The Y Geek Squad rounds up four essential gadgets to bring along on your next road-trip across the Sultanate.
Whether you’re on a commute to work or a long-haul road-trip to the far ends of Oman, you’re going to need to gulp down your morning caffeine to stay sane. If you’re one of the masses who can’t function without their daily dose of espresso, here’s one way to get things going: get yourself a Handpresso Auto Capsule. This tall, flask-like gadget plugs straight into the 12V outlet in your car and works effortlessly with Nespresso capsules. The prep time of two minutes is overshadowed by the effective 19 bar pressure that ensures the capsule is drained dry by the boiling water – and that you get the most out of every drop. Get it from handpresso.com for RO88.
With gadgets connecting us in ways we could only dream of a decade ago, it’s safe to say that technology has taken over to make certain aspects of life a little bit safer. Case in point? The goTenna Mesh – a stylish yet practical device that can connect you and friends from your group during a road-trip or trekking session. Its 6.4kms of range offers you an option to have live chats and even track one another’s position through your smartphone, along with additional tricks such as offline maps support, mesh-networking for private messaging, and an emergency button to alert local rescue teams. It’s all yours for RO69 from gotennamesh.com.
Why clutter up the inside of your car when you can sort out all your charging needs using wireless technology? The iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Car Mount looks its part, with a functional plastic body and curved edges, polished plastic panels, and a telescopic arm to help you adjust the placement and direction of your phone. As a bonus, it comes pre-built with Qi wireless charging and two extra USB ports to accommodate more devices. Charging times are comparable with traditional wireless chargers – so it’s slow – but it’s a futuristic gadget that will fit your needs on a road-trip. Buy one from amazon.com for RO19.2.
The sun’s up and summer is on full-blast. And if there’s one thing more annoying than having to endure the heat yourself, it’s having to keep things cool in your car. Those cold sodas you bought from the store aren’t going to stay cool for long – at least not for the duration of your journey. Enter the Cooluli Mini Fridge for the car – a device that can keep cold six cans of soda or 4-litres worth of foodstuffs. The magic comes from a thermoelectric system that only requires a 2A current. This means you can connect it to the USB port in your car, through a portable charger, or even your laptop and draw current from it. This quick solution to all your cooling needs is available on amazon.com for RO17.