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Sep 2, 2014

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - September



Text your friends even when you don't have service
It looks like a wand but it is actually an antenna. Antenna that can keep you connected even in the most secluded parts of your travel.
GoTenna is a device that lets users create their own virtual network on which they can communicate with friends and family. It connects to your phone via BluetoothLE. You will have to keep it within a certain range (20 feet) of your phone for it work well. The average range for the connection to work is around 2-4 miles. You would use GoTenna's app to type out a text message or share a location. Your smartphone will send the message to your GoTenna, which will then shoot it out, via long-range radio waves. The app also offers free offline maps and full messaging capabilities.

Stay Dry in a Jiffy

Funnel Eject|Wear backpack
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/884605357/funnell-eject-wear
awesome design for travel
We got caught in a downpour while in Mykonos greek islands. Thankfully, we did have rain gear with us, which was a couple of ponchos. Though as anyone who ever used them knows, they can be quite cumbersome to put on. They stick and when they get wet its hard to put them on or takeoff. This backpack is an awesome design for travel and those situations.  with pull out jacket is a great concept for those times.

The Solar Bikini

Its summer time, the sun is out and time to lie down and get a tan while listening to music or reading and web surfing, but you run low on batteries on your device. There is now a great solution - a solar bikini.  It is covered with solar panels. These panels provide current similar to that of a USB drive on a laptop, that will provide power for iPods and other devices. The bikini will cost upwards of $1,000 and the inventor says that he is working on a version for males that will cool off beer.

Samsung Galaxy Round: World’s First Curved-Screen Smart Phone
http://www.unfinishedman.com/samsung-galaxy-round-worlds-first-curved-screen-smart-phone

Skully, The Smartest Motorcycle Helmet
Innovation on standard helmet, Skully, puts heads-up digital display in-front of the rider. Similar to display that is being slowly introduced for cars, the helmet will display GPS, rear view camera with a near 180 degree viewing angle, and may display vehicle telemetry such as speed, gear, and tachometer.
http://www.skullysystems.com

LG G Watch unveiled
http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140628/lg-watch-unveiled/
LG G Watch


Microsoft Smartwatch With 11 Sensors Coming This October
As per the latest, the company’s new smartwatch might be released this October.
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/06/microsoft-smartwatch-with-11-sensors-coming-this-october/


Chargekey Keychain Phone Charge Connector
Portable USB charging cable for iPhone and Android. It does not look like much. It actually looks like a keychain size USB drive. However, this travel gadget can assist with charging up your phone. It is not a charger in itself. Chargekey allows for charging from any USB port in place of using a long and cumbersome standard phone cable

Earin's tiny wireless earphones recharge while they're in your pocket
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1629248706/earin-the-worlds-smallest-wireless-earbuds
ear phones


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Nov 6, 2013

Travel Video of the Week - Smartwatches: A Revolution on Your Wrist?

Smartwatches: A Revolution on Your Wrist?

A new watch is now hitting the market what seems like every month. Quite a few of the consumer electronics manufacturers are jumping on board to design their own coolest and latest watch.
While these are being gobbled up (Thanksgiving is almost here) by those in tech industry, they are yet to capture the acceptance of mainstream. These watches are not robust enough currently to supplement smartphones and too advance and too expensive for most casual watch wearer.
They are also not compatible with multiple products. As mentioned in the video, smartwatches need to encompass more in their features to attract more attention. They need to include fitness and sleep tracking and other capabilities that are currently offered in standalone products. This way they can replace multiple wrist things or enhance the watch and smartphone at the same time.
















More content on smartwatches:

Smartie Watches - Wrist Watch Reincarnation
http://traveltechgadgets.blogspot.com/2013/09/smartie-watches-wrist-watch.html

5 Things To Know in Travel and Gadgets
http://traveltechgadgets.blogspot.com/2013/08/5-things-to-know-in-travel-and-gadgets.html

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets
http://traveltechgadgets.blogspot.com/2013/10/new-cool-up-and-coming-travel-gadgets.html

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May 22, 2013

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets

New Cool Travel Gadgets

Nowadays we rarely hit the road without at least some gadgets in tow. Smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and a slew of other devices have all made travel simpler. And there are many more interesting cool and helpful gadgets getting designed...

Keeping the batteries on all of those gadgets fully charged can be a real challenge, especially when traveling through remote locations. Fortunately, there have been some excellent advances in solar charging, which have made gathering energy from the sun a more viable way to power our devices while on the go

sCharger Solar Charger
Solar technology is the buzz phrase in most recent new gadgets announcements. From Superman movies, and brand new one coming out next month, we know that my favorite alien gets his power and recharges from the Sun. Now your smartphone can do that too. sCharger Solar Charger can charge smartphone, iPod, eReaders, and many other devices.

Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit from Goal Zero http://www.goalzero.com/sherpa50.html

The solar grid that comes as part of the kit, collects the sun's energy to charge Sherpa 50, the inverter that you actually use to charge. It takes about 5 hours for a full charge. Then charge your laptop or smartphone. It takes only 2 hours to charge the computer. It can also be charged from a wall outlet for a faster charge or away from sunlight.

Chargepak NT600C -(6000mAh)
    


Nectar Mobile Power
Most chargers, even "wireless," need to be plugged into an outlet. Nectar is a “plug-less” charger, getting its power from Power Cartridges, called “pods,” rather than traditional wall outlets. Per company's website, an individual power cartridge can power or recharge travel size gadgets for several weeks. Rather than a traditional lithium ion battery, Nectar uses a proprietary Silicon Power Cell technology



Smart Watch
People don’t wear watches anymore. I did a post some time ago on the topic of wearing a watch and that I dont do that anymore. New Cool Gadget Find of Today: Wrist watches making a comeback?. I also wrote that I might wear a watch that had more function. Well fast forward to today and companies that are at forefront of innovation are developing smart watches  that can do a lot more than just tell time. Or even tell you who is calling. Smart watches are still very much in their nascent stage. But guess what? Wearing a watch might just be making a come back.
Samsung has confirmed that it is working on its own watch. Meanwhile, Apple reportedly has more than 100 people working on a curved-glass iWatch that runs iOS and Google is said to be working on its own high-tech timepiece. With these smarter watches you can:
- Glance at info to save time
- find out which calls are worth picking up (or ignoring), which messages are worth responding to, which tweets are worth re-tweeting and more. No more having to constantly unlock your phone for no good reason.
- track your steps with a pedometer, track calories and also your heart rate
- use the Bluetooth 4.0 standard, which employs low-energy technology specifically designed for smart devices. Which can actually save your phones battery
- with your phone in your pocket, dictate a message or social update to your wrist, see who won last night's game and get the 5-day weather forecast.
- quickly check your inbox without whipping out your 5-inch phablet. A smart watch would let you do that quickly and more discreetly.

Stash Waterproof Pocket Shorts
Go swimming without having to worry about:
1. leaving your cell phone, keys and wallet on the beach without supervisions
2. having your phone or wallet get wet and for your battery and dollar bills go for a dip
These shorts are currently in the concept stage and are crowdsourcing funding through Kickstarter here


FitBit Flex Wristband
Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband that tracks your activity and sleep patterns and syncs with a smartphone app to show you how active you are and your overall lifestyle. The band syncs with an Android (Samsung Galaxy S III or Note II) device or iPhone via Bluetooth, latest comes with 4.0 synchronization, and uploads the data to a smartphone app as well as to your online profile. FitBit Flex can measure how many steps you have taken, calories burned and quality and amount of sleep. The band is water-resistant, so it can be worn throughout your travels.

Audio-Technica Debuts $99 SonicSport Headphones
Designed for fitness buffs, the headphones sport an active-fit earphone design that features a flexible pivot ensuring a comfortable in-ear fit. SonicSports will also allow ambient noise to filter through so wearer’s can be aware of the surrounding environment. Instead of an over-head headband, the SonicSport’s band wraps around the back of the wearer’s head for a more secure, comfortable fit. There’s also a cord-mounted remote with controls for volume and music playback functions.


Pocket-Friendly Canon PowerShot N
Small point-and-shoot, measuring 3.1 x 2.4 x 1.2 inches, camera that can upload photos and videos to the Web or a social network with the press of a button. PowerShot N has built-in Wi-Fi. On its back is a 2.8-inch LCD that tilts up 90 degrees, and the front has a wide angle lens with an 8X optical zoom. Which is pretty good for a camera of that size. The higher the optical zoom the better photos would look if zoomed in on. Read more about optical zoom here Buying a Digital Camera for Travel.


GPS Reinvented
In one of my recent posts I mentioned that the maps on our smartphones, while good to have, are quite limited. And while GPS was thought to be going out of style, are actually still an essential travel gadget. Garmin proves this even more with its newest GPS, Garmin nĂ¼vi 52LM GPS Travel Assistant.
It does all of the basics that GPS these days offer. Plus this new device has a
Garmin Real Directions guide that displays easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and traffic lights, rather than street names. Similar to the type of directions a person would give you. It also has Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts to keep you from swerving, a live-action model with brightly colored arrows that indicate the proper lane needed for your next turn, and photoReal and Bird’s Eye Junction Views to navigate confidently through interchanges. All new Garmins come with Lifetime Free Map update.

The World’s Best Underwater Headphones?
http://damncoolgadgets.com/the-worlds-best-underwater-headphones/








Did You Know?:
Technology and fashion collide at Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory. Researchers are working on creating clothing made with conductive cotton that can charge an iPhone via solar panels.

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