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Showing posts with label travel tech gadgets. Show all posts
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Sep 8, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - September


New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - September

Image via 4moms.com
This Stroller Charges Your Phone Using Generators In Its Wheels

Aug 8, 2016

3 Hurdles That Remain For Long-Distance Automated Travel


This post is by Charles Bell. Our guest contributor this month. The topic for this post is autonomous cars, which is the cool new topic in travel and gadgets world. 

3 Hurdles That Remain For Long-Distance Automated Travel

There are a lot of exciting things about the possibility of fully automated cars, but one thing that people are looking forward to in particular is the idea of long commutes and road trips in these vehicles. Traveling in an ordinary car, while occasionally pleasant in its own way, is a taxing experience. Staying alert for hours on end is demanding, and controlling a vehicle on a highway can be monotonous. The idea of making the same trip in a car that will drive itself, allowing you to kick back and relax, is very appealing

Jul 21, 2016

Travel News - Gadget Related - July


Travel News - Gadget Related - July

Amazon's Kindle Gets Slender for Beach Season
- It is thinner and lighter - 6.7 x 4.7 x 0.35 inches; 5.6 ounces
- Comes in black or white
- Will feature 512MG of RAM (up from 256MG
- Built-in Bluetooth audio support
- All Kindles will get

Jul 7, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - July


New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - June

Samsung Wireless Headphones that can Store Music - Gear IconX
interestingengineering.com/information-leaked-samsung-wireless-headphones-can-store-music
Image source: Venture Beat
- Truly wireless headphone, no wires connecting the two earbuds
- Can store music, upto 4GB flash memory
- Don’t need to be connected to a phone at all times
- Carrying case charges the headphones
- Will be touch controlled and
- Water resistant

Levi's + Google Jacquard Commuter Trucker Jacket
uncrate.com/stuff/levis-x-google-jacquard-commuter-trucker-jacket
Image source: google.com/jacquard
- Interactivity is woven into the fabric
- Designed specifically for urban bike commuters
- Control your phone and services such as music or maps, directly from the jacket

Delta is Making In-Flight Entertainment Free to Everyone
"By July 1, almost all travelers flying with Delta can watch Showtime and HBO, or still-in-theaters flicks like The Jungle Book." 
- Best way to watch movies on airplane

A Team Of Japanese Scientists Creates Glass As Strong As Steel And Iron!
hexapolis.com/2015/11/03/scientists-create-unbreakable-glass-as-strong-as-steel
glass for smartphones
Image source: Hexapolis
- The potential applications are on electronic screens.
- Which would mean no more cracked screens on your phone or tablet while traveling.

"Olli", Self-driving Vehicle With The Power of IBM Watson Inside
ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49957.wss
Image source: IBM.com
Local Motors is the company behind the creation of this vehicle with collaboration with IBM.
- Fully electric and connected vehicle
- Can carry up to 12 people
- Utilizes the cloud-based cognitive computing capability - to learn and adapt to transportation needs and preferences





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Jun 23, 2016

Travel Gadget Video of the Week - Best Traveling Apps And Gadgets For Summer Road Trips

Best traveling apps and gadgets for summer road trips


In this video, the newest SUV from Volvo XC90. It comes with the app that can start the car, lock it, tell you what is the fuel range and more. This is not the only car coming out this year with these features. Several other automakers are now releasing apps with the new models. Making it more convenient to keep track of your vehicle.
One of the cool features in the car, which was barely mentioned but used, is the electrical plug, 12-volt adapter, in back where the Ride-Fi was plugged in. This would give you an auxiliary charging port for the rear passengers.

Polar Bear Coolers - keep things cold inside for up to 3 days


Ride-Fi - creates a Wi-Fi hot spot within your car. Up to 8 devices can use the service simultaneously.






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Apr 25, 2016

Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Gadgets, Gifts and Favors Ideas


Destination Wedding Travel Gadgets

This wedding season, technology gifts are in style when it comes to gift-giving

Did you know? More couples consider technology items appropriate for gift registries, according to a survey of brides and grooms commissioned by retailer Best Buy.

Destination Wedding Stats:
  • 24 % of marriages are destination weddings.
  • Average budget for a destination wedding is $28,000.
  • 60% of destination couples pay for the wedding themselves.
  • Average number of guests at a destination wedding: 48.
  • 9 out of 10 couples say weather is a key factor in selecting a destination.
  • Top 5 destinations for out-of-town weddings are (# of weddings):
    • - Las Vegas (125,000)
    • - Hawaii (20,000)
    • - U.S. Virgin Islands (5,100)
    • - Jamaica (5,000)
    • - Bahamas (4,000)
Why register for china when you can register for a trip to China?
Bride and groom can have their guests and benevolent friends and family make a “trip contribution,” which are funds that are transferred to the recipients by check or bank transfer. Or can register for a gift via a “resort credit,” which would be applied to the couple’s hotel account and can be used for anything that can be billed to a room while at the resort. Couples can request gifts toward a honeymoon stay or spa services and do so in small, separate increments, kind of like crowd-sourcing your getaway.

Amazon Wedding Registry Sweepstakes now through May 31st, 2016. Customers who create a wedding registry and add at least one item from the Lenox product line to the registry during the sweepstakes period (April 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016) are entered for a chance to win a Honeymoon Getaway Package. Visit the sweepstakes page for more information and official rules.

Per a Bridal Guide survey, below are honeymoon travel items wedding couples are mostly likely to purchase:
Wardrobe = 70.1%
Swimsuit = 69.9%
Sunglasses = 69.9%
Sunscreen = 57.8%
Luggage = 49.7%
Video Camera = 36.6%
Camera = 31.0% Sports
Equipment = 7.3%

Travel Gear

Wedding couples can register for many things, it does not have to be household items. The young newlyweds hopefully are planning to travel beyond just their honeymoon. Putting off traveling like the generations before have done, is not a great idea. As my grandpa stated a long time ago, go travel now while you can move around since if you wait until you are retired and have any health issues, there go your traveling plans. So get some travel gadgets for your wedding and go travel.

Noise-canceling headphones
You want to hear your new significant other, but tune out all the other noise around you when you are traveling. A great pair of noise-canceling headphones can do just that by filtering out the sound of engines and such, but keeping the music coming through clear.
Top noise-cancelling headphones

Ipod/Mp3 Player
While your phone can serve as a music player, not all have enough storage to keep a full list for the trip and all the other stuff on it. So a dedicated MP3 player would be a great way to keep on jamming.
Apple iPod Touch MP3 Player

Chargers
All the gadgets that are coming along for the honeymoon or destination wedding need to be ready and fully charged to not miss a bit.
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger

Streaming TV devices
Using the streaming devices you can not only watch Netflix and Amazon Prime while traveling, but you can also share pictures to the group and stream music.
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

Wireless speakers
To share your tunes with the wedding party on the go, wireless speakers easily sync up with Bluetooth on your phone or MP3 player to transmit the sound out loud.
DKnight MagicBox Bluetooth Portable Wireless Speaker

USB Sticks
If you want to share your wedding day with friends and family after the big day is done and you are back in town, adding photos and videos to a USB stick along with a thank you note is a great way to share and preserve memories.
SanDisk Cruzer 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Amazon Wedding Registry



For Bride & Groom Honeymoon

Keep a journal. This way you will remember all of the activities, romance, and funny moments during your trip. The main event and the trip after is going to be a whirlwind. This will also help you replay your honeymoon stories when you return.

Take photos. This is a likely a given that you will be taking a lot of shots on your travels. Photos of the two of you enjoying the activities your guests purchased from your honeymoon registry can be included in your thank you note or message that you going to put on a USB.

If you are traveling internationally and plan to call home, set-up a Skype account so your calls are inexpensive or free if you are calling another Skype account. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection.

Slip an easily compressed duffle bag into your suitcase. If you learn your luggage is too heavy when you are are the airport, or have too many gifts and souvenirs from the trip, you can quickly repack and avoid extra fees.

Luggage Scale - wedding is pricey enough, no need to pay overweight fees
Digital Luggage Scale

Want to make your significant other not forget your wedding anniversary? Ever! There is a ring for that. The Remember Ring™ utilizes patent pending Hot Spot™ technology to deliver a reminder. 24 hours before your special day, the thermal spot on the interior surface of your Remember Ring™ will warm to 120ยบ F for approximately 10 seconds, and continue to warm up every hour, on the hour, all day long. It would be hard to ignore.

Make a Wish for your wedding with Wed & Wish

Image: WineEnthusiast
Wedding Guests

For a Destination Wedding, all of guests are from out-of-town. Make them feel welcome by preparing a welcome bag that is filled with goodies, wedding favors, and gadgets:

Sunglasses
It is very likely that the destination for the wedding is warm and sunny one. A pair of nice sunglasses would be a great gift as it is functional and can be used during and after the trip.

Sunscreen
Another essential in a sunny destination is the sunscreen. The guests, and the couple, need to be in good condition, with no sunburned skin, and ready for the wedding. Travel sized containers filled with SPF 30 sunscreen are compact inexpensive and will protect your guests from the harmful rays of the sun.

Luggage Tags
This is also a very functional gift for the wedding guests. They can place them on their luggage either on the way back or to if they are distributed ahead of the trip. The wedding couple can customize the luggage tags with their wedding location, date, and names so that they are unique and easily recognizable

Water Bottles
Water bottles are great option as they can be customized for the wedding couple and be useful during and after to keep guests hydrated. It would especially be a great idea if the destination wedding includes some local activities for the wedding party.

Bottle opener
These are also easily customizable and useful for the duration of the trip as well as after the wedding.

Offbeat Wedding Favor
What do most wedding guests like the most? Eating, dancing, and drinking. Not necessarily in this order. Someone came up with a hands-free option for keeping your wine or champagne glass on you at all times. With Wine Glass Holder Necklace you have hands free to keep eating, or talking with loud gestures, or if adventurous enough, dancing.

Image: Vimeo: Celebrations of Tampa Bay
The Event
One way to create an unforgettable and unique event is to add a few tech upgrades:

Drones
To get a different view of your destination wedding, beyond just ladders, hire a drone videographer. Aerial wedding videography would make for some great scenes of the surroundings, the full view of the ceremony, and layout of the party.

Fotio
Fotio is a photo booth without the photo booth. If a clunky box and curtain at your wedding isn't your thing, Fotio provides a vintage alternative to a traditional photo booth, and it can be easily moved throughout the wedding. Chicago-based Fotio takes stunning photos and sends all the images to to an online gallery so you don't have to worry about carrying around printed pictures.

I Do Stream
Got out-of-town friends and family that can't make the wedding? You can broadcast the ceremony and reception with I Do Stream, a live-streaming wedding service that will capture your big day in real-time. A videographer can come onsite and perform the broadcast for you, the company can send you the equipment to do the live-stream on your own.

Wedding Wall 
www.socialweddingwall.com Want to see your guests' photos and messages as the wedding is taking place? Wedding Wall is a real-time, visible social media feed that runs throughout your reception. All you need is a TV or projector, and Wedding Wall grabs all the images posted to social media websites with your specific hashtag and displays them during the reception.

GoPro
A GoPro is a must-have for when the dinner ends and the party begins. You can put it virtually anywhere. These easy to use, lightweight cameras can be worn by the best man, carried on a selfie stick, taken onto the wedding dance floor, secured onto a liquor bottle and much more.
GoPro HERO4 Silver

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Mar 28, 2016

What Are the Rules For Gadgets On A Flight These Days Anyhow?

New Rules For Gadgets On The Plane


In recent months there is something missing when you board the plane, take your seat, and meet your flight crew. There is no more announcements to turn off all your electronic devices. That's right. Now you are able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on your devices during most phases of flight. Larger electronic devices such as laptops and tablets, books, and other loose items do need to be put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing. Phones can stay in your hands. FAA found, after a review, that personal electronic devices, such as your smartphone or tablet, will not interfere with a plane's functionality.

In- flight Travel Gadgets 
All phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular services disabled. FCC regulations prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. You can use Wi-Fi if your airline provides the service during flight. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards. For more info regarding airplane mode and your phone click here 7 Cool & Useful Things You Can Do With Airplane Mode
Otherwise, you can do just about anything that doesn't require data transfer on your smartphones and tablets. You can keep playing video games, watching movies, listening to music, and reading e-books as your plane takes off and lands.

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WiFi
That is of course if you have pre-download all these onto your gadget prior to take off. And also charged your device (Charge Your Gadget Before You Travel, Or Else). Airlines typically turn on access to onboard Wi-Fi once a flight reaches the cruising altitude of 10,000 feet. But using that Wi-Fi can be expensive and painfully slow. If airlines were to offer expanded Wi-Fi service, even during takeoff and landing, you likely still wouldn't be able to do things like stream videos from Netflix or download iPad games as that would be very expensive. Though if you don't mind spending some cash for access, you're free to post to Facebook or Twitter while in the air.

Exceptions
In rare instances of severe weather with low-visibility, as per FAA, the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during landing.

Passenger reaction:

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am. I'm excited to be able to read books on my iPad the entire flight



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Mar 24, 2016

Smaller Apple iPhone and iPad - Great for Travel


Smaller Apple iPhone and iPad - Great for Travel

Apple just held its annual Spring event to unveil new versions of iPhone and iPad. Both of them have improved technology on the inside, but most importantly, they are both smaller than the versions before them.
The new iPhone SE has a 4 inch retina display. Going back to the iPhone 5 versions' size. However, it has the the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. Giving you more and faster processing power. Graphics performance is also the same as on 6S, with capability to capture 4K video.
iPhone SE is light and compact phone designed to fit comfortably in your hand, pocket, and bag. For travel, I think it makes for a good change since you get the power and camera of a larger device within a smaller unit.
www.apple.com/iphone-se


New iPad Pro will have a 9.7 inch screen, which is the same size as the original iPad. And will have the power, camera, and display resolution of the larger brethren. This more powerful iPad is more suited for travel with its smaller frame.
www.apple.com/ipad-pro


It does not look like much of a change or innovation in the announcement. Quite the opposite, as the devices are shrinking rather than increasing in size as they have in previous years. The size and the power of both of these gadgets, however, is what makes them a better travel companions.

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Mar 14, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - March

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - March

BMW reveals autonomous car on their 100th anniversary
BMW reveals autonomous car on their 100th anniversary

ReFlex – The world’s first bendable smartphone
interestingengineering.com/reflex-the-worlds-first-bendable-smartphone/
No more bendgate, if this phone makes it to mass production. The screen will not crack or bend if you sit on it while it is in your pocket. ReFlex is designed to give. It makes it possible to "flip" through pages and also play games with more interaction by pulling on the screen.

Need to Renew Your Passport? Now There's an App for That
travelwithkids.about.com/Need-to-Renew-Your-Passport-Theres-an-App-for-That.htm
Renewing passport could be quite a process. It usually requires filling out forms, submitting certificates, taking and submitting photos, fees, and mailing all this in. This app is looking to simplify the process a bit so travelers can get their passport ready the digital way.




Wireless energy transfer strips for electric vehicles and buses
interestingengineering.com/wireless-energy-transfer-strips-for-electric-vehicles-and-buses
Wireless charging for cars is coming closer and closer to reality. More companies are developing tech for roads that would generate energy to charge up electric cars and buses.

Goodyear Concept Tires Targets Autonomous Cars
ubergizmo.com/2016/03/goodyear-concept-tires-targets-autonomous-cars
Charged up and self-driving vehicles still need to have tires that do the heavy lifting. Goodyear is getting ready for next generation of cars by working on tires that would accommodate new type of driving and drivers.

Sony makes 'Her' a reality: AI bluetooth earpiece acts as a smart personal assistant
dailymail.co.uk/Sony-launches-Xperia-Eye-Wearable-camera-uses-voice-facial-recognition-capture-images-built-projector.html


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Feb 8, 2016

10 Great Travel Gadgets That Fit on Your Keychain

Great Travel Gadgets That Fit on Your Keychain


These gadgets are definition of easy to take along travel gadget. They are small, fit in your pocket, have multiple uses, and can be attached to keys, belt hook or bags.

Swiss Tech Mtcss Micro Tech 6 In 1 Keyring Tool

Swiss Tech Mtcss Micro Tech 6 In 1 Keyring Tool

Why good to have on a trip:
- The tool includes flat screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, and sheet shear
- Pliers head is also the key chain connector

Surefire Backup Click Switch Dual Output LED Flashlight

Surefire Backup Tactical Switch Dual Output LED Flashlight

Why good to have on a trip:
- Bright LED output
- LED lightbulb can last up to 40 hours
- Small size to fit into a purse, coat or trouser pocket
- Two-way clip can be mounted on keychain ring

OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer & Bottle Opener

Premium Leather Orbitkey

Why good to have on a trip:
- Accommodates between 2-7 standard keys or accessories such as Orbitkey Bottle Opener and USB keys
- Holds your keys together eliminating any rattling and stopping them from ruining your pockets or the inside of your bag

Multi-use Tool

Leatherman 64010103K Micra Multitool

Why good to have on a trip:
- Scissors, clip-point knife, tweezers, nail file/cleaner, flat Phillips screwdriver, extra small and medium screwdriver, bottle opener, ruler
- 2-1/2 inches when folded closed
- compact size for for key rings or belt loops
- just do not pack it in your carry-on, instead included in your checked luggage

Key-Shaped USB Drive

niceEshop(TM) 8GB Metal Waterproof Stainless Steel Key Shaped USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Why good to have on a trip:
- Holds eight gigabytes of documents, scans, presentations, music, videos, and whatever else you might need on your travels
- Ultra portable and lightweight
- Waterproof Stainless Steel - your data will remain safe even if you drop your keys or leave them in a soggy pocket

Change Purse

Genuine Leather Change Purse, coin wallet with attached key ring

Why good to have on a trip:
- holds money, credit cards, usb drives, microSD, and other small items
- small and very portable

Hand Sanitizer

PURELL Hand Sanitizer Advanced - Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Portable Sanitizer Bottles

Why good to have on a trip:
- Keeps your hands germ free
- Attaches to key chains, purses, backpacks, diaper bags or gym bags

Lip Balm

Zip Stick Retractable Lip Balm Holder


Snaps Lip Balm Holder

Why good to have on a trip:
- Clip to Key-chain, Purse, Jacket, Backpack, Belt Loops and More
- Keeps your lip balm easily within reach to keep your lips moist and healthy

Sunscreen



Coppertone Sport Breathable Ultra Sweatproof Sunscreen SPF 50

Why good to have on a trip:
- Never sunburn again, always have sunscreen on hand

The Yoogo Self-Defense Keychain
http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20141226/yoogo-defense-keychain-hit

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