The annual rite of officially saying “Spring has Sprung!” in central Maine is here. Several hundred people will convene at the small town of Kenduskeag with the goal of staying dry (or at least upright) as they descend on a 16.5 mile journey to Bangor through the trepidatious waters of the Kenduskeag Stream armed with only a paddle and smile. And this year, it will be particularly satisfying to conquer waters that were formerly snow, ice and frost.
As a company headquartered in Bangor, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is at very least watched by lots of Sephone team members. I participate in the race and have written about what that is like. My most highly esteemed coworker Justin has also written about the race from the spectators perspective. He normally photographs the race and puts the photos on this FB page Justin Russell Photography. And here is a good google map if you want to learn more about the path of the race.
Water and Devices
One of the things that often comes up in talks about the race is electronics. With the prevalence of social media, maybe people want to capture their experience to share with friends. We all know though, water and electronics don’t mix well. I think most everybody has at one time or another lost something to the washing machine. Here are the options as I see them for getting wet:
Several companies make waterproof containers for your phone. Some of the popular ones include the Preserver by Otterbox and LifeProof. These cases, when properly installed, do allow your phone to get wet or even submersed. Additionally, they provide your phone with a bit of buoyancy to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of a lake or pond.
Should you lose your phone while out and about, for android’s anyway, you can google “find my phone” and it will tell you where it is, even do some gps lookups, and can get you within feet of your phone. I have experienced anywhere from 80 feet accuracy to 6 feet with this service finding my phone.
Other than waterproofing your phone, the other option is forgoing the phone and using a waterproof device. The king of this arena is GoPro. Their products have been dropped from airplanes by sky divers into pig pens and left at the bottom of the ocean for several days, as well endured grizzles attacks (warning, last link has PG-13 audio). And although GoPro’s are awesome, many companies offer rugged products such as Garmin, Canon, Nikon and Fugi. Just make sure that you are getting their waterproof product line.
So the next time you are in, on or near water, make sure that your phone is in a waterproof case or you have waterproof electronics.