High-tech finds to upgrade your backyard this summer.
Balad Garden Lamp
Sleek and modern, this isn’t your average outdoor lantern. The rechargeable and portable LED garden lamp has two brightness settings and comes in 24 different colors.
To buy: $123, shophorne.com
Take this portable, Bluetooth speaker to the backyard or the beach. When connected to Wi-Fi, you can use “Alexa,” Amazon’s voice assistant technology, to request songs, weather reports, and more. If there’s no Wi-Fi available, you can play music via Bluetooth on your phone or tablet.
To buy: $130, amazon.com.
Flowtron Mosquito Killer
Hang this lantern with an ultraviolet light on your porch or patio to repel mosquitoes, black flies, and more. It’s manufactured to protect up to 1½ acres, and it’s weatherproof.
To buy: $60, homedepot.com.
LG Minibeam LED Projector with Embedded Battery
Summer nights are perfect for outdoor movies in the backyard. This lightweight projector has up to two hours of battery life and connects wirelessly to Android and Windows devices—if you have an iOS device, just connect via the USB drive.
To buy: $300, bestbuy.com.
iDevices iGrill Mini Thermometer
Make sure your BBQ is safe to eat with this Bluetooth-capable grilling thermometer. Place the stick in the meat, choose from a list of preset temperature alarms based on the type of food, and walk away from your phone (yes, that’s right). The thermometer will alert you on your phone or tablet when the food is cooked to perfection, so you don’t have to be glued to the grill for the whole party.
To buy: $38, target.com.
SolPower 9000 Patio Umbrella
This high-tech, solar-powered umbrella will not only keep you cool in the shade, but it will also keep your phone or tablet fully charged with its built-in USB ports. Now you don’t have to worry about connecting long extension cords from the inside of your house to the backyard.
To buy: $170, amazon.com.