6 ideas for rainy days
It may be summer, but we can’t trust every day to grace us with sun. Make sure you enjoy those rainy moments too with these entertaining bits of tech…
When it’s bucketing it down outside, the best thing to do is shut out the world and wait for the sun to reappear from behind the clouds.
Whether you need to keep the kids entertained or just keep yourself occupied for the next few hours, we’ve got all the tech you need for spending a rainy day indoors.
1. Get creative with your laptop
A wet day is a good excuse to get your creative juices flowing – and you won’t even need paper and pens. A 2-in-1 laptop gives you the best of both worlds. Use it in laptop mode to start writing that novel you’ve always had inside you or flip it to tablet mode to design and edit your projects.
With the super-slim HP Spectre x360 you can handle Adobe design projects smoothly thanks to the powerful 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. It comes with a stylus so you can jot down notes and make digital sketches on-screen.
Alternatively, the Dell Inspiron 13 7373 isgreat for updating your blog and editing photos of your family gatherings.
2. Curl up with an e-book
So you can’t lie on a sun-soaked beach reading a trashy summer novel? No sweat – sink into your sofa with a riveting whodunnit instead, complete with mug of tea and packet of digestives to keep you going.
With the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet you can access millions of Kindle e-books and magazines. If you need a break from reading, there are stacks of games and tunes to download too.
3. Binge on movies or a boxset
Settle back for a marathon TV session to make the time fly. Streaming is a piece of cake with the Amazon Fire TV stick. Simply plug it into the back of your telly and you’ll be watching Netflix in no time.
Binge on an entire season of The Crown or organise your own film festival, with a mix of old classics (Singin’ in the Rain would be appropriate given the weather) and modern blockbusters such as Justice League to keep all your brood happy.
If you don’t feel like venturing out to the cinema, you can still enjoy the big-screen experience at home by pairing your streaming device with a projector.
The can-sized Nebula Capsule is capable of producing large and vivid images on to a wall or screen with a projection size of up to 100 inches. Use its HDMI port to connect your Fire TV stick. All you need to do now is draw the curtains and rustle up some popcorn.
4. Keep the kids entertained
If the kids are moaning about being bored, there are plenty of cool devices to keep them occupied.
One of our faves is Sphero Mini, a neat little gyroscopic robot ball that comes in a range of bright colours. You can drive it either through the Sphero Mini app or – perhaps more impressively – your own facial expressions.
5. Play classic console games
Whether at home or holed up in a caravan, a portable games console is perfect for transporting you to another world where it doesn’t rain all the time.
The 2-in-1 Nintendo Switch is a home games console that transforms into a handheld device for taking with you on holiday. Joy-Con controllers slide on to the sides of the gamepad so you can play Super Mario and Legend of Zelda in your palm.
Or opt for the handheld Nintendo 2DS XL, a mash-up of the flagship 2DS and 3DS XL consoles. It’s compatible with all your DS and 3DS games (although they won’t be in 3D) so you can dig out all your old favourites.
6. Test your trivia knowledge with Alexa
Amazon’s virtual assistant is best known for controlling your smart home devices, but she’s also the life and soul of the party. Ask your smart speaker to play music and keep you entertained with quizzes and games. Play Trivial Pursuit, true or false, bingo and more with Amazon Echo’s games catalogue.
You can also use the Echo to check the weather forecast to find out whether it’s likely to clear up later so you can go out.
The Amazon Echo Spot is a more compact version that’s great to have in your bedroom or kitchen.