Gadgets for Travel
Seems even the dog has expensive hi tech gadgets when away from home and you can even get a self contained backpack powersource that will power all of your gadgets while away.
1 Eye-Fi Wireless X2 Memory Card
Cost: from $59.99 (4GB)
ANY traveller with a digital camera that would be most of us is going to flip when they discover the world’s first wireless SDHC memory card. Featuring built-in WiFi, Eye-Fi X2 memory cards simplify photo and video upload, sharing, organisation and back-up. Simply slip the memory card into your camera, pop the Eye-Fi USB gadget into your tablet or laptop, start snapping away and watch as your holiday photos immediately start loading.
All your photos or video are automatically organised into date-based folders and you can share straight to your social media sites. The cards are available in 4GB and 8GB. My advice? Get one now while they’re still in stock.
2 Yummy Travel Bowl
PET-FRIENDLY travel is on the rise in holiday parks throughout Australia and Sleepypod has come up with yet another way to pamper your pooch (or pussycat) when taking them on holidays. This modern, three-in-one bowl has an innovative design that enables you to store, transport and serve pet food and water simultaneously, without mixing or spilling the contents.
Here’s how it works: a spill-resistant water bowl serves as the base; a food bowl slips into the water bowl, making the water bowl leak-free; and a lid seals the Yummy Travel Bowl, making it spill-proof. The lid can also be used as an extra bowl when flipped over, allowing for dry food, wet food and water to be served in separate bowls. The bowls are made from baby-safe, food-grade, BPA-free silicone that is freezer, dishwasher and microwave-safe.
3 Bluetooth iPad keyboard/case
STICK your head in any airport or hotel these days and chances are you will spot someone tapping away on their iPad. And every traveller with an iPad needs to accessorise a little: the most essential tool being a wireless keyboard that doubles as a case. While this one may not necessarily be the best going around, it certainly does the job and is reasonably priced.
A PU leather case comes in three colours black, red and white and it features a built-in wireless Broadcom Bluetooth 3.0 silicone keyboard (spongy kind of touch for the fingers, which won’t suit everyone). Ultimately, it’s easy to pair up, the case is lightweight, waterproof and has a stand. It just may be a great Father’s Day pressie for that dad always on the move.
4 Nova A-Solar Backpack
IF YOU haven’t heard of UV ambient solar technology, you’d better get used to it because it’s suddenly all the rage. NomadNRG’s latest solar-powered machine has tongues wagging in the world of backpackers. It’s built from recycled plastic bottles, it’s solid and sits comfortably on your back.
Even better is that it can charge your mobile phone, MP3 player, tablet or laptop while you’re on the move. In the front pocket is a “power bank” with enough energy to keep your digital gadgets buzzing all day long.
The recent upgrade in both its solar smart-cell technology and wattage, along with the Pro model’s recent jump from 2400mHa to 7000mHa, means this solar energy packs a punch. The panel on the backpack collects the UV rays and transfers that into the battery in the bag as energy via a micro USB connector.