Here on the East Coast, a brutal winter is just releasing its grip. If you're like us, you're probably itching to get out and spend time in the great outdoors. Not without your gadgets, of course! Fortunately, spring has brought a crop of new apps and devices designed to help maximize your enjoyment of the warm weather.
Your first download should probably be Outdoors.io, a new app that works like AirBnB for sporting goods. Rent your neighbor's unused mountain bike, camping stove or kayak for a few bucks a day, and you'll be saving money as well as space in your own garage.
Next up is finding the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air - and for this, we'd turn toHike.io, a new app that helps you find the most picturesque hiking spots in your area. After all, what good is trekking out into the wilderness if you don't come back with some great Instagram pics?
Of course, pictures are just part of it - if you want to get video, but don't want to enlist a fellow traveler as your videographer, you may want to look into the AirDog, a new autonomous drone funded on Kickstarter that will be going on sale later this year. The AirDog will follow you wherever you go, traveling at up to 45 miles per hour, for up to 20 minutes. And it's small enough to fold up in your backpack, making it an easy travel companion.
The impulse to escape into the wilderness might be driven by a desire to get away from it all, but it's obvious that at every stage the latest technology is redefining how we're enjoying those wide open spaces.