2017 after spending a year in New Zealand where she acquainted herself with Kiwi cinema and Kiwi aviation history. A livelong lover of travel and books, she has a library card in four different cities. When she is not reading, writing or traveling, she is probably stuck and requires help. She can be reached at kathryn@aquamagazine.com.
  • Thursday, May, 31, 2018 A Homemade Pool Cooling System

    There's nothing like a refreshing dip in a pool during a hot summer day. But what do you do when the water gets too warm?

    Michael Bruvel, a homeowner in Australia, was haunted by this dilemma. Jumping into...

  • Tuesday, May, 29, 2018 Digital Wallets Will be the Norm for Generation Z

    While millennials came of age when smartphones were first introduced in the mid-aughts, their younger counterparts in Generation Z had smartphones as early as elementary school. It’s no surprise that they’re using smartphones for everything — including their wallets.

    The number of consumers using digital wallet services like Apple Pay and Venmo is growing. According to Juniper Research, users will rise to 2.1 billion by next year — a 30 percent growth from the 1.6 billion consumers...

  • Tuesday, May, 15, 2018 The Cutest Underwater Drone You’ll Ever See

    If you’re looking for an underwater robot, it doesn’t get much cuter than BIKI, a fish-shaped underwater drone that propels itself with a fin.

    BIKI’s features include an internal balancer, a 4K HD camera and wireless connection to a mobile device, where it can live-stream camera footage. BIKI can be remotely controlled, or it can swim around on a pre-planned route, making it a fun toy for children to chase in a backyard pool.

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  • Tuesday, May, 08, 2018 "Suite" App, Bro!

    One of the next generation's greatest assets is their entrepreneurial enthusiasm. Armed with tech skills and a creative spirit, the young people coming into the workforce have a reputation for developing innovative tools.

    Some, like Cameron Craig, bring that...

  • Tuesday, May, 01, 2018 The Big Green Egg Phenomenon

    Do you know an EGGhead?

    It's not an insult, it's the designated name for a fan of the Big Green Egg, the kamado-style grill made by the company of the same name.

    EGGheads can be found around the world, from North America to South Africa, and range from casual grillers to professional chefs. They even have their own online forum where they exchange recipes and grilling techniques (eggheadforum.com).

    In the real...

  • Thursday, April, 26, 2018 Research Finds Millennials Prefer Shopping at Brick-and-Mortar Stores

    With millennials poised to seize control of the economy in just a few years, there’s good news for brick-and-mortar retailers: Millennials prefer shopping in physical stores. This is supported by two reports released by omnichannel analytics companies SmarterHQ and Euclid.

    According to Smarter HQ, 50 percent of millennials prefer shopping in physical stores. Euclid’s report is more optimistic: it finds 59 percent of millennials made a purchase from a physical store weekly — which is...

  • Tuesday, April, 24, 2018 Beijing’s Water Cube, 10 Years Later

    The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was a highlight in the swimming world — 24 world records were broken and Michael Phelps took home eight gold medals. These events were held at the Beijing National Aquatic Centre, colloquially known as the Water Cube.

    Despite the grandeur of the Olympic games, the...

  • Thursday, April, 12, 2018 Come to Relax, Stay For Your Health

    {bglink 4821}It's no surprise that the main reason people buy saunas is the same reason people buy any leisure product: relaxation. But the sauna offers a well-documented distinction that draws customers interested in more than kicking back.

    "The main difference is the sauna has so many additional health benefits that you don't get in another leisure product," says Mark Raisenan, general manager at Finnleo. "Customers first come in seeking it for a place to get warm or a place to...

  • Thursday, March, 29, 2018 Inspiration for a Retail Destination

    You've heard it countless times: If you want your retail store to stand out from the competition, you have to make your store into an experience that customers can't get elsewhere.

    Easier said than done, right? It's hard to take that sentiment and turn it into actionable steps. But you can start today by learning from those who stood in your shoes — and eventually mastered what you're trying to achieve.

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  • Tuesday, March, 20, 2018 Beware The Swim Reaper

    If you're not careful around the water, you might meet the grim reaper. Unless you're in New Zealand, where you might instead meet the Swim Reaper. The Swim Reaper is social media campaign designed by Water Safety New Zealand...