Showing posts with label wearable gadgets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wearable gadgets. Show all posts

Mar 23, 2015

The Craze That is Apple Watch

The Craze That is Apple Watch
Or is it a craze? It is yet to be seen once the watch actually hits the stores in later part of April. For now, it is mostly tech news hype.


Here is a collection of information on the new shiny gadget:

To use the watch you need a phone with you at all times. And it only works with iPhone models 5 or higher. It is currently not compatible with iPad or iPod.

You'll need an extra cord to charge it. The Apple Watch includes a special magnetic induction charger. So you will need to bring the charger with you in your bag even for a short trip. Charge time: about 1.5 hours to 80% and about 2.5 hours to 100%

All-day battery life is based on 18 hours with the following use: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 18 hours. Any more use than these test, and you will need to charge a lot more frequently than every 18 hours. Talk time is up to 3 hours. Audio playback up to 6.5 hours. Workout time up to 6.5 hours

Apple Watch is water-resistant. But take heed, it is not Waterproof. It can survive being submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. However, any type of water related activity with the watch is not recommended by Apple. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant.

Why Good to Have When Traveling:
- View time without accessing your phone
- also access notifications, tickets, maps (though non-interactive) and more features without having to pull and show your smartphone
- track how much you walked and your activity level
- keep in touch via messages and calls


video credit: theverge.com

Apple Watch alternatives (video)




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Jan 26, 2015

Travel Gadgets that Pull Double Duty by Charging Your Gadgets

Travel Items that Pull Double by Charging Your Gadgets


Bluesmart: World's First Smart, Connected Carry-On
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bluesmart-world-s-first-smart-connected-carry-on


Hand Crank Radio


Ambient Weather Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger

CampStove 

Warms you up while camping in the woods and will also keep your phones charged so you can call out for pizza. This thermoelectric device turns heat to electricity and powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones. And can boil 1 liter of water in as little as 4 min. 30 sec.
http://www.biolitestove.com/products/campstove

Bags That Charge Your Devices While You Travel
http://mashable.com/2013/09/19/device-charging-bags/

Phorce


A smart bag that can charge up to 3 USB devices simultaneously
http://phorce.com/

Powerbag

Powerbag Messenger Bag with Battery for Charging Smartphones

Mighty Purse

Mighty Purse "Premium" - The Purse That Charges Your Phone


USB-Charging Umbrella

An umbrella that includes four panels on top that captures solar power from any direction. The panels are woven into the umbrella’s canopy and convert solar power into electricity. You can, in turn, use it to charge your devices via USB ports at the base of the umbrella. And just in case the weather gets cloudy and there is not enough juice from solar power, this umbrella even features a 3.7-volt/1000mA battery that acts as a backup, providing continuous power for your devices.

Charging Jacket

Several manufacturers have developed jackets that not only protect you from elements, but also provide juice for your gadgets. One example is a winter jacket, from Mountain Hardwear, with a heating element that will keep you toasty while it charges your gadgets.
http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/a-winter-jacket-that-charges-your-gadgets/

Charger bracelets

Another wearable device is a stylish bracelet that charges your phone. The simple band bracelet turns into chargeable cable by unsnapping the ends. It has a USB at the end that can be connected to your phone to charge.
http://www.case-mate.com/Rebecca-Minkoff/Case-Mate-Lightning-Cable-Bracelet.asp

Qbracelet

https://www.qdesigns.co/

XOO belt

These will keep your pants up and your gadgets charged up. A newest addition to wearables, this one is a combination of a classic belt and a portable USB charger. The belt comes with a  2,100mAh charge capacity, which means it can charge quite a few different type of mobile devices
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xoo-belt-by-nifty-a-phone-charging-belt

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Jan 5, 2015

New Year's Resolutions in Travel And Gadgets

New Year's Resolutions in Travel And Gadgets

Jump start your New Year with Wearable Technology


Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband


Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch


Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses


GoPro HERO3+: Silver Edition


JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones


LeapFrog LeapBand

Tech Accessories Deals

Pack Light, ie Don't Over Pack
Packing light makes travel easier, cheaper, and more convenient. But without the proper gear, traveling light is much more difficult. Invest in gear that is designed to help you travel with less before your trip, which can make a big difference


Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale


eBags Large Packing Cubes

Reusable, collapsible water bottle/container
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/252975704043542007


Panasonic DMC-TS25D Waterproof Digital Camera - does double duty and weighs only 0.8 pounds


Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
iPad and other tablets has helped lighten the load of the traveler considerably by providing an alternative to bulkier laptops. This one comes in at only 0.69 pounds

Opt for layers instead of a bulky coat. Your luggage will weigh less and more layers mean more options for more outfit combinations

Columbia Men's Watertight Packable Rain Jacket - I am a big fan of Columbia jackets. I have had one for 15 years and its still has good form and function

Take Great Shots

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP


Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS

Travel Bucket List
Follow Travel's board Bucket List on Pinterest.

A few of my resolutions for '14 (My New Year Travel Gadgets Resolutions) have materialized. I now have a charging powerpack back by Mophie and we are booked and will be taking off for South America in 2015.

New Year’s Travel Resolutions on TravelandLeisure.com

What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

9 Apps to Help Keep Your Resolutions:
Fitocracy - Exercise log and online personal trainer
iTunes U - access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools
Khan Academy - learn almost anything for free
Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
Lose It! – Easy to use Weight Loss Program and Calorie Counter
Restaurant Nutrition
Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker
MoneyPad√ - Personal finance manager
Mint Personal Finance

5 Reasons to Travel More in 2015

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