Gadgets and Apps – Welcome to the Future of Travel

Travel’s facelift for the 21st century has been radical and far-reaching. Skype and wifi have replaced the ritual of calling home by feeding endless foreign coins into a phone box, updating your Facebook status is the new postcard, and travellers are increasingly likely to use ‘augmented reality’ rather than have a guidebook tucked under their arm.

If anything, the pace of change continues to quicken – exciting, sometimes mind-boggling innovations are appearing all the time, meaning how we interact with places and people keeps on evolving. Below are some of our favourite gizmos and gadgets.

iLingual

A phrasebook like no other – download the iLingual app, take a photo of your mouth, the app then has over 400 phrases your mouth can ‘say’. Cue the odd sight of travellers holding their iphones in front of their actual mouths as the screen ‘talks’. Watch a video for this app – a demo is better than any written explanation. Only a few languages on offer at the moment, but it can’t be long until iPhone-bearded travellers are pow-wowing in Swahili on the Serengeti savannah.

Word Lens

Very Star Trek this one, another app for those struggling with mastering a foreign language. Word Lens only currently translates English-Spanish, but it’s a neat idea and could be genuinely useful. All you need to do is aim your iPhone camera at some printed text and Word Lens translates it in realtime. You need never struggle over a foreign language newspaper again (or at least not a Spanish language one).

Google goggles

Google goggles may just be the biggest game-changer of all. It’s still in its infancy, but the image recognition software is looking a pretty awesome and versatile travel tool. Here’s how it works: you’re strolling around a city, or a museum or gallery, you take a snap of something you want to know more about it, if Google recognises the subject of the image it will bring up search results. Cue instant expertise and a handy tool for appearing knowledgeable about, well, everything – from sourcing well-reviewed restaurants to enabling you to wax expertly on, say, pre-Incan Peruvian art. In other words, this may be the ultimate dating tool.

World Customs

We always give people who travel with us with plenty of tips and guidance about local cultures and etiquette in foreign countries, so this app is right up our street. Pick your country and then you’ll be presented with a load of helpful info on the destination – from law & order to religious etiquette to taboos. Great for sorting out your do’s from your don’ts.

And a couple of lower-tech gadgets we like…

Solar-powered LED light and water bottle cap

This one looks genuinely good doesn’t it? Mixing water and electricity perhaps isn’t intuitively clever, but the sealing means you’ve got nothing to worry about, and the light is supposed to be decent enough for a tent lantern. The idea of a solar-powered torch may lead cynics to snipe about artificial light being a little redundant if the sun is beating down, but ignore them – this has a good charge, is cheap, light and saves space, and is environmentally intelligent.

The daddy of all Swiss Army Knives

A supercharged multi-tool that looks like it’s on steroids. 87 tools on offer, including – at last! – a golf shoe spike wrench. All that’s missing is a flux capacitor. This one kilo treat fits snugly into your pocket, providing your pocket is 30cm long. A snip at nearly $1000AUD, plus postage, which presumably bumps the final price tag up a bit, not least because the instruction manual must run to a couple hundred pages.

Accessories and Apps For the iPad

There is strong speculation that Apple will launch its iPad in late March this year. A lot of people who are loyal customers of Apple are looking forward to the release of the new iPad. Its launch is still few weeks away, however, it is a hot topic amongst the gadget lovers. People are discussing the possibilities of applications and accessories for this new gizmo. Apple is so popular with the current generation that youngsters across the globe are eagerly waiting for this new Apple product called iPad.

Earlier also, with its products, Apple has given a new meaning to applications and accessories market. With the launch of this product this market will only flourish more. This will be the biggest launch for Apple in last three years. This new product is said to have a 10 inch display screen and is talked about as a hybrid between a smart phone and a laptop. Due to a service sharing device between iPod and this new launch of Apple, almost all of the 1, 40,000 applications of iPod will be found in this one. These applications will include social networking applications, games and many more. People who will use this new product will be able to create presentations, word processing documents, spreadsheets etc on it. Apart from numerous applications, one can also look forward to amazing accessories which can be used with this new product to be launched by Apple.

The first accessory which will add more value to the iPad is its keyboard dock. It is said to be combined with a dock to charge your device with full size keyboard. This dock can be connected to an electrical outlet using a USB Power Adapter to further use accessories like camera connection kit. This is made possible due to the unique 30-pin connector in the dock. An audio jack can also facilitate stereo and speakers facility. This one accessory in itself will open many doors of entertainment for iPad users. Apart from this, there is a requirement of a case to ensure that this amazing device is safe. For this purpose there is a separate case made for it. This case comes in such a shape and design that it serves the purpose of a case in addition to the fact that it can be used in different positions as well. These possibilities of positions will help the iPad users to watch movies, pictures etc in a comfortable angle.

Other accessories available with this product are iPad dock which is a stand charger to charge it. Then we also have camera connecting kit which will enable the users to import and export pictures and videos. With so many accessories to start with, this product will definitely win the hearts of its users. To add to the delight of its prospective users, there is a 10W USB Power adapter. This adapter will enable users to charge their iPad from any electrical outlet. The cable for this adapter is 6 foot long, hence giving an opportunity to use electrical outlets at distance as well.

Easy and Entertaining Online Games for Kids

Though I covered all the pre-school games in the past, but now when I am revisiting this particular topic, it becomes one of the most requested and asked questions. However, this gaming collecting does not only concern the preschoolers. Each and every web site simply contains some of the fun stuff and items that is suitable for untimely elementary ages. You will be able to find a lot more with the below-mentioned web portals.

  1. Billy Bear’s Online Games: this web portal, Billy Bear comprises of a largest gaming collection for early elementary grades and preschoolers. The games have been developed with JavaScript and Java which actually means that you are not required to download any plug-ins; however you do need to have an upgraded web browser. You need to make sure that you have both the JavaScript and Java enabled in your web-browser. You can make your kids play whatever games they like as all of them are fun in their own way.
  2. Funschool.com: this is one of the web portals that offer games for preschoolers to sixth grade kids. It is basically a profusion of grade-based activities. You need to have the same web browser requirements that have been mentioned for Billy Bear. You will be able to browse a large number of games that provide you with different options to play them. These games will be extremely helpful in making your kids learn such as while playing Fishing for Numbers, you kid will be matching the numbers to the sets of fish and many more like this.
  3. Seussville Games: another online web portal for games. It is loaded with all kinds of games and you can play too many which will be keeping your kids entertained all day long. From the Ham picture scramble, Green Eggs and Cat’s Concentration game, you will be finding plenty more of them. You will be finding informative games on this portal as well which is good for high-grade kids. They will be enhancing their learning process while they are playing these games.

If you happen to find out some other interesting web portals offering easy online games for kids, you should be checking them out first. If you are certain that your kid is going to enjoy any particular game and also it can be helpful in learning process then you should make your kid spent some time playing. This way they are not only going to enjoy the game but also getting through a learning process.