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  • The Cutest Underwater Drone You’ll Ever See

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    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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  • "Suite" App, Bro!

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    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...

  • The Big Green Egg Phenomenon

    by Kathryn Howard May 2018

    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...

  • Come to Relax, Stay For Your Health

    by Kathryn Howard April 2018

    {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...

  • 2018 Outdoor Living Product Roundup

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Outdoor living should be a important part of your business. According to the 2017 Houzz Landscape Study, only 6 percent of homeowners (specifically, homeowners who had an outdoor project either planned, in progress or completed) were planning on a pool for the backyard. Compare that to a patio/terrace, which was the most popular outdoor project at 39 percent.

    Pool and spa retailers and builders should see a lot of promise in those...

  • A Package Pool, Just Clicks Away

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    There are many different ways that package pool dealers use digital media to market their products. One company, MGK Pools in Lowell, Mass., has developed an innovative tool that empowers customers to essentially design their own pools. Called Pool Package Builder, the program is accessed on the company website, where potential buyers can peruse and select the features they want.

    The page was introduced just last year, but according to company founder and owner, Michael Gordon Kern,...

  • A Redesigned Snorkel for Athletes

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    One of the hardest aspects of swimming is learning when to breathe during each stroke. AMEO, a German company, has unveiled a product that may help: the Powerbreather, a redesigned snorkel.

    Powerbreather's design is simple: two tubes wrap around the swimmer's head, where they inhale fresh air from...

  • This Household Robot Cleans Your Grill

    by Kathryn Howard February 2018

    Robotic assistants for the home have been a fixture for quite some time now. It’s only natural, then, that a robotic assistant would make its way to the backyard.

    Enter Grillbot, a tool that, as its name suggests, cleans your grill so you don’t have to. In other words, a Roomba for the grill.

    Grillbot is equipped with a timer, so you can tell it how long to clean, and an alarm, so it can tell you when it’s done. It also works on both hot and cold surfaces, so it can clean a...

  • The World's First Living Backyard Umbrella

    by Eric Herman February 2018

    "The world's first living backyard umbrella" — that's what they're calling Living Canopies' patio-sized umbrella. It's a steel pole and frame that can accommodate a variety of different plants and...

  • NSPF Announces New App for Aquatic Facilities

    by AQUA Editors February 2018

    NSPF and Counsilman-Hunsaker are proud to announce Facility Manager, a customizable app for aquatic facilities. The app is designed to enhance the safety and sustainability of aquatic facilities based on the Model Aquatic Health Code and NSPF’s