Don't Travel Without These Tech Upgrades
Whether you’re on the road for business or pleasure, streamlining your travel tech is guaranteed to make any journey more pleasant. Each year, the bourgeoning gadget market offers slick, chic alternatives to keep you more connected and efficient when you’re on the go. We’ve rounded up our top discoveries that hit the market this spring. If you’re the jet-set type, consider these inspired upgrades your new favorite stowaways.
Raden The A50 Set ($595)
Created with the lightest and most durable materials on the market, Raden’s embedded technology allows you to weigh your case from home, charge devices on the go, and track your bag in transit. Available in both carry-on (22-inch) and checked-baggage (28-inch) size options, each bag contains a battery capable of charging any device, along with proximity tracking and an integrated scale handle. The battery is completely removable and portable, so you can also use it as a standalone power pack. Say goodbye to surprise bag-weight fees, and never lose your bag (or a charge) again.
Here Active Listening Buds ($199)
This set of wireless earbuds was a standout for us at this year’s SXSW Interactive. Linked to a smartphone app, the system allows you to completely personalize the sound around you. The impressive noise-canceling feature and compact design make it a godsend for air travel. The Here system is not yet available in stores; however, if you find yourself at Coachella next month, you’ll be able to skip the online waitlist and purchase it at the festival.
Ili Wearable Translator ($0)
The world’s first wearable translator for travelers made a splash this year at SXSW. To operate, wear Ili like a necklace, press a button, and speak. The device will automatically translate your message aloud in the language of your choosing. (It’s currently available in English, Japanese, and Chinese, with French, Thai, Korean, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic to follow.) What makes Ili distinctive from other translation services available via smartphone apps is the unique ability to function without an Internet connection. Ili features a built-in dictionary of 50,000 words. Use it to communicate abroad or practice your elocution on that daily commute to work.
Robocoin kiosks are giving a physical presence to Bitcoin, the virtual currency run by computer networks in lieu of banks. Austin, Texas, is an early adopter of these ATMs, thanks to their recent release at SXSW Interactive. To operate, users simply enter a phone number and a PIN, and then scan their palm. There’s no card needed to get cash. Once the technology goes global, feel free to leave your wallet at home on international excursions. Your money is literally at your fingertips—anywhere in the world.
Spokefly Bike Rental On-Demand App ($0)
The SXSW-launched app Spokefly is essentially Uber for cycling. The peer-to-peer bike-sharing model allows members unlimited bike rentals for 24 hours, for up to five hours at a time, for a fixed price of $30. Bike owners are compensated accordingly for adding their ride to the network. The service is accessible via the website or app. Simply find a bike, check it out, and lock it up when you reach your destination. The service is now available in Austin, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., with a national rollout soon to follow. We love the eco-friendly alternative to Uber while we’re traveling.
Eggcyte 64 GB Egg ($199)
This stylish personal cloud storage device connects you to all your devices anywhere in the world. To use, open the Eggcyte app, connect remotely with your Egg, and enjoy access to your full personal library of photos, data, and music. The device enables you to bypass cloud technology in favor of your own private drive with up to 256GB of storage. You also have the option of sharing privileges with family and friends. Take all the photos you want on your next vacation without running out of iPhone storage.
Sena Leather Watch Case ($80)
This sleek and sophisticated Sena Apple Watch charging doc is an all-in-one travel companion. The easy-to-use, quick-start cord storage neatly coils the magnetic charging cable and disc. It also features microsuede lining and a magnetic lid closure. The hard shell allows you to toss it in your carry-on without fear of damaging your device, all while looking chic.
Everpurse x Kate Spade New York Quentin Wristlet Pouch ($198)
Maintaining the battery life of your smartphone can be a challenge when you’re on the go. Kate Spade’s collaboration with Everpurse offers the convenience of a built-in charging dock for your device that’s discreetly tucked inside your carry-on. With everything from maps to boarding documents accessible via your smartphone, staying juiced is a necessity, so why not streamline?
SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 200GB ( $119 ) ($99)
SanDisk recently added a new model to its Connect Wireless Stick line. The petite new gadget offers a generous 200GB of storage and is only three inches long. The drive plugs into your USB slot, enabling you to drag and drop files; however, it’s also accessible via Wi-Fi. With this ideal backup for smartphones, tablets, and laptops without USB ports, you’ll be able to access and save data remotely as well as stream videos and music without it downloading directly to your other devices.
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