Top 10 Travel Gadgets for 2012
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — With a dizzying array of gadgets emerging every day, finding the right one for you can often be a difficult prospect – nowhere more so than in the field of travel, where the right gizmo can make or break your trip and transform an otherwise tedious journey.
Phil Dalbeck, Skyscanner’s Tech Expert has been scouring the world for the latest in tip-top travel tech: “Travelling doesn’t mean gadget freaks need to be parted from their latest prize possession — in fact, we found that some of the best new gadgets emerging in 2012 are especially handy for being portable, rechargeable and most of all, fun!” he said.
Phil presents you with his round-up of 2012’s best new travel gadgets.
1. Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera powered by Android
Launched at CES last month, the Polaroid SC1360 is backed by Google’s Android operating system and enables instant sharing through over 400,000 apps like Flickr and Twitter, as well as a 16.0 megapixel camera and 32GB memory via microSD card. GBP tbc, Polaroid.com/en/sc1630
2. i’M Watch
A serious piece of futuristic tech for your wrist, the i’M Watch connects wirelessly to your smartphone via Bluetooth and displays your texts, emails and calls on a small colour screen so that you can quickly and easily keep in touch at the flick of a wrist. GBP 129, imwatch.it
3. Mushroom GreenZero Wall Travel Charger
Unlike most other chargers on the market, this little alien-like device shuts off the charge from the mains when you’re device is fully charged, stopping your battery from being overcharged making it the must have eco-friendly charger. $30, bracketron.com
4. Recon Instruments MOD Live
The ultimate for snow-sport loving tech fans, these Alpine goggles are kitted with an HD display on the inside lens showing texts and GPS location plus real-time data and stats on your speed and performance. $240, reconinstruments.com
5. UWater G4 Chrome MP3 Player
The manufacturers of this product claim it’s the world’s smallest 100% waterproof MP3 player. Ideal for singing in the shower and, as it’s protected from salt water, even scuba diving to your favourite soundtrack. $80, fitnesstechusa.com
Laptop? Check. Tablet? Check. Smartphone? Check. Backpack that keeps them full of juice all day long with built-in charger and cables to suit all devices? Check. $139-179, Powerbag.com
7. Sony HMZ-T1
Can’t bear to leave your home theatre behind? Then look no further than the Sony HMZ-T1, a head-mounted portable home cinema system with surround sound and a 150-inch HDTV screen projected to ‘appear’ 12 feet in front of you. GBP 799, sony.co.uk
8. TripButler WiFi
TripButler is your very own rentable WiFi dongle which hooks up to as many as five devices, enabling you to stay connected when you’re on location and avoid nasty roaming charges in the process. That’ll be all, Jeeves. From $2, TripButler.com
9. Jawbone UP
This battery-powered colour wristband works with a clever iPhone app to track your activities and measure your metabolism, and the alert feature is ideal to remind you to take some exercise on holiday. GBP 79.99, jawbone.com
10. Jetlev R200
With a predicted ‘launch’ date of Spring 2012, the 20lbwater-propelled Jetlev R200 jetpack uses water to propel the users 30ft in the air. While owning one of these may break the bank (an estimated GBP 83k) the good news is they are to be made available for hire for just GBP 150 a day. tbc, jetlev.com
Article excerpted from www.marketwatch.com