7 Travel Tech Accessories You Should Take on Your Trip
Traveling for pleasure, business or both? Whether you are traveling by automobile, train, plane, or even by foot, no journey is complete without digital accessories and gadgets these days. The following travel tech accessories will help you get the most out of your trips.
Franklin 12-language Speaking Global Translator
If you plan to travel abroad, ignorance of the local languages could be a great barrier during your trip. Even the comprehensive dictionaries are not of much help when you want to make a sentence in some language that is totally unknown to you. That’s where Franklin 12-language Global Translator comes in. This smart device comes with a total of 12,000 pre-programmed phrases stored in its memory, which are composed of 450,000 different words. It supports 12 most speaking languages in the world. Although you can find more advanced speech-recognition accessories on the market that are equipped with the hand-held scanners for text inputs, such as Ectaco high-end digital translators, Franklin global translator is certainly a good value for money and it serves its purpose in most cases.
This little white box is perfect for those spending a lot of time during their journeys tethered to their computers. Although the Apple’s Airport Express is originally designed as an appliance that extends the broad Wi-Fi network and/or beams music from the PCs to the home audio systems, it can also be used as a wireless base station while traveling. It is quite easy to use. All you need to do is to simply plug an Ethernet cable (either CAT5 or Category 6) into the box as well as the box into an available outlet. After you turn on your computer, you need to configure the transmitter into the private Wi-Fi domain. You can share the Internet with your neighbors and other people in the room, or protect it by entering a specific password.
Bluesmart Smart Suitcase
With this smart suitcase, you can safely travel anywhere in the world. It ensures that your luggage doesn’t get lost while you travel abroad. In fact, this advanced suitcase contains a built-in GPS that tracks your route wherever you go. You can control it by a mobile app and don’t worry about how much juice is left in your phone, as this suitcase has a built-in battery charger that is capable of charging the cell phone up to six times. And that’s not all! There is also a digital lock that protects your luggage against thieves, plus a built-in scale that makes sure you do not pack too much and have troubles at the airport because you exceed the weight limit. With easy access to your stuff, including a slot that is specially designed for a laptop, this is a decent suitcase for every traveler.
Zendure A2 power bank
It is very important to keep your smartphone powered up all the time during your trip. It can be an issue on long journeys, and that’s why you need a power bank. The Zendure A2 is considered to be one of the best power banks today, which stands out for reaching the ultimate balance between portability, capacity, and price. This good-looking 6700mAh power bank is extremely portable, able to holds its charge for a long time, and convenient to drive over in a car. With this compact power bank, you will be able to charge up your smartphone 2 to 3 times, depending on the battery capacity. It comes with a 2.1A USB output and 1.5A Micro-USB input. Although Zendure supplies a special soft carry pouch for this power bank, you can also safely slip it into your pocket.
Flip Mino video recorder
Flip’s Mino is a cigarette pack sized video recorder that is a great alternative to big video cameras. You can easily toss this gadget into your pocketbook or an inside pocket of a jacket. Anyway, it will not take a lot of space. This device provides two gigabytes of internal memory, which offers around 60 minutes of record time. It comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts approximately 4 hours. There is also a built-in USB plug that allows you to plug this recorder into your computer and upload movies or other video files wherever you go.
Dash Express GPS Navigator
If you want to travel by your car, you might need an in-car GPS navigator that will guide your way. Luckily, there is a diverse range of such devices these days. While most GPS navigators offer only one route, Dash provides you with up to three different options for your route. It calculates distance and travel time for each route based on the real up-to-date traffic information. The Dash Express is a portable Internet-connected GPS navigator that lets you know up-to-the-minute data related to a particular traffic. For example, it tells you where are the nearby gas stations and what are their prices. The only drawback of this navigator is that it is only available in the US, and it is not free. You must subscribe to data service, which costs from $10 to $13, in order to get access to Dash’s database.
Trackstick II – GPS Tracking System
Here is another GPS tracking device you should consider bringing on your trip. Trackstick II is an advanced geo-photo and tracking software that offers a new, fun way to find out where you have been. Although it is primarily intended to track your routes while traveling, you can carry it with you whenever you go to record your explorations. It works anywhere in the world. Trackstick II is powered by two AAA batteries and offers 4MB of storage space for tracking. You’ll get the traveled locations mapped by the red lines which are tracked on 3D terrain and satellite photos from Google Earth. It continuously records your route while you move, and provides you with your stop times, direction, speed, and other useful information. Simply download these data and you can view them on your computer. No monthly fees are required!
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