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2016's Top travel gadgets


Technology continues to smash new boundaries at breakneck speed and 2016 is shaping up to be the year of the travel gadget. 

A flurry of of bright new innovations have bounced into the market-place, all designed to smooth nagging inefficiencies and make business travel a breeze. Here’s our pick of super-smart gizmos guaranteed to get your excited about globe-trotting on company time.


Bluesmart Suitcase

Recently chosen to feature in a collection of cutting-edge designs by the MoMa Design Store in New York, Bluesmart is seriously smart luggage. To the naked eye, it’s an innocent-looking carry-on case. However, in a satisfyingly Bond-esque way, it’s full of party tricks designed to solve common problems for time-pushed travellers. The in-built GPS tracks the location of the case and, if waylaid, the Uber app can be programmed to bring it to your doorstep. When paired with a phone via Bluetooth, the case locks automatically when you step a little too far away. Furthermore, it weighs itself, keeping you free from pesky luggage fines. Kitted out with a 10,000 mAh battery and a full-size USB port, it is also perfect for charging phones and tablets on the go. At £349.99, it’s well worth the price. Now, where’s Q? 


Pavlok Bad Habit Breaker

Keep up the good work on those New Year’s resolutions using the Pavlok, a brilliant wearable that helps break any bad habit, from nail biting to smoking and even hitting the snooze button. Featured on Amazon Launchpad, a new platform showcasing products from the brightest new tech start-ups,  it’s nothing short of amazing. Using Pavlovian conditioning paired with an iPhone or Android app, it creates an electrical stimulus that links with your bad habits, helping you break them once and for all by, well, giving you a zap. Selling for roughly £139, it’s a small price to pay for a life-changing bit of kit.

TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station 

Small but mighty, this gizmo is perfect for topping up power on the fly. Charging three devices at once using SmartDetect ports at the maximum rapid charging rate a phone or tablet will accept, it’s a tiny mobile powerhouse. Its 4 rapid-charging USB ports will charge devices twice as fast as most standard wall chargers and an extra port doubles as a removable, rechargeable battery pack for charging on the go. The self-cable-managing lightweight design is raking in all kinds of accolades, most recently picking up an Innovation Award at the 2016 CES Show, a mecca for all things gadgety. At around £60.00, it’s a lifesaver.

Game Golf Live Digital Shot Tracking System

There’s no need for business travel to be all work and no play. If, between meetings, you manage to get out onto the green, this ingenious little gizmo will take your game up a notch or two. The world’s first automatic shot tracking system, it analyses your performance shot by shot, reviews your rounds, uses club performance data to measure how far you really hit your club and highlights your shot dispersion and tendencies. Another product endorsed by Amazon Launchpad and priced at £249.95, the system is quickly gripping golfers across the globe, all impressed by the rapid improvement to their game. 

Valextra Accessories Case

Never tussle with tangled cables again. This Italian calfskin organiser is set to hit the market in late spring and guarantees to house your wires in true style. The design is sleek and size is just right, with five compartments protected by mesh allowing you to easily grab the cable that you need. Can’t wait? Snap up Valextra’s ‘All in One’ travel wallet instead, a supple leather little number capable of carrying passports, documents, business cards and more. Brilliant for both men and women, it’s an all-round winner that will set you back £1,118.

ECTACO Partner LUX 2 Galaxy 31-Language Global Translator

While its title might be a mouthful, this nifty palm-size translator breaks down language barriers in an instant, making global travel a walk in the park. It’s the world’s first free speech translator, kitted out with state-of-the-art voice recognition software, effortlessly translating any spoken sentence into a whopping 31 languages. If, by some slim chance, you find a slice of spare time, it doubles up as a great learning device, packed with all kinds of language learning courses and games. With this in your carry-on, you’ll never find yourself tongue-tied again. At £629.95, it’s a little pricey, but if you travel regularly it will soon become a trusty sidekick that you simply can’t live without.


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