Travel gadgets are more about convenience that necessity. Yes, we can live without all of the devices and accessories. But why should we? Here are a few gadgets to add to your quiver of goods as you set of for points unknown in 2018.
Nomad’s entire line is all about simplicity and portability. Applying that technology to the lowliest of mobile tech —the charging cable — allowed the company to develop NomadKey. It cuts cable clutter entirely be simply eliminating the cable. It’s built to carry on a traditional key chain, weighs next to nothing, and offers lightning fast syncing and charging capability. Plus, it’s available now for around $20 in the most popular connector types.
This portable device provides super-fast mobile Wi-Fi connectivity and power for all of your gadgets. Once purchased ($150 for the device), you can enjoy fast, secure, and unlimited internet at one low, flat rate worldwide. You can purchase day passes as needed and manage anytime from your device account portal. You only pay for what you use and no annual subscription is required. Keep family and friends in the loop by sharing across five devices; Wi-Fi is available in over 110 countries.
AGPTEK Built-in Headphones and Sleep Mask
One and done! This is sure to become a favorite for home and travel. Instead of fumbling to retrieve multiple products from the backseat pocket or the overhead bin, this single product serves a dual purpose: headphones and sleep mask. Rest comfortably from take-off to touch-down for less than $20.
Travel tech doesn’t have to be high-tech to be useful. Traditional travel pillows, for example, tend to be either large, ungainly, and a pain to lug around or ultra-compact, inflatable varieties with all the comfort of resting your head on a beach ball. The new Voyage Pillow is 50-percent smaller than traditional pillows and features an integrated band that slides over your carry-on bag strap. Plus, the built-in eye mask makes this an all-in-one snooze-on-the-go kit. All for less than $20.
Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses
Google Glass may have withered on the vine, but that’s due in large part to society not being ready for it. Just like the iPhone (and its myriad travel apps) changed the way we travel, so too will augmented reality glasses. Vuzix M300 offers all the power of a voice-activated, Android-based smartphone built into a pair of low-profile smart glasses. The potential is virtually limitless — imagine always having Google Maps, currency conversion, or instant, on-the-fly translation available in your field of vision whenever and wherever you travel. The line is mainly being promoted among corporate and tech industry clients at the moment. But, with technology evolving at a lightning pace these days, the smart glasses should be available in a more consumer-friendly version very soon.
Planet Traveler Space Case 1 Smart Carry-On
The “world’s smartest suitcase” is brimming with features. The $800 purchase price includes one year’s worth global tracking (with optional yearly renewal). The luggage is equipped with a Robotic Bio Lock that allows the user to unlock the case via biometric scanner or through use of the Planet Traveler app. Other features include a digital self scale (weigh the bag without lifting the case), built-in smart battery that allows the user to charge phone seven times, proximity sensor to alert you should the bag leave your area, as well as other tech highlight that will make this the one bag to rule them all. Now, just to pack it …
When you finally hit the road or arrive at the airport, here are some tunes to help you travel:
Article originally published by Mike Richard on April 27, 2017. Last update by Clay Abney on February 1, 2018.