Always Take These Electronic Gadgets With You When You Travel
Projector, US$209, from Aaxa
Who needs bulky home projectors when you have this? An ultra-portable pico projector powered by a built-in rechargeable battery, it promises 150 minutes of projection time – not bad for a cube measuring around 7cm.
Impressively, it even comes with built-in wireless networking abilities, so you can stream videos from YouTube, Netflix and the like.
Espresso Maker, US$212, from NowPresso
If you’re a stickler for premium coffee, look out for this Kickstarter-funded gadget. It’s not shipping until October, but those who place their orders now will be among the first to try out what’s being hailed as the world’s first portable, lithium-battery-operated espresso machine that boils water. And yes, it’s compatible with Nespresso capsules.
Food heater, US$39.95, from Hot Logic
Want to have hot meals whenever, wherever? This simple device – it is, in essence, a bag – comes highly rated. Think of it as a slow cooker that can not only reheat meals, but also cook them from scratch – raw chicken breast, for instance, takes a couple of hours to cook. It can be flattened, so it’s super travel-friendly. Bring along a car adaptor, and hot treats are yours on long road trips too.
Photo Printer, US$149, from Prynt Pocket
Love the moving photos in the Harry Potter movies? Attach this cool mini printer (main photo) to your smartphone, and you can print images straight from it onto special ink-embedded paper.
Each printed image is enhanced with augmented-reality technology, so when you open the Prynt app on your phone and position it over the snapshot, the original video footage (a few seconds either side of the shot) plays on your screen, making the photo ‘come alive’.
Tiny Television, US$79, from RCA
If you want to pack an old-school goggle-box into your carry-on, this RCA model is the way to go. It isn’t much bigger than a pack of playing cards, is capable of receiving free digital-TV channels, and has a rechargeable battery that’s good for roughly two-and-a-half hours – more than enough for watching a soccer match during your next mountain hike.