Now that it’s January, a new year is upon us and with it brings new products from the tech world that make our travel lives easier. I appeared on Rudy Maxa’s World to discuss the latest gear you should check out in 2017.
To hear the entire segment, go to my Radio page!
This smart home device is a camera-enabled doorbell for any door you choose to put it on. It allows you to speak to people at your doorstep via your phone or computer (or tablet). It’s HD – can see at night and has a full 180 degree view. Also, it notifies you when it senses motion – this is handy if you’d like to be notified when folks are on your doorstep.
At CES, Ring announced a new product – the Ring Floodlight Cam, that serves as a motion – activated floodlight with HD camera and a 110 decibel siren alarm. So, Ring started out as a doorbell-focused product, but is now branching out in their product offerings. You also have two-way audio so you can speak, see and hear those within range of your Ring products
With the iPhone 7 doing away with traditional headphone jacks and urging the market to advance, now we’re starting to see new innovations in wireless headphones. Here One allows you to stream music, take phone calls, reduce unwanted noice, simplify speech and talk to Siri and Google Now.
Here One allows you to selectively filter out noise such as airplane engines, coffee shop chatter, a siren and more. Here One starts costs $300 and will be available in March.
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit and their trackers have been around now for years and the company is getting more inventive in the battle to be a preferred wearable. Unlike an Apple Watch, which has a battery of only 1 day and is only for iPhone, the Charge 2 from Fitbit lasts for 5-7 days and can display calls/text messages just like an Apple Watch.
The Charge 2 is only $120 and has changeable bands for that adjust to your fashion tastes. The Charge 2 of course tracks steps and also adds a heart rate monitor and auto-tracking of exercise, from brisk walks to jogs. It has a larger display than before and will keep you on task by showing you call, text and calendar alerts.
I love the Charge 2 as a traveler because it keeps me in the know of what’s going on with my phone, has a stellar battery life and is a very useful fitness tracker as well.
InCase ICON BackPack
It’s hard to find a backpack that can house a laptop, a tablet, a phone and all the cords that go along with them. The ICON from Incase is built really tough and has so many compartments that you can easily hold all your tech, pens, notebooks, sunglasses and everything else. The ICON pack also features cushioning throughout which means even when you have the pack loaded down, it’s comfortable for shuffling through airports and across town.