Solar Tent Charges Your Gadgets in the Wild

The Katabatic solar-powered tent might be the camping product you've been waiting for. Released by Eddie Bauer in collaboration with Goal Zero, the Katabatic tent offers a sun-soaking fabric on top which absorbs light all day that powers an outlet inside into which campers can plug in their gadgets. Joe Atkin, President and CEO of Goal Zero says: Technology plays big role in the time we spend outdoors. It allows us to track, photograph, and share our adventures with friends and family. The Lighthouse 250 and Katabatic 2 tent provide the power and light to help take advantage of that technology in even the most remote locations. This all weather tent is 92 inches tall and an awesome integration of green technology. It has 36 square feet of space inside and weighs about eight pounds. Wires transfer power gathered from the roof to the inside of the tent. The solar electricity can then be stored in a battery pack or ostensibly transferred right to a device via USB or another common interface. The tent costs upwards of $800, but for easy access to electricity in the outdoors, the price might be worth every volt. Image: Katabatic /Eddie Bauer For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Gadgets can track your sleep, monitor eating habits and help you stay fit

Consumer Reports rated the Mio Trace Acc-Tek ($35) and the Omron GOsmart Pocket HJ-112 ($35) as two of the best step counters in its most recent tests. Phone gadgets Almost half of all Americans carry smartphones, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center. That means that many of us might be able to turn to easy-to-use fitness apps to help step up our workouts. The Nike Training Club app (free for Apple and Android users) offers more than 100 workouts, with nicknames like Hurricane and Slim Chance, and it includes 15-minute bonus workouts featuring such Olympic athletes as Allyson Felix and Shawn Johnson.The workouts are offered at three fitness levels. Another app, called the Daily Workout, helps to tone specific areas of your body. Its Daily Arm Workout includes five- and 10-minute exercises that demonstrate the proper technique (free for Apple and Android users; 99 cents for additional exercises and no ads). The same company also offers exercises to strengthen your heart, legs and buttocks. Diet gadgets The HAPIfork is an eating utensil that vibrates and lights up if you eat too quickly. It also transfers your eating-habit information to your computer or smartphone ($99; available starting in November, its maker says). Its maker claims that eating more slowly will improve the way you feel after every meal, enhance your digestion and reduce your weight. The fork is meant to make you more aware of what youre consuming. A small study last year linked being more mindful about your eating habits to weight loss in women who frequently ate out. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Gadgets: Charge up to five portable devices on the go

The makers of a pint-sized hydrogen battery say it can give a cellphone five complete charges before it needs a recharge itself. Others are showcasing solar cells that roll up for easy packing. Also on display was a $2,000 kayak from Wenonah Canoe that weighs only 32 pounds. The hard part about making it light is making it strong, said Michael Looman of the Winona, Minn.-based company. The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market opens for a four-day run Wednesday. More than 1,300 manufacturers and suppliers are packing the floor of a Salt Lake City convention hall, plus three outdoor canopy tents. The summer and winter trade shows have been a mainstay in Utah since 1996, drawing consistently larger crowds, although attendance leveled off this year. More than 25,000 people are expected at the trade show this week, many of them retailers, who are placing bulk orders for specialty outdoor shops around the world. Exhibitors were unpacking crates Tuesday, displaying a merchandise bazaar that would make a consumer drool except the public isnt allowed inside. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Lighter, more powerful gadgets on display at annual Utah trade show for outdoor equipment

It produces an output of 180W of continuous power, so running a refrigerator, microwave or other high-power device won't be an option. The device also comes with terminal clamps to run directly off your car battery. Details: $36, KEEP JUICED WITH PORTABLE CHARGERS If your smartphone or tablet needs a burst of power while on the go, Rayovac has a few new innovative charging solutions with the Portable Power Family. The pocket-sized 2-Hour Power mobile charger ($8.99) provides a fast burst of power to micro USB and Apple portable devices to give you a few additional hours of talk time. There's not a lot to it, just plug it in and charge away. When the battery itself needs a charge, any USB source will do the trick. The 7-Hour Power charger ($14.99) is outlet-free since it works with four AA batteries. Obviously, they want you to use Rayovac batteries, but others will also work fine to give your device a full charge on the go. Both chargers worked great to power up an assortment of USB gadgets and come with a 10-year warranty from Rayovac. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Gadgets: Making travel easier

The most powerful cordless vac on the market, its got all the attachments for a valet-finish. Around 330 from electrical shops PocketStrings Its hard to know whether this is a genius thought or a perfect way to prompt ridicule from on-lookers. PocketStrings is a gadget to practice your guitar chords on, with six strings and real frets. It doesnt actually make a sound, of course, but there is a strum-pad to beat out the rhythm. So budding guitarists get to master their Beatles medley and nobody has to suffer the learning process. 4 fret version $24.95 or 6 fret for $29.95 from Finis Neptune If you want to listen to your playlist as you crank out the pool lengths, the Neptune from Finis is worth a listen. But look: no earbuds. Instead the Neptune uses bone conduction to deliver the sonics. Clip the two speakers onto your goggle straps against your cheekbones and physics does the rest, with the sounds carried on the bone directly to your inner ear. Its how they think dolphins hear. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit