Pack your bags and let Silicon take on you on a tour of the coolest startups firing up the hottest time of the year.
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USA – We’ve all been there: by the car, balancing on one pair of shoes as you change into another pair. If, like Ralph Kuhlmeier, founder of Adventure Mat, you’re into trail-running, hiking, skiing, mountain-biking, his compact, all-season invention is a must-have. “It’s the smart way to change outdoors – simple to use, always clean on top, and when you’re done it can be folded up with just one hand and tucked away.” Trust us on this – watch the demo.
See more at adventuremat.com
Belgium – Tired of lugging cumbersome deck chairs to the beach or perching uncomfortably on a towel, founders of Belgian startup, Coolado, have designed a self-inflatable, 100% waterproof and airtight LoungeBag with built-in air pump. Stylish, lightweight and durable, it inflates and deflates in under two minutes. No fuss. No sweat.
See more at coolado.com
USA – Perhaps not the smoothest (or coolest) ride for this startup, but we love this ‘portable party disguised as a cooler.’ The Coolest Cooler comes complete with built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, bottle opener, cutting board and all the excuses you’ll ever need for a frozen margarita in the great outdoors.
See more at coolest.com
Spain – Versatile, comfortable and convertible swimwear for men and women. Förskel Originals have come up with a stylish solution to summer wardrobe dilemmas: smart, original designs that can take you from beach to bar, and pool to party.
See more at forskeloriginals.com
USA – With creativity and humor, Funboy has become something of a celebrity in the world of pool inflatables. While bobbing on a Mermaid Tail, floating on a Rainbow Unicorn or swanning around on a…uh…giant Silver Swan, you can reflect on the positive impact of your wacky purchase: through charity partner, RainCatcher, each Funboy provides someone in the developing world with one year of access to clean drinking water.
See more at funboy.com
Spain – Glamping (glamorous camping) is the perfect travel solution for those looking for a rustic experience in nature with all the 5-star luxuries of a hotel. It means no tents to pitch in adverse weather conditions, and no hordes at breakfast. Sevilla-based startup, Glamping Hub, has already made its mark in the USA and is constantly adding more ‘handpicked’ accommodation from across the globe to its unique booking portal.
See more at glampinghub.com
Sweden – ‘Power without sound. Speed without emissions.’ Sounds like the superhero of extreme watersports. Radinn, the world’s first electric wakeboard, is a ‘radical innovation of Sweden.’ Wakeboarding meets surfing – no speedboat or superyacht required.
See more at radinn.com
Netherlands – Allow others to experience cycling adventures vicariously through you with mobile app, Relive. Relive captures your ride data from Strava or Garmin Connect, transforming your outdoor activity into 3D video stories. Pinpoint favorite panoramas, share photos and create a visual travel log that’s more than just about performance stats and pedal rotations.
See more at relive.cc
USA – What if you could get your kids to stand still while you apply sunscreen to their sensitive skin? What if you didn’t have to rub goopy lotion onto your beach buddy’s sandy back? One startup decided to address these what-ifs. SnappyScreen is the world’s first touchless sunscreen application system being snapped up by leading hotel chains. Select your factor, stand on the rotating platform and get sun protection in just 10 seconds.
See more at snappyscreen.com
Luxembourg – Staycationing in Luxembourg this summer? Wish you had your very own summer-fun curator? Sign up to Supermiro! Using a subtle mix of technology and design, not forgetting a good sense of humor, this event-discovery platform has created SuperAlgo, an algorithm that can automagically aggregate 500 events in five minutes from hundreds of sources on the web.
See more at supermiro.com
This article was first published in the Summer 2017 issue of SILICON magazine. Be the first to read SILICON articles on paper before they’re posted online, plus read exclusive features and interviews that only appear in the print edition, by subscribing online.