Summer Travel Tech

Posted on  July 31, 2017

passenger In the Malaysia airportSummer travel can be a hassle but new technology is making getting from one place to another more convenient every day. Whether you plan to go camping, international airport hopping, or road tripping this summer, there’s a gadget out there that can make your life easier!



goTenna No matter where you go, now you can stay connected to loved ones and those traveling with you even with no cell coverage or wifi available. goTenna creates its own off-line network with other goTenna users in the area and its free app includes detailed off-line maps for any region in the world. They are sold in pairs, so make sure that your group has enough to go around!


Google Pixel Phone Even die-hard iPhone junkies will be impressed with the newest piece of tech from Google. The phone comes pre-installed with the entire Google suite of apps and has unlimited (yes, unlimited!) storage for your pictures that you can take on its stunning, award-winning camera. Keep track of flight itineraries, packing lists, and more thanks to Google Assistant. Perhaps the most impressive feature that this phone has is that it can reach 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes!


Anker Battery Phone Case iPhone lovers rejoice. Now you can go longer without charging your phone. This slender case is lighter than most and has 120% extra battery. You’re even able to charge the case while your phone is still inside!


Luggage of the future

Bluesmart Luggage Are you smarter than your luggage? In 2017, the answer may be no! This ultra-techie piece of luggage comes packed with gadgets to make airport travel easier. A built-in battery with 2 USB charging ports, GPS tracking system to locate your luggage anywhere in the world, remote digital lock using the Bluesmart app, and a built-in scale to let you know how much room you have left. All of this sounds too good to be true, but don’t worry- it’s very real!


Universal Travel Case for Small Electronics As a traveler in 2017, you have cords and chargers for many devices on you. Don’t let them get tangled into an unmanageable heap. This slim travel case keeps cords and small electronics in their own pouches, conveniently accessible with one zip.


Patagonia Lightweight Travel Tote Pack When time and space are limited, versatility is key. This tote/backpack/shoulder bag is truly an all-in-one that is super lightweight and holds 22L (1,343 cu in).  The backpack traps are durable and built for comfort then when you take it off it is easily turned into a tote thanks to the sturdy shoulder straps on top. It also stuffs into its own pocket for easy storage.


Gadgets you didn’t know you needed, but won’t be able to live without

Tile GPS Trackers Never lose your phone, wallet, keys or luggage ever again. The Tile system keeps all of your important items connected to you via the GPS-enabled tiles and accompanying app. If your misplaced item is within 100 feet of you it will ring with a customizable tone. They can also be used in reverse to locate your phone!


Noise-Canceling Headphones Don’t let the crying babies and background noise ruin your next flight or road trip. These Bose noise-canceling headphones are also wireless and comfort oriented to make your listening experience the best it can be.


Golchi Thermos Do you wish you could enjoy a hot and cold beverage at once? Now you can! The Golchi is a two-chamber, customizable thermos that also has a compartment for snacks! The 15 unique features will guarantee that you never buy another thermos. Ever!


Loop Travel Adapter If you have an international itinerary, this cube is a life saver. Charge up to 3 devices at once in 150 countries without having to change out any plugs. Truly an all-in-one!


No matter where you go this summer, pack and travel smart to make the most of your incredible trip! Happy trails.



Camping Tech

Posted on  June 27, 2017

Man is sitting around a campfire and just relaxingAh, the great outdoors. Nothing but the open air, mountains, and roughing it in the wilderness. Camping is one of the best ways to reconnect with nature, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live like a caveman for a weekend or more. In 2017, there are dozens of high-tech camping tools to make your foray into the wilderness safer and more comfortable.


Fine Dining in the Forest


Who says you can’t make a 5-star meal in the woods? With these nifty cooking tools, you won’t have to live on granola bars and beef jerky.


Eat N’ Tool- This handy all-in-one tool is a spoon, fork, bottle opener, three hex wrenches, and a clip for easy transport.

BioLite CampStove 2- Why just cook over an open flame when you can cook AND charge your portable electronics? Burning only the sticks and brush around you, this stove creates a smokeless fire that can cook meals while generating electricity at the same time. That’s a great two-in-one!

MalloMe Camping Cookware and Mess Kit- Is it possible to have a 10-piece cook set that is smaller than a soccer ball? Yes! Made of non-toxic anodized aluminum, this set heats up quickly and is perfect for the solo camper.

Icon Life Saver Water Bottle- While self filtering drinking straws work for the individual camper, the Life Saver water bottle was made with groups in mind. Providing up to 6,000 litres of clean water, this bottle filters chemicals, dirt, and bacteria out of potentially unsafe water.


“Off” The Grid


Disconnecting from your smartphone and modern day amenities is a large part of camping, but if you need some creature comforts, these genius products will make you feel at home.


The 30 Day Lantern- It’s all in the name- this LED lantern really does last for 30 days on the lowest setting. It is water and impact resistant and can be hooked on to tents, trees, or anywhere else you need light.

Eton Rugged rukus Speaker- Charge your phone, play your music via Bluetooth, waterproof- this one speaker does it all! Simply set the speaker in the sun to charge, and you’ll have unlimited battery life and tunes for your whole trip.

Safety Sound Grenade- Camp with confidence! Safety comes with you in the outdoors with this flash-drive size personal alarm system. Pull the pin out of the top and you can activate 30 minutes of ambulance-level siren noises, stopped only when the pin is put back in place. It can also be used to set up a tripwire!


The Comforts of Home


Solar Camp Shower- This solar heated shower uses sunlight to heat up to 10 gallons of water that can be used for bathing, washing hand and feet, or dishes.

Self-Inflating Camp Pad with Attached Pillow- Have a comfy bed set up in minutes. This self-inflating camp bed separates you from the cold ground and has an attached pillow.

8-Person Fast Pitch Cabin Tent- Bring all your friends and sleep in style with the 8-person tent. Water resistant, welded floors to keep out moisture, and easy set up make this tent from Coleman ideal for the whole family.


For a list of even more over the top, handy gadgets, check out this list! Happy camping.




Father’s Day Tech

Posted on  May 29, 2017

Father's Day Tech

From killing spiders to maintaining the backyard’s flawless appearance, fathers deserve all of the credit in the world for their constant support and love towards their families. This Father’s Day, show your appreciation and get dad one of these high tech gifts suited for fathers of all types.


For the Grilling Gurus

As summer approaches, the smell of charcoal grills and burgers almost automatically fills the air with its tantalizing scent. Assist your dad in the grill prepping process this year with some great grilling technology! The iGrill Mini functions as a small meat thermometer with an electronic piece that connects to a smartphone. This tech allows grillers to leave their food cooking and wait for a phone alert that notifies users when the ideal meat temperature has been reached. And when your dad is done grilling, gift him the Grillbot, a small automatic robot that cleans the top of the grill at the push of a button (think Roomba for the grill).


For the Outdoor Aficionado

If your dad feels more at home in the outdoors than he does in his actual house, consider purchasing him one of these great outdoor tech gifts this year! For fathers that like to camp, JakPak might be the tech gift for them. JakPak functions as a waterproof raincoat, sleeping bag and miniature tent all in one, eliminating loads of extra baggage. Also check out Camelbak’s unique All Clear UV Purifier that uses UV light to purify water in just 60 seconds! For dads that prefer a pristine course instead of rugged terrain, purchase the Zepp Golf- a small electronic sensor that clips to a golf glove and with one swing can instantly analyze technique and suggest improvements for the golfer!


For the Beer Bellies

Nearly every father considers beer to be a staple in his daily diet. This Father’s Day, check out some of these great tech inventions that will improve your dad’s current collection! Introducing: Fizzics, a household machine that uses sound waves to turn store-bought beer into an imitation of draft beer- complete with a creamy and foamy texture. For an additional gift, compliment this beer tech with Nostalgia’s Soft Pretzel Factory, a miniature pretzel maker that creates 6 small soft pretzels at a time, a perfect match for his newly transformed glass of beer.


For the Ones with Daughters

One of the scariest moments of a parent’s life is teaching and trusting their child to drive safely, especially when it’s “daddy’s little girl.” If your father is dealing with this struggle, ease his mind a little and gift him with the GPS MOTOsafety, a wired tracker that can be installed into any car and provides parents with their child’s Daily Driver’s Report Card, speeding statistics, harsh braking record and notifications when their child has safely arrived at his or her destination.


Not only is raising a daughter scary at times, but any father that has at least one daughter knows that girls also come with a pretty hefty price tag. Whether it’s a new prom dress every year or the newest eye shadow pallet that she must have, there’s usually some type of expense to account for. This year, make your dad’s finances a little simpler with the app iXpenseIt, a phone application that tracks expenses, income, budget and cash flow. With this app, fathers can organize their finances at the convenience of their phone, making it easier than ever to see if their daughters’ demands can be met.


This Father’s Day, show your dad that you acknowledge and appreciate the work that he does by using our suggestions to find technology that will suit him best!


Mother’s Day Tech

Posted on  April 24, 2017

Mother's Day Tech

Whether it’s bandaging a scraped knee, making chicken noodle soup when you’re sick or giving you a hug when you need it, moms always know how to make things better. But, being a mom is by no means simple. This Mother’s Day, gift your mom with technology designed to make her job easier.


For Mother’s Day Rookies

Coming in at one of the top five toughest times to be a mom is definitely when kids are first born. With little to no sleep and the constant worry of something going wrong, here are some tech gifts to soothe new moms. Created by Summer Infant, the pacifier thermometer can relax a baby and take its temperature at the same time without forcing mothers to put a cold, traditional thermometer elsewhere. The mamaRoo swing is a great way for new moms to take a break from holding their newborn, without the usual fuss. The swing has five settings each mimicking the familiar movements that moms make while holding their babies.


For the Betty Crocker Moms

Finding time to make dinner while having a career can be difficult for anyone, but imagine having kids to take care of on top of that! Thankfully, technology like the smart Crock-Pot partnered with WeMo has made cooking easy. Ingredients can be prepped and placed inside the Crock-Pot whenever convenient, and from that point on, the settings can be adjusted away from home with the WeMo app. Technology has also eliminated the hassle of grocery shopping with tech like Amazon Dash Buttons. These small magnetic buttons are available for nearly every product and brand you can think of and with one press, will add the designated item to your Amazon shopping cart.


For the Not-So-Green Thumbs

No matter how many times she tries, does your mom still struggle with keeping her plants or flowers alive? New gardening technology like the Parrot Flower Power Plant Monitor has been designed to help the gardening-inept. The sensor within this plant monitor assesses your plant’s needs and sends alerts to the Parrot app on your phone whenever the plant needs water, fertilizer or sunlight. Other gardening apps are also available to help, like the Gardener’s Handbook, complete with 10 chapters of DIY gardening tips, landscaping ideas and other useful information.


For the Mrs. Clean Moms

In December 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that on average, women spend at least one hour every day cleaning. For busy moms, an hour of cleaning could instead be spent relaxing or playing with her kids. Technology like iRobot’s Roomba 980 can be a huge time saver when it comes to cleaning. This small automatic vacuum can be controlled from an app and is able to vacuum an entire home while avoiding furniture and taking the most efficient path. Moms can also make sure that flu season never plagues their homes with the CleanWave Sanitizing Wand. With UV-C light, this wand can kill up to 99.9% of germs and allergens without leaving harmful chemical residue behind.


While some might make it look easy, being a mom definitely comes with challenges. This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a tech gift that shows your appreciation for everything she does, while also making her life just a little less chaotic!


Tech Companies Are the Best Pranksters

Posted on  March 27, 2017


The internet has transformed April Fools’ Day from nearly irrelevant to a day to look forward to. In recent years tech companies have become notorious for using April 1st as a launchpad for fun pranks, fake products and ridiculous announcements. Here are some of the best fake tech releases from the nation’s top companies in the last several years.


Google Self-Driving Bike

As one of the leaders in innovation, it is no surprise that Google had something up their sleeve for April Fool’s Day. Last year, Google Netherlands introduced their newest invention, the Self-Driving Bicycle , only available in the cycling city of Amsterdam. Not only was this fake product announced, but Google also made an entire promotional video featuring the bike!


Google Cardboard Plastic

Google didn’t stop at just a bike, they continued their shenanigans when launching Google Cardboard Plastic, “virtual reality goggles that didn’t get in the way of reality”. Fully immersive and lightweight, these clear glasses ultimately poked fun at VR technology and those that use it.


Duolingo Pillow Hablar

On last year’s April Fools’ Day, Duolingo took learning languages to the next level when introducing the Duolingo pillow. With a cerebral cortex cushion and linguistic reinforcement vibration, this pillow was supposedly made to enhance the language learning process of anyone who used it. To many consumers’ dismay, this product was quickly discovered to be a prank.


T-Mobile Binge Watching Headgear

Telecommunications company T-Mobile announced a new device called “Binge on Up” last year. The fake product was basically a headset that would hold the users phone in front of their face allowing easy binge-watching of TV while doing other activities. While the promotions for the fake product looked a little silly, all of us have probably had a few moments where we could have used such a product.


KAYAK Arcade

Last year KAYAK,  a travel engine that displays airfare and car rentals, transformed its homepage into an arcade game. Complete with games like “Hopper” (Frogger) and “Tetro” (Tetris), this prank definitely distracted some travelers.


While you’re mapping out your mischievous plans for this April Fool’s Day, don’t forget to check out the “new” tech that’s being released by companies like Google and Duolingo!


Planes, Trains and Flying Automobiles

Posted on  February 27, 2017


As you head home after a long day at work, stomach growling ready for dinner, the last thing you want to do is sit in traffic. As the cars inch along the highway and drivers breathe in the warm fume-polluted air, you think, “it would be great if I could just fly over all of these cars and be home in minutes”. Well, by the end of 2017 you might be able to avoid this rush hour headache, with one of the first ever flying cars.


Good Things Come in Threes  

In response to the increasing urban congestion in cities across the globe, a multinational aircraft construction company, Airbus, has proposed three ambitious projects that aim to alleviate this problem.



The first of these projects is called Vahana and is intended to be a flying version of Uber. Vahana aircraft would be self-piloted and able to transport cargo and one passenger. Passengers could simply use their smartphones to request an aircraft, similar to Uber or other transport service providers. While most of the technologies like batteries and motors are nearly ready, the toughest and least developed piece is sense-and-avoid technology- a critical component of an aircraft that must fly itself amongst birds and other aircraft.




One of the biggest obstacles that Airbus must overcome is the strict regulations put in place by cities to ensure that all drones traveling over a city are flown by a remote pilot. However, Airbus has been granted permission by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to pilot test an autonomous drone delivery service at the National University of Singapore by mid-2017. This project does not intend to compete with other delivery services like Amazon, but rather is attempting to prove that autonomous aircraft will positively impact the environment and could work efficiently on a larger scale.



Airbus’s largest and longest kept secret is definitely the CityAirbus, a project that has been developing for the last two years by innovators from both France and Germany. CityAirbus is intended to be an electrically operated “taxi” that can transport multiple passengers at one time. While the project will initially have a real pilot operating the vehicle, similar to a helicopter, Airbus hopes to eventually transition to completely automatic operations. Passengers would simply book their seats through an app and wait at the nearest helipad to be picked up and swiftly transported to their desired destinations.


Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Overcrowding in cities, specifically megacities, has been an ever rising concern for the world, with current estimates indicating that by the year 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. This increasing population will ultimately lead to more pollution (air, water and noise), more trash and more harmful emissions. Successfully creating and using flying transportation rather than ground cars will not only reduce pollution and congestion, but will also lessen countries’ dependence on oil and allow infrastructures to last longer due to less cars driving on roads. While Airbus still has a lot of work to do before floating intersections and stop signs appear, they are taking steps in the right direction towards a more sustainable world.

The Hottest New Tech From CES

Posted on  January 30, 2017

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The start of the new year brings with it several new things- resolutions, work out regimens, music and above all, new technology. This year kicked off with the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where small start-ups and well-known technology giants gathered to show off their newest gadgets and gizmos for 2017.


Growth of CES

The first CES was held in 1967 in New York City featuring 117 exhibitors showing off the newest and most complex technology at the time, like the black and white television and the stereo. Since its inception, the convention has grown enormously, hosting over 3,000 companies with their displays and prototypes sprawling over a massive space of nearly 2.5 million square feet. While last year’s innovators rolled out smart home technology like the Samsung Family Hub Smart Refrigerator and advanced TVs like the LG rollable display, you may have thought that there was no way that technology could advance any further.  However, the technology unveiled at the 50th CES has left tech-heads buzzing and consumers impressed yet again.


Self-tying and Heated Shoes

Over the last few years, smart-clothing has made significant headway with products like the Apple iWatch and the Motiv Smart Ring. At this year’s CES, the trend only gained more momentum with Under Armour unveiling Athletic Recovery Sleepwear, that monitors how well athletes sleep, and Digitsole presenting its improved smart shoe. Not only is this shoe capable of warming your feet and tracking calories, but it can also tighten itself with the press of a button through its connected app. While fashionistas may not jump at the huge, futuristic-looking shoes, Digitsole also offers less noticeable shoe inserts that can heat any type of shoe. The high-tech shoes have yet to hit the market, however consumers can purchase one pack of inserts for $200.



While products like Google Home and Alexa made it into the homes of many tech-savvy individuals this past Christmas season, there’s a new robot on the market that might make your next wish list- Jibo. Conceptualized in 2014 by Cynthia Breazeal, Jibo is a personable home robot that is capable of recognizing faces, learning from its owners and reacting with emotional responses. With a body-like shape and interactive face, Jibo functions more as a pet or family friend than a robot. Starting as a prototype with lots of skepticism from experts, Jibo is now expected to be offered to the public this year for nearly $800. Interested buyers cannot purchase the robot yet, but can be added to a waiting list.


Toyota Concept-i

One of the more impressive releases during CES 2017 was undoubtedly Toyota’s newest smart car, Concept-i. Resembling one of the most futuristic car consumers have yet to see, Concept-i features a clean white interior with 3-D displays and color technology to ultimately strengthen the relationship between car and driver. With Toyota’s “Yui”, the car is capable of monitoring its driver’s tendencies and emotions and utilizing that knowledge to anticipate future events or make driving decisions for its user. Not only can the car connect with its driver, but technology on the outside of the vehicle allows it to communicate with the outside world as well with light and sound.


While CES has been around for years, it has provided an outlet for innovators to expand their technological knowledge and creativity. As 2017 unfolds, this new technology will hit the market and products will then be left to the consumers from which to benefit and to critique. Which new gadget will you buy?




A Look To The Future: 2017 Tech Trends

Posted on  December 30, 2016

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As each year comes and goes, new advancements in technology move us forward as a society. The unattainable no longer feels out of reach. Thirty years ago, the idea of a picture-taking, internet-browsing, music-playing communication device small enough to fit in your pocket seemed outrageous. Now 68% of adults in the United States use smartphones. Innovations are now occurring at faster rates and every year brings something new. What will 2017 have in store? Here’s what industry experts believe.


Virtual Reality


Virtual reality was hard to ignore in 2016. From Samsung to Google to Oculus, tech brands have gotten their foot in the virtual door. Currently, VR is more of a curiosity. The “college try” of technology, if you will. In 2017, it is expected that VR will make the transition into a more tangible tool for bringing life to the ordinary. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for virtual reality and showed his commitment by purchasing Oculus for a whopping $2 billion. Zuckerberg believes that VR is the platform of tomorrow and he is prepared to use it to create the most social platform ever. It is also believed that VR will make its way into home theaters in 2017.


Smarter Smart Homes


Smart home technology is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming year. A larger selection of quality products at an affordable price will drive the growth. Amazon’s Echo was released in summer 2015 and made waves in 2016. Google Home entered the game in November 2016, giving Amazon its first real competitor. In 2017 expect to see more in-home smart devices on the market. Apple HomeKit, which allows users to control their smart accessories from their phone, iPad or Apple Watch, will become a serious player in the smart home industry in 2017 due to more affordable smart devices hitting the market.


Smart Clothes


Smart watches took off in 2016 with the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear leading the way. In the near future, it is very possible that clothing will be made “smart” too. Google’s R&D teams have been beta testing a new wearable technology that is sewn into clothing, and is undetectable to the untrained eye. Project Jacquard is the name for Google’s wearable technology platform. Their goal is to create something that fashion brands can use in their clothing to enhance connectivity and convenience for their users. The patch of fabric can be woven into clothing and control smart devices like phones and appliances.


We live in an ever-changing world where new tech lies around every corner. What technological advancements do you hope to see in the near future? The possibilities are almost endless.

The Best Tech Gifts of 2016

Posted on  November 28, 2016

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So Christmas is on the horizon and you need gift ideas. There’s always that one hard to buy for person who seems to already have everything under the sun.  You need a new, fresh idea for them. Well who doesn’t love the latest technology? Here are five cutting-edge gifts that anyone would be happy to receive.


Google Home


Built to rival Amazon’s Echo, the Google Home smart speaker does it all. Powered by Google’s groundbreaking artificial intelligence, it responds to voice commands to play music, search the web, set alarms and control all of your smart appliances. Coming in at $99, it’s affordable, practical and oh so cool!


HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer


Do you have a smartphone photographer on your list this year? If so, the HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer is the gift for them. Compatible with both Apple and Android devices, this Bluetooth printer uses ZINK Zero Ink technology to print shots straight from your phone! This amazing little printer costs just $129 and includes a charging cable and 10 sheets of HP ZINK photo paper.


Wacom Bamboo Notepad


Any budding artist will love this gift. The Wacom Bamboo Notepad uses regular paper, then quickly scans and sends the image to a smartphone or tablet for digital storage. College students will love this too as it’s perfect for organizing your notes. With all it can do, you’ll be impressed that they start at $130.


Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earbuds


The ever popular Beats wireless earbuds are back for their third go around and better than ever. Boasting a 12-hour battery life on a single charge, the Powerbeats3 Wireless Earbuds sound great and are comfortable to boot. Anyone who recently got the new iPhone 7 would love these earbuds. Big sound at an affordable price, these Beats go for $200.


Nomad Key for iPhone and Android


Here is the stocking stuffer of the bunch. Going for just $20, the Nomad Key is convenient, affordable and practical. Forget carrying a Lightning Cable or micro USB with you in case your phone battery dies; throw this on your key ring and you’re good to go!


Here’s hoping you find that perfect gift for the special someone in your life this holiday season!


The Wallet You’ll Never Lose

Posted on  October 31, 2016

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Losing your wallet is never a good thing. Whether misplacing it around your house, losing it at a restaurant or leaving it at a hotel, it presents a big inconvenience. Have you ever wished for a way to prevent this headache-inducing occurrence? Well look no further; Zillion Wallet is here to help.


With more and more appliances and home goods being made “smart” it was only a matter of time before a smart wallet debuted. The folks at Zillion saw a problem that people face daily, misplacing their wallet, and thought “how can we solve this problem?” That question led to the creation of the Zillion Slimline Wallet.


Boasting Tile location technology, the Zillion is virtually impossible to lose. Using the Tile app, owners can ring their wallet to find it. If the wallet is too far away to hear, you can view its location on a map right on your phone screen. Pretty slick, huh? But it doesn’t stop there. The problem solvers at Zillion took things a step further offering phone charging capabilities right within the wallet!


Now if your phone battery is running low, you have the solution in your back pocket. A power bank featuring a 2,500mAh battery can give your phone a full charge from 0 to 100 percent. A built in cable hides seamlessly when not in use.


You might be thinking that with all its features, the Zillion wallet will be bulky and hard to carry, but that is far from the truth. Measuring in at 6.5cm x 9.5cm when closed, and as thin as a smart phone, the wallet fits comfortably into your pocket. Inside it houses 4 cards. Outside it vaunts a high-strength metal clip for holding paper money.


If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of these bad boys, you can do so here.


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