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Jan 11, 2016

What Are These Travel Gadgets Posts?

What Are These Travel Gadgets Posts?


Happy New Year. If you are new to this site or have visited in the past, with the new year new opportunities rolling out I would like to provide some background for the content and development behind Travel Tech Gadgets.
If I put something on my blog that I say I have used that means I spent a lot of time agonizing again and again over validity of the purchase. And have looked over many reviews from various sites and finally decided to get it.

Case in point, our new home internet router. We have been unhappy with the performance of the current router for months. It is the one that is provided by our internet company and is also 4+ years old. It does not meet the needs that we currently have for multiple laptops, phones, cameras, and streaming gadgets that are in our home. So I have been going back and forth deciding if we should ask the cable company for an updated router or buy a better version ourselves. It is either we get it 'free' or put up money at the front and hopefully enjoy a better performance. After contacting customer service and confirming that their new router is not much better than the current, I made the final decision to get the router that is highest rated on a couple of the top consumer gadget review sites. And can report that I am very glad I did. The speed and reach of wireless connection has increased significantly.

This works most of the time as the gadgets I finally get perform well. Hence this site.
I love travel and gadgets. And realized there are lot of useful gadgets that can make your travel better. Though most of the time the information is segmented and a lot of it comes out around holidays only. The rest of the year, it is tucked away in lower sections of sites.
Looking through many different gadgets on daily basis and reading through their reviews, I am hoping to provide a spot to get some insight on what is available, great to use, and coming up in travel and gadgets.

Best!

and Bonvoyage!


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Dec 10, 2015

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - December

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - December


Robot Tested for Airport Check-In
Any technology that speeds up check-in and time at the airport, and functions well, would be a great improvement to the current system. While these robots are set to target premium travelers, after the beta testing, it is likely to hit mainstream as well.
www.mediapost.com/publications/article/262865/robot-tested-for-airport-check-in.html


Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest building 1km tall
www.cnn.com/2015/11/30/world/meast/saudi-arabia-worlds-tallest-building-jeddah-tower

Tesla's Model S on Autopilot gets the real test — navigating New York City traffic
It is not a self-driving car. Though it is a huge improvement on the old Cruise Control. With CC on you can let go of the pedals but you have to hold on to the wheel and, if getting closer to traffic, need to touch the brakes to make sure to keep good distance. With Tesla's Autopilot, you can take foot and hands off. The car will make adjustments as necessary to keep you within the lane and even break and slow down as necessary.
http://mashable.com/2015/11/06/teslas-self-driving-model/

Self-driving pods use app to pick you up and can connect with other pods on the road
interestingengineering.com/self-driving-pods-use-app-to-pick-you-up-and-can-connect-with-other-pods-on-the-road

Can you imagine this travel future?
http://elliott.org/blog/can-you-imagine-this-travel-future/

This gadget needs no battery, it's powered by Wi-Fi
www.pocket-lint.com/news/136116-this-gadget-needs-no-battery-it-s-powered-by-wi-fi


Volvo’s new child seat concept makes you actually want to have a child
interestingengineering.com/volvos-new-child-seat-concept-makes-you-actually-want-to-have-a-child

Stroller folds up small enough to fit in a backpack
If you have kids and ever had to travel with a stroller either in the car or on the plane, you know how much of a pain it could be to fold one up and then find enough space to put it in. We were very glad that we have updated our automobile to an SUV before our kid was born as I don't know how we would have fit half the stuff into the sedan. This stroller makes it even more convenient to travel since it can fold up and be stored in a bag. So technically could be the kid's carry-on luggage.
http://mashable.com/2015/10/24/gb-pockit-stroller

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Nov 12, 2015

Travel News - Gadget Related - November

Travel News - Gadget Related - November

What to Look For in a Travel Mouse
http://traveltech.about.com/od/Accessories/fl/What-to-Look-For-in-a-Travel-Mouse.htm

9 Travel-Friendly Toys For Holiday Gifts
http://www.familiesgotravel.com/2015/10/9-travel-friendly-toys-for-holiday-gifts/

The Best All-Around Headphones For Travelers: A Review Of The Bose QuietComfort 20
http://foxnomad.com/2015/11/03/the-best-all-around-headphones-for-travelers-a-review-of-the-bose-quietcomfort-20/

Travel Photography Products Roundup: Pack the Gear to Get the Shot
http://herpackinglist.com/2015/11/travel-photography-products-roundup/

Top Five Holiday Travel Apps
http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2015/11/03/holiday-travel-apps/

An In-Depth Review of the Fitbit Charge HR for Travelers
http://toomanyadapters.com/review-fitbit-charge-hr-travelers/




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Oct 26, 2015

Aruba - Family Vacation - Gadgets and Accessories

Aruba - Family Vacation - Gadgets and Accessories

Charging Up Before The Trip

Getting There

The flight was the first one for our kid. It went well for the most part at the airport and during flight. To keep her occupied and get some of the energy out we got her a new small ball. She played with it while waiting to board. The ball is the non-rolling kind with bumps that prevent it from rolling away but at the same time has plenty of bounce. And it also lights up, making easy to find if it does end up under a bag or seat.
While getting ready and before packing, I looked through some of my favorite kid travel blogs to get some ideas and advice. Based on those suggestions we brought a lot of entertainment with us on the plane in her little backpack. There was a Fisher-Price Travel Doodler, small travel books, kids camera that shows different image upon click, stuffed animal, and washable crayons. And with all of that we almost exhausted all in first half hour. Though after see settled in a bit, it was better and the Jetblue in-flight entertainment helped a bit. We had the Mickey Mouse cartoon on all monitors.
On the plane we were in the first row (thanks to planing and booking by gowithirene.com). While we were first out on arrival, what we did not expect was that we had to wait for the stroller to catch up to us. Though by the time we were at the baggage carousel our bags were there as well.
In Aruba at customs, they had new machines for folks with the new e-passports. One person steps through at a time. Places there passport on scanner, looks up for camera and once all set, goes through. The line moved very quickly with this new technology.

When we stepped outside, lucky for us they were having the hottest day yet. It didn't let up for next few days

Gadgets and Accessories

Cameras:

- Olympus Stylus Tough - our blue all around camera. Since this camera is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, and dustproof, it goes with us into the water, to dine, and on walks and  evening events. I just put it in my pocket and good to go. In the water, we also attach the orange camera float strap that keeps the camera dangling on our wrists and floating above water.


- DSLR - While Olympus camera is great and versatile, it does not take as good of a shots as DSLR. Our Canon Rebel XSi comes with us on every vacation to capture some of the more detailed, high definition, and artistic photos, some of which you saw on this site in previous posts.

GoPro - This was the newest camera on our trip. We have been looking to get a video camera since our kid was born, but it has been a tough choice. Most of the dedicated video cameras had very low features with very high prices that didn't make sense since we had similar video quality on the digital camera and phone. GoPro HERO4
on the other hand stood out for its lightness, small size, and superior video quality. Moreover, with the new cases it is also waterproof, has high-definition video and photography and very easy to operate. It became a no brainer for us to get GoPro for our trips.

- Phone - a necessity these days when traveling with child. Before leaving on vacation, we preloaded one of the iPhones with several gigabytes of kids cartoons and education videos. It was a life and sanity saver during the meal outings and other times of toddler hysterics. During the stay we did not have wifi and did not take the phone off of airplane mode as to not incur any roaming charges. Though we still were able to use for entertainment as well as notebook and memos.

- Phone Holder - to use the phone during meal times this little accessory was irreplaceable and we were very great we took one. The phone stayed off the table in right position for viewing and accessing controls. It folded up flat and was very light to just throw in our daypack with all the rest of the stuff.

- Mophie Powerstation - while we did charge our phone in the room overnight, it was definitely a piece of mind to have this juice pack with us as a backup as well as to give us a bit more up time at the airport.

- Kindle - we took both of our Kindles on this trip, though I was not too optimistic if we get to use them. As it turns out, I was not completely right. We had some time to read on the beach, since as it turns out the sand and sand toys were a great babysitter for our daughter for half-hour to almost an hour.

- Sports Watch - in most resorts there are activities and or shows that are at certain time. And meals are also at designated time. So a watch comes very handy. While at home, these days I mostly use the phone to tell time, that is not as easy convenient or safe to do while traveling. It is especially helpful when traveling with toddlers that need to be on their schedule or else (parents know what mean). The Casio watch I got is also great since it shows day of week which is helpful to know. And it is water proof up to certain depth. So could go swimming in the ocean or pool and be able to tell how long we been there and if it is time to reapply sunscreen or go eat.

- Water Shoes. A necessity these days in Aruba as the entrance and ocean floor can be rough and littered with rocks. We got some right before we left after we found recommendations for these on Tripadvisor (www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147248-d150690-Reviews-Tamarijn_Aruba_All_Inclusive-Oranjestad_Aruba.html). I had the Starbay Water Shoesshoes. These were easy to put on and take off which turns out to be a very good feature for water shoes.

- Belkin surge protector with multiple plugs. Hotel had several plugs but all accept one were behind furniture

- Travelon perfume holder - I wrote about it before and I take most of it back. I can still see how it could be useful when traveling, however it does not work. I loaded it up for this trip and when we got there there was nothing left in the container. All leaked out. I checked that it was closed tightly and it was. Thankfully, it was in its own ziplock that was inside another Ziploc, so nothing around it ended up all of the contents.

All these gadgets withstanding, this trip was a detox from computers and online access to the phone




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Aruba Vacation - Kids Gadgets and Accessories

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Oct 12, 2015

Finders Keepers - How To Find and Keep Your Travel Gadgets

Finders Keepers - How To Find and Keep Your Travel Gadgets


Sometimes you have too many things with you or too many things on your mind, and you leave some stuff behind. That is especially true when traveling. Though when you away, forgetting something might mean you will never see it again. To make sure that you are not separated from your devices and other things there are gadgets and services available to track them and get them back to you

Smart Umbrella

One of the most common things left behind is an umbrella. It is not something we have with us on regular bases until it rains. So walking out of a restaurant, work, or other places you might not feel like you left anything behind until it starts pouring again and you have no cover. This smart gadget is looking to solve that. It has a built-in GPS so you can locate it and also connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth to remind you to take when rain is in the forecast.
incrediblethings.com/smart-umbrella-reminds-you-to-take-it-along-when-theres-a-chance-of-rain/

Locate Your Lost Gadgets With These Newest Gadgets
Keys are also at the top of the list of the most misplaced items. The trackers below can help locate them plus many other items that went missing

Track your phone, wallet, keys and anything else that you can fit it on with TrackR.



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Oct 8, 2015

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - October

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - October

Solar Paper

It is a consumer-friendly solar chargers that is also friendly to environment. YOLK, the maker of Solar Paper, claims that it is the world’s thinnest and lightest personal solar charger. It is 1.5 mm thick. The overall size of the panel is a little larger than iPhone 6 Plus, measuring 7.5 inch long by 3.5 inch wide. And it can charge an iPhone in 2.5 hours.
http://www.sciencealert.com/new-solar-paper-charger-is-thin-enough-to-fit-between-the-pages-of-a-notebook

Robot butler delivers room service

If a guest is staying at the Aloft hotel in Cupertino, CA in Silicon Valley and have an inkling for a late night snack or missing toiletries, a knock on the door will be from a butler, a robot butler.

Jeans That Charge Your Phone
Courtesy of Joe’s Jeans
#Hello jeans as they being called by manufacturer Joe’s Jeans, have an iPhone pocket, plus an additional slot to hold a battery that is specially designed for the pants.
https://www.joesjeans.com/hello-jeans-phone-battery-charge-features.aspx

Apple's car plans are further along than you think
Image via TheMacObserver.com
Apple hired a large number of auto industry experts and had authorized the formation of a 1,000-person team tasked with developing an electric car. Apple is already scouting out locations suitable for test driving experiments and research.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/14/apple-self-driving-car-project-titan-sooner-than-expected

Road That Will Charge Your Electric Car



The UK is trialling a new road surface that charges your electric car as you drive
Europe, ie UK, looks to be way ahead of US in terms of testing and accepting new car and road technology. Though not very surprising as EU is usually ahead in this and other types of advances such as health and nutrition.
http://www.sciencealert.com/the-uk-is-trialling-a-new-road-surface-that-charges-your-electric-car-as-you-drive

The Road Ahead For Connected Cars
http://readwrite.com/2015/08/24/connected-car-future




Driverless ‘crash’ trucks ready to keep road crews safe
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/driverless-crash-trucks-ready-to-keep-road-crews-safe-2015-08-27

Gogo is going to offer 70Mbps in-flight internet
http://interestingengineering.com/gogo-is-going-to-offer-70mbps-in-flight-internet/

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Oct 5, 2015

One Little Thing Just Can’t Travel Without

Belkin SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel Charger & Surge Protector

We find this gadget very useful and have wrote about it on more than one occasion:
Charge Your Gadget Before You Travel, Or Else
Best Holiday Gifts Ideas for Travel
Travel Gadgets for Traveling To Brazil for World Cup

This week we came across a great post from herpackinglist.com that emphasis the need for it as well as describes when and where it would be useful...
The One Little Thing: Travel Power Board post


Belkin Surge Protector Charger



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Jul 13, 2015

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - July

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - July


Ninebot Self-Balancing Unicycle
This unicycle can travel anywhere from 6 to 21 miles depending on the charge while going at a speed of 8-13 miles an hour. It is not something you would take on a highway, but you would be able to zoom through street traffic for your daily commute. It is already available for purchase on Amazon for $748 and free shipping. Comes with 120W standard charger and 220Wh high-capacity battery. There is also a corresponding app that will let you control the lighting effects on the sides, update the firmware, and keep track of your Ninebot.

The Gravity Light lamp doesn’t need fuel, batteries or the sun to power it
The lamp provides instant light, any time, with no sun or batteries needed. All it needs is some weights. GravityLight generates power from the lift of a weight. Here is how it works:

Baidu will test a self-driving BMW later this year
"the vehicle should be smart enough to operate itself, but enable you to take command as and when necessary. We would make a joke about that being what a lot of people thought the "Cruise Control" button was for"
cruise control
 image via nextmovie.com

Safety Truck Shows Drivers What’s Ahead

image via gadgetify.com
Samsung added a built-in camera to the front of a its fleet of trucks. The camera captures real-time footage of the road and then wirelessly feeds it to four Samsung screens on the truck’s rear doors. This live film will play continuously as the truck moves letting drivers behind the truck be aware of on coming traffic and what is in front of the truck to make a safe pass. It even features a night vision view, for cars driving during nights. This technological solution was created by Leo Burnett and Samsung in partnership with tech company Ingem├ítica, aiming to reduce traffic accidents.

Soon your car won't let you drink..

The Solar iPad Case!

An ultra-thin (around 7/8" total thickness) case that protects and recharges your iPad using the power of the sun. Now you can have protection for your precious gadget and keep on using it. The case server multiple functions with embeded thin-film solar panel that can convert sunlight into electricity that recharges the lithium ion battery. The Solar iPad Case battery is capable of delivering an additional 2 hours.

Finally: Netflix Streaming Becomes Available at Marriott Hotels
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/netflix-in-marriott-hotels




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