Travel Tech

31 Mar 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Whether you’re travelling near or far, for business or pleasure, it’s always handy to take some cool gear with you on your adventures. Matthew Herbst takes a look at what’s around



SMART SHOOTER

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Barely weighing anything at all, this Nikon D5500 DSLR is compact, mirrorless and compatible with a much greater range of lenses than usual to showcase your photographic skills on your travels. It also has a tilting LCD display (ideal for selfies when visiting jebels) and sports Wi-Fi connectivity for instant storing and sharing without the need for cables. An ideal travel companion. At www.nikon.com from RO288.45

BATTERY LIFE

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This Aukey 20,000mAh Portable External Battery Charger is more than capable of providing emergency back-up power to charge your travel tech 10 times over. It’s also light and slim, and has a nifty torch built in. Priced at just RO8.68, this power bank is very affordable to even the most frugal traveller for the capacity it offers, while it has two USB ports for different output levels. Therefore, you can charge two devices at the same time. Handy. At www.amazon.co.uk

BACK TRACKER

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You and the whole family have set off on an adventure around Oman only to discover you are lost; scratching your heads, wondering where you took that wrong turn. With the conundrum of routes you have just taken, there would be no way to find out. However, with the Trackstick II, which is ever so slightly larger than a USB thumb drive, you can now retrace your steps by copying your travel route to GoogleEarth. Let the adventure continue. At www.trackstick.com from RO 76.53

STEP COUNTER

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The TomTom Spark isn’t just a fitness tracker, but an ideal gadget for those who love to get out and about. It offers GPS, heart rate monitoring and timing tools. The TomTom Spark lets users track every sprint, stroll and step as well as see the total time, distance and the calories burned. You can also switch modes to mix up your hikes. Alternatively, if that sounds a bit too outdoorsy for you, then use it for sleep tracking. An additional great feature is that it has built-in storage for songs and uses Bluetooth to sync to wireless earphones so you don’t have to take your smartphone everywhere you go. This gives you more freedom to climb, jump or be adventurous in the wild. At www.johnlewis.com from RO92

WITH THE BEAT

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The Divoom Airbeat-10 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that is perfect for those getaway weekends where luggage space is limited, but you just can’t do without your favourite tunes. It comes with a suction cup that turns any hard flat surface into an extra subwoofer that amplifies the bass for those beefy tunes. Plus it’s splash-proof, portable and features a bike mount, ideal for mountain biking adventures. The Divoom Airbeat 10 costs just RO 7.06 at www.amazon.co.uk

Editor’s Pick: THIRD EYE

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Just slide it onto the corner of your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, and the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens will turn your average pics into something quite spectacular. It also acts as a wide-angle lens for your mobile camera, doubling your field of view and capturing vast landscapes. Also included is a handy fish-eye lens and two macro lenses for portraits and fine detail shots. At www.olloclip.com from RO30.76

New: Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

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Effortless fun and expert control are combined in this Canon Powershot SX540 HS 50x zoom, Wi-Fi-connected camera that is sure to take you on a photographic journey you never knew existed. Then, magically share your stunning vision as well as your movies using the Canon Connect app in just one tap using Wi-Fi with Dynamic NFC. Shoot realistic Full HD 60p movies with one touch of a button and keep footage steady at full zoom or on the run with Advanced Dynamic Image Stabiliser. Use Image Sync to automatically back up new images, to cloud services and to capture great wildlife shots with wireless Remote Shooting from your smart device, provided the animal doesn’t run off with all your gear, that is. At www.canon.com from RO153.45

App of the Week: TRAVEL TRACKER

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With FlightTrack, follow the path of thousands of international and domestic flights. It’s great for those anticipating the arrival of loved ones or if you’re a bit of a plane spotter. It features zoomable maps, with detailed information on departure gates, delays and cancellations.  At www.apple.com/iTunes from RO1.91


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