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Apr 14, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - April

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - April

Forget tiny mobile keyboards, you could soon type in mid-air using SONAR
This would also mean one less thing to pack in your carry-on when traveling with your gadgets. You use just about any surface to draw and type on your phone or smartwatch instead of on the tiny display.

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Kiss That Window Seat Goodbye: Is THIS What Airplanes Could Look Like in 40 Years?!
Concept design of what the plane might look like in the future is quite a change fromt the current. More space, less emissions. That would be great step forward for the air transport.

Suitcase that solves the biggest problem with luggage
No need to track your luggage. Your luggage will track you. That is the concept behind the new suitcase current in development that has sensors on-board for tracking its owner and following them around the airport. And since the luggage is on its own platform, you also do not need to drag

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Supersonic Jet Faster than the Concorde Under Construction
The new plane would make a trip from New York to London in just three and a half hours. It is still far from being in production and commercial use, though definitly make the world even smaller.

Blue Origin Successfully Launches, Lands Rocket for Third Time
This plus successful attempts by SpaceX, proves reusable rockets are now a reality, which in turn means lower cost for space freight and fligh leading to more feasable commercial trips.

This New Plane Could End Jet Lag for Good
"The A350 XWB is larger than a Boeing 787 but smaller than an A380. The “XWB” in its name stands for “Extra Wide Body,” and that's not a lie. The 253-passenger aircraft is six inches wider than a 787...."

This New Office Will Have Hundreds Of Spaces For Bikes—But None For Gas Cars
More power to the bikes. Not only the building is green, they are thinking outside the building of how people get to it. Suggesting that their commute be greener as well.

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Apr 11, 2016

Travel The World From Home With Virtual Reality

Travel The World From Home With Oculus Rift

Travel makes a more rounded person, it opens you up to new experiences, people, and cultures. Seeing pictures of a place is not the same as being there. At least that has been the thinking previously. And it is true since you cannot experience the smells, sounds, and views unless you are there.

Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and other Virtual Reality devices are looking to, at least partially, change that. Using these gadgets you can "experience" being there without leaving the comfort of your home. The videos immerse you into different locals where you can see and hear the surroundings as though you are there.

This is great technology that has come a long way, but it is a preview. It does not replace the real thing. At least currently. It only satisfies two out of 5 senses. Sight and hearing. You still have smell, taste, touch that you can only get from being there. So go preview and then go travel.

Some great apps for experiencing travel via VR:

YouVisit - With this app, you can experience virtual reality tours. They have a collection of different experiences such Alaska, helicopter ride, view on the cruise ship

Discovery VR - Virtual Reality can take you to new worlds like never before, such as shark-infested shipwrecks and freeboarding the windiest street in the world

Jaunt VR - has a selection of incredibly high-quality travel VR videos including Nepal, Machu Picchu, Syria and Jerusalem

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Apr 4, 2016

10 Great Smartphone Camera Hacks For Travel

10 Great Smartphone Camera Hacks For Travel

Multiple uses for feature of your device, camera, that is already part of your travel arsenal:

Use it as a mirror
The camera works great to do a quick hair, make-up and teeth check. It’s much more convenient and space saving than carrying an actual mirror. You can also use it look in tight spaces.

Record your parking spot
If you tend to forget where you parked your car in a large parking lot, then take a photo of your pot, specifically the actual spot number or wall or pole next to it. Remember, a photo of the car you’re parked next to is useless if the driver happens to leave before you return.

Save an e-ticket for flights, movies or events
These days I almost always get an e-ticket when I travel. They are easier to carry with you and don't require wasting paper and, therefore, trees. But there have been a couple of times when I’ve had slow cellular service or no WiFi, which makes it hard to access on the spot. Once you get the e-ticket, grab a screenshot so you can pull it up right from your photo library without worrying about log-ins or wireless service.

Save directions
Google Maps app is a great service to use while traveling to find directions and to find places of interest. Though it would not work well if you hit a bad reception area. I have previously put together a guide on how to use the app in such cases:
How To: Use Google Maps Offline When Traveling
This way you load your directions before you leave. As an alternative or in addition, you can take a screenshot of the map and the directions in list view so you have it all easily accessible. This is especially great for rural areas with terrible reception, and urban dwellers who don’t get service underground in the subway. Speaking of which, a screenshot of the local subway map when you travel is a good idea also.

Translate foreign language text
Have you ever been in a foreign country and needed to translate some printed text? These days, that probably involves typing the foreign-language text into your smartphone or laptop and using something like Google Translate to translate it for you. However, there’s a better way — if you’re using Google Translate, you can use the camera function to snap a picture of the text. Google Translate can use optical character recognition (OCR) to automatically interpret the text and translate it for you. It’s does not translate everything it sees 100%, but it can work surprisingly well and is faster than typing in words you don’t recognize. What's also great is that the app will work with no service or in airplane mode for most basic phrases.

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Create digital copies of important documents
Snap photos of your driver’s license, passport, and other important documents, especially when you’re about to travel.  If your phone settings require a password to get in (which it should), you won’t have to worry about someone else gaining access. Plus, if you use an auto cloud-syncing service you’ll have it backed up somewhere besides your phone.

Scan and OCR documents
Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a technology that enables you to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files or images captured by a digital camera into editable and searchable data. You can use your smartphone’s camera as a scanner for receipts and other documents you come across. There are apps that are able to convert those photos by performing OCR to analyze the text and convert it into a searchable document. You won’t get the same image quality you would with a flatbed scanner, but this is a much faster, on-the-go way to scan documents.

Memo(ries) for save keeping
Using the phone's camera you can take mementos during your trip to remember later. You can take a picture of labels from wine or beer bottles that you’ve tried and loved at a restaurant or winery/brewery. Also grab a snapshot of your meal, restaurant name, and hotel room number.

Car rental and rental insurance
When renting a car, take a picture of the car and its license plate. This helps when checking in at a hotel and registering the car, not to mention finding it when you have forgotten what the car looks like. In case of a minor fender bender, pull out your phone, document the damage, snap pictures of insurance cards and drivers license info and get back to your vacation.

Currency converter “cheat sheet”
When traveling out of the country, take a screenshot of the sheet with conversion rates for easy access to the info on the go to do some quick calculations.
OANDA Customizable Currency Cheatsheet - this handy tool puts together a wallet-sized 'cheat sheet' for on-the-fly converting. You input your local currency and that of your destination and you get a currency converting sheet that you can easily take a picture of since it is so compact.
Example (US to Brazilian Real):

Scope out nearby places with augmented reality
Augmented reality overlays relevant information over what your smartphone camera sees.
Just point your camera in a given direction and allow an app, such as Yelp for instance, to show you what's nearby. Once you select something you will also be able to get specific directions.

And Oh Yeah, you can also use it to take pictures and video :)

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Mar 31, 2016

Top Travel Tech Gadgets Posts This Month - March

Top Travel Tech Gadgets Posts This Month - March

5 Coolest Travel Gadgets Currently in Crowdfunding
Lifepack: Solar Powered & Anti-Theft Backpack
The Best Travel Jeans in the World
GOQI wireless charging travel wallets...

Smaller Apple iPhone and iPad - Great for Travel
Apple just unveiled new smaller versions of iPhone and iPad ... The size and the power of both of these gadgets is what makes them a better travel companions

Amazon Prime - Why I Use It For All My Travel and Gadget Needs
Prime account gives free 2-day shipping. And that is just one of many great features.
Other benefits of membership:
  • Streaming music
  • Movies and shows
  • Free, or discounted, kindle books
  • Borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
  • Free Photo storage
  • First dibs on daily and holiday deals

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