While there’s plenty of research confirming the benefits of unplugging and digitally detoxing while on holiday, there’s still a place for technology to help you get to and enjoy your summer vacation destinations. Just please don’t check your work email while you’re away.
This app helps you plan travel with a tailored itinerary based on your destination, including hotel, dining, and activity recommendations. Or you can hook into one of the existing plans called Collections, which are city tours. There’s also a travel assistant messaging service that will help answer questions.
2. Packing Pro
If packing for trips isn’t your forte, Packing Pro could be a good download. The app is basically a list tool with a focus on travel. It can cover everything from arranging a kennel for the dog to how many pairs of socks you should take. You can use the existing catalogue or do your own, and there’s a list assistant that makes recommendations based on your inputs – number of people traveling, how long, destination temperature, etc.
Chipolo is a tracking device. It’s like a poker chip, but in fun colors, that can be affixed to luggage and other travel items so you’ll always know where they are. The Bluetooth-enabled device uses a generic, replaceable battery and communicates with your smartphone via an app. You can “call” your Chipolo-ed belonging and it will chirp. And if you’re prone to losing your phone, you can shake a Chipolo and your phone will ring. There’s also a community aspect – you can look for a lost item using every active Chipolo app.
File this one under epic ideas, particularly if you hate dragging a wheeled suitcase. The Cowarobot R1 follows you, thanks to its embedded sensing technology and the accompanying bracelet the owner wears, and remains nearby while also traveling on rough terrain and avoiding collisions. The makers say this is the “first-ever robotic suitcase.” (Plan ahead with this one – it’s in preorder now and shipping near the end of the year.)
Taking some of the pain and mystery out of airports, TripAdvisor’s GateGuru app provides a wealth of information on gates, security lines, and even the closest place for a hit of caffeine.
For all those devices every digitalist takes while traveling, there’s Zolt, a very small, three-in-one charger. It weighs only 100 grams, has three USB connections, and it rotates. And the prongs fold in and the cord wraps up to make it a tidy little device that won’t clutter your luggage.
When you’re doing your vacation thing but don’t want to lug around a DSLR, hands-free might be the way to go. The second iteration of this little clip-on camera that never stops shooting features 1080p at 30 fps video, an 8-megapixel still camera, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. It clocks in 4,000 photos or 80 minutes of video, which then can be uploaded either manually or via a cloud service.
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