Barbecue can mean many things. To some people, it means spending an entire day slowly smoking a brisket to perfection. To others, it simply means throwing some hot dogs on the grill and tossing them in a bun when they’re ready to go. And, of course, every region has its own “right” way of barbecuing.
But no matter who or where you are, there are three must-haves: good food, good company and great music.
Pulling together all the elements of the perfect barbecue takes some planning. But, thanks to some incredible technology, it’s easier than ever to add a little spice to your next backyard gathering.
Just follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way:
1. Get a Wireless Outdoor Speaker
Setting up clean, crisp audio outdoors can be a challenge. Not with the Ultimate Ears UE MEGABOOM. Simply sync your compatible smartphone to the waterproof* MEGABOOM, and relax. No more fiddling with cords to set up a sweet sound system, and don't worry about it conking out before the party is over. The battery can last for up to 20 hours – long enough to pump up your gathering and then some. Pair your smartphone easily to the MEGABOOM thanks to NFC technology, and you can even use it to take calls in stunning clarity.
Whether you’re smoking a side of beef in Texas or grilling up some dogs on your fire escape in Manhattan, the UE MEGABOOM speaker instantly creates that perfect rich, barbecue vibe. It blasts music in all directions thanks to the cutting edge, 360-degree design. For an awesome, immersive experience in sound, you can even pair two MEGABOOMS. Set them up as left/right stereo or double the sound.
If you’re looking for something a little smaller for the more intimate gatherings, try the JBL Clip. This ready-to-wear Bluetooth® speaker comes with an integrated carabiner so you can attach it to your clothes, a bookbag or just set it on the table top while you enjoy burgers and dogs.
Connect your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or the built-in audio cable, and enjoy up to five hours of playback time on a full charge.
2. Record the Memorable Moments of Your Gathering
Got friends who couldn’t make it? Show them how much fun they missed by using a GoPro Camera to capture the can’t-miss action. Get stunning, immersive footage with the HERO4 Black. It takes incredibly high-resolution 4K30 and high-frame-rate 1080p120 video and captures amazing pictures with a 12-megapixel camera, up to 30 frames per second.
Or try the HERO4 Silver, the first GoPro camera to feature a built-in touch display. View, tap and swipe the screen when you want to control the shots, frame the shots and play it all back.
The HERO4 Silver captures 1080p60 and 720p120 video with lifelike clarity, as well as 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second.
If you prefer something small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, try the HTC RE Camera. It's waterproof* (ideal for backyard fun) and streams HD videos and 16MP photos. For the friends and family who weren't able to attend that day, you can even stream direct to your YouTube account so they can watch all the action live as it's happening.
3. Entertain Your Guests
Both MiniDrones are piloted from your compatible iOS or Android™ device.
SWAT’s on-board, wide-angle VGA camera (480x640) streams live, airborne video of your party as it’s happening. The ultra-compact drone even has two powerful headlights, so it can fly into the night if the barbecue keeps on going. Amaze your friends as SWAT turns right, turns left and performs flips with amazing stability. Just swipe your device’s screen to command the MiniDrone to turn 90 or 180 degrees in a flash.
While SWAT performs its feats in the air, the Max Jumping Race Drone carries out its tricks, spins and jumps on the ground. Max leaps up to 2.4 feet high and can even turn 180 degrees in the blink of an eye. Use the embedded, wide-angle VGA (480x640) mini-camera to send photos and video directly to your smartphone or tablet. Images are saved on the robot's internal 4GB flash memory.** Use the MiniDrone's microphone and speaker to catch and broadcast audio.
Capture great candid stills and videos of your backyard barbecue action from unique and fun angles with either of these incredible MiniDrones.
Any combination of the MEGABOOM speaker, HERO 4 GoPro Cameras, HTC RE Camera and Parrot MiniDrones will add a much-enjoyed spark to your next barbecue.
*UE MEGABOOM is rated IPX7 which means it can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
**Transferred on a computer via the embedded Micro USB connector.