Wireless gadgets for summer: Declare your independence from cables and plugs

Whether you want to crank tunes at a backyard barbecue or share photos from the beach over the upcoming July 4th holiday, these three wireless gadgets for summer will let you unplug but remain connected.

—Calla Deitrick

This wireless speaker is easy-to-use and portable, and it delivers good sound. The TDK Life on Record Trek Max is weather-resistant, as well, so you don’t have to sweat setting it up in the backyard for your July 4th celebrations.

The rugged Nikon Coolpix AW130 is an excellent tool for recording your summer adventures. The image quality is very good, and the camera provides a 16-megapixel chip, 5x optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD, and an image stabilizer. Waterproof to 98 feet, the camera can also survive a 7-foot drop. There's even a “Fireworks Show” mode, which should be useful this time of year. And, the camera's Wi-Fi and NFC chops make it easy to transfer photos to a compatible smartphone to share them with your friends.

These over-the-ear home/studio-style Bluetooth headphones are just what you need for listening to “Born in the USA.” The closed design delivers very good sound while also muffling the raucous chatter from the revelers on nearby blankets. The Pendulumic Stance S1+ comes with a detachable audio cable featuring an answer/play button in case you want to plug the headphones into your smartphone.

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