This time on CTV Tech Talk we looked at travel gadgets that are perfect for the holiday season, like smart luggage, a conencted travel mug and a device that’ll keep you entertained on the road.
Ember Travel Mug
I’m often up hours before the sun and need my coffee kick to get me going. The Ember mug is a rechargeable insulated travel mug that promises to keep your beverage at what it calls the perfect drinking temperature for hours.
Don’t think of Ember as a heating mug. Instead it’s built for cooling and holding temperature. I initially thought it was going to keep my coffee at stovetop temperature until I was ready to drink it. Not so; the Ember mug is designed to let your beverage cool to a drinkable temperature you select then hold it there.
Read the full review and how-to.
Apple iPad Pro
One travel gadget I’m never without is my Apple iPad. It can hold hours of TV shows and movies, or a whole stack of digital magazines, meaning my carry-on is lighter.
With its 10.5″ Retina display and 10 hour battery life, it’s ideal for travel. Whether you’re doing work (the Apple iPad Pro is more powerful than some PC laptops) or relaxing on your flight or a long drive, the iPad Pro is the ideal travelling companion.
Away Smart Suitcase
I’ve recently been on the hunt for new luggage, and being the tech blogger I am, I was interested in learning what’s new in the baggage market. Smart luggage is all the rage, with features from charging, self-weighing, GPS tracking and more. Luggage is also becoming better designed, lighter and easier to use. I recently had the chance to try a smart carry-on suitcase from Away Travel.
There are four ‘spinner’ type wheels on this suitcase and they’re super maneuverable.
There are two USB ports: a standard USB port with 1A output (designed to charge phones at standard speed), and a USB port with fast charging. Both USB ports can be used at the same time. The battery is a 10,000 MA battery, which generally speaking is capable of charging an iPhone up to five times.
To see what else sets Away apart, read the review.
G-Ro smart luggage
G-Ro is a soft-sided suitcase. The big difference with it is the wheels. The wheels on this suitcase are bigger, they’re more rugged, they’re on the side of the bag instead of the bottom and they’re designed to make the case both easier to pull, and easier to navigate obstacles like stairs and bumpy terrain.
The other big feature that sets this suitcase apart from basic baggage is the built-in charging. Two USB ports are hidden in the top of the bag under a rubber flap. You can charge gadgets up while you’re waiting for takeoff, or stash your tablet and other gadgets inside the bag, since there’s cabling that lets devices charge while they’re being transported.
There’s also a crazy amount of well designed pockets.
If you’ve ever lost a suitcase you’ll appreciate this: a Tile Slim tracker is included in the G-Ro package, just in case you check the bag. Tile uses crowd-sourced Bluetooth proximity tracking to find your bag using Tile’s free app.
Read more about G-Ro in my review.