While there are plenty of high-tech gadgets and gizmos to make your 4th of July spectacular, experts say this year it's all about staying connected while you play.
"The big thing is about interconnectivity today," says Ari Zoldan, CEO of QuantumNetworks, an e-commerce tech retailer in New York City. "Wi-Fi connectivity is huge. If you're outside a WiFi area, a little gizmo called the BearExtender will take your signal and spread it all over your back yard. You can sit by the pool or on the beach and stay connected."
Zoldan says wireless Bluetooth speakers are also flying off the shelves.
"Everything today is about enhancements of your cell phone. You can go swimming with your phone in an Otterbox. Interconnectivity and mobility—wrapped around a waterproof component—that's what's big this summer."
In other words, electronics, once the uninvited guests at the pool party, are now a big part of the fun. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers and waterproof smartphone covers make it possible to chat in the pool while listening to music. And floating pool lights, like the Underwater Light Starship or the Swim Time Solar Underwater Light Show, turn your pool into a floating disco floor. Toss in a few light-up patriotic beach balls and you've got a perfect July 4th party.